Congratulations, you are going on a vacation to Sri Lanka! And now you are searching for some of the best beach resorts in Sri Lanka for a memorable vacation. No worries, we’ve got you covered!
Sri Lanka is slowly becoming one of the hottest beach destinations in the world – thanks to its beautiful scenery, pristine beaches, tropical forests, mangroves, ancient culture, delicious local cuisine, and the hospitality of its people. From luxurious villas and 400 rooms resorts to one-villa islands, there is something for everyone here. So, no matter whether you are a backpacker, a family with kids, a couple looking for a romantic time, or a group of friends, Sri Lanka won’t disappoint you with its multitude of beachfront resorts.
It can get confusing to put your finger on one resort, which is why we have neatly prepared an extensive list of the best beach resorts in Sri Lanka keeping your needs in mind and highlighting some of the best features of the property.
Let’s dive into the full list of some of the best beach resorts in Sri Lanka. But also, be sure to read my guide to 5-Star Hotels in Sri Lanka, Beaches in Sri Lanka, and Airbnbs in Sri Lanka for more trip-planning inspiration!
Uga Chena Huts – All Inclusive
Where: Yala, Sri Lanka
Price: $850+ per night
Set amongst the tropical jungles of Yala, in the deep south of Sri Lanka, Uga Chena Huts features 18 luxury cabins spread across 7 acres of land. These cabins perfectly depict the local architecture and blend well with the jungle environment and the saline lake. Bordering the Indian Ocean, the Yala National Park, and a natural watering hole, these cabins offer enchanting views of the seascape and the wilderness.
Each cabin is complete with a private, shaded swimming pool, bathrooms with bathtubs, air conditioning, a fully-stocked minibar, and a living room. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included, along with morning and evening game drives. Transfers to and from the national park can be arranged. There are many hiking trails nearby.
After a busy day at the park, unwind in the outdoor pool or pamper yourself with a spa at the spa center.
Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort
Where: Tangalle, Sri Lanka
Price: $280+ per night
Nestled in the coconut plantations of the southern coast of Sri Lanka, the resort offers commanding views of the ocean and a secluded beachfront. The resort features an outdoor swimming pool, a kids & teens club with childcare professionals, and a spa center with Ayurvedic massage and reflexology treatment rooms.
Enjoy the in-room check-in service in the 5-star villas which are well-appointed with a private plunge pool, a bathroom with a bathtub, and a fully stocked minibar. Highly trained butlers will be at your service. From the grand welcome with the beating of traditional drums, the luxury villas, and cuisine, to the sundown ceremony on your last day at the hotel, everything here depicts authentic Sri Lankan culture.
Cultural and marine activities can be booked at the on-site travel and tour office. The Mulkirigala Rock Temple is a 30-minute drive from the resort.
Where: Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka
Price: $175+ per night
Villa Saffron is a seafront accommodation, and some suites offer ocean views. Each unit comes with a terrace and features a TV, a work desk, air conditioning, and a seating area. Boasting a garden, a terrace, and an outdoor swimming pool overlooking the ocean, this 5-star resort has an on-site restaurant serving international cuisine. There are multiple other living spaces where you cannot help but notice the intricate details with which the resort is designed.
The area is popular for biking and you can hire bikes from the resort. You will be 2.2 km from Hikkaduwa Coral Reef and 2.7 km from Turtle Farm.
Where: Hambantota, Sri Lanka
Price: $275+ per night
Lying along the ancient Spice Route and overlooking the southern coast of Sri Lanka, Shangri-La spans 58 hectares. The beachfront resort features more than 250 rooms and 20 suites surrounded by mesmerizing tropical gardens. The rooms are decorated with tasteful furnishings and complement the local culture. You will find a TV, a bathroom with a bathtub, air conditioning, and a minibar in the rooms. Some rooms offer garden views while some offer ocean views.
The resort houses an 18-hole golf course, a 30 m lap swimming pool, a freeform pool, a spa center, fitness facilities, retail facilities, and a 24-hour front desk. The kids will have a memorable time at the kids’ club with a water park, a 7-meter high trapeze, and other fun activities. Interact with the local artists and craftsmen at the unique Artisan Village. End the day by indulging in the finest Sri Lankan cuisine at their vibrant dining destinations.
Weligama Bay Marriott Resort & Spa
Where: Weligama, Sri Lanka
Price: $150+ per night
Offering unobstructed views of the Indian Ocean, Weligama Resort is set right on the beach and features beachfront rooms. Each room is complete with a bathroom with a bathtub, a balcony with ocean views, a 55-inch smart TV, and air conditioning.
The resort boasts a spa center with 5 treatment rooms, an outdoor lap pool, a year-round children’s pool, a relaxation pool, a business center, and a garden with outdoor furniture. Enjoy meals at the various F&B outlets in the property or cook your own food on the BBQ grill at the terrace. The resort offers water sports facilities and is located close to Galle Fort and Blue Whale watching hubs.
Wild Coast Tented Lodge
Where: Yala, Sri Lanka
Price: $750+ per night
Lying adjacent to the Yala National Park, where the tropical jungle meets the golden beach, Wild Coast Tented Lodge overlooks the pristine blue waters of the Indian Ocean. The resort comprises tented suites in the shape and color of rocks and boulders which feature a spa bath, air conditioning, and a minibar. Some suites feature a private pool.
The bar and the restaurant, made of bamboo, wrap around a swimming pool, where you can enjoy sundowner cocktails and authentic Sri Lankan cuisine. During the day, watch documentaries in the libraries, calm your nerves with a spa, or learn about the wildlife from professional guides during the game drive (included) to the Yala National Park.
The Fortress Resort & Spa
Where: Koggala, Sri Lanka
Price: $200+ per night
Lying along the beach on the southern coast of Sri Lanka, The Fortress offers spacious rooms with a blend of colonial and modern architecture. The rooms are well-appointed with a balcony, a TV, and air conditioning. Some rooms provide picturesque views of the ocean.
Relax in the outdoor pool, sauna, and hot tub at the resort. Work out at the fitness center and pamper yourself with spa and ayurvedic treatments at the Spa & Wellness Center. Choose from a wide collection of wines and exotic cocktails and indulge in authentic Sri Lankan and Mediterranean cuisine at the restaurant overlooking the Indian Ocean.
You will be a 15-minute drive away from Unawatuna and a 20-minute drive away from Galle. Koggala Lake is about 5 km from the resort.
Where: Yala, Sri Lanka
Price: $130+ per night
Spreading across 38 acres along the borders of the Yala National Park, Jetwing Yala features air-conditioned rooms furnished with four poster beds, a wardrobe, a large TV, a safe, a living area, and a balcony.
There is an outdoor pool, a business center, and a 24-hour front desk at the resort. Facilities like laundry services and child care services make it easier for you to unwind and relax. Pamper yourself with a spa at the spa center or contact the front desk for making arrangements for a sightseeing tour or travel. Watch the sun go down while enjoying drinks at the pool bar and taste the delectable Asian and Sri Lankan cuisine served at the 2 on-site restaurants.
Elements Beach & Nature Resort
Where: Kalpitiya, Sri Lanka
Price: $100+ per night
If you are an environmentally conscious person and want to have a green vacation, the Elements Beach & Nature Resort is one of the best options for beach resorts in Sri Lanka.
Perched on the banks of the Kappalady Lagoon and the Indian Ocean, and lying on the north-west coast of Sri Lanka, the resort features a private beach. Designed to minimize the carbon footprint, the villas here have adapted efficient insulation concepts and are built with indigenous construction materials like local wood, coconut leaves, and concrete. The resort contributes to social and environmental sustainability in Sri Lanka by organizing beach cleanups and implementing a systematic waste recycling program.
The Kappalady Reef, in front of the beach restaurant, is home to large schools of tropical fish and spinner dolphins. The resort is great for kitesurfing, whale and dolphin watching, and snorkeling. You can rent bicycles for exploring the area. Talawila Church is 3 km from the property.
Seven Turtles Beach Resort
Where: Tangalle, Sri Lanka
Price: $75+ per night
Tucked on the southern coastline of Sri Lanka, Seven Turtles is only a few steps away from its wild beach. You will be surrounded by lush greenery, and iguanas, peacocks, and mongooses will be your visitors. The traditional-style rooms at the resort offer spectacular views of the ocean and are furnished with a minibar, a refrigerator, and air conditioning.
At the resort, you will find an outdoor swimming pool, a large terrace, laundry services, and an on-site restaurant serving European and Sri Lankan cuisine. Day trips to Yala National Park, Galle, and Mulkirigala can be arranged by the hotel. You can enjoy activities like surfing and fishing near the resort.
Where: Weligama, Sri Lanka
Price: $400+ per night
Rising 40 meters above the Indian Ocean, Cape Weligama is a cliff-top resort on the palm-fringed shores of the southern cliffs of Sri Lanka. Come experience a slice of paradise with 3 restaurants offering stunning views of the ocean, a cove pool, a 60-meter crescent infinity pool, and 2 main pools. You will also find a fitness center, a spa center, and a water sports center at the resort.
Decorated elegantly, the villas and suites feature a seating area, a dining area, a private terrace, a TV, and a steam room & a stone bath in the bathroom. Infinity pools are shared between 2 or 3 independent villas.
Excursions to Uda Walawe National Park, kayaking on the lake, diving sessions, surfing lessons, and cycling tours through the rice fields can be arranged with the hotel. You can also indulge in some popular activities like whale watching, snorkeling, and stilt fishing. Galle is a 30-minute drive away and Mirissa Bay is 7 km from the resort.
Where: Ahangama, Sri Lanka
Price: $250+ per night
Sitting atop the white sand of Kabalana Beach on the southern coast of Sri Lanka, The Sandhya is an adults-only, boutique beachfront hotel. The hotel is complete with 9 luxurious bedrooms and suites with spectacular views of the Indian Ocean from the windows and balcony. The rooms are equipped with a bathroom with a bathtub, air conditioning, a Bluetooth speaker, a king-size bed, and a living area with a TV. There is a plunge pool and a restaurant serving farm-to-table food at the property.
The area is known for one of the best beach stretches and premier surf points. Grab a board and go surfing in either direction or indulge in various day activities beyond the boundaries of the resort. Witness the process of cinnamon cultivation, visit a tea plantation, or ride a bike through the rice paddies.
Already dreaming of your vacation in Sri Lanka? Amazing! We hope we were able to give you some of the best beach resort options to choose from. In case we missed out on any beach resort, please let us know in the comments section below. Enjoy your vacation!
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