Sri Lanka

golden beaches, cultural abundance, tea plantations, historic monuments

Absurdly rich and fertile, Sri Lanka positively drips with abundance: its smells are those of fruit, spices, tea and coffee, flowers, perfume, and wonderful cooking. Its colours are the honey-gold of the beaches, the intense, almost luminous green of the plantations, and the purple-blue hills in the distance. Warm, open and relaxed, with none of India’s frenetic edge, its culture is a cocktail of Buddhist, Hindu, Christian and Muslim influences and its people are very sweet and gentle.

In the past we struggled to recommend many places to stay when on a luxury holiday in Sri Lanka, but now the picture is very different: in the last two or three years, there has been a proliferation of small luxury hotels and gorgeous private villas that we have visited and found that we like very much. We also think that Sri Lanka offers excellent value for money.

All itineraries are individually designed, but as a guide, we can arrange a ten day luxury holiday in Sri Lanka (not including flights) from £2200 per person.


As every one of the holidays we create is truly tailor-made, all of our clients come back with different and interesting stories. We love to hear from our clients on their return to find out about their most memorable moments. Our Destination Experts are also always travelling to our extraordinary destinations and every trip allows us to refine and add value to our clients' future experiences.

Luxury holiday to Sri Lanka's Tea Country

Life in the Tea Country

Destination Expert, Florence Evans, believes a trip to Sri Lanka is simply incomplete without a visit to the splendid Tea Country. She took a privately guided tour of the Rothschild Tea Factory, one of the oldest in Sri Lanka and had a fascinating opportunity to meet a tea worker who had followed in the footsteps of a family tradition.

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Don’t Skip Colombo – A walking tour of the city

Many people skip past Colombo, however, when Amberley travelled to Sri Lanka, she really wanted to explore this bustling and interesting city. She took a privately guided walking tour with a local who took her to places that tourists very rarely get to see, including his own conservation projects. She found it an insightful and interesting experience.

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The Conservation of Native Sri Lankan Turtles

Sri Lanka has incredibly diverse wildlife, and when Nick Brooks travelled there he wanted to find out more about conservation projects for the Sri Lankan turtles. Fast becoming a rare species, he spent a day at the Sea Turtle Conservation Centre which allowed him to see the processes that they have put in place to give the turtles a better chance of survival.

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The Elusive Leopard of Sri Lanka

Louise Huntington took a research trip to Sri Lanka to explore as much as possible of this diverse country. One highlight of her trip was staying in the Yala National Park, where she was on the lookout for the elusive leopard. The camp provided the ideal base for game drives and exploring the park, and sleeping in the jungle in a tent all heightened the experience.

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The biggest Buddhist celebration of the year

When Louise Huntington was in Kandy she was lucky enough to witness the biggest Buddhist celebration of the year - the festival of Kandy Perahera. With the help and commentary of a knowledgeable guide she was able to get the most out of this extraordinary experience.

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Sri Lanka is a perfect destination for a Christmas holiday as Marina McWhirter writes about her amazing luxury holiday. Experiencing her first monsoon as well as staying in a villa on water and undertaking an elephant ride overall her and her family had an incredible experience.

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Struggling to catch my breath in Sri Lanka

After her holiday to Sri Lanka, Gemma Gilles can't think of anywhere else in the world where she has ever experienced a more fantastic variety of sights and experiences. A 2am climb to Adams Peak was amongst her highlights and was worth every step to experience the breathtaking views from the summit in time for sunrise.

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Sarah Peacock and her family travelled to Sri Lanka for twelve days. They found Sri Lanka uplifting, educational and full of beauty. They are already planning their return to visit to the East Coast of the island. Accompanied by their private driver and guide they experienced so many different things, have a read what they got up to...

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Places to Stay

At c+l, we have no vested interest in the hotels and lodges which we select - we review everything and choose the best for a particular client. And because we visit our three regions on a regular basis and have detailed conversations with over 90% of our clients on their return, our choices can be refined continually. The choice of what is best for the client is our only consideration.


Stone House, Kandy

Rising above the hubbub of the city centre, this 1940’s colonial mansion sits amongst the scenic Kandy mountaintops and provides the perfect escape for honeymooners, families, and explorers alike. Each of the seven rooms embrace their own theme as each encases some exceptional artwork from various local artists.

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The Last House

Designed by Geoffrey Bawa, one of Asia’s most prominent architects, with bright colours and antique furniture, The Last House is an idyllic oasis providing a perfect retreat to end a jam-packed itinerary in Sri Lanka.

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Living Heritage Koslanda Sri Lanka

Living Heritage Koslanda

This bijou boutique hotel, set within an 80-acre estate in Sri Lanka’s Hill Country, is perfect if you are seeking peace and seclusion. Surrounded by rolling hills, paddy fields and lush tropical forests, Living Heritage Koslanda is a harmonious hideaway where you can connect with the lifestyle understood by Sri Lankans throughout the centuries.

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Kandy House

In our opinion Kandy House, a charismatic ancestral manor house set amongst a six-acre spice estate, is the best place to stay during your visit to bustling Kandy. The hotel is just a few miles from the ancient city itself, yet far enough to enjoy the peaceful, quiet surroundings.

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Vil Uyana

Vil Uyana, literally meaning ‘Water Garden’, has been built around a scenic wetland on reclaimed agricultural land. Despite being in a man-made landscape, this special piece of paradise is perfect for nature lovers. Sigiriya, visible from the restaurant, is only 15 minutes away so for those wishing to explore the Cultural Triangle whilst indulging in…

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Luxury holiday to Amanwella


Tangalle has one of our favourite beaches in Sri Lanka. Lengthy stretches of golden sand, hidden coves perfect for swimming and a relaxing end to a culture-packed itinerary. Offering 27 suites (each with a private plunge pool), Amanwella boasts its position here in tranquil Tangalle. Unfortunately with recent doubts on the standard of service and…

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Luxury hotel Fort Bazaar

Fort Bazaar

Galle Fort, a huge draw for our clients, welcomed the charming Fort Bazaar in January 2016. Sister property to The Wallawwa (one of our favourite boutique hideaways near to Colombo and a fantastic start for an itinerary to Sri Lanka), gorgeous interiors, exceptional personal service and fantastic food is no surprise. Situated on the historic…

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luxury escape to Sri Lanka, Chena Huts

Chena Huts, Yala National Park

Smart, swanky and sophisticated, Chena Huts is the place to stay for those looking to explore Sri Lanka’s lush wilderness in ultimate luxury. Celebrating its opening in January 2016, we are incredibly excited about this addition to the Sri Lankan wilderness of Yala. Immersed amongst completely unspoilt wilderness, the location within the vicinity of Yala…

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Luxury Hotel Mas Villa, Sri Lanka

Mas Villa

It must be the astonishing views across the Kotmale Valley that make Mas Villa one of our favourite boutique hideaways in Sri Lanka’s Hill Country. There is something wonderful about spending your days unwinding and relaxing, surrounded by unspoilt nature. For us, the adventure starts on the charming colonial train from Kandy that journeys through the undulating hills and past scenic lakes; a real highlight for our clients.

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Leopard Safari luxury Sri Lanka holiday

Noel Rodrigo’s Leopard Safaris

From leopard to sloth bears, Sri Lanka has it all. With the country becoming an increasingly popular destination, there has been a recent boom in new accommodation and exciting experiences, none more so than in Yala National Park. Located on the periphery of the park (a perfect spot) is Noel Rodrigo’s Leopard Safaris, a tented…

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Luxury Sri Lanka Why House

Why House

With just 8 bedrooms, this gorgeous boutique country-esque escape can be booked for couples and families, and is located in an ideal spot to end a more itinerant holiday in Sri Lanka. Why House is set amongst three-acre gardens with rooms dotted within a main house, garden house and cottage-like cabanas. We love especially the sizeable pool which is framed by beautiful trees and flowers; an idyllic place to unwind and relax.

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For scenic sea views, a romantic setting and gorgeous design, Habaraduwa House has raised the bar once again for stylish, indulgent retreats in Sri Lanka. This fabulous boutique beach villa is the jewel in Galle's crown of great places to stay. Habaraduwa House has been artfully designed as a small cluster of stand-alone white buildings where the great living room is flanked on each side by two sizeable bedrooms, an Ambalama and a further bedroom which enjoys fantastic sea views.

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sri lanka luxury hotel cultural triangle


Ulagalla is the place stay whilst exploring the Cultural Triangle. A rural gem nestled amongst 58 acres of cultivated Sri Lankan jungle, this ‘country estate’ offers exceptional local dishes, renowned eco-credentials and some of the most spacious rooms in the country. Artfully designed villas have been carefully located over the extensive grounds- most with their own plunge pool and all with great privacy and attention to detail.

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Tri Lanka

Tri Lanka, Galle

cazenove+loyd are eagerly awaiting the official opening of Tri in December 2015. Despite promises of geometric ingenuity and intelligent luxury, we will remain ever vigilant as we monitor the exciting new development and experience it for ourselves in September. There is no denying however that it is in an extraordinary setting and is a remarkable concept for Sri Lanka’s South-West coast.

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Gal Oya Lodge

Gal Oya Lodge

Hidden away in Sri Lanka’s most untouched landscape and nestled within a 20 acre private forest, is the timeless Gal Oya Lodge. Built completely from materials which have been locally sourced, Gal Oya will make you feel at one with the wilderness within this enviable location. We feel that Gal Oya has brought about an exciting new addition to the boutique hotel scene in Sri Lanka, and it is somewhere that will give you a relaxing, yet thrilling experience that will stay with you forever.

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Amangalla, Galle

Amangalla lies within the walls of the historic Galle Fort. It is a beautiful boutique hotel that combines Aman’s world famous style yet remains true to the old world feel of the buildings it occupies. It's been immaculately restored and really is Asia’s last word in colonial splendour. The gracious and welcoming staff ensure that you will have a wonderful stay luxurious surroundings. For the ultimate pampering experience we highly recommend having the sandalwood facial at the indulgent spa.

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Kahanda Kanda

Kahanda Kanda, Koggala

Owned by the fabulous interior designer George Cooper, Kahanda Kanda is a small, luxurious and totally indulgent boutique hotel. With stunning views of Koggala Lake and beautiful interiors we think that this stylish retreat is wonderful for our clients looking for a peaceful escape. Located just outside Galle, KK is a great base to discover some of the wonderful nearby beaches and also the treasures inside the Galle Fort which are only a short tuk tuk ride away.

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Tea Trails

Tea Trails

Tea Trails comprises of luxurious colonial era tea planters' bungalows, with excellent service and a full afternoon tea, which is not be missed. Situated in Sri Lanka's hill country, with spectacular scenery and lush tea plantations offering walks, bike rides, rafting. Meeting locals and finding out insider knowledge from people who have lived in the area for many years can be a true highlight. We also recommend taking the train from Kandy for a wonderfully scenic journey through the plantations.

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The Wallawwa

The Wallawwa, Colombo

The Wallawwa offers so much more than one might expect from an hotel near the airport, with delicious food and peaceful tropical gardens, this is the only place we recommend for a relaxing stopover. This boutique hotel provides colonial charm and exceptional service. The Wallawwa is it strategically located close to the Dambulla, Kandy and Galle highways and not far from the hustle and bustle of central Colombo making it easily accessible yet entirely secluded – a luxury private hideaway.

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Cape Weligama

Cape Weligama, Galle

Perched on a dramatic headland close to Galle, Cape Weligama is Sri Lanka’s latest luxury resort to open. It is surrounded by golden beaches and is blessed with stunning views of the Indian Ocean. Created by the owners of our favourite tea country bungalows. We have great confidence that Cape Weligama will become a firm favourite for cazenove+loyd clients. We feel that this is the perfect place to flop, make the most of the fresh seafood and enjoy the spectacular crescent-shaped infinity pool.

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For over 20 years we have been creating the best luxury tailor-made holidays, we know our countries inside and out and really know how to get under the skin of each one and the best way to experience them.


The Ancient Cities of the Cultual Triangle

The Ancient Cities in the Cultural Triangle are a must for those who are interested in Sri Lanka’s history, which dates back more than 2500 years. Excavations over the last 100 years have pushed back years of jungle encroachment and restored many interesting ancient sites. With our experienced private guides explore the ancient cities and their glorious remains that are temples, fortresses and statues.

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Exploring Galle

Galle, the biggest city on the southern coast, is immensely popular for its Old Town, Dutch Fort and nearby beaches. Its location on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka puts it firmly on the trade route between the East and Europe, and each wave of settlers built their own churches and mansions. The fort was constructed by the Portuguese, which later fell to the Dutch and was finally occupied by the British.

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Yala National Park

A trip to Yala is great for clients who are particularly keen to see some of the best wildlife in Sri Lanka and view its lagoons, rock outcrops and beaches, which offer a picturesque setting. It has a huge diversity of habitats and is home to wild elephant, crocodile, sloth bears, sambar dear and a variety of exotic bird species. The park also boasts one of the world's densest leopard populations.

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The Tea Plantations

On a rather shallow ‘aesthetic’ level the endless hills of beautifully clipped tea bushes are like a topiary garden and dotted with workers in colourful saris, it is a lovely sight. On a deeper level, the tea industry is a mainstay of Sri Lanka's economy.

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The creation of each individual itinerary starts with a client’s dream. In discussion we translate these initial desires and aspirations into our vision of the best achievable holiday. Our meticulous planning and love of our destinations ensure that we create once-in-a-lifetime experiences. We promise you precious and everlasting memories.

Signature Sri Lanka


One of the great draws of Sri Lanka is its variety. You can be walking in the dramatic highlands and fresh air of the the tea plantations one day and easily be walking along a deserted beach the next. Sri Lanka also has some of our favourite small owner-run hotels in Asia- this gives the…

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We know Sri Lanka better than most. The possibilities are endless and ever-changing. On the map below, we have plotted some of our current favourite places to stay, some c+l highlights and a few pertinent client stories. And you can see if there is a team member travelling in that particular country and link through to them and what they are up to, so you can get them to call you on their return.

Best time to visit
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Best time to go

Sri Lanka’s tropical climate can be confusing. Generally speaking, January to April and July to September are the most suitable times to travel as these are the driest months. Throughout the months of May and June you should expect some rain, particularly in the South West of the country. The monsoon season is October, November and often pushes a little into December. Sri Lanka is an all-year-round holiday destination. December to April is the best time for the South West of the island and May to September for the North East. To put it more simply, when the monsoon arrives in the South West, the East coast and Cultural Triangle are at their best and vice versa.

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