With beautiful beaches, a rich and fascinating cultural heritage and year-round sunshine, Sri Lanka is a must on anyone’s luxury travel list. Whether you want to explore some of the oldest cities in the world, see elephants in their natural habitat, visit tea plantations or simply relax and top up your tan, this small and spectacularly diverse island has it all.
Review Of The Kingsbury Hotel, Colombo
Every luxury you could possibly want is provided in abundance at this stunning new five star hotel in the capital city of Colombo. Situated in a prime ocean front position, every room boasts a spectacular view, whether that’s of the Indian Ocean, the harbour or the city itself. The cuisine in the Kingsbury’s four restaurants is generally considered to be some of the finest in the whole of fSri Lanka, while the Sky Lounge bar offers the best vantage point in the city to watch the sunset while sipping on a cocktail. Rooms are lavishly decked out with Frette linen and Bulgari toiletries and a full range of treatments is available at the Senses spa. A fabulous location for weddings and events and ideally situated for business, leisure and historic destinations within the city, the Kingsbury is the perfect place to stay whatever your reason for visiting Colombo.
Review Of The Amaya Lake, Dambulla
If you really want to get away from it all, a stay at the Amaya Lake resort in Dambulla will be right up your street. Situated on the banks of the beautiful Kandalama Lake, this is the ideal place to unwind and commune with nature. Lush, tropical gardens, traditional villages and ancient temples are all waiting to be discovered in this serene, peaceful destination far from the madding crowds. Organised excursions including bird watching trips are on offer, while cycling, tennis and badminton are just some of the leisure activities available for those who feel like getting a little more active. If all that sounds too much like hard work, the spa offers body and facial treatments as well as yoga and massage, while the pool area has ample sunbathing space and soothing lakeside views. The accommodation is equally relaxing, with charming views of the manicured gardens, soft lighting and local, artisanal touches throughout.
Review Of The Amaya Beach, Passikudah
For the perfect beach holiday, look no further than the Amaya Beach resort in Passikudah. This truly beautiful area boasts one of the longest stretches of shallow coastline in the world, and thanks to a natural coral reef, Passikudah Bay is one of the calmest and safest in the region. Ideal for exploring the coral formations and discovering the local reef fish, it’s also a paradise for water sport lovers. In addition to the beach, there’s a stunning pool area to enjoy, as well as a spa offering packages including aromatherapy facials and Ayurvedic treatments. Enjoy a drink at the lounge bar or the more laid-back beach bar, and sample flavours from both Asia and the Mediterranean at the Reef Café restaurant. All rooms have the option of a king sized bed or two twin beds, and all have private balconies, most with ocean views. Those with young children will be happy to know that this is a very family-friendly hotel, with suites able to accommodate up to six people and plenty of kids’ clubs and activities available.
Review Of The Amaya Hills, Kandy
Set in a stunning hilltop location, this is the ideal resort from which to explore some of Sri Lanka’s most fascinating history, from ancient stone temples to the Ceylon Tea Museum. Hiking and bird watching are other popular activities in the area, but if you fancy something a little more sedate, you can discover the country’s 300 varieties of orchid at the Royal Botanical Gardens. Back at the hotel, the luxurious rooms and suites are decorated to compliment the stunning natural surroundings, including the heavy wooden carvings traditional to the region. Both the pool area and the restaurant terrace command spectacular views over the lush landscape, while the cocktail bar and tea room (don’t forget to choose Ceylon tea!) offer different ways to relax and unwind. A full range of packages including Ayurvedic treatments is available at the spa.
City sophistication, lakeside retreat, beach paradise and mystical hills – whichever way you want to see Sri Lanka, these beautiful luxury hotels have it covered!
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