We fly into the bustling city of Colombo. Sri Lanka’s capital has long been a port of trade between the East and West, more notably for the Portuguese, the Dutch and the Arabs Here, we visit some of the renowned architect, Geoffrey Bawa’s unique, tropical modernist homes.
We then fly off to Yala, one of the most well-known nature reserves in Sri Lanka. It offers an up-close and personal encounter with several species of animals in their untamed habitats. Among its more famous residents are the world’s biggest concentration of leopards, elephants, sloth bears, sambars, jackals, spotted dears, peacocks, and crocodiles. Morning and afternoon game drives are a fantastic way to get acquainted with them.
From forest we head south to the beach and settle into the tranquil settings of Tangalle for a few days. Amangalla becomes the haven where we rest our heads before making our way to Galle Fort. Set along the east coast of Sri Lanka, Galle is mostly known for this fortified city built within. Presently, quaint cobblestone pathways, restored colonial mansions and an emerging restaurant and bar scene have made the town a lovely place to stroll through at night, with trendy boutiques and cafes to offer great options for a relaxing afternoon.
These are a selection of lodges that we feel combine well for this journey. However we do also have a range of options to consider in each region, and can tailor them to you preference.
Located in the heart of Colombo, Maniumpathy is surrounded by art galleries, chic boutiques, coffee shops, restaurants, leading shopping centers and national monuments. Formerly a home to five generations of a family originating in Jaffna, Maniumpathy has evolved at the hands of each generation.
Wild Coast: This spectacular luxury tented camp is situated in a stunning location where the jungle meets a rugged, empty beach, overlooking the Indian Ocean. Wild Coast Lodge’s unique design, masterminded by Nomadic Resorts, a consortium of Dutch, English and Sri Lankan designers, sees the man-made structures blending seamlessly into the surrounding landscape thanks to the use of carefully selected natural materials.
Coconut palms sway above the golden sand beach at Amanwella, a tranquil hideaway set in a cove on Sri Lanka’s southern coast. Amanwella’s clean, serene lines frame the untamed landscape. Inspired by modernist Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa, Suites are constructed from stone, timber and clay tiles of local origin. Each opens onto a private plunge pool.
At Mawella, we uncover a unique experience which respects nature, celebrates privacy, and nurtures luxury. Situated among the crystal blue and green shades of Mawella Bay, this boutique hotel has all the makings of a perfect holiday escape. Leave the rush of the daily grind behind and commit to rest and relaxation.