Make a splash

Make a splash at some of Sri Lanka’s most beautiful swimming pools

By Time Out editors |

Whether you’re a dedicated swimmer or you just like to have a splash around, swimming pools can make or break a trip. It’s worth tracking down the good ones. The selection below features some of Sri Lanka’s best swimming pools, offering idyllic settings and state-of-the-art facilities. Even if you aren’t staying at these hotels if you stop for a meal you should be able to take advantage of the pool, or you may be able to pay separately for a dip.

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Aliya Resort and Spa

If you don’t know what an infinity pool is Aliya Resort and Spa is the best place to find out first hand. The hotel’s pool has no edge; instead the azure water falls into the striking horizon beyond. The view from this pool is of Sigiriya Rock – a place described by UNESCO as the eighth wonder of the world. At night the pool is lit subtly by underwater illuminations. Find out more about the hotel here.

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Eden Resort and Spa

On Sri Lanka’s stunning south coast at Beruwala, Eden Resort and Spa has a truly striking pool. This expanse of water boasts its own bar, a palm tree covered mini island, and a bridge. There’s a net for water volleyball, and the hotel also offer a water therapy programme and a range of watersports. Find out more about the hotel here.


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ON14 is a bar on the 14th floor of Colombo’s Ozo Hotel, with dramatic views of Marine Drive and the Indian Ocean below. It’s got a solid sound system and a selection of really interesting cocktails – all of which can be enjoyed while splashing around in the rooftop pool.  Find out more about the hotel here.

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Mount Lavinia Hotel

If you’re looking for a classic and classy pool experience, Mount Lavinia’s terrace is your best bet. Don your best bathing suit to visit this lovely old colonial hotel, where you can also indulge in drinks and meals. The pool is sizeable and well maintained, with sun loungers to dry off on. Find out more about the hotel here.


Colombo Courtyard

For a hotel in the centre of a big city, Colombo Courtyard’s pools seem remarkably remote. The towering walls around the eco-friendly hotel have been planted with verdant greenery, including bamboo, to give the main pool area the feeling of a lush jungle watering hole. As well as this reasonably big outdoor pool there’s a smaller swimming area at the centre of the hotel, which features an infinity-style Jacuzzi which waterfalls down into a small pool below. It’s rather grand. Find out more about the hotel here.