Sri-lanka was truly an incredible honeymoon for us. It’s a mixture of adventure, great food, and incredible scenery. As we traveled on our honeymoon, hotels were important as well as their locations. So with that in mind, what are the best places to stay in Sri Lanka for couples?
- Columbo – Hotel: Ramada by Wyndham Colombo
- Dambulla – Hotel: Hotel Sigiriya
- Kandy – Hotel: Earls Regent
- Nuwara Eliya – Hotel: Araliya Green Hills Hotel
- Galle – Hotel: The Fortress Resort & Spa
Columbo – Hotel: Ramada by Wyndham Colombo
Location: The location is good – 10-15 minute tuk-tuk drive to Old Parliament Building, Colombo Museum, and Buddhist Temples
Room: The Hotel has been kept up to a good standard and the rooms are a good size. We stayed in the King room which was spacious, with two double beds. The bathroom was clean and ours had a bathtub as well as a separate shower.
The hotel has a pool area with a gym. There is a jacuzzi but it’s not heated
The hotel has a Japanese, Indian food restaurant along with a bar.
We tried the Indian restaurant and the food was very good.
Breakfast had decent options of continental, Sri Lankan and Indian dishes. It has a live counter to prepare eggs, dosa, appam, waffles, and pancakes.
The staff is very helpful and always ready to help with a smile. They made sure we had a comfortable stay.
Overall the hotel serves its purpose for sure. Its location and friendly staff will make your stay worth.
Dambulla – Hotel Sigiriya
Location: The location is incredible. From the hotel, you have a view of Sigiriya Rock whilst lounging from the pool. We were a short drive around 10 minutes if that to the Rock and ruins. You are also not far from Minneriya National Park, which is an Elephant nature reserve.
The Hotel has been kept up to a very good standard and the rooms are a good size. We had a wonderful double bedroom, and as it was our honeymoon they decorated it very nicely for us.. The bathroom was clean and had a shower cubicle.
The hotel has a pool area which was of a good standard.
The breakfast was of a good standard and varied every day. We found the staff to be very polite. There was also a Barbecue option for an extra charge (around $20 per person) most nights if you fancy a change but if you’ve chosen half board it sort of defeats the point. The highlight was the monkeys that arrived one morning when we were there to play near the pool area. There must have been about 15, including tiny babies which were amazing. Rest assured the monkeys will not come near you and you are protected by transparent fencing in between you and them. All the guests enjoyed it.
Kandy – Hotel: Earls Regent
Location: The location is good. Only a 10 minute Tuk Tuk ride to the main square in Kandy, this hotel is in a good location. The main square has a local market area – good for small souvenirs if you wish although the quality of the produce isn’t great. Kandy is home to the beautiful Botanical Gardens as well as the famous Tooth Temple.
The Hotel has been kept up to a very good standard and the rooms are a good size. We had a double bedroom. The bathroom was clean and had a shower cubicle as well as a separate Bathtub. The hotel has a pool area which was of a good standard.
The breakfast was of an excellent standard and varied every day, the deserts, in particular, were great. We found the staff to be very polite. Furthermore, there was live music every night as well which we loved. I asked the singer one night to serenade my wife, which he did, which put me in the good books.
The hotel offers Balinese massages which are quite popular over there. We went for a neck and back massage which we enjoyed.
Nuwara Eliya – Hotel: Araliya Green Hills Hotel
Location: The location is o.k, short walk to the local high street. Nuwara Eliya is famous for its tea plantations. Nicknamed Little England, we would recommend that you take some warm clothes as it is cold when you get there!
The Hotel has been kept up to a good standard and the rooms are a good size, the decor was slightly dated, however. We stayed in the King room which was spacious enough. The bathroom was clean and ours had a shower and toilet.
The hotel has an indoor pool area, given the cold weather and gym. There is a jacuzzi but it’s not heated any more than the pool. The staff are friendly. We were greeted with hot chocolate when we entered the hotel which was very welcome given the unexpected cold chill we experienced and greeted us with a great cake.
The food was excellent, and in terms of quality, it may have been the best we had during our stay in Sri Lanka. Breakfast included a variety of Dosas, Sri Lankan, Continental and Indian Dishes. We had whole tail exotic fishes, chicken and goat curries which we thoroughly enjoyed.
Galle – Hotel: The Fortress Resort & Spa
Location: The location isn’t great to be honest if you’re looking for history and the local town. For us, it would have been better to stay close to the center of Galle. The Tuk Tuk drivers around the hotel have a common understanding of charging all guests $20-$30, for a return trip to see the Fortress and the main Galle Town Centre, which was expensive. That said the journey itself took over 40 minutes. Aside from the Fortress, there isn’t that much to see in Galle, but if you’re a surfer we hear it’s quite good.
The Hotel is beautiful and truly looks like a Fortress. Our room was incredible, with a Large Queen bed, a sofa and a television with a selection of current films loaded on to it. The bathroom was ample sides, with his and her sinks and a very good Jacuzzi. In terms of the general vibe of the hotel, we found the staff generally kept themselves to themselves but were helpful when called upon. We preferred the atmosphere of the other hotels we stayed at in Sri Lanka.
The hotel has a pool, gym area, and sauna which were all of a good standard.
The food was good, the restaurants are quite expensive in the hotel – UK and US prices (This may, however, be because we got accustomed to cheaper rates elsewhere in Sri Lanka). Breakfast was Continental, Sri Lankan, and Indian. There was a very good Fish restaurant which we enjoyed too. I had the great Sea bass.
Overall we would recommend this hotel to travelers looking to chill out and lay by the pool or surf. If you’re traveling to Galle for history though we’d recommend staying a bit closer.
We hope you found this review useful. These hotels if you couldn’t tell are not the cheapest, but then again they are not super expensive either, but they are good value for money.
For prices, we have included trip advisor links above as current rates which vary from season to season.
If you are wondering when to travel to Sri Lanka and when to book, check out our article on when to go on holiday, where we go into this.
If you’re wondering what to do in Sri Lanka, check out our review here to see exactly what we did.
Have you been to Sri Lanka, if so where did you stay? Let us know in the comments below.