Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll have heard I went to Sri Lanka back in November and had an incredible time. I’ve been posting a lot about all the amazing experiences I had the I was there, but I’ve had a few messages asking about accommodation over there and I couldn’t resist just creating one last post looking at some of the incredible accommodation we were lucky enough to stay in when we were over there. If you’re like me, you’re always searching for ways to make a trip more unique and memorable. One way I like to do this is by staying in some really amazing, luxurious places and over the years I’ve had some pretty special places to call my home. From tiny huts on the beach and catamarans on the ocean, to glamping tents and mountain tribe huts. They all hold a special place in my heart and have all helped to make the experience even more of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Whether you’re someone who loves staying in hostels or travelling by private jet, there’s always something to suit all budgets and all levels of luxury, so I’ve made sure to include all in this post. Sri Lanka is a goldmine for unique luxury experiences and I can tell you that in a lifetime of travelling, I have genuinely never been anywhere quite like it. So if you’re planning a trip soon, or just need some travel inspo, you should look up these amazing and unique opportunities to make your trip go from just another holiday, to one you will always remember. I know that after staying in all of these, I will never forget the month I spent in this incredible country.
Now is it just me, or does everyone dream of one day staying in a treehouse in the jungle? There’s something so magical about waking up to hear wild elephants in the rice paddies and the wind rustling through the trees. There are so many amazing places to stay in luxury tree houses in Sri Lanka, and trust me, it’s one experience you don’t want to miss out on. We stayed in one near Wilpattu National Park, in the north of the country – read my review here.
We were invited to stay at a beautiful artist’s retreat when we were near the centre of Sri Lanka, and we could not have been more bowled over by the peacefulness at the eco-friendly resort. We stayed in a water villa which was high up in the trees where we would wake to monkeys scampering over the balcony, and on the ground floor the building was set in it’s own mini-lake. Embracing all the elements for a truly peaceful stay. Read my review of Diyabubula Hideaway here.
Luxury Safari Camping
One of my favourite experiences of the whole trip was staying in a luxury safari camp on the very borderline of Yala National Park, where our tent looked on to a watering hole where leopards and other wildlife would come to drink. Perfect for exploring the national park on safari, this one also gave you a truly unique luxury experience of eating dinner by the light of fireflies on the edge of the jungle, of sleeping in a four poster bed to the jungle sounds and enjoying the luxury bath. Read my review of Yala Safari Camping here.
With Sri Lanka having such an up-and-coming tourism sector, there are a lot of locals who have opened out their properties to visitors for a bit of extra income. These homestays really offer such a different experience of the country and give you the chance to get to know the locals and to see how they really live. Every homestay is different, sometimes you’ll be in their house, or you could be in a separate apartment, you might eat with the family and even hang out with them. We stayed in a cute little apartment in Mirissa at the back of a local family’s home and it was such a lovely place to stay – read more about it here.
Of course, sometimes it’s nice just to treat yourself and I can’t think a better way to relax after along flight, than at a luxury resort being waited on hand and foot. If you’re just after a really luxurious experience and great service, Sri Lanka has some fantastic resorts to explore, and because tourism is still being introduced there, many of them are far more budget-friendly than they would be in other Asian countries such as Thailand. We stayed at the Dickman Resort in Negombo when we were there, the first Sri Lankan resort to identify as gay-friendly, and it was a fantastic way to start the holiday, read my review here.
What’s the most unique place you’ve stayed? How important is accommodation for you when you book a trip? Have you been to Sri Lanka – what did you think?