Overwhelmingly beautiful is the best way to describe this Indian Ocean gem of an island. There are wonderfully beautiful coastlines, but head inland you'll uncover a wealth of gems including eight UNESCO heritage sites, Sigiriya Rock and the fortified city of Galle.
This compact island has a unique vibe, combining Buddhist culture with Tamil, Malay, Dutch, Portugese and a significant Muslim population. Our selection of private abodes that line the coast or hide you away in the hills are all simply uniquely brilliant. From the Shangri-La Hambantota with it’s stature on the southern coast to the anantara Kalutara, a short drive from Colombo city and it’s vibrancy. Head to the interior of the country and suddenly you’re in the midst of the epic Tea Trails resort or the boutique 98 Acres with unforgettable sunsets.
Step back in time and reminisce Sri Lanka's history at The Fort Bazaar in Galle Fort. A boutique hotel offering easy access to Sri Lanka's stunning sceneries and historical sites.
The perfect family getaway awaits in Sri Lanka's Mandalay Villa. Treat yourself to your own private lake-view villa complete with its own pool and staff. Here you'll enjoy the definition of luxury and relaxation.
Sri Lanka is one of our favourite destinations that feels like it’s undiscovered. Here are a few of our insider tips to make your trip to Sri Lanka that little bit special.
Why Sri Lanka?
From the eight UNESCO heritage sights, the incredibly friendly people and diversity in such a small space, you could spend as long here as a country 20 times it’s size.
Best Halal Eat
For the best in street food, then head to Galle Face Green in the evening as local stalls pop up as the sun goes down. All the resorts we feature focus on high quality authentic local cuisine, to make sure you get your fill of Hoppers, Kothu and Watalappan.
Best way to see Sri Lanka
The best way to see Sri Lanka is to have your own private chauffeur guides. When you book with us, our approved chauffeur guides really are the epicentre of making your trip so memorable. We like to mix things up a little, and if you prefer we can also add in a scenic rail journey in the hill country, or for the more adventurous a helicopter journey to see the landscape from the air is second to none.
What to take
It’s tropical weather all year round, so light clothing is always handy. If you’re heading to the hills it can get a little cooler (they don’t call it Little England for no reason). For the adventure hunters who may be hiking or heading to the national parks, then suitable clothing and footwear is very welcomed.
What is the weather like?
For such a small island, Sri Lanka has two distinct seasons. From November to March, the west coast is drier and much better for swimming in the sea. From April to October, the east coast is the drier of the two however with very few places to stay we tend to recommend travelling to the West Coast. That said, August and September are still very good times to explore the island which can be done all year round.
Are there any special events I must see?
The Kandy Perahera is the signature event of the year, with a two week celebration of the Buddhist festival taking over the city culminating on the final night. As a multicultural country, there are over 40 public holidays, so it’s not unusual to come across a festival whenever you go.
Favourite place to pray
The Fort Meeran Jumma Masjid is probably one of our favourites, with it’s whitewashed walls and in keeping with the city of Galle.