Thinking of spending summer in Sri Lanka? Set aside any
climate-related concerns: this is a destination that's ideal to
visit all year long, and the summer months are no exception. Though
monsoon rains may visit the southern and eastern coasts, the bulk
of the country will be dry and welcoming for visitors. From
boutique hotels hidden away in the scenic Hill Country to buzzing
enclaves in the heart of Colombo, these five hotels (all members of
the Sri Lanka Collection of destination stays) will
help guests experience summertime Sri Lanka at its finest.
Bougainvillea Retreat hosts
mountain treks, a golf-course, and a garden spa © Sri Lanka
Hidden away in central Sri Lanka, the elegant Bougainvillea Retreat cultivates tranquillity.
It helps that the boutique stay comprises just eight villas, each
of which is air-conditioned and outfitted with luxurious amenities.
For those eager to explore outdoors, the hotel hosts an infinity
pool, garden spa, and 18-hole golf course, while treks in the
nearby Knuckles Mountain Range and jungle retreats are also on
offer. Late August is a particularly inviting time to visit, as the
nearby city of Kandy hosts Kandy Esala Perahera, one of the
country's biggest and most vibrant festivals.
Casa Colombo Collection
Casa Colombo Collection provides
direct access to Sri Lanka's thriving urban hub © Sri
Busy, thoroughly cosmopolitan, and with no shortage of things to
see - for those looking to spend an urban summer in Sri Lanka,
Colombo is a natural choice. In contrast with the city's non-stop
bustle, Casa Colombo Collection stands as an
accessible retreat. A striking design hotel that's housed in a 200
year-old mansion, it hosts 12 spacious suites as well as a
restaurant, glass-cubed bar, and garden tea lounge.
Koslanda Living Heritage
Koslanda Living Heritage is in
the midst of Sri Lanka's stunning Hill Country © Sri Lanka
Set in the midst of Sri Lanka's beguiling Hill Country, Koslanda Living Heritage experiences truly
stunning summertime weather, with little rainfall in sight. That
makes it even easier to take advantage of the region's natural
bounty. Fancy an excursion? The forests surrounding the hotel are
frequented by elephants, who you might spy if you're lucky. A
nearby waterfall and hill trails are also tempting for those after
a spot of fresh air. Afterwards, there's always your private suite
- complete with outdoor Jacuzzi - to attend to.
Noel Rodrigo's Leopard Safaris
Go on a nature excursion with
Noel Rodrigo's Leopard Safaris © Sri Lanka
Located on the edge of Yala National Park, one of the country's
top nature preserves, Noel Rodrigo's Leopard Safaris invite guests
to stay in luxury tents by night and trek through the spotted cats'
territory by day. For those spending summer in Sri Lanka, it's also
the ideal moment to spot the famously reclusive sloth bears, which
emerge from the foliage at this time of year to hunt down a meal.
Once back in the camp, guests can take Sri Lankan cooking classes,
laze in a hammock, and otherwise profit from the season.
The Wallawwa offers prime access
to a number of top Sri Lankan sights © Sri Lanka
The Wallawwa has history. Located within a
colonial manor house, the property was also used to host the RAF
during WWII. These days, things are certainly more peaceable: from
the hotel, guests can access nearby Negombo Beach, can discover the
stunning Gampaha Henarathgoda Botanical Gardens, or visit a local
elephant sanctuary. Or, simply spend a day in the full spa
facilities on-site - nothing to be ashamed of.