Colourful and bursting at the seams with culture, the nation described as ‘India Lite’ is just that, India’s more playful cousin, with beach parties galore and exhilarating winter surfing. Formerly known as Ceylon until 1972, Sri Lanka is as famous for its tea as it is for its myriad of animal life, not least to mention Elephants. Travel in Tuk Tuks (and did we mention elephants?) and savour some of the most delicious food this planet has to offer all whilst taking in impossibly scenic wonders. Wondering where to stay for that ultimate Sri Lankan escape? Here’s a roundup of our top three Sri Lanka hotels, all yours for the taking.
Vivanta by Taj Bentota
Based in the Southern province of Sri Lanka, Vivanta by Taj Bentota offers excursions galore including the chance to visit the Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery, where every year rescued turtle eggs hatch and baby turtles make their way to the sea for the very first time. Set in a myriad of tropical plant life, Vivanta by Taj Bentota combines impressive sea views from every angle with an extensive range of luxurious extras. Bathe in the luxury of a gigantic freeform swimming pool and pamper yourself in the extensive spa and wellness centre before you lay back and relax on one of the finest beaches on the south west coast.
In the western province of Sri Lanka lies a haven of Sri Lankan design amidst a tropical paradise. With a short transfer time, this resort is the ultimate in sophisticated relaxation. Treat your taste buds to authentic Sri Lankan and international cuisine, dine in style at the Black Coral restaurant or indulge in a quiet moment oozing with romance in a private dining experience on the beach. Jetwing Beach lies in a convenient spot close to the town of Negombo which places it as an ideal base to visit the rest of the island and to explore the sights of Negombo itself.
Hikka Tranz by Cinnamon
For something more upbeat, don’t miss the endless beach parties in the area of Hikka Tranz by Cinnamon. Hikkaduwa is the nightlife capital of Sri Lanka’s west coast making Hikka Tranz the perfect centre for partying and sampling some of the country’s firewater called arrack. However, this resort has more to offer than just partying the night away. Famed for its coral reef, the area is rife with snorkelling opportunities with a multitude of chances to spot turtles. With a PADI certified dive centre, this resort is perfect for diving pros or those taking their first dip and, for the more adventurous traveller, the surrounding area is known as an international destination for board surfing and the perfect place to catch some waves.
7 nights B&B from £699pp
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