Lantern, Mirissa Sri Lanka, The South Coast
This sustainable hotel has warm and elegant furnishings and wonderful areas to relax along the southern coast. There are only six rooms and a handful of private pool villas, so you can expect to be treated like royalty, and it’s the perfect venue for a small wedding or family celebration.
Located on picturesque and tranquil Kamburugamuwa Beach, Lantern is close to Mirissa for restaurants and dancing, and a short drive away from Welligama Bay and Matara Fort Town. You can surf and whale watch close by, or take a boat ride along Kogalla Lake. The popular turtle hatchery at Habaraduwa is a short 20 minute drive from the hotel. For a night in at Lantern, expect surprisingly good casual dining in an open kitchen setting with organic and locally sourced produce and plenty of barbecue nights under the stars.
Six classic rooms are decorated with recycled timber and warm neutral colours. They have all the usual comfortable amenities: air conditioning, rain showers, king size beds and private terraces with sunbeds. Splash out and book a suite for a bit of extra room. The Ocean View Suite is particularly wonderful with its large living area and private balcony. The villas are located in two separate buildings and each has its own private pool and beach access.
If you prefer the sleek modern lines and cool professionalism of conventional five star hotels, you might find Lantern a bit too intimate and bohemian, but we think it’s great for couples, small groups of friends, or families from all parts of the world. Lantern gets its mix of authenticity, intimacy, and comfort just right.
Deluxe - This is our first really 'upmarket' category. It might be a beautiful tiny hotel with very limited facilities or a 5* resort hotel with all the trimmings; but any hotel in this category will be a well-run establishment with very comfortable rooms, a strong service ethos and excellent food.