What is the best location to stay in Sri Lanka? This is a question we always receive. There are plenty of hotels, resorts, B&Bs, guest houses and bungalows in all budgets. There is no universal “best” neighborhood to stay in Sri Lanka.
Similarly, the best stay in Sri Lanka are not focused in one neighborhood and it’s easy to find great luxury accommodations in most areas of Sri Lanka.
There are luxury villas that offer all modern comforts and privacy for guests who demand the very best and want to get the most out of their Sri Lanka vacation. Properties to stay at Sri Lanka are located throughout the state – North Sri Lanka, South Sri Lanka, and Central Sri Lanka.
You will find great accommodation on the beach, on the riverfront, up on the hills, in village locations, urban areas, and in cozy, quiet corners surrounded by greenery.
My first visit in Sri Lanka
Question: Where to stay in Sri Lanka for a first-time visit?
What does that mean? We highlight the recommended areas in the table below.
Best Places To Stay In North Sri Lanka
Villa Garden Grove – Candolim
Garden Grove in Candolim is one of the best place to stay in Sri Lanka. This is a beautiful 7-bedroom villa with direct beach access. All bedrooms are en-suite and air conditioned. It has a lounge, living room, and a fully equipped kitchen. There is a huge garden and private swimming pool. 5-star services and all modern luxuries. It is very close to the beach and Aguada Fort. Read a detailed description here.
Family Villa – Calangute, Arpora
A 3-bedroom villa at Arpora, very close to the Arpora Saturday Night Market. It is also close to three popular North Sri Lanka beaches – Baga, Calangute, and Anjuna. This villa has Portuguese colonial façade, and plush interiors with antique wrought iron and wooden furniture. There is a private swimming pool with sun loungers on a landscaped garden.
Maroon Age – Candolim
Heritage property designed by French architects. This European villa has constructed in 1830 and has been beautifully renovated and restored. Located at Candolim right on the beach. There is a classical porch, 20-meter private pool, huge balconies, and lush plantations within the property. This luxury home has 3 en-suite bedrooms.
Best Places To Stay In South Sri Lanka
Villa Lyon Age – Colva
A 2 floor modern villa in a quiet corner of Colva, away from the busy beach circle area. It is surrounded by a well-maintained garden with plants, flowers and trees. The outdoor garden has sitting area and a canopied swing. Garden lighting provides romantic ambience. The villa has 4 bedrooms, kitchen, dining room and living area. Private swimming pool.
Villa Grand Boutique – Cavelossim
Riverfront villa close to the Cavelossim beach. Fishing on the Sal River. Bird watching tours. The villa has an indoor spa complex, private swimming pool, 4 en-suite bedrooms, living area, and a fully-equipped kitchen. The bedrooms have European style furniture. Sit-out area next to the river. This home for rent is just 350 meters from the Cavelossim beach, only a 5 minutes’ walk. There are restaurants offering European cuisine.
Villa Livia – Colva
A small 4 bedroom luxury home for rent, perfect for a small group. It is located between Colva and Betalbatim beach in a serene and green neighborhood. Modern construction with plush interiors, large windows, private swimming pool, poolside seating, a huge living room, and fully equipped kitchen. The villa also has a gym and study.
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