The Best Hotels in Negombo, Sri Lanka, for Every Traveller

Heritance Negomb overlooks the sands of Negombo Beach Park
Heritance Negomb overlooks the sands of Negombo Beach Park | Courtesy of Heritance Negombo / Expedia
Emma Sparks

This beachside basecamp makes an alternative first stop beyond busy Colombo, with laid-back hotels that switch on holiday mode.

Negombo is a soft landing for Sri Lanka newbies, especially compared to the chaotic capital, Colombo. Its proximity to the airport and abundance of affordable hotels make it a popular pitstop for transiting travellers – but with a smattering of Buddhist temples, a fish market and a vast coastline, there’s enough going on to warrant an extra night or two here. Read on to find the right Negombo hotel for you.

1. Heritance Negombo

Resort, Hotel

A luxurious twin room with a private balcony.
Courtesy of Heritance Negombo / Expedia

You’re guaranteed an Indian Ocean view from your room at Heritance Negombo, which overlooks the golden sands of Negombo Beach Park. Despite its imposing scale, this Negombo beach hotel makes decent efforts to showcase and give back to the community: you can join a tour to watch fishermen haul in their catch (try the seafood platter at Blue Tan Restaurant to sample the day’s bounty later), and each year a portion of its profits goes towards supporting the education of local children.

2. Regal Reseau Resort & Spa

Resort, Spa Hotel, Hotel

A rooftop infinity pool looks out over the palm trees and beach in Negombo.
Courtesy of Regal Réseau Hotel & Spa / Expedia

From its motorbike-heavy artwork to its karaoke bar, Regal Reseau certainly has its quirks – but the main attraction here has got to be the rooftop infinity pool and bar, which can get quite lively in the evenings. More of an early bird? You’ll enjoy equally beautiful ocean views from the breakfast buffet at Celestia restaurant on the sixth floor.

3. Arie Lagoon

Hotel, Luxury

A contemporary hotel room with private garden terrace.
Courtesy of Arie Lagoon / Expedia

With its in-water sun loungers, swim-up cocktail bar, pillow menus and private plunge pools (in the Premier Deluxe rooms), everything about Arie Lagoon invites you to indulge. There’s even a cigar and shisha lounge. This hotel in Negombo faces the calm emerald waters of Negombo Lagoon and is decidedly warm and homely, despite its reasonably large size.

4. Jetwing Lagoon

Resort, Hotel, Luxury

A contemporary hotel suite with four poster bed.
Courtesy of Jetwing Lagoon / Expedia

Designed by renowned architect and godfather of tropical modernism, Geoffrey Bawa, Jetwing Lagoon brings the outdoors in with its high-ceiling spaces and semi open-air bathrooms. The property sits on the lagoon side of a slim peninsula, but there’s a small pool and sunbathing deck across the road if you’re after an ocean view. At 100m (328ft) long, the main pool is the longest on Sri Lanka’s west coast.

5. Ayur Ayur Retreat

Resort, Hotel

A canopied four poster bed in a hotel room with a private terrace.
Courtesy of Ayur Ayur Ayurveda Retreat / Expedia

Prepare to be scrubbed, steamed and pampered to your heart’s content at Ayur Ayur, a bonafide Ayurveda retreat along the Hamilton Canal. Whether you’re here to beautify, detox or simply unplug, you’re sure to find a sense of tranquility at this Negombo resort. Brown’s Beach is just a short walk away – if you can tear yourself away from the pool, that is.

6. Pledge Scape Negombo

Hotel

A contemporary and spacious hotel room with private ocean view balcony.
Courtesy of Pledge Scape / Expedia

Like a cruise ship but way cooler, Pledge Scape is rocking a modern marine theme: think polished concrete, chrome, glass and brown leather, with the occasional well-placed porthole. The rooftop bar and infinity pool both overlook the beach, while floor-to-ceiling windows throughout the lounge areas ensure the ocean always steals the show. All ‘cabins’ have beach views and balconies come as standard.

7. Terrace Green Hotel & Spa

Spa Hotel, Hotel

A contemporary twin room with private balcony.
Courtesy of Terrace Green Hotel & Spa / Expedia

Start the day at Terrace Green Hotel & Spa watching the Sri Lankan chefs cook your breakfast in the open kitchen. This luxurious hotel in Negombo offers private cooking classes, if you fancy learning how to make egg hoppers or kottu roti flatbreads like the pros. If that sounds like too much work, opt for a lime and ginger sea salt scrub or herbal steam bath at the rooftop spa instead.

8. Villa Hundira

Boutique Hotel, Villa

A spacious hotel room with brightly coloured bed sheets and private plunge pool.
Courtesy of Villa Hundira / Expedia

The colourful textiles draped throughout Villa Hundira are handmade by women from Thalahena village – visit their workshop to watch them hone their craft, or pick up a souvenir to take home. You’re also welcome to borrow a canoe and go fishing – the hotel chef will be happy to cook up your catch. But don’t worry if you come home empty handed – you’ll still have a bounty of seafood and other delights at the restaurant to choose from.

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