The Hill Club
An icon among the heritage hotels of the Sri Lankan highlands, the stone-built Hill Club dates to the 1870s. Yes, despite all the fancy frills, it’s also (whisper) really quite affordable. It’s surrounded by rolling lawns and neatly clipped gardens, on the western edge of town, backed by forest. Indoors, it’s all old-world elegance, with unfussy rooms that go heavy on the wood floors, beamed ceilings and crackling fireplaces. British-inspired menus pack in herbs and vegetables plucked fresh from the garden, and come evening, a smart dress code sets the tone for the refined lounges, billiards room, bar and candle-lit restaurant.