Luxury Sri Lanka holidays

We were on our way to Bangkok when we discovered Sri Lanka. Serendipity? A fortunate happenstance? Absolutely. Just like this glorious island’s former name, Serendib. Set within the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka luxury holidays provide a sublime explosion of colour and culture, as many-faceted as a radiant cut Ceylon sapphire.

This is a warm-hearted nation we absolutely adore, less full-on than India and more vibrant than the Maldives. The explorer Marco Polo described it as the finest island in the world. And who are we to disagree with such a well-travelled gentleman?

Few destinations in the world can offer such diverse experiences close at hand as a luxury holiday to Sri Lanka. Within one smal(ish) island lie eight UNESCO World Heritage sites waiting to be explored, 15 national parks brimming with flora and fauna, 500,000 acres of tranquil tea estates, more lustrous beaches than you can shake a stick at and a scintillating culture that extends back over 2,500 years. Not to mention a dazzling array of luxury boutique hotels. If variety is the spice of life, then a Yonder tailor-made holiday in Sri Lanka is as hot as one of the island’s delicious coconut curries.

This is a place where the original soul of Buddhism still flourishes, a place where modern-day culture and ancient civilisations combine to fascinate you, and where nature’s beauty remains abundant and unspoilt (did you know that the world’s greatest concentration of leopards are residents of Sri Lanka’s national parks, making it ideal for safari holidays?) Whatever you worship, you will find it here.

This is a country that demands to be explored. And in the service of Yonder guests, we have not stinted. We have flown and driven countless miles and climbed aboard unforgettable train journeys to delve deeply into the secrets of Sri Lanka. We’ve done it in luxurious comfort and we’ve travelled simply with the locals.

And as a result of our exhaustive researches (it’s a tough job but somebody’s got to do it), the mainly boutique hotels we have selected for your Sri Lanka luxury holiday are small and characterful, endearingly individual and always captivating. In fact, the hotels we have unearthed will fill you with a similar frisson of surprise to that which blossoms on your palate when when you first discover the island’s marvellous cuisine.

Whether it’s street vendors or fine dining you desire, you will find yourself hungrily exploring spicy freshly-caught seafood and a wide variety of curries – dhal curry, chicken curry, lake fish Badhuma, Elabatu Pahi (vegetarian curry), cashew and pea curry to name but a few – while you can cool your tastebuds with bountiful local fruits like mangoes, pineapples, guavas, bananas, wood apple fruit, durian, longan, jackfruit and delicious rambutan.

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Whether you are looking for the perfect hotel stay or to create an exciting itinerary tailored just for you, every last detail of your trip with Yonder is carefully crafted, including hand-picked hotels that we adore ourselves

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Uga Bay

A sun lovers nirvana located on stunning Pasikuda beach. Luxury hotel with a fusion of Mediterranean and local architecture. Liberal polished concrete in chic rooms with dense cotton weave linen. Evening beachside lanterns are intoxicating. Delicious local seafood.

Karpaha Sands

Karpaha Sands with its 17 luxurious tents nestled amongst a coconut and palmyrah plantation on deserted Kalkudah beach. Intimate and chic, this eco hotel has been organically sculpted into its lush tropical environment.

The Fortress

The Fortress, on Sri Lanka’s southern coast, is a firm favourite for returning visitors year after year. The spectacular oceanfront location, the long sandy beach off to the west and the reliable service have helped it maintain its enduring appeal.

Nine Skies

Meticulously restored plantation manager’s bungalow on Up Country tea estate near Ella, with views over the Demodara valley. All five bedrooms have high ceilings, tasteful furnishings and elegant bathrooms. Lovely gardens and heavenly pool.


Thamaravila is a spectacular luxury tented camp. In fact, it is more accurately described as tented villa accommodation which sits in 8 acres of its own reserve just 15 minutes by jeep from the gates of Wilpattu National park.

The Mud House

Top experiential hotel deep in rural SL, surrounded by lakes and untouched nature. Ornithologist’s paradise. Rooms are open-sided huts with mosquito nets and charming outdoor bathrooms. Organic food cooked over open fire in clay pots.

Jetwing Surf

Rustic luxury set on a stunning beach, perfect for lazy loungers or surf bums. 20 seashell shaped cabanas made from local materials and naturally ventilated. Surrounded by precious coastal ecosystem. SL curries to die for and yoga teacher on stand-by.

Gal Oya Lodge

Set in 20 acres of forest, this luxury hotel is a triumph of sustainability, with a beautiful swimming pool and pavilions and bungalow suites made from natural materials. Rooms have four-posters, stunning views and alfresco bathrooms. Cuisine from organic gardens.

Jetwing St Andews

Old world hospitality at its finest. Restored Georgian style country house, a short walk from sleepy Nuwara Eliya. Deep Chesterfields and open fires on cool evenings. 55 rooms have antiques, timber floors, tropical hues and crisp linen. Superb service and dining.

Jetwing Yala

A sumptuous combination of superb rooms, perfect service and views to die for in a coastal wilderness retreat. 80 spacious rooms with hardwood floors and glorious rain showers Sublime food and torchlit dinner among the dunes can be arranged.

Cinnamon Lodge

Spread across 37 acres, home to 138 species of birds, two species of primates and 2,000 trees, this hotel is modelled on an ancient royal palace. Liberal use of ebony wood in large bungalow style rooms looking onto verdant gardens.

Cinnamon Wild

Yala classic combining rustic charm and modern refinements. The hotel fronts the beach, with a giant lake in its grounds. 68 chalets with air conditioning, a minibar and superb showers to wash away the dust from your exhilarating safari. R&R in abundance.

The Wallawwa

Perfect place to recuperate after a long flight. A restored manor in an idyllic rural setting. Interiors are a triumph of creativity. Rooms have four-posters and oversized bathrooms. Excellent food. Z Spa is amongst the best on the island.

Villa Maya

Supremely peaceful five-bedroom boutique hotel created in an old manor house near Tangalle by British interior designer. Set in two acres with tropical fruit trees, hammocks and lush paddyfield views. Mouthwatering food. Yoga packages available.


The leading luxury beach hotel in Sri Lanka. Suites have glass doors to private plunge pool and sun terrace. Beach club lit by flaming torches in the evenings, with sublime barbecue smells. Instagram worthy infinity pool. Understated elegance in spades.

Chena Huts

Everything about this Yala accommodation choice is superb. Each of the 14 ‘huts’ is a luxurious, private pavilion with deck and plunge pool surrounded by nature. Excellent food and the sunken bar a delight with crashing waves providing a soundtrack.

Kulu Safari Camp

Kulu offer the untamed SL jungle in the safest, most comfortable, and environmentally responsible way. Each tent has ensuite bathroom with shower, toilet and sink. All look over a watering hole rich with wildlife. Divine torchlight dining and excellent safaris.

Mahoora Safari Camp

Stunning location on edge of a Uda Walawe watering hole. Each tent has indoor bathroom with toilet and shower. A hint of Carry On Camping comedy. But the experience is so fabulous, you’ll not care. Al fresco breakfasts are memorable.

Living Heritage Koslanda

Vast estate in God’s Forest, with awesome views, waterfall and Instagram swimming pool. Villa with private courtyards, plunge pools and outdoor showers. Ultimate back-to-nature experience with refined comfort and superb food.

Madulkelle Tea and Eco Lodge

Breathtaking views from 18 canvas lodges spread over a tea plantation in the Knuckles Mountains, each providing private facilities and ultimate tranquility. Campaign furniture and superking beds. This is glamping at its very best. And yoga on tap.

Ceylon Tea Trails

Tea Country perfection and SL’s first Relais & Chateaux property. Timelessly elegant individual bungalows, each with their own butler, unified by exceptional service, exquisite food and views to die for. Bygone era luxury, relaxed and intimate, and dining a delight.

Jetwing Jaffna

The only modern hotel in Jaffna that can offer comfort and international standards. Superb location in the centre of town. Modern, eight-storey building, the interior design drawing on local Tamil influences. 55 deluxe rooms have all amenities and crisp linens.

Vil Uyana

In the shadow of Sigiriya Rock, and described by Harper’s Bazaar as Sri Lanka’s best eco luxury hotel. Water, marsh, garden, paddy and forest room locations, some with private plunge pools. Thatched roofs, bamboo and teak effortlessly combine with modern comforts.


In the heart of Cultural Triangle and up close with nature: ecologically constructed villas spread across 58 acres where you can encounter monkeys, peacocks and lumbering elephants. Think sustainable luxury in paradise, with space, privacy and huge glass walls.

Ellerton Bungalow

Perched 2,400 feet above Kandy, with no fussiness, just warm hospitality. Loyal guests return time after time for plantation vibe, beautiful gardens, tasteful eclectic furnishings in just eight rooms and divine food in an fresco pavilion.

Kandy House

Exceptionally pretty old manor house, skillfully converted into a boutique hotel with style and charm. The number one hotel in Kandy, it only has nine rooms and competition for a reservation is intense. Aperitifs on the lawn are a delight.

Kahanda Kanda

Occupying a hillside tea plantation of 12 acres with stunning views, Suites are a striking blend of antiques, contemporary fashion and custom-designed fabrics. The Kahanda Kanda resort restaurant is amongst the best on the South Coast.

Frangipani Tree

Occupying one of the best spots on Thalpe beach, on SL’s South Coast, with a seascape to die for. Sleek and minimalist interiors and just nine suites with four-posters and rich linens. Amazing fusion food completes a formula that oozes quality.

Fort Bazaar

The Fort Bazaar is refreshing in every sense, from the waiters wearing Converse shoes to the air-conditioned restaurant, (a rarity in Galle). Decor draws influences from the Middle East. The superbly designed rooms have four-poster beds and beautiful bathrooms.

The Fort Printers

A true boutique hotel oozing charm. As it says on the tin, formerly a printing house (originally a private house, it has also been a school and a bank) it has been converted to provide elegant accommodation in the heart of the old city of Galle, Sri Lanka. Your driver will deliver you to the door, winding through the maze of narrow chequerboard streets, until you reach the trademark old Morris Minor that sits at the hotel’s entrance.


Formerly the fabled New Oriental Hotel, now magnificently reborn as an Aman hotel, the Amangalla Galle is a sumptuous blend of colonial opulence with contemporary minimalism. Teak floors, antiques, views of the fort and tranquil gardens in the heart of a bustling city.


Former residence of the world's first female prime minister oozing elegance and style and now Colombo’s leading boutique hotel. The ten suites have four-posters and sumptuous bathrooms. Discrete service make these digs some of the sexiest in the Indian subcontinent

Galle Face Hotel

Grand dame of Colombo hotels and one of the most iconic colonial hotels in Asia. Legendary history of grace, elegance and courtesy, enjoyed by Noel Coward and Mark Twain. Sumptuous rooms, marble lined lobbies and superb dining experiences.

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