100 Small Romantic
Hotels & Places

Come discover 100 of the most romantic small hotels and places in the world.


Romantic Places in Sri Lanka

The old ways still are here in Sri Lanka–barefoot waiters, mosquito-netted beds, colonial-era hotels, and monumental Buddhist art.

Tea Hills, Central Highlands

Located 7,000 feet high in the steep mountains of Sri Lanka–formerly the British colony of Ceylon–are the tea plantations that made Ceylon tea world-renown. The area, with its lush foliage, Georgian and Tudor-style homes, evokes comparisons to the British Lake District.

Hill Club

Nuwara Eliya, Central Highlands, Sri Lanka

With its mounted trophy heads, golf course, and billard room, you can easily see how the private Hill Club was formerly an exclusive bastion for English tea-growing society. This private club is now open to well-behaved travelers with the purchase of a nominal temporary membership. An air of shabby gentility prevails at the Hill Club; coat and tie required for dinner.

T: +94 5 22 2653 F: +94 52 22654. US$ 75-

Kandy, Central Highlands

Kandy is Sri Lanka’s hill country capital, the last stronghold of the Sinhala kings. The capital is known for its royal architecture, temples, shrines and lake.

Kandy House

Amunugama Walaula, Gunnepala, Kandy, Sri Lanka

Formerly a chieftan’s manor house, it is now a stylish romantic hotel with six acres of jungle-style gardens – monkeys, frogs and birds can be heard and seen – a pool and excellent food. Located outside of Kandy.

T: +94 81 492-1394. 6 rooms. US$ $135

Southern Coast

Includes beautiful beaches, old Buddhist temples, and the historic 16th century Dutch walled city of Galle.

Saman Villas

Aturuwella, Induruwa, Sri Lanka

Luxury beachside resort located 41 miles south of Colombo, Sri Lanka’s capital.

T: +94 1 33 6734. 27 villas. US$ 150-

Dutch House

Historic colonial house and garden perched high above the Galle harbour and Fort, located approximately 70 miles south of Colombo. Overlooks the Indian Ocean on Sri Lanka’s south coast.

T: +94 74 380275. 4 rooms. US$ 255-

Apa Villa Thalpe

Matara Rd. Thalpe, Galle, Sri Lanka

Colonial style bungalows set on a beautiful coral beach in a coconut grove five miles outside of Galle. Apa Villa Thalpe is owned by the founder of the Insight Guides travel books.

T: +94 91 228 3320. 6 rooms. US$ 175-


Harbour city with a strategic position along the ancient East-West sea trade routes. The British made it their colonial capital but the capital has since moved. Now Sri Lanka’s largest city is the country’s commercial center.


Colombo, Sri Lanka

This 1930’s era colonial mansion is situated in the heart of Colombo’s most elite neighbourhood. Still owned by a political family that has produced Sri Lankan prime ministers and a president, it has been leased to a designer and trendsetter who has transformed it into a chic romantic hotel, restaurant and bar.

T: +94 11 460-2060. 10 rooms. US$ 200-.