Sri Lanka’s south coast is renowned for surfing, beaches and pretty coastlines. With a laid back vibe, crystal clear water and clean beaches, Mirissa is one of the best beach towns in Sri Lanka and a great destination to add to your Sri Lanka itinerary.
To assist with planning your trip, in this article I help you find the best places to stay in Mirissa, Sri Lanka.
Whether you are looking for Mirissa luxury hotels, the best villas in Mirissa Sri Lanka, guest houses or budget hotels in Mirissa, we have narrowed down all the options so you can quickly decide where to stay in Mirissa.
Here is our selection of the best Mirissa hotels!
- 1 Comparison of the best places to stay in Mirissa Sri Lanka
- 2 Where to Stay in Mirissa Sri Lanka
- 3 Best Luxury Hotels in Mirissa Sri Lanka
- 4 Best Villas in Mirissa, Sri Lanka
- 5 Best Hotels in Mirissa Sri Lanka (Mid-range)
- 6 Best Budget Hotels in Mirissa Sri Lanka
- 7 Best Guest houses in Mirissa Sri Lanka
- 8 Best Hostels in Mirissa Sri Lanka
- 9 Map of The Best Place To Stay In Mirissa
Comparison of the best places to stay in Mirissa Sri Lanka
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Where to Stay in Mirissa Sri Lanka
Mirissa is a small town on one of the best beaches in Sri Lanka. It is also a fishing port and hub for many whale watching tours. The town has grown in recent years, and so too have the number of Mirissa beach accommodation options.
It is worth noting that getting around town is very easy and if you are staying close to Mirissa Beach, most things to do in Mirissa are within walking distance.
Even if you decide to stay a little out of town, tuk tuks are a cheap, quick and easy way to get around.
To help you choose the best place to stay in Mirissa, here are some insider tips about the town.
Hotels Near Mirissa Beach
While many Mirissa hotels are within walking distance of the main beach, the coast road cuts through the town not far from the beach.
The beach is the focal point for many people when they stay in Mirissa, so if you plan to spend most of your time at the beach, booking one of the Mirissa beach hotels in this area is a good option.
The Mirissa accommodation on the beach side of the road does tend to be more expensive, but most have sea views and all are just a few steps from the beach.
Many hotels right on Mirissa Beach also have restaurants that offer seafood menus on the beach in the evenings.
If you prefer to swim in the pool, you have more flexibility with the location of your Mirissa hotel.
Mirissa 5 Star Hotels
Most of the best resorts in Mirissa, Sri Lanka are located out of town, further along the coast towards either Weligama or Kamburugamuwa.
If you have a driver it is an easy drive into town to enjoy the great restaurants, or just hop in one of the many tuk tuks to visit the main beach.
Cheap Accommodation in Mirissa
Many of the cheap hotels in Mirissa are located on the north side of the main road, along one of the many small alleys. Most are still just a few minutes walk from the beach.
It is worth noting that once off the beach the temperatures rise due to the lack of a breeze. So it is worth weighing up whether you want to stay at a hotel with a pool.
Best Luxury Hotels in Mirissa Sri Lanka
Do you want to treat yourself at one of the best beach resorts in Sri Lanka? Thankfully there is no shortage of luxury 5 star hotels in Mirissa.
Mirissa luxury hotels tend to be tucked away out of town along the beach, but they are just a short tuk-tuk ride away from Mirissa town.
With a gorgeous swimming pool, direct access to the beach and beautifully furnished and generous sized rooms, Lantern Boutique Hotel in south Mirissa is our top choice for luxury hotels in Mirissa, Sri Lanka.
Each expansive suite has ocean views and a private outdoor balcony and lounge. Premium amenities and luxury furnishings are a highlight at Lantern Hotel.
The friendly staff will do anything to make sure your stay is a memorable one and can organise experiences such as whale watching, safaris or a day trip to nearby Galle Fort.
If you can drag yourself away from the pool and comfy beach cabanas, the Lantern Hotel Mirissa is just a 5 minute tuk tuk ride away from Mirissa Beach where you can enjoy a swim or an evening meal on the beach at one of the seafood restaurants scattered along the beach.
Looking for somewhere to rest and relax in luxury? The Lantern Hotel is one of the best hotels near Mirissa and is a fantastic choice.
Due to the compact size of Mirissa town, there are no large beach resorts in Mirissa, but you only have to go to the next bay in Weligama to stay at one of the best 5 star hotels in Sri Lanka on the beach.
The Weligama Bay Marriott Resort and Spa has absolute beach frontage and uninterrupted ocean views from every room.
All rooms have luxury furnishings and marble bathrooms with a lux day bed and balcony to enjoy the ocean views.
Enjoy dining at one of the 5 onsite restaurants, relax with a massage at the Day Spa, or join one of the many activities organised onsite including yoga and cooking classes.
Families will love the outdoor swimming pool and kids club.
With a large lawn and terrace, the Marriott is a popular choice for weddings. If you tire of the beach, Mirissa is close by and Galle is an easy day trip away too.
A stay at Weligama Bay Marriott Resort is a great way to relax and unwind and enjoy the best of the south coast of Sri Lanka.
Best Villas in Mirissa, Sri Lanka
Some of the best hotels in Southern Sri Lanka are dotted along the coastline near Mirissa.
If you are looking for accommodation with a little more space, or a more personal touch, there is a great range of villas and boutique hotels in Mirissa, Sri Lanka. Here are two of the best villas in Mirissa.
Sri Sharavi Beach Villas have set a new standard for luxury villas in Mirissa. With a range of accommodation options from double rooms to spacious suites and 2 and 3 bedroom villas, Sri Sharavi Villas are perfect for couples and families alike.
Rooms are generously sized and have both air conditioning and fans. Amenities include premium linen, flat screen TV, hair dryer, music player and mini fridge.
The 40m swimming pool is just metres from the swimming beach. The staff offer complimentary yoga classes each day and even mountain bikes for those who want to explore the local area.
Families will love the flexible room options and the child-friendly pool areas.
The onsite Spa and Wellness centre offers massage, wraps and scrubs and staff are able to organise activities such as deep sea fishing, cooking classes and more.
Sri Sharavi is without doubt one of the best Mirissa beach villa options and one of the best places to stay in Sri Lanka.
Along the same strip of beach as Sri Sharavi Villas, Imagine Villa Hotel is a 4 star hotel in Mirissa south.
With just 10 beachfront rooms set in a colonial style building, rooms all have large windows looking out to the ocean, air conditioning, flat screen TV and free wifi.
The larger rooms and honeymoon suite also have private balconies.
Imagine Hotel has a generous sized pool and gorgeous lawn area set right by the ocean. Meals at the onsite restaurant are highly rated by guests and the attentive staff make for a memorable stay at Imagine Villa Mirissa Sri Lanka.
With Mirissa town just a 10 minute tuk tuk ride away, it is possible to have the best of both worlds staying at Imagine Hotel.
Whilst the rooms are smaller than other accommodation in Mirissa on our list, the personalised service is what makes this such a popular choice for holiday makers and for honeymoons in Sri Lanka.
Best Hotels in Mirissa Sri Lanka (Mid-range)
If you are booking mid range accommodation, Mirissa has plenty of options. Here are some of our favorite hotels in Mirissa Beach Sri Lanka.
Paradise Beach Club is the best place to stay in Mirissa if you are looking for direct beach access to Mirissa Beach. Just steps away from the bustling main beach, you are right in the heart of Mirissa when you stay at Paradise Beach Club.
With a range of accommodation styles, from simple double rooms to family suites and a 2 bedroom bungalow, Paradise Beach Club is perfect for couples, friends and families.
Some rooms may be a little dated compared to other options on our list, but you simply can’t beat the location, especially if you enjoy a dip in the pool and swimming at the beach!
Breakfast at the onsite restaurant is highly rated and bar prices at the pool are quite reasonable. Choose to relax on sun loungers by the beach or the pool or enjoy the views from your balcony. In the evening, stroll along the beach and dine at one of the many seafood restaurants on the beach.
Families will love the central location, easy access to the beach and pool and the flexible room options.
For a no fuss stay in the heart of Mirissa, Paradise Beach Club is a great choice.
Triple O Six is one of the newer properties popping up in Mirissa and it offers a high standard of accommodation at a reasonable rate.
The 4 star hotel in Mirissa is just 500m from the south end of Mirissa Beach and is close to the famous Coconut Tree Hill.
With swimming pool, restaurant, free parking, room service, free wifi and bar, this boutique hotel offers travellers a comfortable stay in one of the quieter sections of Mirissa.
Rooms are tastefully decorated and all rooms have a view of the pool and/or ocean. Suites are generous in size and for the ultimate treat, the luxury suite with private infinity pool is a real treat.
If you are looking for a hotel in Mirissa town with a contemporary fit out and large pool, Triple O Six Mirissa is a great option.
Casa Maria guest house is a lovingly restored colonial style villa just metres from the north end of Mirissa Beach. Sheltered away from the street and noise, stepping into Casa Maria feels like entering an oasis.
Rooms are tastefully decorated in a minimalist style, with seating areas outside each room to relax and enjoy the gorgeous pool area.
With a range of room sizes, Casa Maria Mirissa is popular with couples and families alike. A delicious continental breakfast is served as well as tea and coffee by the pool in the afternoon.
We stayed at Casa Maria on our most recent trip to Sri Lanka and did not want to leave! The kids enjoyed playing with the kittens and rabbits who wandered the lawn and we all enjoyed relaxing by the pool in the afternoon whilst having tea and biscuits.
The staff are helpful and will organise transport and offer recommendations for restaurants and activities. Its location makes it one of the best places to stay in Mirissa Beach, Sri Lanka.
Palm Villa Hotel Mirissa has absolute ocean frontage at the southern end of Mirissa Beach. Set in a charming colonial style building, rooms are surrounded by deep balconies and you are just minutes from the main beach area.
Rooms at Palm Villa Mirissa are simply decorated with basic amenities. They have double, quadruple and family rooms, some of which have sea views and balconies. Most have air conditioning and mosquito nets but the wifi tends to be patchy.
While many rooms are compact in size, there are not many mid-range hotels in Mirissa with absolute water frontage and the character of this hotel. Note while there is not beach access directly in front, it is a 1 minute easy walk to the main beach area.
The hotel is located at the quieter end of town, not far from Coconut Hill. If you are want to stay near the main beach at Mirissa, Palm Villa Hotel is a good option.
Handagedara Resort Mirissa is ideally located in between Mirissa Beach and the fishing harbour and is close to Secret Beach.
Just 100m from Mirissa Beach, the hotel is family run and the owners at Handagedara offer guests a comfortable stay in charming surroundings.
All rooms have air conditioning and the open air restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Recent renovations have added a number of luxury suites to the accommodation options with contemporary fittings.
Staff are attentive and helpful and breakfast is highly rated by guests at the hotel.
Handagedara Villa is a great choice for those looking for mid-range Mirissa accommodation conveniently positioned for both the beach and the fishing port.
The Palace Mirissa Hotel is a 3 star hotel in Mirissa with an enviable location on the point at the northern end of Mirissa Beach.
Cabanas are comfortable with unique painted ceilings, air conditioning, mini fridge and mosquito nets. There is free parking and free wifi onsite.
While the rooms are a little dated, each room has a private balcony or terrace and some have gorgeous views out to the ocean. The outdoor pool is a welcome addition when the ocean is too rough for swimming.
Peacocks wander freely through the hotel grounds and there is plenty of space to relax and enjoy the peaceful surroundings.
All in all, the Palace Mirissa is still an absolute gem and a great place to stay in Mirissa, Sri Lanka.
Best Budget Hotels in Mirissa Sri Lanka
There are plenty of Mirissa budget hotels, from homestays to simple guest houses. Here are some of the best cheap hotels in Mirissa to consider.
The Secret Guesthouse Mirissa is a family run guesthouse and one of the best budget hotels in Mirissa, Sri Lanka.
Set back amongst the trees just 200m from Mirissa Beach, the four rooms and three bungalows are very popular with budget travellers and due to its popularity, you will need to book a long way in advance to secure a room!
Monkeys, peacocks and monitor lizards roam the gardens. Rooms are tastefully decorated with four poster beds, mosquito nets and air conditioning. The one and two bedroom bungalows have an extra touch of luxury and are the perfect choice for families.
The Secret Guesthouse is also well known for the onsite spa, Secret Root Spa Mirissa. Offering massage, Ayurvedic treatments and steam baths, guests at the hotel receive a discount for any treatments.
The Secret Guesthouse is a wonderful place to stay in Mirissa. Quiet, comfortable and just 5 minutes from the beach, this may be the best kept secret in Mirissa!
Banana Garden Guest House is at the southern end of Mirissa Beach and one of the best cheap hotels in Mirissa.
With clean and comfortable rooms, air conditioning, mosquito nets and free wifi, the guest house is just 100m from the beach and close to Coconut Tree Hill.
There is a mix of newly renovated and older style rooms, with the new 2 level suites offering more space and a private entrance.
Some guests comment on the street noise when sitting outside, but overall most reviews highly recommend Banana Garden Mirissa.
If you are looking for a comfortable stay for a reasonable price and with close proximity to the beach, Banana Garden is a good choice.
Best Guest houses in Mirissa Sri Lanka
There are many guesthouses in Mirissa Sri Lanka, but it is worth nothing that the highly rated ones are in high demand and book out early due to the small number of rooms available at each Guesthouse.
Our top tip is to book your Mirissa guest houses and homestays as far in advance as you can to secure your preferred accommodation in Mirissa, Sri Lanka.
Below are our top Mirissa guest house recommendations.
Our World Mirissa is a lovely homestay just 200m off Mirissa Beach on the north side of the main road.
The simply furnished clean rooms come with a fan, mosquito net and terrace overlooking the garden. Free wifi is available but note there is often no hot water available (which is isn’t really a problem as it always so hot!).
If you are travelling on a budget, Mirissa homestays are a great idea as they offer guests really great value. At Our World guest house, breakfast is available, and the owners offer a traditional home cooked Sri Lankan dinner too.
Our World homestay is just minutes from the main street of Mirissa where you can find plenty of budget restaurants.
But don’t worry about the noise as many guests comment on how quiet the rooms are despite their proximity to the town.
The rooms are basic, but for backpackers and budget travellers, Our World Guest house is a great value choice.
Sun Bird Eco Guest House is a highly sought after homestay in Mirissa. It is located a little further out of town, about 1km from Mirissa beach.
The basic rooms come with fans and mosquito nets and rooms share a bathroom.
Sun Bird Eco guesthouse is highly rated by guests for value for money and the generous hospitality of the hosts who are helpful in arranging transport and activities.
If you are looking for cheap hotels in Mirissa and don’t want to stay in a hostel, Sun Bird guest house is a good option.
Best Hostels in Mirissa Sri Lanka
If you are backpacking in Sri Lanka, there is a good range of hostels in Mirissa to choose from.
As there are many great value homestays and guesthouses, hostels don’t generally offer good value for families travelling on a budget in Sri Lanka.
But for friends and couples on a budget, they are worth taking a look at. Here is one of the most highly rated Mirissa hostels.
Why Not backpackers is an adults-only hostel in Mirissa with a party reputation.
Located just 600m from Mirissa beach with an outdoor pool and bar, this hostel is one of the best places to meet new people when backpacking around Sri Lanka.
There are twin, 6-bed, 8-bed and 16-bed rooms at Why Not Backpackers Mirissa. Dorms are mixed or female only and some rooms have air conditioning.
If you are looking for peace and quiet, this isn’t the pace for you. But if you are looking for a fun place to meet new people, this is a great choice.
Mirissa is one of the few places in Sri Lanka with a good range of hostels to choose from including the well known Hangover Hostel brand.
Map of The Best Place To Stay In Mirissa
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