Where to stay when travelling to the South?

Our guide to the most preferred hotels in South.

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The Southern Province is a popular tourist destination, owing to pristine beaches and the many cultural attractions such as the Galle Dutch Fort, Star Fort in Matara, The Light House in Dondra – the southernmost point of Sri Lanka and the Devundara Devalaya and much more!

If you are in the country and are southbound this vacation, check out our list of hotels to stay at, when travelling South. This is strictly for lovers of the sun, sea and sand and peaceful retreats away from all the hustle and bustle.

Heritance Ahungalla

Heritance Ahungalla is luxurious beachfront hotel located 76 km from Colombo. It offers stylish 5-star accommodation with an outdoor pool, a golf putting green and free parking on site.Air-conditioned guestrooms are equipped with a minibar, tea/coffee making facilities and a TV with satellite channels. Accommodation and meals are free for hired drivers of in-house guests.Hotel Heritance offers a tennis court, a well-equipped gym and karaoke rooms. The tour desk can assist guests with making travel and trips arrangements. Laundry services are available on site.The hotel’s restaurants serve a wide variety of Sri Lankan and international cuisines. Casual and fine dining experiences are both available.Bandaranaike International Airport is located 115 km from Heritance Ahungalla.


Casa Colombo Collection Mirissa

Offering an outdoor pool and a restaurant, Casa Colombo Collection Mirissa is located in Mirissa South. Free WiFi access is available.Each room here will provide you with a TV, air conditioning and laptop. Complete with a refrigerator, the dining area also has a dining table. Featuring a shower, private bathroom also comes with a bath and a bath or shower. You can enjoy sea view from the room. Extras include a computer, an iPad and a minibar.At Casa Colombo Collection Mirissa you will find a 24-hour front desk and a bar. Other facilities offered at the property include laundry facilities. An array of activities can be enjoyed on site or in the surroundings, including cycling. The property offers free parking.The hotel is 3.7 km from Whale Watching Mirissa. Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport is 79 km away.


Eden Resort & Spa

Eden Resort & Spa provides elegant rooms on the west coast of Sri Lanka, along the golden sands of Beruwela. It features a freshwater outdoor pool, an Ayurveda Centre and 3 restaurants.Hotel Eden Resort & Spa is situated 96 km away from Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport. It provides free on-site parking.Featuring timber flooring, guestrooms are luxurious and air-conditioned. They are well-equipped with satellite TV, a minibar and a private bathroom fitted with both a shower and a bathtub.Garden of Eden, the resort’s main restaurant serves a selection of international dishes, while Temptations offers a fine dining experience in an elegant setting. It also boasts a wine cellar. Enjoy live music over refreshing drinks at Captain's Deck.Guests can choose from a wide range of personalised services like massage and spa treatments. The resort features billiard tables, a beauty salon and a squash court. Free Wi-Fi access is available at the lobby and cafe.


Situated in Matara this private beach villa lies perched on top of a rocky platform overlooking the sea that. With adequately furnished rooms, a plunge pool that has views of the beach and a lounging area with sun beds sprawled across green patches of the lawn, is a perfect location to spend time with family. A colourful straw roofed hut by the side of the cliff is an ideal place to chit chat or dine in seclusion. The Dondra light house is at the proximity of the resort and definitely deserves a visit.


Thambapanni Retreat

Thambapanni Retreat is located in Galle, a 5-minute walk from Unawatuna Beach. It features 2 dining options, an outdoor swimming pool and rooms with a TV. Free Wi-Fi and parking are provided.Retreat Thambapanni is a 10-minute drive from Galle Fort and Koggala Lake. The National Maritime Museum is a 15-minute drive from the hotel.Air-conditioned rooms at Thambapanni come with wooden flooring, dark wood furnishings and a 4-poster bed. All are fitted with a fan and an en suite bathroom with shower facilities.Guests can enjoy relaxing Ayurvedic oil massages, practice yoga or rent a bicycle to explore the area. For convenience, laundry services are also offered upon request.Available for all-day dining, the restaurant serves a variety of Asian and European fusion dishes. Room service is provided.

Elephant Safari Hotel

The Elephant Safari hotel is located in the jungle landscape at Udawalawe. The features accommodation in double and single chalets each with private balconies/sitting lounges and open air bathrooms. The cottages are constructed to complement the jungle with thatched straw roofs and cave like arches. The interiors, however, are in accordance with the modern fashion and promise super comfort. The hotel is close to Udawalawe national park, the Katharagama Temple and other sites of historical importance.


Taprospa Tissa

Featuring an outdoor infinity pool facing beautiful Tissa Lake, Taprospa Tissa offers air-conditioned rooms housed in a low-rise wooden building. It features a lake-facing restaurant, in-room breakfast and tour services.The classically furnished rooms feature warm colour schemes and elegant wood fittings and flooring. They are provided with a satellite TV, a safe and private heated showers.For leisure, the resort can organize a group trek through the greenery of Yala National Park. Free Wi-Fi is available in public areas.Offering outdoor seating and tropical views, the simply furnished multi-cuisine restaurant serves Asian and international dishes.Resort Taprospa Tissa is a 7-hour drive from Colombo International Airport and provides free parking.


Peacock Beach Hotel

Peacock Beach Hotel is a four star 94 key property spanning over three floors. Upon entering the premises, the Lobby Lounge provides a spacious area to relax with its comfortable sofas and modern amenities while the warmth of the friendly staff heightens the welcoming ambience of the hotel. The main dining room, the Monara Restaurant can accommodate 200 diners and serves Sri Lankan and international cuisines.
The bedrooms at the hotel consist of three types; deluxe, super deluxe and suites. The suites also differ from the rest in that its bathroom is equipped with a jacuzzi. The Super Deluxe and Deluxe rooms are similar yet different due to the fact that the Super Deluxe rooms are carpeted and come with a tub whereas the Deluxe rooms have wooden floors and shower cubicles. All rooms face the ocean and have resplendent views.


The Sands By Aitken Spence Hotels

Offering beachfront rooms with private balconies, The Sands By Aitken Spence Hotels boasts garden landscapes, an outdoor pool with bar and fitness centre. It offers free parking and 4 dining options. Free Wi-Fi is available in public areas.The spacious and air-conditioned rooms feature classic wood furnishings and cable TV. For convenience, a safe and minibar are provided. En suite bathrooms have hot/cold showers and a hairdryer.The Sands By Aitken Spence Hotels is an hour’s drive from Colombo City and 6 km from the town centre. The international airport is a 2-hour drive from the resort.Regular workouts can be maintained at the squash and tennis courts available. For relaxation, guests can take a dip in the hot tub or enjoy sauna facilities.Sweeping ocean and garden views accompany buffet spreads at the hotel's main restaurant. There is also a fine dining restaurant and coffee shop. Refreshing cocktails are available at the pool bar.

Citrus Hikkaduwa

Citrus is a lofty building with airy verandas and spacious rooms letting its residents bask in the tropical weather. The décor is minimalistic and sticks to the prime essentials, Space is an important part of the building’s architecture, which is a nice welcome when compared with overly decorated hotels. Standard as well as deluxe rooms are available for guests who can dine at the Lemon Fish restaurant, open all day, and enjoy a drink at ‘Summer Salt’’ a bar with a sea view.


Laya Safari

Laya Safari is tucked away amidst beautiful sea views. Only 2 km from the popular Yala National Park, the property features an outdoor swimming pool and spacious guestrooms fitted with free Wi-Fi access.This well-appointed property is located just 200 metres from the beach and 25 km from the holy Kataragama Temple. Colombo City and Bandaranaike International Airport are approximately 4.5 hours away by car.Featuring large windows which offer ample natural light, beautifully decorated rooms at Laya Safari include hardwood floors, a separate living area and a spacious private balcony. The en suite bathrooms feature a bathtub.Guests can utilize the games room and barbeque facilities. Other facilities include luggage storage space, laundry services and a tour desk. At a surcharge, airport shuttle services can be arranged.The in-house restaurant will serve a daily selection of Sri Lankan and international fares. Guests can also relax by the pool bar while catching the sunset.

Coco Tangalla

This Villa overlooks Tangalle Beach and so is close to the country’s down south attractions. There are six air conditioned bedrooms, four in the main house and two in an annexe. There is a separate dining space over looking the sea, set in the garden amidst  trees. The rooms are smoothly decorated, keeping to the theme of black and white with the occasional dash of colour. The hotel pampers its guests at the in-house spa by providing ayurvedic massages, body scrubs and Thai massages. Like most small hotels, Coco Tangalla aims at promoting local cuisine with a variety of  fresh sea food from the beach.   


Mandara Rosen

Rosen is a mid-range hotel situated in shady, tranquil gardens close to the sacred town of Kataragama in Sri Lanka’s south-east. Yala and Bundala are also within easy distance of this bright, airy hotel. The swimming pool, with a children's section, the largest in the region, has a novel underwater music system. The 52 well-appointed, fully air-conditioned rooms include 2 suites and 4 family clusters. All rooms are spacious and cosy with the standard double rooms approximately 400 Sq. Ft. and tastefully furnished with facilities including satellite TV, telephones with IDD facilities, in house movies, mini bar, electronically operated safety lockers, remote controlled air conditioners and Tea / Coffee making machines. Other facilities include bar with pool table, fax, internet, and conference room, small gymnasium, table tennis, badminton, and board games.

AVANI Bentota Resort & Spa

Located by one of Sri Lanka’s best beaches, AVANI Bentota Resort & Spa is a designer hotel by the famed architect Geoffrey Bawa. The hotel gives an 18th century Dutch village feel blending in contemporary style, beautiful lawns and serene ocean vistas. You can always add excitement to those lazy beach days with exciting water sports as well. All 75 rooms and suites come with a private balcony or terrace to relax with a view of the ocean and the spectacular palm fringed beach.  The hotel is inclusive of essential modern comforts such as air conditioning, a safe, tea and coffee making facilities, a mini bar, IPTV and DVD player, free WiFi, a bathroom with a rain shower and designer Spa Ceylon amenities. Deluxe Rooms and Suites offer extra living spaces with upgraded facilities like an espresso machine, plus a bath or Jacuzzi.