Located on four and a half acres of well-manicured tropical grounds, this exclusive boutique hotel is the former home of an Ayurveda doctor and is just ten minutes’ drive from the pristine golden beaches of Bentota. Here you can spend long, lazy days indulging in delicious food and savouring the spectacular beauty of your surroundings, or opt for more active pursuits such as cycling, volleyball and a selection of fascinating cultural excursions. Reconnect and recharge in this fertile green paradise, where all your dreams of a perfect Sri Lankan vacation are guaranteed to come true.

Holiday resort information

Room Types

Accommodation at Nisala Arana takes the form of three resplendent colonial villas, one of which is the Doctor’s House while the other two have been divided into beautifully appointed suites furnished with a range of must-have luxury amenities.
  • Doctor's House

    The Doctor’s House is a tastefully refurbished colonial bungalow with two bedrooms, both of which overlook an inner courtyard complete with lotus pond. The master bedroom boasts a king-sized four poster bed, writing desk and antique almirah while the second bedroom features twin four-poster beds. There is an elegant bathroom with open air garden bathroom shower and a living room and dining area, as well as an open column veranda. The House has been decorated using antique furniture, Persian rugs and local artworks to add warmth and character.
  • Mango Wing

    Another accommodation option is the Mango Wing, which boasts a stunning antique balustrade and allows you to enter through exquisite Jaffna temple doors. Inside, each room comes complete with twin four-poster beds, a daybed, almirah and writing desk, while the bathrooms have a half-wall of Sri Lankan trellis-work windows which can be opened to give a delicious feeling of space and light. On the ground floor you will find a fascinating vintage car collection; an open-top Morris Minor is available for hire, complete with driver, if you so desire.
  • Coconut Wing

    Last but not least, the Coconut Wing consists of two expansive double bedrooms with generous canopied queen-sized beds, elegant antique furniture and tropical garden bathrooms. Their white-washed walls, colonial furnishings and overarching palm fronds create a gentle oasis where you can feel totally relaxed and at home.


Nisala Arana truly is the perfect place to relax, with its top-notch leisure facilities which include a library, swimming pool and badminton/volleyball court. Laze around in a hammock savouring the bliss of doing nothing, play some lawn games on the lush green grass, or use the hotel’s private Tuk Tuk to explore the local area.
An impressive selection of activities and tours are available to guests of this charming boutique hotel. This list includes the likes of massage, yoga and meditation sessions; a trip to visit the Dutch Galle Fort; and an unforgettable visit to the Pinnewella Elephant Orphanage. You can also witness thrilling performances of the Devil Dance and fire walking, right in the hotel grounds.


Delectable dining at Nisala Arana is provided by the Pavilion Restaurant, which allows you to dine al fresco or inside the pavilion itself, looking out over the sparkling waters of the hotel swimming pool.
  • Pavilion

    The cuisine at the Pavilion is a tantalizing blend of Sri Lankan delicacies and international favourites and includes such mouth-watering offerings as coconut prawns with mango salsa, Sri Lankan chilli crab and homemade sorbets. Wash your dinner down with glasses of the finest imported wine, and don’t forget that in the afternoons you can indulge in complimentary afternoon tea and cakes.


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