Set by the Giniganga river, this luxe hotel occupies a former aristocratic Colonial-style mansion dating from the 18th century. It’s 4 km from Galle Lighthouse and 8 km from Jungle Beach. Featuring antique furnishings and 4-poster beds, the elegant rooms offer Wi-Fi, flat-screens and minibars, plus rainfall showers. Suites add separate living rooms, claw-foot tubs and balconies with sloping wood ceilings, as well as butler service. There’s a rustic-chic restaurant, a chic bar and a minimalist outdoor lounge. Other amenities include a spa and a palm-lined outdoor infinity pool. River safaris and guided fishing trips are also available.