Luxury holidays in Sri Lanka promise an exciting journey of exploration and adventure with its thrilling blend of stunning natural beauty, rich cultural heritage, and warm hospitality.

Why travel to Sri Lanka

There are so many reasons to plan your next luxury holidays to Sri Lanka as it is absurdly rich and fertile: its smells are those of fruit, spices, tea and coffee, flowers, perfume, and wonderful cooking.

Its colours are the honey-gold of the beaches, the intense, almost luminous green of the plantations, and the purple-blue hills in the distance. Warm, open and relaxed, its culture is a cocktail of Buddhist, Hindu, Christian and Muslim influences.

In the last few years, there has been a proliferation of small luxury hotels and gorgeous private villas that our luxury travel experts love to recommend. And while there has been a welcome increase in infrastructure, we can still take you off-the-beaten-track, with specialist nature walks in old tea plantations and wildlife experiences in unspoilt national parks.

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KEY FACTS
CURRENCY

Sri Lankan Rupee

LANGUAGE

Sinhala

TIME ZONE

GMT +05:30

TIPPING

10%

PEAK TIME

December - April

USEFUL PHRASES

Hello / goodbye – Ayubowan
Thank you (very much) – (Bohoma) isthuthi
Please – Karunakerara
My name is…. – Mage nama….
How much? – Keeyada?

COLDEST MONTH

December/ January
27°C on average

HOTTEST MONTH

April
32°C on average

SUSTAINABILITY

We believe travel is precious

The world has transformed dramatically since cazenove+loyd was founded in 1993. On every trip we take, we wonder how that destination will look in another 30 years. We are passionate about our destinations and understand that it has become more important than ever to conserve their wildlife, habitats and communities for future generations.

Our highlights in Sri Lanka

Our Destination Expert’s Top Tip

If travelling as a family, try a private villa instead of a hotel.

Flora Sweeting

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Asia, Middle East + Australia
Did you know

A sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha, brought from India in the 4th century CE, is still preserved in the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy. Every summer, there’s a grand festival known as Esala Perahera (Festival of the Tooth), one of Sri Lanka’s 7 best festivals, to honor the tooth.

Uncover history

Adam’s peak is the most sacred mountain in the country. It stands at 2,243m (797ft) and holds significance in several major religions thanks to the curious depression at its summit, known as the Sri Pada or Sacred Footprint. Buddhists believe the imprints to be Buddhas. Muslims claim it as the footprint of Adams, while Hindus believe it belongs to Shiva. Christians have also claimed it for St Thomas.

Where to stay

Best hotels in Sri Lanka

Nothing but the best. Browse our handpicked, tried-and-tested luxury Ski Lanka hotels.

The Wallawwa, Colombo

Wallawwa is a restored colonial manor house that sits across acres of beautiful landscaped garden.

Only 15 minutes' drive from Bandaranaike International Airport, this captivating boutique hotel boasts a perfect blend of heritage charm and modern sophistication. Immerse yourself in the elegant and tastefully designed rooms and suites, indulge in culinary delights of the Asian fusion restaurant, rejuvenate with luxurious spa treatments or simply bask in the serenity of the lush grounds.

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Ishq Colombo, Colombo

Designed by Channa Daswatta, a protégé of the late architect Geoffrey Bawa, this exquisite four-suite, fully staffed villa for up to ten is a sanctuary of style, indulgence and sophistication.

An exclusive base from which to experience the capital city, inspiration is everywhere at Ishq: interiors are adorned with Moroccan artwork and carpets, rare collectibles, contemporary Sri Lankan art and antiques, whilst outdoor areas are an exotic vision of mature gardens, terraces and tumbling vines, plus a pool and Jacuzzi.

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Wild Coast Tented Lodge, Yala National Park

This environmentally conscious retreat is located on the outskirts of Yala National Park. Expect unique and luxurious tented accommodations known as ‘Cocoon Suites’, designed to echo the shapes of the surrounding boulders.

These innovative suites feature high-end amenities and private decks with panoramic views of the jungle or beach. The lodge's central pavilion, or "Ten Tuskers," serves as a gathering place for meals and socialising, while the Jungle and Beach Bars offer a relaxed ambiance to enjoy drinks and unwind.

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Flora Sweeting
Venetia Stanley
Auriole Potter
Charlotte Winter

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