Where to stay in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is home to a fabulous range of boutique hotels, ranging from lovely old colonial mansions set in coconut farms to beautiful tea estates located in rolling tea plantations. There are quirky beach-houses, remote tree houses, peaceful safari camps, rural thatched palm cottages and friendly village homestays.
What is a typical Sri Lankan hotel like?
We have scoured the country from top to bottom to find the best places to stay in Sri Lanka and have tested them to ensure that they are suitable for children of all ages. Most have pools so that the children have somewhere to let off steam at the end of the day, and many are set in beautiful rural locations with incredible views. Where possible we use small hotels. This means that if you have younger children you can put them to bed and then (safely) sit somewhere nearby to enjoy dinner and a drink without being stuck in the room!
What are the different standards of hotel in Sri Lanka?
One of our favourite hotels is the Mudhouse, a gorgeous eco-hotel in the middle of nowhere in northwest Sri Lanka. Set on the edge of a series of lakes, the hotel consists of small thatched houses (ideal for families) with stunning views. All activities are included so you can spend your days kayaking in the lakes, cycling along quiet rural tracks (kids bikes and helmets available), having a picnic on the lakeshore, climbing to the hilltop shrine at Pamarakanda or just sitting back in a hammock to enjoy the view.
If your budget is limited there are plenty of good inexpensive hotels that we can suggest. One favourite is the Morning Star in Negombo, an unpretentious small guesthouse with wonderfully friendly owners and a good pool. It isn’t luxurious but the welcome is warm and it’s very comfortable. This is a great place to start and finish your trip, as it is just a 15-minute drive from the airport.
If you want a bit more comfort, another wonderful place to start the trip is the Horathapola Estate, a working coconut plantation just over an hour’s drive from the airport. The setting is idyllic. You plunge directly into the middle of rural Sri Lanka, giving you an instant glimpse into life in the countryside. You can take a bullock cart ride through the estate, walk to a nearby village or perhaps borrow one of the hotel bikes and follow quiet paths through the plantations. The food is superb so this is also a great place for foodies… the chef will be happy to share some of his secrets with you on an impromptu cookery class.
These are just a few examples of where to stay in Sri Lanka that past travellers have enjoyed. All our holidays are tailor-made, so once we have found out a bit more about you and your family, we will suggest a range of properties that we think will suit you best. Get in touch for firsthand advice on all aspects of family travel to Sri Lanka.
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