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Tucked away in the thick forests, perched high atop the mountains or situated perfectly alongside beautiful streams and lakes: it’s hard to find a nature lodge in Sri Lanka that doesn’t come with breathtakingly beautiful views. In fact, we’re not really sure such a place even exists. Promising an authentic and sustainable experience in some of the country’s most spectacular destinations, these stunning nature lodges provide the perfect backdrop for all kinds of travelers. Whether you’re traveling with friends, family or your other half, these picturesque lodges set the scene for a chance to reconnect with nature and experience the best of Sri Lanka.
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This beautiful nature lodge sits inside Ella Resort, spanning a huge 98 acres across stunning Sri Lanka with greenery in every direction. It’s an eco-friendly nature lodge set on a tea plantation, which means backdrops of mountains and dewy mornings come free with every room. A private room here is filled with all of the essentials, like a cozy double bed and a fan to keep you cool. Rooms here also come with floor to ceiling glass windows, overlooking the giant infinity pool. Expect both sunrise and sunset views each day as well as welcoming hosts who ensure you’re always more than comfortable. As well as your private room, staying here comes with access to all of the other amenities, like morning coffee, best enjoyed sitting high up on the balconies overlooking nothing but the peaceful nature. There are also cooking facilities if you don’t fancy eating out. There’s Wi-Fi, a TV and free toiletries to ensure you’re always feeling relaxed.
The Cloud Resort is a place that looks breathtakingly beautiful almost 24 hours a day, thanks to its prime location set high up overlooking the valleys below. A brilliant Airbnb for couples, each private room at this nature lodge is fully decked out with all of the essentials and more. An enchanting scenic sanctuary, this is a place where you can truly rest and rejuvenate without any kind of outside interruptions. Each cabin sits on top of the cloud-swept mountain with fresh air swept in from the lush green hills all around and the sounds of birds never too far away. One of the coolest parts of this nature lodge is the floating bed in each room, meaning you’ll end each day being gently rocked to sleep. Rooms are spacious and well-equipped, with more of those incredible views. Even the bathrooms are filled with nature, thanks to their partially outdoor design.
Leopard Nest is sleek and stylish, a Sri Lankan nature lodge overlooking the green forest below with a distant view of the Indian Ocean. It’s a nature lodge for those who want to experience the jungle, but without waving goodbye to luxury living. The Sky Nest, which is what you’ll book via this listing, is located at the tip of the trees surrounded by the thick forest. Inside, there’s a large bedroom with enough space to include an extra bed, if you’re traveling in a group of up to three people. There’s also a large deck outside, providing ample opportunities to enjoy the aerial views of wildlife all around you. The circular design of this rental means there’s always something to snap a photo of – no matter whether you’re a lover of wildlife or architecture. Those sloping walls come with equally as sloping windows, promising magical views late at night when you have only the birds and trees for company.
This deluxe suite is the perfect romantic getaway for couples, thanks to its prime position in the heart of the forests with all of the amenities needed for a relaxing break. Suitable for up to two people, each room here comes with a spacious private balcony and free Wi-Fi access as well as a private bathroom. There’s a jacuzzi perched outside, looking down into the jungle, and plenty of space around the rest of the lodge for exploring or relaxing in. Onsite, you’ll also find a restaurant with local dishes as well as international favorites. These are most enjoyed with the views of the mountain range behind, sitting on the outdoor sun deck. But you won’t want to spend all of your time at the nature lodge: you can also wander through nature trails, go hiking or try trekking through the tea plantation and the mountain range.
Most nature lodges in Sri Lanka are best designed for couples to experience but, if you’re traveling in a large group, you’ll obviously want something more spacious. Enter: this contemporary, sustainable, nature-focused resort in Sri Lanka, which can be booked out in its entirety for large groups to enjoy alone. Set on a mixed plantation and tea estate, this Airbnb rental features a number of private villas scattered over seven acres of tea, fruit and spice plantations. It’s based atop a mountain peak overlooking the Knuckles mountain range, making it a perfect escape for all kinds of travelers. Here, you’ll find Sri Lankan luxury in every corner: fully equipped bedrooms with antique furniture pieces, king size beds with premium natural latex mattresses and a four person outdoor jacuzzi. There’s also a restaurant, located in the Central Bungalow overlooking the main pool with spectacular mountain views, that serves up all meals plus tea.
Turtle Eco Beach Cottage is a perfect blend of traditional Sri Lankan style and contemporary design, with a space designed for up to six guests across two bedrooms. Families or groups of friends will love this spot, thanks to its great location only 25 meters from the closest pristine beach and 3 km from Matara and Mirissa. It’s home to two separate bedrooms in two contiguous wooden cottages, decked out with Balinese style open air bathrooms with solar-powered hot water. Each bedroom also comes with AC to ensure you’re never too warm after a long day of exploring. Elsewhere on the property, you’ll find a huge, 25 meter swimming pool as well as a lovely private garden for all to enjoy. When you get hungry, there’s a snack and coffee shop onsite. There’s also free parking, if you’re renting a car to work your way around Sri Lanka independently.
Sundari Eco Village is only a 10 minute walk to the closest restaurants and shops – but you’ll likely never want to leave once you’ve checked into this stunning spot. One of the most budget friendly nature lodges in Sri Lanka, it comes with everything you need for a wonderful stay in Habarana, with friendly hosts who go above and beyond to complete your stay. All rooms here come with a private bathroom and others come with a balcony overlooking the surrounding areas. While each room is designed to fit up to two guests, it’s possible to book multiple rooms at once. So it’s a great option for not only couples but also larger groups looking for a nature lodge to enjoy together. This eco-friendly lodge features Wi-Fi, AC and international chargers in all of the rooms. It also offers a free breakfast each morning, which guests claim is always delicious.
It’s hard to beat Kandy Villa Club Lespri if you’re checking out Sri Lanka for its gorgeous views. Set high up in the mountains, one of the best features of this Airbnb is the huge pool that seems to jut out into the open air. Each room here is designed for up to two people, but the entire lodge fits 21 in total, across a mixture of king size beds and single beds. Modeled to suit the landscape overlooking the hills, each elegant room comes equipped with an en-suite bath and toilet with hot water as well as a shower corner that opens to the sky. As well as the seriously impressive swimming pool, you’ll also be able to enjoy a huge array of other amenities, like a pool table, library, garden and plenty of stunning outdoor seating areas. This place is ideal for those who are looking for a quiet peaceful stay after a busy time exploring Sri Lanka. It’s just the right amount of distance from busy Kandy Town.
Humming Bird Hill Cottage looks a little different to your standard Sri Lanka nature lodge, thanks to its huge building and interesting colour schemes. But it’s one that’s definitely worth checking out, especially if you’re looking for a lodge with some quintessentially English features. Each private room at this nature lodge comes with an ensuite bathroom with free toilet amenities. There’s plenty of hot water as well as heaters to ensure you’re always nice and cozy. You’ll also find a 55 inch TV and Blu Ray player in each room, for those relaxing evenings when you’ve finished wandering around. Guests staying here have access to the entire cottage, which has space for up to eight people across four bedrooms. When staying here, you get free breakfast included in the price as well as access to a chef nearby who can make other meals by request. There’s a living area and fully equipped modern pantry: it’s basically like a comfortable home away from home – but set in a beautiful location.
This nature lodge steps things up a notch, with a floating restaurant in the heart of Galle that ensures you never forget exactly where in the world you’re currently exploring. This beautiful and spacious lodge has space for up to 16 guests across three bedrooms and plenty of room for all to enjoy. This unique and private resort is one owned by friends, which means it’s designed with travelers in mind and has all of the features to match. Each bedroom comes with AC, a fan, hot water and a comfortable bed. There’s Wi-Fi spanning the entire property, as well as motor scooters available to rent and plenty of Sri Lankan culture spread throughout. The owners can also arrange trips to interesting places across the whole of Sri Lanka, like safaris, Buddhist temples, waterfalls and whale watching. You’ll leave this Airbnb not only filled with new experiences but also maybe even new friends.