9 Nights & 10 Days
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Sri Lanka’s spectacular turquoise-blue beaches on the South Coast have drawn crowds from far and wide for decades. No trip to the island is complete without a stay by the beach, soaking up the sun, listening to the sound of waves in the background as you unwind with a book. This nine-day trip gives you the opportunity to experience the country’s best southern beach spots and truly understand why those who visit Sri Lanka always return. Start your journey in Colombo, soaking up the history and culture of this metropolitan capital before traveling to Dickwella on the South Coast where stunning beaches await you. During your stay in the area, you have the option of visiting Mulkirigala Cave Temple or the Rekawa Turtle Hatchery. From there travel Deep South, home to the Yala National Park, where you can spend a few days exploring the abundant wildlife in the area. Catch a glimpse of Sri Lanka’s elusive leopard or majestic elephant during these game drives. Then drive to the 17th century Galle Fort, where you will spend the remaining days exploring one of the last living forts in the world.
A grand family home hidden unsuspectingly down a busy street in the heart of Colombo, Maniumpathy is an ideal abode for those looking to combine shopping, sightseeing and home-like luxury. Having been home to five generations of a family hailing from Jaffna, this refurbished colonial villa evokes feelings of old-world charm mixed with modern comforts.
Named after the town of Manipay – a wealthy area in Jaffna – this eight-bedroom boutique hotel whose original structure is over a hundred years ago, offers large expanses of greenery with a pool tucked away in the center. Restaurants, cafes, shopping malls and historical sites of Colombo are not too far away and ensure there’s much to do while here.
Nestled within a secluded crescent-shaped bay, Amanwella is the ultimate beach hotel. Inspired by the architectural designs of Geoffrey Bawa, the resort easily blends in with the surrounding landscape.
Sun loungers laze under the swaying palms just a whisper from the waves. Read, relax, run or take a stroll to the rocky headlands at either end of the bay. Swimming is safe in-season at the southern end of the bay, although the best place for a dip is the serene infinity- edged swimming pool. Keep an eye out for the blowhole that sporadically sprouts water in the far-away distance.
The 30 suites are split into two categories and are located on the hillside, connected by little pathways that lead down to the sandy beach.
Chena Huts is the first boutique hotel in Yala, home of the second-largest national park on the island, which is renowned for its high density of leopards. Sprawled across seven acres, the fourteen luxurious cabins are scattered amidst the shrub jungle amply shaded by trees offering guests maximum privacy.
Each of the cabins, the reception, and dining area are designed to resemble a local village with rustic touches such as palm-thatched roofs fitted with wooden furniture.
The reception and dining area are located on the edge of the sea with sounds of the waves inviting guests to unwind and enjoy the beauty of the surrounding landscape.
Located in the heart of Galle Fort, Amangalla’s history dates back to the Dutch period when it was originally built as a quarter for the Dutch commanders. Decades later during the British period, it was transformed into a hotel by the name of ‘New Oriental Hotel’ and served guests for 140 years before coming under the Aman brand.
The hotel cleverly blends in old-world charm with contemporary luxury from the rooms to the swimming pool and ‘the baths’ – a stunning spa complete with a luxury Ayurveda center and marble-walled candlelit hydrotherapy room.
Amangalla has 29 rooms divided into four room types, all of which offer the very best in comfort and style.
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