A year-round destination that truly delivers on all fronts, Sri Lanka promises an unbeatable sense of adventure for solo travellers, couples or families. For those who have touched down on its captivating, palm-fringed shores, this remote island has an exotic appeal that always leaves you wanting more. From the winding canals of Colombo to the stilt fishermen and colonial ramparts of Galle, across storied tea plantations of Ceylon’s namesake, or climbing sturdy steps of Sigiriya Lion Rock and touching the multi-cultural heart of Kandy, there are endless stories to tell. The relationship with tea and sea is ingrained into the island’s heritage, and whether traversing the island by Cessna, railway, or car, you will embrace a return to a simpler way of life. Just a stone’s throw from the Maldivian archipelago, complement your visit with idyllic shores of the Indian Ocean.
The Wallawwa, Negombo
The Wallawwa’s proximity to Colombo airport makes the property the perfect bookend to your stay. The hotel has the spirit of an intimate country house with spacious and contemporary suites, amidst tropical gardens that exude serenity. Tucked away in this rural location, visit Negombo’s lively markets, drift down the canals of the Muthurajawela wetlands, or visit the town’s Catholic churches, cigar factory and Dutch fort.
Uga Ulagalla, Anuradhapura
A return to a land where great Kings once reigned, Uga Ulagalla is the prime position to visit Anuradhapura archaeological sites and Sigiriya’s unique rock fortress. At this haven, immerse yourself in the historical significance of Sri Lanka’s heart, get a glimpse of untouched villages teeming with life, learn about rice cultivation and local traditions, or enjoy nature walks accompanied by vibrant birdsong and an array of wild creatures.
The Kandy House, Gunnepana
Wonderfully cosy and private with just nine chic rooms, The Kandy House has proudly stood the test of time since 1804 as an ancestral manor house now turned boutique hotel. Blending Dutch, Moorish and local styles, their infinity pool is pervaded by a dreamy languor, inviting you in hammocks surrounded by lush jungle and frangipani trees. A prime setting that defines the romance of travel.
Ceylon Tea Trails, Hatton
Born from the Fernando family’s unique ‘Resplendent Sri Lankan Journey,’ Ceylon Tea Trails sits at an altitude of 1,250 metres on the border of the Central Highlands. Comprising five restored historic tea planter residences overlooking misty valley views and butler service, the ambiance is characteristic of tea itself; rejuvenating, calming, and thought-provoking. Abound with old-world charm, imagine arriving by floatplane on Castlereagh Lake…
Wild Coast Tented Lodge, Yala
Overlooking the Indian Ocean at the entrance to Yala National Park, Wild Coast’s luxury safari lodge is a must for wildlife lovers and architectural buffs. Their cocoon-like tent design is built seamlessly into the jungle, boasting four-poster beds and freestanding bathtubs, with wild beaches at your doorstep and the lulling sound of the ocean. With the expert eyes of your naturalist guides, spot elegant elephants and the elusive leopard – a sight to behold!
On the southern coast of Sri Lanka, a meandering path amidst vibrant jungle foliage unveils Amanwella, nestled in the picturesque shores of Tangalle. Crafted for ultimate privacy and immersion in nature, this modern beachfront retreat boasts an extensive stretch of golden sand bordered by swaying coconut palms. It’s conveniently situated near revered temples, sprawling tea plantations, and National Parks.
Cape Weligama, Weligama
Dotted on the epic southern cliffs and “enveloping you in a world of culture, community and cuisine,” a stay at Cape Weligama recalls a time of legendary explorers, a slower cadence of life’s simple pleasures, and a short coastal drive away from a cinnamon plantation and 400-year old Dutch colonial Galle Fort. Venture out on their Ocean Safari experience in search of blue and sperm whales or spinner dolphins.
With a dizzying variety of experiences and properties to choose from, your Sri Lankan discovery couldn’t come soon enough! Vilena Private Travel is poised to create a bespoke itinerary that is true to your travelling desires and will make your heart sing as you weave your way across the island…