Looking for the BEST 5 Star Hotels in Sri Lanka in 2023!? Well, I’m here to help, because I’ve compiled a list of some truly stunning properties that will make your vacation truly unforgettable!
The majesty of stunning Sri Lanka has to be seen to be believed. And if you really want to experience the luxury this East Asian country can provide, you just have to do it by staying in the best of the best hotels. Live like royalty on your next visit to this majestic country, and stay at one (or more!) of my shortlist of the twelve best hotels in Sri Lanka. I can guarantee you’ll come home feeling like a million bucks!
So without further ado, enjoy what I think are some of the best 5-star hotels, villas, and resorts in Sri Lanka!
1) Residence by Uga Escapes
An oasis in the heart of the capital…
Price: $200+ USD per night
Nestled amidst the hustle and bustle of the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo, Residence by Uga Escapes is a welcome city escape. Within walking distance to many of the city’s landmarks, including Gangaramaya Temple, this hotel offers prestigious rooms, a beautiful outdoor pool, and stellar customer service!
Offering lavish rooms, celebrity treatment, and luxury amenities – if you’re looking for a top-notch hotel to stay in Colombo, look no further than the centrally located Uga Residence!
Visitor review: “The staff were excellent. The residence suite was beautiful – large and very comfortable. The restaurant was excellent. Oasis of calm in busy city. Pool was great for a refreshing dip at the end of the day.” Nicola, United Kingdom.
2) Cinnamon Lodge Habarana
A stunning National Park escape…
Price: $80+ USD per night
Cinnamon Lodge Habarana is set amongst 27 acres of lush greenery, and native trees and is bordered by three iconic Sri Laka National Parks. If you just want to get away from it all in the heart of wild Sri Lanka, this luxury 5-star hotel should be your first port of call. The rooms, restaurants and surrounds are second to none, and you will spend your days riding elephants, swinging in a hammock or sitting by Habarana Lake.
Having personally stayed here on two separate trips to Sri Lanka, I can attest to its magnitude and why I’ve put it as one of the five star hotels in Sri Lanka! Everything from the serene setting, luxurious pool, unbelievably delicious Sri Lankan cuisine, relaxing spa services, and unbeatable customer service make this a MUST-STAY for your upcoming holiday.
Visitor review: “The location is great, with nature all around you and the rooms are amazing. The staff is extremely friendly and helpful. The played cricket with our family and explained everything about the sport. The food is lovely. The spa is the best spa we have ever visited.” Anna, Netherlands
3) Jetwing Vil Uyana
An eco-resort experience like no other…
Price: $350+ USD per night
“Our name refers to a garden of lakes – a tribute most fitting to our agrarian ancestors, who once served a prosperous country from these fertile lands of our Sigiriya hotel. Centuries later, we are proud to share a legacy of true Sri Lankan hospitality with the world, in the finest of modern ecological luxury. And with a mystifying blend of rustic tradition and natural magnificence, we promise you a sojourn to remember.”
Immerse yourself in rustic elegance and treat yourself to an unforgettable stay at Jetwing Vil Uyana. Luxury cabins will be where you’ll rest your head after a long day exploring the surrounds of this eco-resort, which is built on man-made wetlands.
Explore local lakes, temples and landmarks, or book a cabin with its own private pool and simply relax. With native monkeys swinging in the trees overhead, Jetwing Vil Uyana is truly a Sri Lankan paradise.
Visitor review: “It was paradise the forest dwelling was amazing there were monkeys in the trees and monitor lizards on the garden! Peacocks in the grounds amazing. Food was excellent and the curries wonderful. A wonderful experience.” Ruth, United Kingdom
4) Anantara Peace Haven Tangelle Resort
An unforgettable jaw-dropping coastal luxury 5-star resort…
Price: $280+ USD per night
If you have the means, I highly recommend springing for a few nights at Anantara Peace Haven Tangelle Resort. From the moment you step inside, you’ll feel like royalty, with a private traditional welcoming ceremony to kick things off.
The rooms and villas are divine, the beach pristine, and the spa renowned for its excellence. You can see why so many visitors don’t leave the grounds of this incredible hotel built on a seaside coconut plantation for the entirety of their stay in Tangelle. It’s just that good.
This resort offers six different world-class dining options, private villas with plunge pools, onsite travel concierge for booking excursions, heavenly rain showers, and so much more! If you plan on visiting the Southern Coast of Sri Lanka, you’ve got to stay here!
Visitor review: “A very good beach – the best I have ever seen!!!! Waves – at the beginning seem too large but a little bit later you get to know how to swim at them and it is a great fun to swim at such a ocean!!!! Kitchen – excellent! Room – very comfortable. Wild animals at the territory of the hotel!” Andrei, Russia
5) Shangri-La’s Hambantota Golf Resort & Spa
Nothing but the best in Hambantota…
Price: $175+ USD per night
You wouldn’t expect much less than pure excellence from the Shangri-La hotel chain, and that’s exactly what you get at their Hambantota Golf Resort & Spa in Sri Lanka’s Southern Province. From your seaside digs, there isn’t a shortage of activities to lose yourself in.
A golf course, multiple pools, spa, sauna, gym, beach, watersports, and candlelit dinners right on the sand await you. Don’t miss a sojourn to the Yala National Park, where you can witness leopards, elephants, and crocodiles in their natural habitat. This beachfront 5-star hotel provides a relaxing escape with world-class customer service, and a stay here would be ideal for a romantic honeymoon or family vacation!
It’s one of the most sought-after luxury hotels in Sri Lanka that is guaranteed to impress!
Visitor review: “Amazing hotel, was the perfect setting for our dream honeymoon. Staff were brilliant, room was fantastic, food was delicious, grounds were first class and the artisan village was wonderful. Really didn’t want our stay here to end. Hope to return one day.” Gemma, Cyprus.
6) Samudra Beach House
Private poolside beach villa vibes…
Price: $600+ USD per night
There’s nothing about this incredible, sprawling private villa that won’t blow you away. For a world-class travel experience, Samudra Beach House is simply superb.
It’s right on the beach, and if you can tear yourself away from this slice of private paradise (and its gorgeous infinity pool!), Galle Fort is a short drive away, while other local sights and authentic Sri Lankan restaurants are aplenty here. But reserve your stay well before your trip – this gem books out months in advance.
While this may not be an actual resort, it’s a 5-star luxury stay that is guaranteed to impress!
Visitor review: “Spectacular property right on the sand. From start to finish a wonderful experience. My first ever 10/10 on booking.com and the food! Wow! Lovely staff and we’ll be back for sure.” Antony, Malaysia
7) Victoria Golf & Country Resort
Modern rustic elegance nestled in the wilds perfect for golf enthusiasts…
Price: $80+ USD per night
Beautiful Sri Lanka is renowned for its lush greenery and remote jungle destinations, and Victoria Golf & Country Resort is the cream of the crop. Located in Digana, this resort boasts ultra-modern amenities and rooms, with the rustic touch that makes Sri Lankan accommodations so unique.
The sunsets here are majestic, and the local area is known for its Buddhist temples and shrines. If some peace and quiet in absolute luxury is what you are yearning for, this is the place for you.
This would be more ideal for those men and women travelers who enjoy the game of golf, as it’s one of the top-rated golf courses in Sri Lanka!
Visitor review: “Comfortable rooms. Service and location was really good. The view outside the room was very amazing. We managed to see the sun setting. Surroundings were windy and had lots of trees.” Dushan, Sri Lanka.
8) Jungle Beach by Uga Escapes
Beach, jungle and lagoon merges…
Price: $150+ USD per night
It’s totally possible to have a beach and jungle escape at the same time in Sri Lanka – and the place to do it is Jungle Beach by Uga Escapes. A nature lover’s dream come true, you can choose to stay in either a lagoon, beach, or jungle chalet and the location will tick the checkboxes of any style traveler.
Explore the surrounding jungle, kick back on the quiet, private beach, or start (and end!) your day with a dip in the stunning lagoon. Jungle Beach has it all.
Trincomalee is simply one of the best beaches in Sri Lanka that you can’t miss during your trip, and a stay at Uga Jungle Beach Resort would be 5-star experience you’ll never forget!
Visitor review: “Wow. Wow. Wow. Everything was exceptional. Food was delicious, rooms were spectacular (especially the outdoor shower!) and the staff went above and beyond to help in any way they could. This place is outstanding!! Will find any excuse to come back here.” Lisa, Australia.
9) Cinnamon Wild Yala
The Ultimate Yala National Park 5-Star experience…
Price: $233+ USD per night
No trip to Sri Lanka would be complete (in my eyes) without experiencing a wildlife safari through the iconic Yala National Park! Known for its leopards, elephants, bears, and lush scenery – it’s truly a must-visit, and there’s no better way to get the full experience than staying at this Cinnamon Wild Yala 5-Star Resort.
Spend your days on a jeep safari, snapping photos of exotic animals, and spend your evening soaking in the large pool and enjoying moonlit buffet dinners while crocodiles swim in the nearby lagoon. It’s definitely one of the best hotels in Sri Lanka, and probably my personal favorite!
10) Waterland 5-Star Villas
Price: $233+ USD per night
Just one look at these stunning two-bedroom villas with private pools will have you booking a stay here at Waterland! Offering luxury amenities, an on-site restaurants that guests rave about, a floating spa, and impeccable location – travelers to Negombo will absolutely adore a 5-star stay here that will keep you coming back every year.
11) Villa Amma Erna
Explore Galle from a tropical jungle base…
Price: $100+ USD per night
With delicious eateries, adventure sports, local temples and pagodas and the south-west Sri Lankan city of Galle right at your doorstep, the experience of staying at Villa Amma Erna is second to none. Fill your stay with canoeing, windsurfing, hiking and swimming, and regenerate with a visit to their beautiful day spa.
If you’re feeling adventurous, a trip to Galle Lighthouse offers unrivaled ocean vistas, or learn about the local wildlife conservation efforts at the Mahamodara Sea Turtle Hatchery Centre. The value for money to stay at this luxury hotel is unbelievable – don’t miss out!
Visitor review: “Really excellent dinner and breakfast. Some of the best food we have eaten in Sri Lanka. We also loved the secluded and eco vibe of the villa especially the open screen rooms and the pool area. It was such a relaxing retreat away from the busy town.” Steve, Australia.
12) Aliya Resort and Spa
A luxurious jungle retreat with an unforgettable infinity pool view…
Price: $165+ USD per night
“Nestled among the lush greenery of rolling fields, decades-old indigenous trees and chena growth of the dry zone of the Central Province, Aliya Resort & Spa Sigiriya invites you to relax and unwind, far from the hustle and bustle of city life.”
With a swimming pool with an iconic view of Sigiriya Rock Fortress in the distance, staying here at the Aliya Resort & Spa would provide a world-class stay while you explore the nearby attractions.
Having visited this resort myself (and swam in this pool), the resort truly is unique and utterly beautiful – and it’s definitely one of the coolest 5 star hotels in Sri Lanka!
Offering deluxe rooms, wooden chalets, and luxurious suites each with their own charm, booking a few night’s here would be an excellent decision at surprisingly affordable rate!
13) Moksha at Kitulgala – Rainforest Luxury Boutique
Where: Kitulgala, Sri Lanka
Price: $172+ per night
A rainforest getaway you’ll never forget!
This 5-star hotel offers breathtaking mountain views and a range of top-notch amenities. From the moment you arrive, you’ll be enchanted by the lush surroundings and the warm hospitality. The hotel boasts air-conditioned rooms with modern furnishings and all the comforts you need for a relaxing stay. Each room features a private balcony, a flat-screen TV, and a well-appointed bathroom.
Unwind by the outdoor swimming pool, soak in the hot tub, or enjoy a karaoke session with friends and family. The hotel also offers a shared lounge and a beautiful garden, perfect for leisurely strolls and moments of tranquility. For adventure enthusiasts, the area is ideal for cycling, and the hotel provides bike hire services, allowing you to explore the picturesque surroundings at your own pace. Nearby attractions include the Katugastota Polgolla Reservoir Seaplane Base, offering stunning aerial views, and the charming town of Kitulgala itself, known for its outdoor activities and lush rainforest.
14) Dream Cliff Mountain Resort Sri Lanka
Where: Haputale, Sri Lanka
Price: $320+ per night
A simply stunning mountain resort!
The hotel features spacious rooms equipped with modern comforts such as a flat-screen TV, a private bathroom, and a balcony overlooking the majestic mountains. Relax in the comfort of your room, surrounded by beautiful landscapes and tranquility. Take a refreshing dip in the outdoor swimming pool, surrounded by nature’s beauty. Unwind on the terrace or explore the lush garden, immersing yourself in the peaceful ambiance of the surroundings.
Dream Cliff Mountain Resort is ideally located near popular tourist attractions. Visit the iconic Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, known for its stunning architecture, or venture to Horton Plains National Park, where you can embark on exciting hiking trails and witness breathtaking views. Hakgala Botanical Garden is another nearby attraction that showcases an impressive collection of flora.
15) Blue Ocean Resort
Where: Netolpitiya, Sri Lanka
Price: $85+ per night
Step into a world of relaxation and natural beauty as you arrive at this stunning resort. The hotel features air-conditioned rooms equipped with modern comforts and free WiFi. Each room comes with a private bathroom and some even offer a balcony, allowing you to enjoy the refreshing sea breeze and panoramic views. Take a leisurely stroll through the lush garden or unwind on the terrace, immersing yourself in the serene ambiance of the surroundings.
Explore the pristine shores of Wella Odaya Beach, just steps away from the hotel. Discover the wonders of Rekawa Beach, known for its sea turtle conservation efforts, or marvel at the natural phenomenon of Hummanaya Blow Hole. or those seeking adventure, the resort offers a tour desk where you can arrange exciting excursions and water sports activities.
Am I Missing Any Other Epic 5 Star Luxury Resorts in Sri Lanka…?
I’ve personally been to Sri Lanka a number and times, and it’s one of my favorite destinations to write about! I’m actually planning a trip back soon, and can’t wait to stay at a couple of these 5 star luxury hotels myself! I’ll be adding to this list for sure, and would love any tips & hidden gems you know about!
Planning a trip to Sri Lanka…?
Check out my other Jones Around The World Sri Lanka travel guides! It’s one of my favorite countries in Asia, and I’m really hoping I can make it back in 2020 for more luxury hotel exploring!
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