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.
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.
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.
The KK Beach resort is a delightful and simply charming hotel with just 10 rooms and suites. Essentially adult-only. Located on an expansive beachfront at Habaraduwa, 20 minutes drive from the UNESCO World Heritage site of Galle. Sister property to the equally boutique Kahanda Kanda
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.
We are delighted to be an appointed partner of this outstanding collection of Teardrop Hotels in Sri Lanka. Small, stylish, service driven boutique hotels that champion the islands rich diversity of cultures and influences.
The Fortress Resort and Spa is regarded as one of the top resorts on the south coast. The hotel takes its design influence from the Portuguese and Dutch inspired fort at Galle which is 20 minutes away. Colombo airport is just under 3 hours drive.
The Wallawwa Chic boutique, Sri Lankan style, with low rise colonial heritage influenced design. Just 15 minutes drive from Colombo airport, The Wallawwa makes a great introduction to your Sri Lanka experience, or is equally convenient for a night or two before flying home. Colombo city is 45 minutes drive away.