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5 Budget Hotels for Your Honeymoon in Sri Lanka

by: Thusitha Jayawardena

If your wedding budget doesn’t quite stretch to the Caribbean, don’t fret, you can get turquoise waves, soft sand and vibrant culture on a honeymoon to Sri Lanka, and save yourself a fortune too! There’s nothing romantic about money worries, so I’ve used my seasoned bargain hunting skills to find you the dreamiest, most indulgent Sri Lankan hotels at value prices – so you’ll have enough left over each day for a round of fruity cocktails! Now that’s the spirit…

1) Talalla Retreat, Talalla

This is for the active couples, who need a little more than cocktails on the beach and “together time” on their honeymoon in Sri Lanka. Of course, you’ll still be together at Talalla Retreat, just doing fun activities like yoga classes, luxury couples’ massages, swimming, wellness sessions, snorkelling and even surfing!

That’s not to say Talalla isn’t romantic, it’s got all the sand in your toes and candlelit dinners you could want, but there’s also the chance to try something new together, and you know what they say about couples who play together, they stay together, or something nice like that.

The average price per night £71 from Roomslanka.com or £96 from Agoda.com

2) Mango House, Galle

If you and your beau fancy yourselves a little old-world elegance for your honeymoon in Sri Lanka, boy have I got the place for you! Mango House is one of the prettiest settings I’ve ever set eyes on – that garden with its shady mango trees and lush jungle ferns is like something out of a tropical fairy-tale, and it’s got the history to boot.

This colonial gem has stunning architecture, airy, elegant rooms and top-notch food. It’s so relaxing here that you’ll pretty much forget that you’re just five minutes from the historical hustle and bustle of Galle, which is of course worth a look, if you can drag yourself away from playing Lord and Lady in the gardens.
The average price per night £79 from Roomslanka.com or £83 from Hotels.com


3) Nilaveli Beach Hotel, Nilaveli

Relaxing out door pool

Nilaveli is one place I always recommend for people who want empty white beaches and clear blue seas but can’t quite stretch to the Caribbean. Hopefully not all of them took me up on that advice, otherwise it might not be so secluded anymore!

As soon as you walk away from the main strip in Nilaveli, you can have entire beaches to yourself and your love; frolicking in the sea and walking hand in hand, barefoot on the sand, without another soul for miles.

It’s pretty quiet here, with the exception of snorkelling on Pigeon Island, so a stay at The Nilaveli Beach Hotel will be secluded and romantic; in the shady gardens, by the outdoor pool, and especially come dinner time when you can sit al fresco on the beach, whispering sweet nothings over candlelight and cocktails. Heaven! The average price per night £27 from Roomslanka.com or £30 from Expedia.co.uk

4) Ella’s Edge Resort – Ella

Room with a million dollar view

Now look at that view and tell me you’re not impressed? This is the view you’ll get from Ella’s Edge Resort, across the rolling greenery of Ella’s mountain-top tea plantations, which is pretty cool all by itself.

If you want more than a beach break, Ella has got nature, history, hiking, shopping and of course, the world-famous Kandy to Ella train journey (Google it if you don’t know it!), and Ella’s Edge Resort really is the cherry on top, with large, pretty rooms, friendly staff, and delicious Sri Lankan cuisine served every evening in front of that view. Well that’s me sold!

The average price per night £36 from Roomslanka.com or £43 from Expedia.co.uk

Roomslanka.com or £43 from Expedia.co.uk

5) Thambapanni Retreat, Unawatuna

Endless bed room

And now back to the beaches! Unawatuna is one of Sri Lanka’s premier beach destinations, which means it can get busy in high season, but don’t dismiss it yet, as the Thambapanni Retreat offers a relaxing paradise to escape to after a day’s adventuring.

I just love the shady pool area and leafy gardens (I’m a sucker for a nice garden if you haven’t got that already), and Thambapanni Retreat has got some gorgeous, airy rooms with little balconies overlooking it all – perfect for enjoying morning coffee with your love before a spot of relaxing yoga on the roof terrace.

Even though it feels secluded, the beautiful Unawatuna Beach is just a five-minute walk away, where you’ll find coral reefs, turtles and across the bay, the colonial fort of Galle, making this one of my top destinations for a romantic and fun-filled honeymoon to Sri Lanka.

The average price per night £60 from Roomslanka.com or £78 from Ebookers.com

It’s hard to believe that these gorgeous hotels are in the budget range, right? So, with so much choice, which one will you choose for your honeymoon to Sri Lanka? I’d be over the moon with any one of these romantic spots, in fact, can I come too? 😉

If you’re after more info or need help planning your honeymoon in Sri Lanka, the lovely team at Roomslanka.com would love to help you out – drop them a line on: +44 7984 220021 or email [email protected].

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