The south coast which stretches from Galle to Hambantota is one of Sri Lanka’s most rewarding places to visit, offering the widest range of the country’s pristine golden sea shores. This is the island in a microcosm with its golden beaches, colonial townscapes, stilt fisherman, wildlife parks and Buddhist shrines and temples in abundance and also the island’s most alluring selection of places to stay from luxurious beach hotels to atmospheric colonial era villas to boutique hotels. Insights of a few luxury boutique hotels in the South Coast are described:
Aditya Boutique hotel- One of the finest boutique properties in Si Lanka, Aditya sits on a secluded stretch of beach in Rathgama, between the self-indulgent beach resort of Hikkaduwa and the historic old town of Galle offering 12 spacious and elegant suites- five garden suites and six sea view suites and the Grand Surya Suite.
41 Lighthouse- Whilst the Galle Fort boasts its award winning boutique hotels, excellent restaurants and cafes, 41 Lighthouse is a private villa among them situated in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Galle Fort offering three exclusive suites including a private chef and other amenities to make a perfect stay.
Fort Printers- This 18th century mansion which has been restored into an elegant small private hotel located in the historic Galle Fort, originally comprised of 5 suites but with the addition of two heritage villas in 2013, it has 13 suites offering an understated elegance and personal service in an intimate and friendly atmosphere.
Elephant Stables Weligama Bay- The sister hotel to the iconic Elephant Stables Hotel at Kandy offering guests an ideal mix of privacy and luxury by the fact that it is a mini boutique hotel with just 4 exclusive rooms allowing for a high standard of personal service including a small swimming pool and dining space in the garden.
Kahanda Kanda- A hidden gem where culture, wellness and luxury combine, Kahanda Kanda is set amidst the palm fringed jungles and tea plantations of Southern Sri Lanka offering 12 individually designed villas to relax and unwind which is also just a shot tuk tuk ride form the famous Galle Dutch Fort.