The Ceylon Guide is an innovative travel company showcasing the finest boutique hotels, luxury villas and unique experiences in and around Sri Lanka.

We work here, live here and see no reason to look elsewhere. We’d love to help you experience the very best of the island.

Best rates guaranteed

We’re confident our prices are as low as anyone’s. If you find the same deal cheaper we’ll match it and make it up to you with a complimentary bottle of champagne.

We’re here

Living and working in Sri Lanka, with offices in Colombo, we know the island as well as anyone. We know the best new spots to try and which best to avoid.

We’re Fussy

We only showcase properties we know and love. If you book a property through The Ceylon Guide you can be certain it comes with our full and honest endorsement.

Some Inspiration

Browse our trip ideas, hotels, villas and experiences

Cape Weligama

Set on12 manicured acres of terraced clifftop real estate a hundred feet above the Indian Ocean, Cape Weligama is the crowning glory amongst luxury beach hotels of Sri Lanka. Beautiful…

Camellia Hills

Live the life of a modern-day tea planter at Camellia Hills, a luxurious five-bedroom bou-tique bungalow hotel near Dickoya, in Sri Lanka’s crisp hill country. From its verdant valley-side porch,…


Maya is an exquisitely renovated old manor house that maintains the charms of its Dutch and British colonial architectural features. Surrounded by two acres of stunning gardens and lush green…

Dutch House

Royally seated high on a hill overlooking Galle, but within walking distance of the Fort, the The Dutch House, has set the pace in redefining luxury accommodation. Highly exclusive with…

Ashburnham Estate

Ashburnham (or Ash) breaks the mould a little from other tea estate hotels. It’s more of a boutique guesthouse and quietly proud of it. It’s set in its own gorgeous…

Travel Guides

This experience takes place at a beautiful working cinnamon estate of 25 acres in the south of the island. The cinnamon grown here produces fine cinnamon quills, ground cinnamon and leaf oil. Private tours of the plantation are available, followed by lunch.

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This is an immersive art-based experience around the livelihood of a local artisan. His work is an act of cultural preservation as much as it is an art form, for it involves the ancient medium of ‘Kolam’ masks native to the coastal town of Ambalangoda.

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Galle Fort with its centuries old melting pot of cultures, Dutch-colonial buildings, ancient mosques and churches, cobblestone streets and crumbling mansions makes for some great exploring.

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For a small city Galle (and the surrounds) does rather well when it comes to dining options and we do have our long standing and reliable favourites.

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Need help joining the dots?

Our showcased properties work together ideally if you’re moving around the island. We’re very happy to advise on what’s practical and which properties work best together. We can help too, of course, in helping you get from one to the next.