There is a wide range of accommodation options in Sri Lanka; from the up-market five star properties to delightful mid range four and three star hotels, exclusive boutique hideaways and modest guest houses.
At the high end you will find the plush five star properties, some being international chains and others world-class properties owned and managed by the large conglomerates in Sri Lanka. Most of these are located in the major cities and key tourist destinations. Equipped with an array of modern conveniences and facilities and serviced by suave, well trained staff, these properties maintain stringent international standards.
Other star rated properties scattered around the island offer good quality accommodation, generous cuisine, service excellence and characteristic local hospitality, presenting an alluring alternative for most travellers.
Boutique accommodation offers a pleasant distraction from the mainstream hotels and are smaller hideaway properties in splendid settings such as secluded beaches, lush tea plantations and other remote ‘eco feel’ localities. These properties often feature sleek contemporary design and architecture, elegant modernist decor, a soothing eco feel and select top-class cuisine.
Another variant of the ‘boutique’ category are the private villas catering to a niche clientele and often found along the southern coast and the hill country. These often occupy restored colonial mansions and tea planter’s bungalows exuding a unique ‘heritage’ character in architecture and design. These hideaways are renowned for the intimate and cosy atmosphere and pampering service.
The island’s tourist centric towns and villages are dotted with many modest proprietary guesthouses. The good ones will offer reasonable comfort, home cooked food and a chance to interact with the amiable owners who will provide many insights; which is a delightful way of discovering the Sri Lankan way of life.
Whichever accommodation option you choose, be assured of one common feature, which is the famously unparalleled ‘Sri Lankan hospitality’.