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Luxury Sri Lanka Holidays

Tropical beaches, historic ruins and forest reserves

Sri Lanka

Holidays in Sri Lanka take you to an exotic haven of spectacular temples, tantalising tea, golden beaches and stunning wildlife. Families flock to the country’s beautiful nature reserves and national parks where monkeys, elephants and elusive leopards await. Couples and adventurers may prefer to trek into the rainforest where an array of trails can be accessed via foot or rail. Hambantota is an amazing place for a safari, crossing the Walawe River. For something a little calmer, explore tranquil hillside towns, as well as the traditional tea plantations which reside among the carpeted hills.

Sri Lanka’s east coast features white sand beaches lapped by azure waters ideal for chilling out and catching some rays. Bentota Beach is a popular choice, alluring holidaymakers with its mesmerising sunsets and pristine sands, where you can also spot the famous stilt fishermen perched on poles as they reel in their catch. With influences from the Far East, India and Europe, Sri Lanka enjoys a diverse and vibrant soul, displayed in its culture and exceptional cuisine.

Luxury holidays in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka offers you the best of both worlds. Modern amenities and first class service effortlessly combine with authentic surroundings and natural beauty. Tangelle features stunning beaches in addition to impressive nature parks. For a slice of Sri Lankan history and culture, discover its ancient kingdoms and UNESCO listed heritage sites, including Kandy and its intricate colonial architecture, Anuradhapura’s archaic temples and the fascinating walled Old Town of Galle.

Sri Lanka is home to some excellent hotels and at Sovereign, we have hand picked the best. Stay at the Shangri-La’s Hambantota Resort and Spa to enjoy modern amenities mixed with authentic Sri Lankan charm, within stunning tropical gardens. If you are staying in Bentota the Taj Bentota Resort and Spa is a fantastic choice, with tranquil colonial style accommodation and tailored Ayurveda therapies on a beautiful beachfront. Stay at the Uga Jungle Beach in Trincomalee on the east coast to experience boutique accommodation within spectacular natural ocean, jungle and lagoon settings.

Karen Knight

I would recommend adding a private tour to the beginning or end of your stay. There's so much to see in Sri Lanka, but transfers can be quite long from the beach hotels. Private tours are a great way to see the highlights and you'll see so much local life as you drive through villages en route. 

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Destinations in Sri Lanka
The south-western town of Bentota rolls out one of the longest gold-sand beaches in Sri Lanka – and then pairs it with some of the most luxurious hotels in the country.
Galle is a harbour city and one-time colonial outpost with a fortified old town richly decorated with museums, temples, churches and lighthouses. Golden beaches roll out along its coastline, too.

Hambantota is an up-and-coming port town on the south coast that puts down roots between the beach-lined Bay of Bengal and a tapestry of national parks.

This south-coast resort boasts a glorious coastline, with caramel-coloured sands stretching out between palm groves and the waters of the Indian Ocean.


The coast just north of Trincomalee lines up golden sands, tropical mangroves, colourful corals, and – between May and October – waters speckled with blue whales. 

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Flight Information

Flights from the UK take approximately 10 hours 30 minutes.

When to go

Sri Lanka has two monsoon seasons – one in the south-west between May and September, and one in the north-east between October and January. Galle and Bentota are in the south-west, and the most popular time to visit is between December and March for hot, sunny weather and an average temperature of 30°C.

Visa Information

UK citizens will need a visa to enter Sri Lanka. You can apply for a 30-day tourist visa online before you travel.


Tipping is common in Sri Lanka. You should aim to tip 100 rupees at restaurants, and the same again per day for hotel maids and porters. It’s not necessary to tip taxi drivers, although you could round up the fare to the nearest 50 rupees if paying cash.

Introduction to languages

The official languages of Sri Lanka are Sinhala and Tamil. English is widely spoken too. 


No vaccines are required or recommended for travel to Sri Lanka, however all routine immunisations need to be up to date. For full details, please contact your GP. 

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Our pick of top hotels in Sri Lanka
Every one of our hotels is handpicked and personally visited by our team

Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort

Sri Lanka, Tangalle
  • Five star luxury in a premier beachfront location
  • Great for families and couples, offering a Kids’ Club
  • Just 2 kilometres from the centre of Tangalle 

Shangri-La's Hambantota Resort & Spa

Sri Lanka, Hambantota
  • Stunning, private beachfront location
  • Five star dining onsite
  • Exclusive Ayurveda treatments at the luxury spa

Taj Bentota Resort & Spa

Sri Lanka, Bentota
  • Stunning beachfront location
  • Beautiful colonial style building
  • Exquisite high end dining options

The Fortress

Sri Lanka, Galle
  • Located in a 16th Century former Dutch port
  • Spend long lazy days on the beach or in the spa
  • Choose from three exceptional gourmet restaurants

Uga Jungle Beach

Sri Lanka, Trincomalee
  • Set within a lush nature reserve, this boutique eco lodge is designed as a luxury treehouse
  • Enjoy outdoor dining, with delicious Sri Lankan and international cuisine on offer
  • Adventurers will love exploring the national parks, whale watching and Jet Skiing
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Suggested Tours in Sri Lanka

See more of Sri Lanka all at once with one of our private tours. Find all tours here:

Classic Ceylon - 8 day suggested trip
At a glance
  • Admire the Temple of the Tooth
  • Head out into the tea hills near Kandy
  • See the Sigiriya Rock Fortress
Cultural Kandy and Tea - 4 day suggested trip
At a glance
  • Explore Kandy town and bazaar
  • Enjoy Sri Lanka’s famous spice garden
  • Learn the process of tea making
World Heritage Tour - 4 day suggested trip
At a glance
  • Enjoy wonderful animal encounters
  • Visit the cultural town of Kandy
  • Get stuck into local cuisine
  • Explore the best of Sri Lanka’s World Heritage Sites
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Sri Lanka & the Maldives

At a glance
  • Explore Sri Lanka's rich history
  • Admire the stunning coastline and impressive scenery
  • Receive a warm welcome from locals
  • Spend a week relaxing in the Maldives
13 days from £2149 per person

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