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Colombo - Hotel Casa Colombo

Located in Bambalapitiya in Colombo 4, it is in the heart of Colombo’s business district, however as it’s neatly cosseted away from the busy Galle road by its own cul de sac, it is a gated and very private hotel.  Casa Colombo is a 12 suite Retro-chic hotel that blends a contemporary designer style with the charms of a magnificent 200 year old Moorish mansion. Built by one of the wealthiest Indian trading families at the time, the mansion is adorned with acres of Italian and Indian mosaic floors, carved arches, moulded ceilings and Moorish styled balconies, and is one of the few remaining treasures of its era. A significant part of creating this hotel involved restoring the building back to its former grandeur.

Colombo - The Hotel Tingatel

Tintagel Colombo is a unique and private hotel, situated in the heart of Colombo’s most elite neighbourhood. Offering 10 individually designed suites with all modern amenities and services, Tintagel Colombo is housed in a stunning heritage structure of national importance that was previously home to three of Sri Lanka’s political leaders. With its close proximity to many embassies and places of business, Tintagel Colombo is a popular choice of accommodation for corporate travellers. Tintagel Colombo was created by Shanth Fernando, the proprietor and designer, providing a special option for the Colombo visitor.

Sigriya - Vil Uyana

Deep in the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka an ancient marvel stands proud – the world renowned rock fortress of Sigiriya. A hotel that pays homage to its beauty and uniqueness, also sits hidden quietly in the plains of its shadow. Here, turn back 2000 years and imagine life as it was. With a deep satisfied sigh the dark cloak of night gives in to the break of day. In the distance a lone Nightjar bids a last farewell. The eastern sky brightens with a rosy blush as wispy swirls of blue mist lets go of the water and hangs still in the air. A gentle breeze parts its soft veil to offer a fleeting glimpse of dark steeped silhouettes rising up above the lake, the occasional glow of golden lamps still twinkle invitingly.  

Kandy - Kandy House

The Kandy House is a unique ancestral manor house which Tim and Sarah Jacobson dared to start the process to turn it into a designer boutique hotel, in partnership with Channa Daswatte: to retain the charisma of this captivating house while taking it to the standard for 21st century guests. The resulting restoration sensitively blends modernised bathrooms with elegant antique furniture, and fresh touches of colour set off the traditional architecture. With only 9 bedrooms, the aim is to give guests an experience of staying more in a private house than a conventional hotel. In the gardens, a stunning infinity pool has been landscaped into the hillside overlooking the rice paddy fields. Delicious European fusion and Sri Lankan cuisine is on offer.

Hatton - Tea Trails Bungalows

Norwood Bungalow The bungalow at Norwood commands a fine view of the eastern end of the Bogawantalawa valley and rests in the shelter of one of the finest bamboo stands to be found anywhere. The suites are oversized with imposing colonial style furniture, some with four-poster beds and very elegant bathrooms. A spacious lounge and well-stocked library lead out to a croquet lawn, a large swimming pool and sun deck. It is here where planters of the past invited friends to enjoy the pristine air and glorious outlook. Guests can wander the gardens unchanged since yesteryear, soaking up the atmosphere of a time gone by.

Tientsin Bungalow

Step into the world of Tientsin and step back in time. Named after the Chinese village from which the original tea seedlings came, this very British residence is a historical landmark. Six glorious rooms and suites open onto magnificent English gardens still standing loyal to the colonial planters' wives who created 'a little bit of home' in a far away land. Wander the glorious rose terraces and hide away under a leafy arbour to the myriad sounds of the many birds that make their homes there. Each suite too is faithful to the original design with polished wooden floors and high ceilings; some with four-poster beds.

Nuwara Eliya - Heritance Tea Factory Hotel

The Heritance Tea Factory lies alone and unique, on the steep slopes of the tea plantations in Kandapola, in the sparsely populated hills to the east of Nuwara Eliya. It was once exactly as it claims: a tea factory built in the 1930s by British planters. Nuwara Eliya can be approached via Kandy or Hatton. The drive from Kandy is about three hours. Although the final couple of miles along a badly-maintained road can be a little wearing, when the journey ends, there is no more luxurious way to explore Sri Lanka's history of tea making. The accommodation at the Tea Factory embodies the unique experience of residing at a genuine tea factory. This one of a kind theme hotel truly recreates the ambience of a long gone Colonial era. Combine this with the fantasy environment of Nuwara Eliya and you get a holiday that you will remember forever. The hotel has 57 luxurious colonial style rooms with breathtaking views of the surrounding tea plantations. All the rooms come with rain showers and bathtubs with hot water. The view from the bathrooms makes you feel as if you are a part of the picturesque natural landscape outside your windows. Each bathroom is tastefully supplied with a full range of custom made Tea Factory toiletries. The rooms are fully provided with heating, TVs with satellite and local channels, a comprehensive mini bar, and coffee and tea making equipment.

Galle - Fortress Koggala

The Fortress is a newly opened hotel near Galle taking its inspiration and style from the ancient Dutch Fort, but translating it into the 21st century.  Set near the picturesque Lake Koggala. The Fortress' design and luxury is a cut above all hotels in Sri Lanka despite its having no true heritage in the  building itself. It is hard not to arrive or depart this residence without the words "wow" not passing one's lips. The 47 guest rooms are available in 5 different styles, all finished and furnished to the same high degree of luxury. You may choose your view to gaze beyond the golden beach onto the Indian Ocean, or the nearer perspective of the magnificent gardens and water features. The gardens are beautifully landscaped and scattered with daybeds and hammocks for real relaxation - perhaps after you have refreshed yourself in the pool or yoga pavillion or punished yourself in the well equipped gym.

Galle - Amangalla

Amangalla provides a tranquil and period styled base from which to explore the fascinating culture and tumultuous history of Galle Fort and Galle, the capital of the Southern Province.  Amangalla’s history is born out of the early Dutch colonial period, and is located right in the heart of the preserved Dutch fort, offering guests a memorable and appropriately stylish stay in architectural splendour. It is surrounded by antiques, old prints, polished aged-floors, crisp white linen, pristine walls, rich mahogany, wood and rattan planters together with a gracious, welcoming and warm staff. The bedrooms, chambers and suites offer a variety of views from Galle Fort itself to the hotel’s mature gardens. The bathrooms, in hardwood and white, are genteel and comfortable, with an ample armoire, twin vanities beneath large wooden mirrors, freestanding bathtubs and shower rooms.

Tangalle - Amanwella

Newly opened, Amanwella is located amid a mature coconut grove, in front of a crescent shaped beach and close to the quiet village of Tangalle. Leave stress and noise behind when you enter this resort famed for its outstanding service and impressive library, coupled with one of the quietest beaches on the island.  It is easy to see how the resort name Aman - "peace" in Sanskrit and wella - "beach" in Sinhala was derived. Amanwella boasts a bay of its own where guests may snorkel amongst the rocks or just cool off in the ocean before relaxing on their private terrace. All 30 suites enjoy views across the ocean as they climb the hillside. You will be greeted on entering from the village road through the open, tranquil water garden. Stroll through the pavillions with only the sound of the ocean to fill your senses.

Trincomalee - Jungle Beach

Tucked within a secluded 10-acre reserve, Jungle Beach by Uga Escapes stretches along 4km of private beach, tropical mangroves and dense jungle.  Located in the quiet coastal village of Kuchchaveli on the eastern seaboard of Sri Lanka, Jungle Beach was the first resort development of its kind in the area, opening opportunities to the local community by training the youth, raising employment and lifestyle levels.  Three choices of rooms are available at the hotel, facing the beach, the lagoon or fully immersed in the jungle, where you can still hear the lapping of the waves mixed with the songs of birds.  Follow teak walkways and stepping stones to find your way to the rustic dining area open to the sea breezes. Cross the bridge over the lotus pond to the bar, and then onto the floating platform for lounge chairs by the pool, where the waterfall heightens the sense that you have escaped into a tropical jungle oasis.

Yala - Chena Huts

In Sri Lanka's deep south, the rustic farming villages round Tissamaharama are divided from the teeming animal and bird life of Yala, Sri Lanka's oldest and second-largest natural reserve, by a belt of semi-protected Jungle running down to the sea.  Overlooking a beach where sea turtles come to lay eggs by moonlight and elephants wander down from the nearby forest to play in the surf, Chena Huts is fringed on one side by tropical jungle and a salt lake on the other.  This spacious 7-acre property accommodates on fourteen 1130sqf huts.  Exteriors are designed to harmonise the safari theme, with log furniture and rustic motifs that belie the ultra modern comfort and convenience within.

Colombo - Uga Residence

Nestled between the leafy Park Street and the lakeside temple of Gangarama, one of Colombo's principal Buddhist shrines, the Residence is a unique boutique hotel in the heart of Sri Lanka's capital city.  Built in the eighteenth century by Sheikh Salehboy Moosajee, it is one of the few remaining buildings of its kind in Colombo.  The Residence features ten 75sqm Park suites and the 176sqm Residence Suite, all fitted out in opulent style.  Its design is glamorous, contemporary and comfortable, but recalls the rich history of the building and the surrounding area.  With a large swimming pool, gym, bar and 'great room', the Residence offers plenty of spaces to meet, relax or celebrate.

At Exotic Destinations we are very particular about selecting hotels that fit into our Unique, Boutique, & Luxury mantra.  You will not find many (if any) big hotel chains here, just fantastic properties that have great locations, a local flavour, and will add something special to your holiday.   We have stayed at each of these hotels, and feel confident in recommending them over and over again.   The hotels listed here are a selection of some of our favourites, but we like to keep a few hidden gems up our sleeves too, so this is not a ‘finite’ listing.

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