Looking out over Koggala Lake from a pool during Tri.
For a entertain century, Sri Lanka was mostly off-limits to tourists, riven by a heartless polite fight that finally finished in 2009. Now, Asia-bound isle-philes are looking over Bali to this little island that’s now experiencing a acquire hotel boom. Makes sense—besides a illusory beaches on a south seashore (Aussies and Kiwis have been surfing here for years) and sensuous inhabitant parks in a southeast, where we can see leopards and elephants on a mini safari, there’s also an annoyance of culture: Buddhist temples neighbor 16th-century European forts, and colonial-era tea plantations lay high above a majestically flattering Bogawantalawa Valley, in a island’s interior. You can see it all in 10 days, yet we competence wish to park yourself during one of these hotels for longer.
For colonial relics, conduct to Colombo
Around a dilemma from Gangaramaya Temple, famous for a Buddhist corpse and proprietor tusker elephant, Uga Residence has 11 suites inside a city residence from Victorian times, with neat gardens and a yard pool. Meanwhile, in Oct a landmark 1864 Galle Face Hotel suggested a vital refurb, charity sea-facing bedrooms with balconies unaware a manicured croquet lawns right on a Indian Ocean.
To cold off in a hills (and ambience unusual tea), go inland
Stay during Santani (opening in June), Sri Lanka’s initial end spa, set within a 48-acre deserted tea camp nearby a informative core of Kandy. Or bottom yourself during Thotalagala, a planter’s bungalow incited seven-suite hotel nearby Dambatenne, a world’s many famous tea estate, planted in 1890 by Sir Thomas Lipton (yes, that one). About 38 miles north, a colonial-era Stafford Bungalow—a four-room shelter on a operative tea plantation—was recently done over by Sri Lankan interior engineer Taru Fonseka, who’s famous for blending a clean, complicated cultured with normal hand-loomed textiles and internal artwork.
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For inhabitant parks, demeanour to a southeast
Stay during a eight-bungalow Gal Oya Lodge, where father-and-son architects Cecil and John Balmond worked inland materials (dried paddy reeds, mara-wood, woven palm leaves) into a elegantly complicated pattern (atrium bathrooms; healthy breezeways in lieu of AC), ensuing in a near-zero CO footprint. Ten miles away, in Gal Oya National Park, elephants wash in Sri Lanka’s largest reservoir. Three hours south, Yala National Park is home to a world’s top thoroughness of leopards. On a corner of a park you’ll find a 14 eco-friendly Chena Huts, any with a thrust pool, and Wild Coast Tented Lodge’s 28 air-conditioned tents, their curvilinear timber frames desirous by caterpillars.
For dull beaches, strike a south coast
Stay during a 152-room Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort, set on a 42-acre oceanfront coconut plantation. At a island’s southern tip, MaisonObjet heavenly Reda Amalou designed a neat wood-and-stone Ani Villas Sri Lanka along a private beach. An hour to a west, a 8 ultra-sustainable suites during Tri cuddle a shores of Koggala Lake. Colonial design meets discriminating petrify during a strand Owl and a Pussycat, designed by New York designer Uday Dhar, a few miles from a 428-year-old Galle Fort.