Dreaming of escaping to a tropical beach where you can indulge in thrilling water-sports, stroll along the sand and gaze at glorious sunrises and sunsets? Us too. There is an abundance of idyllic beach retreats in Sri Lanka where your dreams can become reality, whether you are seeking a romantic hideout away from it all or a hotel which offers fun for all the family. Check out our top 10 Sri Lanka beach escapes and discover which is perfect for your next Sri Lanka holiday.
Set on a long, sweeping beach in Bentota on Sri Lanka’s west coast, Rock Villa is an enchanting boutique hotel ideal for couples seeking tranquillity and romantic sunset strolls. Relax in the peaceful garden and dine on delicious cuisine. Conveniently just two hours from the airport.
Little-visited Balapitiya boasts several small, secluded bays, perfect for those who just want to lounge on the sand and occasionally dip their toes in the ocean. Kumu Beach is part of the Teardrop collection, so it is no surprise that it boasts exceptional design, facilities, food and service.
This boutique hotel has exceptional design and is poised on the edge of Koggala Beach, a 1km stretch of unspoiled golden sand lapped by an azure blue sea just a short drive from historic Galle Fort. Perfect for those looking to balance plenty of things to do with a peaceful place to relax.
Cape Weligama is an idyllic indulgence for those seeking the ultimate luxury experience, boasting exquisitely furnished rooms, unparalleled service and fine dining. Its clifftop position provides glorious views of Weligama Bay which can be enjoyed best from the infinity-edge pool.
Perched on the edge of a deserted beach within easy distance of the water-sports and whale watching opportunities of Mirissa Bay, Parrotfish Bay is a stylish yet unfussy six-bedroom villa that offers good value accommodation in a privileged setting that cannot fail to delight.
Tangalle is Sri Lanka’s ultimate romantic getaway, a picture-perfect beach of golden sand and deep blue waves fringed with swaying palm trees. Coco Tangalla is a laid-back boutique hotel crowned by a long infinity-edge pool and sensational sea views. Great food and friendly, no-fuss service.
Laidback Arugam Bay in Sri Lanka’s south-east is counted among the top 10 surfing destinations in the world. Jetwing Surf is within easy reach of the best surf spots but is far enough away from town that it offers total tranquillity. For those who love rustic charm and are strongly eco-minded.
The most luxurious hotel in Passikudah Bay, Uga Bay is an indulgent escape for both couples craving privacy and families wanting the thrill of a wide range of water-sports. Passikudah Bay is particularly great for children because of its long stretch of shallow coastline – best experienced in summer.
Set on the quiet beaches of Nilaveli, just north of Trincomalee, Jungle Beach is one of Sri Lanka’s most coveted coastal escapes. Winding paths covered in lush vegetation connect the luxurious rooms which provide total privacy, either in a jungle setting or right on the beach. Bliss.