Sri Lanka is shaped like a tropical tear drop, fantastic scenic and cultural variety. It is exotic, with wonderful history and culture, eco adventures and wildlife viewing, and wide smiles. In recent years the quality of accommodation has improved significantly, with many boutique heritage hotels and wonderfully luxurious resorts. The image of the island has moved more upscale – as have the prices – but we now rate it as one of the most exciting tropical destinations.
The beaches are good, but for us the real joy of the island is to tour around, staying in the very special boutique hotels and then end in a resort for a few days. The flying time from UK is 12 hours.
For years Sri Lanka has been popular for the wonderful scenic contrasts, the marvellous history and the smiling hospitality. Resort accommodation was largely adequate, low priced, but hardly outstanding on an international scale. All that has changed in the last few years and the island now offers some of the finest small boutique experience resorts to be found in the region.
The tours shown here are just a few suggestions, and can be easily tailored to suit your personal requirements.
A luxurious retreat, all of the quiet refined style associated with the Aman collection of hotels. Located in the spectacular south east coast of Sri Lanka. One of the most acclaimed resorts on the island. A real hide and totally chic retreat, quiet and romantic.
Cape Weligama is luxurious, offering chic boutique elegance. Located on a cliff top with dramatic views of the bays below. 30 minutes drive from the city of Galle. The airport at Colombo is just under 3 hours transfer.
Ceylon Tea Trails – Located close to Hatton and Nuwara Eliya, in the heart of planter country, this area is regarded as the most scenic. Remote, wonderfully atmospheric, usually with misty mornings and cool evenings.
The accommodation is split into 4 colonial style bungalows, each with 4 to 6 individual bedrooms. Here the arrangements include breakfast, lunch and dinner with of course afternoon tea.
the Jetwing Lighthouse ia a popular first class hotel, located on the southern tip of Sri Lanka. A good all round hotel that appeals to couples and families.
Jetwing Vil Uyana is a heaven for nature lovers, with the dramatic Sigiriya Rock almost overlooking the resort. It is located about 4 hours drive from Colombo Airport and city, and is usually combined as part of a multi- centre tour of the island. However it also makes a good base for exploring the cultural triangle so stays are 4 nights plus are not unusual.
Kahanda Kanda Galle is a beautiful CHIC boutique retreat. Totally exquisite, understated elegance and simple refinement. Located on a hillside, 30 minutes drive from Galle City, overlooking Koggala Lake and set adjacent to its own working tea estate.
Kandy House Sri Lanka is located in a prime position, 30 minutes’ drive outside of the city with fantastic views. A real little Sri Lanka gem. Designed in a traditional colonial planter style, although it started life as the home of a Kandy nobleman who dared to build something palatial. Elegant and classic simplicity with some rather nice touches, perfectly capturing the style and unique ambiance.
Noel Rodrigo’s Leopard Safaris is totally authentic, under canvas safari experiences. You are up close and personal with nature – a wonderful unique experience. You have a choice of two camps. The most established is at Yala National Park, located on the south east corner of the island. Sri Lanka’s second largest park covering 979 sq.km, it is easily accessible following a tour of the Tea Country and / or Galle and the southern resorts.
Saman Villas is a genuine boutique hotel, known for its high level of personal attention and repeat business. It is located overlooking a long stretch of beach close to the bustling village of Bentota. The appeal will be mainly adult focused – children under 12 years are not accepted.
Taylors Hill is another fine example of boutique Sri Lanka heritage style. A colonial country house exterior, contemporary chic designed interiors with some wonderfully quirky flourishes. The house takes its name from James Taylor who first introduced tea production to the island, and the famous Loolecondera is still a working estate and museum. Located 65 minutes drive out of Kandy, on the road to Nuwara Eliya.