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
Photo of Emma Sparks
5 January 2021

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.

Heritance Negombo

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, the 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.

Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Outdoor pool
Breakfast available (surcharge)
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Fitness facilities
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Terrace

Regal Reseau Resort & Spa

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.

Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Breakfast available (surcharge)
Restaurant
In-room accessibility
Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning/laundry service

Arie Lagoon

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. The hotel faces the calm emerald waters of Negombo Lagoon and is decidedly warm and homely, despite its reasonably large size.

Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Breakfast available (surcharge)
Restaurant
Full-service spa
Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)
Conference space
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Fitness facilities
Multilingual staff
Terrace

Jetwing Lagoon

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.

Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Outdoor pool
Breakfast available (surcharge)
Full-service spa
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Terrace
Bar/lounge

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  • Ayur Ayur Retreat

    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 here. Brown’s Beach is just a short walk away – if you can tear yourself away from the pool, that is.

    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)
    24-hour front desk
    Smoke-free property

    Pledge Scape Negombo

    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.

    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    Outdoor pool
    Breakfast available (surcharge)
    Restaurant
    In-room accessibility
    Express check-out
    Concierge services
    24-hour front desk
    Fitness facilities
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Terrace
    Bar/lounge
    Smoke-free property

    Terrace Green Hotel & Spa

    Start the day at Terrace Green Hotel & Spa watching the Sri Lankan chefs cook your breakfast in the open kitchen. The hotel 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.

    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    Breakfast available (surcharge)
    Restaurant
    Full-service spa
    Express check-out
    Concierge services
    24-hour front desk
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Multilingual staff
    Bar/lounge

    Villa Hundira

    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.

    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    Breakfast available (surcharge)
    Restaurant
    In-room accessibility
    Concierge services
    Terrace
    Bar/lounge
    These recommendations were updated on January 5, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.