A tea plantation bungalow, surfer hostel, cottage near the beach and off-grid lodge are among our picks of great new places to stay in Sri Lanka
For families, Thalpe Bungalows, south-east of Galle, are an affordable alternative to renting a villa. Each of the three one-bedroom cottages also has a lounge, with fold-out beds for two children, kitchen area and long veranda overlooking a leafy walled garden with central pool. Friendly owners Murray and Seema live on site with their young daughter, and will share additional equipment for children on request. The swimmable lagoon at Dalawella beach is a 25-minute walk away.
• Bungalows from £76 B&B, thalpebungalows.com