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The teardrop shaped island of Sri Lanka lies in the Indian Ocean just off the southern tip of India. With its golden sandy beaches, azure blue waters and warm tropical climate, Sri Lanka is a year-round destination for travelers seeking sun, sand and sea. The island has a rich cultural heritage that dates back to over 2,000 years which is linked to the origins of Buddhism in the country with magnificently constructed stupas and the ruin remains of ancient kingdoms. You can stay on a tea plantation, immerser yourself in Buddhism at temples scattered throughout or visit historic colonial towns such as Galle.
Sri lanka ~ Highlights
• Explore the ancient city of Anuradhapura
• Take safari excursions through Yala National Park in search of the elusive leopard and iconic Sri Lankan elephants.
• Go on a guided jeep safari to Minneriya National Park to see ‘The Gathering of Elephants’.
• Witness the Pooja ceremony at Kandy’s Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
• Climb the Sigiriya Rock Fortress.
• Scenic train journey from Kandy to Hatton.
• Walk around the Dutch built Galle Fort on a privately guided tour.
• Accommodation in a collection of unique luxury boutique properties.
• Go on a “Tea Experience’ with a resident planter.
• Spoil yourself with a spa experience at one of the many luxury resorts.
kandy | galle | cultural triangle | highlands & tea country | south coast
PLACES TO STAY
uga residence, Colombo
Nestled between leafy the Park Street and the lakeside temple of Gangarama, one of Colombo’s principal Buddhist shrines, the Residence is a unique boutique hotel in the heart of Sri Lanka’s capital city. Built in the 18th century, it is one of the few remaining buildings of its kind in Colombo. Originally a family home, the house was designed to host receptions on a grand scale, expansive gardens and stables for visitors’ carriage-horses. Today, the Residence is a luxurious 11-suite city. Its design recalls the rich history of the building and the surrounding area. With a large garden, swimming pool, gym, bar and ‘great room’, the Residence offers plenty of spaces to relax. Visit the hotel website.
Ulagalla Resort is located on a sprawling 58-acre estate in Thirapanne. This luxurious eco-retreat is nestled among two sparkling reservoirs, lush green paddy lands and lily ponds. The 19 chalets, each over 850 square feet in size, all offer glass-walled panoramic views of the scenic, unspoiled, natural paradise filled with bird and animal life and are luxuriously equipped with air conditioning, high-end entertainment systems and many more amenities. Each chalet has its own deck and secluded private plunge pool, making it a destination in itself. ambiance to savour the authentic flavours of Sri Lankan cuisine or your own Barbecue. Visit the hotel website.
Cape Weligama is Sri Lanka’s newest luxury resort, 30 minutes east of Galle on the southern coast. It is home to a gorgeous collection of 40 free-standing villas and suites. Infinite 270-degree panoramas of the Indian Ocean and rugged coastline are celebrated from every curvaceous corner of this meticulously landscaped 12-acre property, perched on a cliff top rising up to 36m above the sea. Innovative wining and dining venues hug the lofty cape and are complemented by a spectacular 60m crescent-shaped infinity pool seamlessly merging with the ocean. Visit the hotel website.
anantara peace haven tangalle resort
Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort. Landscaped terraces lead down to golden sands at this former coconut plantation, nestled within a tiny bay along Sri Lanka’s southern coast. The 120 rooms and 32 villas provide sumptuous sanctuary with inspired touches like rattan furnishings and batik fabrics. Dine on fine Italian at Il Mare, perched on the cliff’s edge, or teppanyaki, at the oceanfront Verele; then take cooking lessons in the demonstration kitchen. Exotic dreams come true with elephant encounters, Ayurvedic spa treatments, yoga on the beach and bicycling to nearby rock temples. Visit the hotel website.
Amangalla, set in the ramparts of Galle Fort, welcomes those who relish in the chance to relive history. An easy walk through the historic fort has you taking in the Old Dutch Church, spice warehouses, the lighthouse and Court Square. Return to your home base, for its palm trees–lined swimming pool and its rejuvenating Baths spa — therapies are customized for each guest, incorporating hydrotherapy pools, saunas, steam rooms and plunge pools. Your bedroom is adorned with a Para Mara four-poster bed, pettagama chest, Burma teak floors, freestanding bathtub, shower room and views of the fort or the mature gardens. Visit the hotel website.
Amanwella reigns above a tranquil beach between two rocky headlands. Serene and stylish, this is a tropical paradise for the ages — be as active or as lazy as you wish. While you have every opportunity to commune with giant turtles, snorkel and visit protected elephant herds in nearby national parks, remember to take time to curl up in your ocean-view suite with its floor-to-ceiling windows, plunge pool, timber sliding doors and spacious terrace with double sun lounger; everything was designed with your utmost pleasure in mind. Do indulge in a spa bath, while sipping fresh king coconut juice or champagne. Visit the hotel website.
Wild Coast tented Lodge
Resplendent Ceylon’s latest creation is Wild Coast Tented Lodge, adjacent to the world famous Yala National Park, renowned for its dense leopard population. This spectacular luxury tented camp is situated in a stunning location where the jungle meets a pristine beach, overlooking the blue waters of the Indian Ocean. Wild Coast Tented Lodge’s unique design, masterminded by a consortium of Dutch, English and Sri Lankan designers, sees the man-made structures blending seamlessly into the surrounding landscape thanks to the use of carefully selected natural materials. The use of arched fabric structures allows each of the twenty eight cocoon tents to take on the shape and colour of the rocks and boulders that lay scattered nearby, whilst a clever layout in the shape of a leopard’s paw print alludes to the area’s most famous resident. Visit the hotel website.
ceylon tea trails
Ceylon Tea Trails is the world’s first tea bungalow resort, perched at an altitude of 1250 metres in Sri Lanka’s panoramic Ceylon tea region, bordering the UNESCO World Heritage Central Highlands. Tea Trails is Sri Lanka’s first Relais & Chateaux resort. This award winning boutique resort comprises luxurious colonial era tea planters’ bungalows, connected by walking trails through stunningly beautiful Ceylon tea gardens. The Garden Suites open onto magnificent English gardens still standing loyal to the colonial planters’ wives who created ‘a little bit of home’ in a faraway land. This is an ideal setting for trekking and biking against the breathtaking backdrop of mountains, lakes, winding road and waterfalls. After an active day, a large swimming pool and raised garden awaits with panoramic views of the tea-carpeted mountains. Visit the hotel website.
uga bay, passekdah
Uga Bay by Uga Escapes fuses tropical and Mediterranean architecture to create a stunning centrepiece in the beautiful bay of Passekudah. The semi-circular design ensures an ocean view from all 46 Studios, Bay Suite and Beach Villa. From the entrance, the infinity pool looks to spectacularly blend into the sea. All Ocean Studios have been furnished with a king size bed, expansive minimalist bathroom, air-conditioning, complimentary wi-fi and a private outdoor terrace. Beach Studios at ground level provide direct access to the beach while Ocean Studios offer uninterrupted views from a higher vantage point. Uga Bay in Passekudah is one of the very best locations to enjoy water sports and diving in Sri Lanka. Visit the hotel website.
Looking to extend your trip?
Combining two sensational, tropical destinations, Sri Lanka and Maldives, you are able to indulge in the ultimate, cultural site seeing journey followed by relaxation, romance and tranquillity at a serene paradise island. Call us so we can help you create a personalized journey for you.