6 unforgettable luxury Sri Lanka experiences

Sri Lanka has been creating quite a buzz in recent months. From its lush landscape and ancient monuments to its exotic cuisine and welcoming people, the mystical appeal of this island paradise means it is quickly emerging as a desirable destination for those in search of a spiritual, cultural and relaxing luxury holiday.

Sri Lanka resort

When my colleague Fiona recently returned from a once in a lifetime trip to Sri Lanka, I was naturally curious to hear all about it, so I asked her to share the highlights of her adventure along the Ceylon Tea Trails to the ‘sand village’ of Weligama.

Wallawwa, Negombo

“I was lucky enough to stay at the Wallawwa hotel in Negombo for part of my trip. Set in a breath-taking converted manor house just a short drive from the airport, this secluded boutique hotel had everything I could have wished for – it is close to Colombo, yet wonderfully peaceful.”

Helicopter ride to the Ceylon Tea Trails

“A helicopter ride across the south-west of the island offered me an unrivalled aerial view of Sri Lanka’s undulating landscape, including parts that are inaccessible by car or on foot. Soaring over the dense jungles and paddy fields, I caught sight of water buffalos grazing, small villages and ruined palaces. It was such an incredible experience.”

Sri Lanka tea

Castlereagh Bungalow

“Offering awe-inspiring views across the tea plantations, a trip to the Castlereagh Bungalow is like stepping back to colonial time. The personal tour of the grounds with James Taylor – the great, great grandson of the famous ‘Taylors Tea’ founder – is not to be missed. I ended my day watching the pickers go about their delicate work as I enjoyed a mouth-watering high tea of cucumber sandwiches, homemade cakes and Sri Lankan tea – perfection!”

Amangalla, Galle

“Set within the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Galle Fort, this 17th century building is adorned with antique and period furnishings. Rooms at the Amangalla offer four-poster beds and freestanding bathtubs. The terrace is the ideal place to relax after a day seeing the sights whilst enjoying a delicious Sri Lankan curry.”

Tuk-tuk tour of Galle

“Climbing aboard a charming tuk-tuk is really the only way to ensure you see all of the many wonders that this sprawling city has to offer. From the Old Dutch Fort to the Buddhist Temple Complex, ensure you have your camera to hand as you discover delightfully vibrant street scenes at every turn.”

Stilt fisherman of Weligama

“The sight of dozens of the world-famous stilt fishermen, expertly perched aloft their tall poles as the sun slowly set, isn’t one that I will forget in a hurry. In fact, the friendly locals even helped me to catch a fish myself!”

Stilt fishermen, Sri Lanka

Maxine Roberts is Head of Marketing at Carrier.

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Comments (3)

  1. Metodija says:

    Sri Lanka is definitely worth visiting especially now when it`s still relatively unknown, unspoiled and cheep. A beautiful country with beautiful places.

  2. Tarek says:

    Places like Dambulla and Negombo are really worth it !

  3. AJ says:

    Unfortunately it’s not as cheap as it was even two years ago but my god is it still beautiful and some of the most incredible UNESCO sites Ive ever seen!

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