Roaming elephants, cascading rows of tea leaves and exceptionally surfable waves, Sri Lanka has it all. Here are four of the most incredible places to stay in Sri Lanka.
Inland from the surf town of Ahangama is one of Sri Lanka’s coolest examples of tropical brutalism. Inspired by London’s warehouses, shipping containers are used for a massive lobby, restaurant and chill-out pool area with a black industrial steel exterior and a bohemian interior. Their A-frame cabanas mirror the style with black framing and a bright white rattan ceiling. The concrete flooring and counter space adds to the brutalism vibe, while the outdoor shower and toilet remind you you’re on a tropical island.
Bordering Yala National Park, it’s common to see elephants roaming near your Relais & Chateaux luxury tent. Inspired by historic military tents and a bygone era of luxury travel, these domed oases have standout copper clawfoot tubs, colonial-style decor with teak floors, canvas walls and sumptuous leather furniture. This safari experience is all-inclusive, with gourmet meals and two game drives per day.
Another extraordinary Relais & Chateaux property is perched above Sri Lanka’s Ceylon tea region. The historic property has five expertly restored tea planter residences with 27 rooms and suites. Each of the butler-serviced luxury bungalows is unique and named after the tea planter who used to live there. They’re clad with teak, four-poster beds, antique fixtures and tranquil views of the mist emanating over the tea fields.
One of the most important buildings in the 17th-century Galle Fort is home to Amangalla. This colonial beauty is the former headquarters of Dutch commanders and has served guests for over 150 years. Today, it retains its centuries-old charm with original stone steps, hardwood floors and mosaic tiles. Its newly constructed pool is ultra-chic with a vertical garden and cabanas. Afternoon tea complete with scones and their signature hot chocolate is a must.
Madulkelle Tea and Eco Lodge
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