Few places in the world deliver diversity in the same way as Sri Lanka. From palm-fringed beaches and wildlife-rich jungles, to ancient fortresses and centuries-old ruins, it’s easy to fall in love with not only Sri Lanka’s eye-opening beauty, but also the region’s gracious hospitality. Discover our top 10 reasons to plan your next luxury holiday to Sri Lanka…
Leopards, elephants, whales and monkeys – Sri Lanka is a wildlife lover’s dream. Although this Asian island may be small in size, the long list of national parks and forest reserves which are home to innumerable species make it one of most bio-diverse countries in the world. Over 400 bird species can be spotted flying overhead, while the island’s protected waters are incredibly popular for dolphin-watching.
Sri Lanka’s Ceylon Tea is one of the finest in the world, often recognised by its signature golden colour. Immerse yourself in Sri Lanka’s fragrant heritage by staying at the world’s first tea bungalow resort, Ceylon Tea Trails. Experience the Resident Tea Planter demonstrating the age-old tea making process as you explore the lush tea trails, before tasting a much-anticipated brew!
The temperature in Sri Lanka rarely drops below 30 degrees throughout the year, making it the perfect escape for those in search of warmer climes. The island’s tropical weather is tempered by two monsoon seasons meaning rain is likely, but downpours are usually short and sharp, with blue skies and glorious sunshine quickly returning, allowing you to continue making the most of the limitless landscapes and outdoor adventures.
The luxury hotels in Sri Lanka manage to retain their authenticity whilst ensuring they maintain the world-class service and facilities any discerning traveller would expect. AMAN features two properties in the region – Amanwella and Amangalla – while the safari-style ambience of Chena Huts by Uga Escapes is popular with wildlife lovers. With helicopter transfers from the airport now available, accessing these cultural boltholes is even easier.
Never short of natural beauty, Sri Lanka’s coastline has plenty of stunning golden-sand beaches. Whether you enjoy snorkelling, sailing or simply sunbathing along the shore, there is a stretch of sand to suit everyone. Arugam Bay Beach is an internationally renowned surfer’s paradise, with unbeatable waves from April to October, whilst the calm waters and soft sloping sands of Unawatuna beach make it a popular choice for families.
There are a wealth of treasures to discover when it comes to Sri Lanka’s rich and diverse culture. In the area known as ‘The Cultural Triangle’, you will find ancient cities such as Anuradhapura and Polonaruwa, rock fortresses including Sigiriya and the Dambulla Rock Temples and famous UNESCO World Heritage Sites, which withhold scattered ruins of one of the ancient world’s greatest civilisations.
Positioned between both Eastern and Western culture in the Indian Ocean and taking elements from both Thai and Indian fare, Sri Lanka’s geographically-inspired flavours create a feast for the senses. From locally grown tropical fruit, to freshly caught seafood, every recipe is filled with only the best produce, with heirloom spices and a story of origin behind every meal.
Walking and Hiking
All roads lead to lush rolling landscapes and emerald green scenery when you go hiking in Sri Lanka. From archaeological wonders including temples and ancient kingdoms, to dense rainforests and expansive national parks, hiking can be one of the best ways to explore. Guided tours can lead you through tea estates, historic ruins and perfectly peaceful havens that you may not otherwise have discovered.
With breathtaking ocean vistas and soothing sunsets each evening, Sri Lanka is an ever-popular destination for those with health and wellbeing on their mind. The all-encompassing programme at Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort is designed to detox, heal and restore energy with signature spa treatments, nourishment and healing therapies. The resident Ayurvedic Doctor also specialises in holistic healing of the mind and body.
With so many magical, culture-filled experiences to discover, Sri Lanka is an amazing destination for the whole family. From wonder-filled safaris with the chance to spot elusive wildlife, to colourful and traditional villages filled with friendly faced locals, Sri Lanka allows young traveller’s imaginations to run wild as they uncover the beauty of a brand new culture.
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