Sri Lanka offers a huge range of accommodation with something to suit any travel experience or budget. Most popular destinations offer star class properties and services but also have midrange and budget options. For what they lack in facilities, family run guest houses and B&Bs make up for in charm and hospitality. Bright smiles and happy faces are the nature of its people, and this is what will greet you from the swankiest hotels to a simple homestay.

The capital Colombo offers the whole gamut; from century old heritage properties harking back to colonial times, to 5 Star hotels that offer world-class dining and services. A number of small scale boutique city-hotels are very popular with the business traveller and those looking for a quiet time while in the city. Near the airport, Negombo has long served as a rest stop between destinations, and has many excellent Star-class hotels. Mid-range accommodations and numerous guest houses and B&Bs are also available for the budget conscious.

Thanks to its excellent beaches, the coast between Colombo and Galle has the highest concentrations of hotels in the country. Here regardless of budget, an option is not hard to come by. Within the Galle Fort, many old Dutch houses have seen loving restoration and now operate as exquisite boutique hotels. Although they command a price, a pampering here would really put the icing on your holiday. Hotels beyond Galle operate mostly as small private boutique properties offering hand and foot service. This style of this hospitality and its quiet beaches has made it a very popular for private beach weddings and honeymoons. Accommodation on the East coast is very modern in design but also offers a range of budget options.

For a truly novel experience consider a stay in a tea plantation bungalow in the hill country. Featuring typical English architecture and gardens, the bungalows recreate the life of colonial tea planters. High tea served by smart butlers, and evenings spent with a book in front of a warm fireplace make the perfect setting to discover the story behind your cuppa. If you have a more adventurous streak, then camping out in the wilds of the national parks is sure to have you tingling with excitement. Part of the jungle holiday includes daily game drives giving you the chance of spotting leopard, elephant, bear and untold bird species. Most speciality operators offer an all found service and often provide a once in a lifetime experience.

Written by Jonathan Roelofsz for


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