Luxury Hotels in the Southern & Southwest Coast

When staying along Sri Lanka's Southern & Southwest Coast, we just love cycling into the surrounding rice paddies and taking serene evening strolls on the outlying beaches to see the fishermen casting-off from stilts. The whole experience is catapulted to a new level thanks to the collection of superb and elegant hotels in Galle, such as the converted merchant's mansion, the Galle Fort Hotel, and the fashionably vintage Amangalla, set in the ramparts of Galle Fort. The River House will redefine your idea of seclusion, while the mound-like cabins at the shabby-chic Chenu Huts will have you flitting between the ocean and Yala National Park, spotting turtles and leopards in the same afternoon. Take a look below at our hand-picked hotels located on Sri Lanka's southern coast: 

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Wild Coast Tented Lodge

Location: Southern & Southwest Coast | Sri Lanka

This beautiful Relais & Chateaux camp has an exotic location where the Indian Ocean meets the jungle and is found just next door to Yala National Park, which is home to a rich leopard population. Laid out in the shape of a leopard’s paw print and fringed by a postcard-perfect beach, Wild Coast Tented Lodge has been elegantly constructed with local natural materials like bamboo, making it appear to blend seamlessly into the landscape. 

Best for: Wildlife & Nature, Eco-tourism, Peace & Quiet, Lodge

Galle Fort Hotel

Location: Southern & Southwest Coast | Sri Lanka

Ask the easygoing locals and chic bohemian expats which hotel in Galle has the most atmosphere, and their answer will almost certainly be the Galle Fort Hotel. A 17th-century merchant’s mansion, this is one of the finest boutique hotels in Galle, promising real character, exceptional cuisine, and a wonderfully sleepy feel within its courtyard pool area.

Best for: History & Heritage, Boutique Hotel, Food & Wine, Cultural Immersion


Location: Southern & Southwest Coast | Sri Lanka

Standing proudly within the ramparts of Galle’s 17th-century fort, Amangalla immerses you in the heritage of its surroundings whilst offering the epitome of discreet luxury. Set out from this elegant hotel and discover both the history and modern-day serenity of Dutch colonial Galle.

Best for: Boutique Hotel, Setting & Views, Service & Hospitality, Romantic

Noel Rodrigo's Leopard Safaris

Location: Southern & Southwest Coast | Sri Lanka

Redefining the original tented safari with a convenient modern-day camping experience, Noel Rodrigo's all-inclusive Leopard Safaris combines the romantic ambiance of a bygone British era with authentic Sri Lankan adventure. During the day, venture deep into Yala or Wilpattu National Park in the company of your guide, and by night, relax by the campfire with some excellent food and a glass of fine wine or a cold beer.

Best for: Eco-tourism, Wildlife & Nature, Family-friendly, Off the Beaten Track

Dutch House

Location: Southern & Southwest Coast | Sri Lanka

The Dutch House is an intimate luxury hotel on the outskirts of Galle, Sri Lanka, housed in an early 18th-century Dutch merchant’s house. Rooms are beautifully traditional in design and very luxurious, and just next door at The Sun House you’ll find some of the best food anywhere in Sri Lanka. The hotel has a stunning infinity pool which drops dramatically into the jungle below.

Best for: Honeymoon, Boutique Hotel, Romantic, History & Heritage


Location: Southern & Southwest Coast | Sri Lanka

Hidden amongst the coconut groves on one of Sri Lanka's most beautiful beaches, Amanwella offers its guests understated luxury with exceptional levels of service and attention to detail you'll not want to leave. With only 30 contemporary suites, Amanwella is for the privileged few and is the perfect ultra-chic haven to relax, take deep breaths and barely lift a finger.

Best for: Honeymoon, Beach, Luxury Hotel, Chic Design

The Fort Bazaar

Location: Southern & Southwest Coast | Sri Lanka

The Fort Bazaar is a luxury hotel in the heart of Galle Fort, the old town of Galle in Sri Lanka. It is housed in a 17th-century townhouse which has been renovated to modern standards of luxury while retaining many of its historical features. The historical sights of Galle are right on your doorstep, with golden beaches on the other side, ensuring The Fort Bazaar offers something for everyone.

Best for: Boutique Hotel, Service & Hospitality, History & Heritage, Food & Wine

The River House

Location: Southern & Southwest Coast | Sri Lanka

The River House is a stylish boutique hotel on the banks of the Madhu Ganga river in Balapitiya, a coastal town near Bentota in south-western Sri Lanka. Created by a fashion designer, it features quirky design elements while remaining tasteful and traditional, and its handful luxurious suites are the perfect base from which to explore the coast, countryside and river scenery on your doorstep.

Best for: Hideaway, Chic Design, Setting & Views, Peace & Quiet

Taprobane Island

Location: Southern & Southwest Coast | Sri Lanka

Taprobane Island, Sri Lanka’s only private island, is a heavenly hideaway where you can get away from it all in style – Conde Nast described it as ‘impossibly romantic’ and one of its top 50 romantic escapes in the world. Follow in the footsteps of aristocratic guests such as royals and presidents at this characterful mansion, which is set in 2.5 acres of lush tropical gardens, with nothing between the island and the South Pole. 

Best for: Seriously special, Setting & Views, Luxury Hotel, Off the Beaten Track

Tri Lanka

Location: Southern & Southwest Coast | Sri Lanka

Tri Lanka is a luxury eco-friendly wellness resort on the banks of Koggala Lake, surrounded by south Sri Lankan countryside covered in cinnamon plantations, yet within easy reach of the city of Galle.

Best for: Spa & Wellness, Setting & Views, Eco-tourism, Peace & Quiet

Aditya Boutique Resort

Location: Southern & Southwest Coast | Sri Lanka

Aditya Boutique Resort is a truly boutique residence, where tropical gardens and trickling fountains adjoin the deserted beaches of Galle’s coastline. Tucked away on the island’s south-west corner, its secluded location invites escapists to unwind in one of its beautifully-appointed suites. If you can bear to leave the opulence of your room, the swaying palms and white sands await.

Best for: Setting & Views, History & Heritage, Beach, Honeymoon

Kahanda Kanda

Location: Southern & Southwest Coast | Sri Lanka

Kahanda Kanda is an exquisite couple’s retreat, home to a handful of lavish and individually-designed villas, adorned with a stylish array of owner-curated artwork and antiques from across the world. Wrapped by pond-sprinkled tropical gardens, the hotel’s idyllic setting – a 12-acre working tea estate – is blissfully private, and a paradise for escapists. Excellent fusion cuisine adds further allure.

Best for: Hideaway, Setting & Views, Couples, Peace & Quiet

The Fortress Resort & Spa

Location: Southern & Southwest Coast | Sri Lanka

Set around a large verdant courtyard, The Fortress Resort & Spa is a seaside oasis overlooking the magnificent Galle coastline. Located at the foot of the historic town of Koggala, this beachside resort invites you to relax in its manicured gardens and hidden hammocks, while marvelling at the Indian Ocean.

Best for: Setting & Views, Beach, Multi-activity, Couples

Uda Kanda Villa

Location: Southern & Southwest Coast | Sri Lanka

Remote and homely, Uda Kanda Villa is a small, pristine guesthouse in a stunning hilltop setting. Utterly secluded in its location, it peers over the tree smothered slopes that comprise the southern coastline, and offers a warm, cosy atmosphere for homely and intimate stays.

Best for: Hideaway, Peace & Quiet, Romantic, History & Heritage

Why House

Location: Southern & Southwest Coast | Sri Lanka

Families, couples and groups will all feel at home at the country-style boutique hotel Why House, tucked a few minutes inland from Galle’s enticing beaches. Personalised service and excellent food are trademarks of this charming hotel, and the elegantly appointed rooms are sprinkled amidst a glorious three-acre tropical garden with a huge meandering pool.

Best for: Setting & Views, Village Life, Hideaway, Wildlife & Nature

Kulu Safari

Location: Southern & Southwest Coast | Sri Lanka

Kulu Safari’s luxurious tents allow you to bed down in three of Sri Lanka’s most incredible national parks – Yala, Uda Walawe and Wilpatt, offering tailor made camping excursions amidst the largest population of leopards in the world.

Best for: Eco-tourism, Wildlife & Nature, Walking & Trekking, Honeymoon

The Last House

Location: Southern & Southwest Coast | Sri Lanka

The Last House is a stylish beachside villa set in the Tangelle region of Sri Lanka. The final project of renowned architect Geoffrey Bawa, it is more like a home than a hotel, with bold colours and unique features. There is just a handful of rooms (either on a room-by-room basis or for exclusive use) with breezy verandas, sea views and an elegant mix of antiques and local artwork.

Best for: Beach, Service & Hospitality, Chic Design, Off the Beaten Track

Cape Weligama

Location: Southern & Southwest Coast | Sri Lanka

Crowning 12 acres of luscious headland, Cape Weligama celebrates its cliff-top position with designs that accentuate its 270-degree panoramas and a series of infinity pools that jut out towards the Indian Ocean. Standing out thanks to its enormous villas, personalised butler service and whale-dotted seascape, this luxury resort has everything expected from a five-star hotel. 

Best for: Setting & Views, History & Heritage, Village Life, Beach

Chena Huts

Location: Southern & Southwest Coast | Sri Lanka

Located deep in the south of Sri Lanka, the Chena Huts are the perfect platform for exploring the turtle-laden Indian Ocean and the leopard-hotspot jungle of Yala National Park. Though the lodge’s exteriors say rustic chic, the interiors scream opulent living, making it a luxurious retreat set in a wildlife haven that’s hard to beat.

Best for: Wildlife & Nature, Beach, Chic Design, Setting & Views

Leopard Trails

Location: Southern & Southwest Coast | Sri Lanka

Elevating home comforts to chic and contemporary heights in the depths of Yala National Park, Leopard Trails is the perfect launch pad for exploring this beautiful wilderness. Venture deep into the park in the company of your guide by day, and by night, relax by the campfire with some excellent food and a glass of fine wine.

Best for: Service & Hospitality, Eco-tourism, Wildlife & Nature, Walking & Trekking


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