The 10 Best Beach Resorts in Sri Lanka

Tropical feelings in Sri Lanka / courtesy of Dolphin Bay Resort
Tropical feelings in Sri Lanka / courtesy of Dolphin Bay Resort
Sri Lanka is one of the best beach getaway destinations in the world. The most famous beach resort areas are on the southwest, south and southeastern shores. From 400-room resorts to one-villa islands, there is something for everyone. Here are the 10 best beach resorts in Sri Lanka.

Amanwella, Tangalle

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Amanwella is part of the Aman Resorts chain, and one of two in Sri Lanka. Luxurious and detail oriented, Amanwella is a paradise for relaxation. Every suite includes a plunge pool, and spa services are available in the suite upon request. Dining is top notch, as in all Aman resorts, and all sorts of cultural and adventure experiences can be had around the area, from snorkeling to scuba diving to walking tours of the local village. The main pool overlooks the ocean in a bay lined with coconut palms, and you won’t want to leave once you get there.

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Maya Tangalle, Beliatta

Relaxing pool at Maya Tangalle
Relaxing pool at Maya Tangalle | Courtesy of Maya Tangalle

Maya Tangalle is situated in the little village of Aranwella, just a few kilometers from Tangalle center and the sprawling beaches. This beautiful old house is within easy access of not only Tangalle but also Galle and Hambantota. You can get there by car from the international airport or by seaplane from Hambantota. Maya Tangalle is a perfect romantic getaway for relaxation.

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Jetwing Lighthouse, Southern Province

Overlooking the ocean at the Jetwing Lighthouse
Overlooking the ocean at the Jetwing Lighthouse | courtesy of Jetwing Lighthouse.

The Jetwing Lighthouse is a resort located on the southern coast of the island, in Galle. It’s only a few minutes from the Galle Fort and a few kilometers from Unawatuna beach. The Jetwing Lighthouse is a large and luxurious resort right on the edge of the ocean. A great place to make as a base while exploring the south of Sri Lanka.

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The Blue Water Hotel and Spa, Wadduwa

Spa Hotel
Great view of The Blue Water resort
Great view of The Blue Water resort | Flickr

The Blue Water Hotel is one of Geoffrey Bawa’s architectural expressions. With open-air corridors and a minimalist style, The Blue Water Hotel welcomes their guests with nice airy rooms and a beachfront pool. The spa has plenty of Ayurvedic treatments available for its guests.

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Hikka Tranz by Cinnamon, Hikkaduwa

Hikka Tranz by the beach
Hikka Tranz by the beach | Courtesy of HIkka Tranz

Hikkaduwa has always been known as the party center of Sri Lanka. Famous with the young crowd, surfers, young families and backpackers, Hikkaduwa is a great hang-out spot. Hikka Tranz by Cinnamon is an artful resort full of murals and other great decor. Trance music is the center of attention here, as well as the laid back beach lifestyle.

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Dolphin Beach Resort, Ilanthadiya

View from the dome at Dolphin Beach
View from the dome at Dolphin Beach | Courtesy of Dolphin Beach

Not your usual beach resort, Dolphin Beach is more of a glamping experience. With two styles of luxury tent, a communal dome for sundowners and an infinity pool overlooking the beach, this hotel has it all for eco-lovers and peace seekers. Dolphin Beach is located on Kalpitiya Beach, a bit off the beaten path but well known by the kite surfing crowd. Activities at the resort include kite surfing, scuba diving, water skiing and whale watching.

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Jetwing Surf

2 Beachside pool at the Jetwing Surf / Courtesy of Jetwing Surf

On the eastern coast of Sri Lanka, along white shores and little-explored beaches, lies the Jetwing Surf Resort. Only five minutes from famous surf spot Arugam Bay, this freestyle cabana resort welcomes serious beach-goers seeking a real getaway.

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Bar Reef Resort, North Western Province

Community are at Bar Reef Resort
Community are at Bar Reef Resort | Courtesy of Bar Reef Resort

The Bar Reef Resort is a comfortable eco-resort right on the beach. Kalpitiya beach is quickly becoming a relaxing beach spot on the west coast of Sri Lanka, and is home to the Bar Reef Resort. With lots of activities on and around the island, Bar Reef Resort is perfect for the chilled-out traveler.

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Palm Paradise Cabanas and Villas, Tangalle

Bed and Breakfast, Hotel
Quaint cabanas and huts at the Palm Paradise Cabanas hotel
Quaint cabanas and huts at the Palm Paradise Cabanas hotel | Courtesy of Palm Paradise Cabanas

For those looking for a homey bed and breakfast-style place, Palm Paradise Cabanas is just the place. There are bungalows in the jungle, just meters from the beach, and plenty of gardens for the kids to play around in. Immerse yourself in nature among the palm groves, rocky outcrops on the beach and have a wonderfully relaxing stay.

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Jetwing Beach, Western Province

The long pool at Jetwing Beach
The long pool at Jetwing Beach | Courtesy of Jetwing Beach

Negombo is the beach town closest to Colombo, and has access to the airport. For visitors who want to skip the city and head straight for the beach, Negombo is a good option. Jetwing Beach is one of the original resorts in the Negombo strip. Its comfortable and affordable, and the beach is lovely.

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