Sweeping tea fields, swaying coconut trees and an unmatched coastline have come to define the country of Sri Lanka. It’s a small but proud country that strongly holds on to its culture and heritage, reason why it draws crowds from around the world.

If you combine the country’s beautiful coastline and its citizens’ warm hospitality, what you have is a set of resplendent resorts that give guests the best experience in the country. The beauty of Sri Lanka attracts honeymooners, large groups of friends and families, and every traveler is always on the lookout for some degree of privacy to let loose and enjoy their holiday to the fullest. And there’s no better way to experience Sri Lanka than at its location-optimized resorts, many of which have gorgeous private pool villas.

Here are some of the most premium private pool villas in the country, with infinity, plunge and lap pools for you to wade around in isolation.

1. Saman Villas, Bentota (Popular)

The location of the Saman Villas does half the work of attracting vacationers to its rocky outcrop. A luxury resort with two beaches, water sports and restaurants in the area, Saman Villas boast a set of private villas that’ll make you feel as though you’re the only ones around. A handful of the plush rooms have private pools, with some being more isolated than the others. A plus for many honeymooners is that children below 10 years of age are not allowed, meaning the atmosphere remains quite partial to those that prefer solitude.

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Why you should visit: Superb Location, Coastal Views and Complete Privacy
Price per night: 20,000 INR or 51,000 LKR or 288 USD onward

2. Amanwella, Tangalle

The rustle of palm trees and the rush of the waves crashing onto rocks are some of the most soothing sounds you’ll hear as you lounge lazily in your private plunge pool in the Amanwella resort. The coastal district of Tangalle is home to this huge resort with 27 expansive suites, including a select few with their own pools. It capitalizes heavily on its site, with large, clean and minimally designed rooms and lavish bathrooms having the latest amenities.

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Why you should visit: Spacious suites and a serene location
Price per night: 45,000 INR or 1,15,000 LKR or 650 USD onwards

3. Jetwing Kurulubedda, Galle (Off Beat)

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It doesn’t get more exclusive than Jetwing Kurulubedda. With its tree house-like design in the middle of a forested area in Galle, this boutique resort has only six rooms, of which two have private plunge pools. The rooms have been positioned in a stilted fashion above the ground, so guests feel one with the trees and birds and can enjoy the lush greenery entirely from the comfort of their rooms. The rooms, fitted with the latest amenities and all the comforts you may need, also have open terraces.

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Why you should visit: Unparalleled privacy, forest setting and resort design
Price per night: 15,000 INR or 37,500 LKR or 212 USD onwards

4. Anantara Kalutara Resort, Kalutara (Popular)

The Anantara Kalutara is a world in itself, and quite a lavish one at that. The resort is only about two years old, so everything here is as good as new, including the villas with their private plunge pools, indoor Jacuzzis and outdoor showers. It sits on a small peninsula that is connected to the mainland but stretches a little further into the ocean. The family-friendly resort also has an in-house cinema hall, water sports and two large outdoor pools.

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Why you should visit: Close to local sights but still offers a level of privacy, self sufficient, striking architecture
Price per night: 11,500 INR or 30,000 LKR or 165 USD onwards

5. Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort, Tangalle

Another popular property from the Anantara chain of hotels in Sri Lanka, the Anantara Tangalle is slightly cut off from the coastal town but that’s because it needed 42 free acres of land to be built on! You can hop onto one of their rickshaws to explore the property, or simply lounge around in the ocean-view villas with their own cozy infinity pools and the garden beyond.

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Why you should visit: Large open spaces both around the room and in the resort, great food and impeccable service
Price per night: 12,300 INR or 31,000 LKR or 177 USD onwards

6. Ani Villas, Maaliyadda (Off Beat)

If you’re heading to Sri Lanka with a large group of friends or family, look no further than Ani Villas in Colombo. Two large villas with 7-8 bedrooms each, the property is known for its arresting design that displays local minimal traits as well as modern amenities. You can book an entire villa for yourself, and you’ll get a private section of the beach, a private pool and water slides for children with it.

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Why you should visit: Get the experience of your own mini-resort with local meets contemporary architecture
Price per night: 3,50,000 INR or 8,85,000 LKR or 5,000 USD onwards per villa

7. Cape Weligama, Maaliyadda

Just about 30 minutes away from the coastal town of Galle, Cape Weligama will strike you first for its location. Occupying its own comfortable position on a headland, the resort has about 40 rooms, each of which have been oriented towards the brilliant views around them. Its lush gardens and crescent-shaped outdoor pool perched at the edge of the peninsula are a big pull factor for guests. The private pool villas have the option of sharing the semi-private pool with a few nearby villas, which works great for large groups.

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Why you should visit: Great location and ocean views, relaxed vibe
Price per night: 28,000 INR or 70,700 LKR or 400 USD onward

8. Chena Huts, Tissamarama (Recommended)

Inside Sri Lanka’s famous Yala National Park are the Chena Huts where guests can feel one with the wilderness. Spacious thatched roof huts shelter modern comforts for those that love feeling grounded to the outdoors. The domed rooms are completely cocooned by trees and built on raised platforms that allow wild boars, buffaloes and even elephants to roam freely around them. There is also a small private beach, where you can lounge with birds and turtles for company.

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Why you should visit: Luxurious rooms in the lap of nature, wildlife spotting
Price per night: 84,000 INR or 2,10,000 LKR or 1,200 USD onward

9. The Fortress Resort & Spa, Galle

A bird’s eye view of this beautiful Galle property will reveal its enviable elongated positioning along the coastline and protective vaulted roofs that run all along the structure. It sits between a busy main road on one side and the ocean on the other, but the build is just right to buffer the goings-on in Galle and embrace the calming views of the ocean. Since the resort runs parallel to the coastline, all rooms come with ocean views. Only a few exclusive rooms have private indoor plunge pools with magnificent beach views.

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Why you should visit: All encompassing views of the ocean from everywhere in the resort, luxury spa
Price per night: 21,000 INR or 53,000 LKR or 300 USD onward

10. Aditya Hotel, Rathgama

This resort does, in fact, sit on 98 acres of land, with its rolling tea estates, cocooned and stilted cottages and private helipad. Extremely secluded, the mountain locale is picturesque and serene. A big bonus is that they’re very environment-conscious and have used local materials and recycled items to contain their carbon footprint. Even so, the amenities, service and design don’t disappoint, especially in the plush suites with their private outdoor pools built high up on the hilly incline.

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Why you should visit: Located in a tea estate, unique cottages, great sunrise and sunsets views over the mountains
Price per night: 42,000 INR or 1,06,000 LKR or 600 USD onward

11. 98 Acres Resort & Spa, Sigiriya (Recommended)

This resort does, in fact, sit on 98 acres of land, with its rolling tea estates, cocooned and stilted cottages and a private helipad. Extremely secluded, the mountainous locale is picturesque and serene. A big bonus is that they’re very environment-conscious and have used local materials and recycled items to contain their carbon footprint. Even so, the amenities, service and design don’t disappoint, especially in the plush suites with their private outdoor pools built high up on the hilly incline.

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Why you should visit: Located in a tea estate, unique cottages, great sunrise and sunsets views over the mountains
Price per night: 42,000 INR or 1,06,000 LKR or 600 USD onward

12. The Elephant Corridor, Sigiriya

A simple, functional, elegantly designed hotel in the marshlands of Sigirya, Elephant Corridor is an inland hotel with surrounding views of the forest, the lake and mountains in the distance. It’s a fuss-free resort with all the comforts of home, and each suite comes with its very own indoor plunge pool at the foot of the bed, or even a private terrace. Wake up, grab a hearty breakfast and lounge around in your pool with lush forest views.

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Why you should visit: Forest views, fuss-free and comfortable
Price per night: 19,000 INR or 48,000 LKR or 275 USD onward

13. Tri Hotel, Ahangama

Sustainability lies at the core of the Tri Hotel, a lakeside property that has found popularity for its locale, food, Ayurvedic treatments and Yoga sessions. Natural building materials and solar heating keep the hotel looking and functioning beautifully, whereas the lake near which it stands keeps the atmosphere cool and the air clean. You’ll see many species of birds flutter in and out of the property as you dip into your private plunge pool in impeccably furnished rooms. Some rooms also come with private balconies offering lake views.

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Why you should visit: Serene lakeside setting, great Yoga and spa treatments
Price per night: 37,000 INR or 94,500 LKR or 535 USD onward

14. Ulagalla, Anuradhapura

Run by the same hotel chain as that of Chena Huts, the Ulagalla resort is as luxurious. Eco-friendly and sensitive to the abundant greenery, Ulagalla has sweeping accommodations that have been designed to draw in the proximate fields and forest life. Guests are often visited by animals and birds on site, making for quite an interesting encounter in the otherwise secluded rooms, all of which have private pools.

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Why you should visit: Home to varied species of birds and animals, elegant accommodations
Price per night: 34,000 INR or 86,600 LKR or 490 USD onward

15. Serene Pavilions, Wadduwa

In Colombo, along Sri Lanka’s western coastline is Serene Pavilions, a luxury boutique resort with private pool villas and never ending views of the ocean. Bundled in a blanket of green, this cozy retreat has only a select number of rooms, which means that you’ll have a lot of privacy as well as customized service during your stay. A small beach stretch also forms part of the hotel.

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Why you should visit: Personalized service, privacy
Price per night: 25,000 INR or 63,500 LKR or 360 USD onward

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