Where to go that combines a fascinating history, rich culture, beautiful countryside and stunning coastline? Sri Lanka in fact ticks every box making it an ideal honeymoon destination and one for the bucket list. Often glamorous beach breaks strike fear into those who would rather avoid two weeks staring out to sea. In comparison, Sri Lanka offers a plethora of activities and landscapes to discover.
Head to Yala National Park to spot wild elephants and leopards, trek in lush tea plantations in Hill Country and go surfing in Weligama. And for those who love their cricket, a visit to Galle is a must. Furthermore, for those into their food, a cookery class can be arranged in your luxurious homestay and you can discover the street food of Colombo with a market tour.
The weather in Sri Lanka is often misunderstood. The best time of year to visit is between December and March but in fact a trip in November can result in great weather (think the UK on a good day with a likelihood of the odd rain shower). So with direct flights from the UK and a vibrant country just waiting to be discovered, what are you waiting for?
This unique boutique hotel is set in the leafy outskirts of Kandy. Staying in a 200-year-old palazzo, The Kandy House has been transformed. With just eight romantic rooms, head for a dip in the infinity pool looking out to grazing buffalos in the fields below. For daytime exploring, head out on the hotel bicycles or take a guide to explore the local temples before returning for cocktails at the hotel bar.
Named after the Sun God, Aditya is a charming, boutique hotel. With only 16 suites, the resort is set on a lovely stretch of beach between Galle and Hikkaduwa. The atmosphere in the resort is relaxed and calm – with only a few guests, it never feels crowded. Service is excellent, personal and friendly, with a real family feel to it and nothing is too much trouble. The historic town of Galle is also only 12 kilometres away. This colonial treasure is a World Heritage site, and it’s well worth visiting to discover the old fort town’s ramparts, colonial churches and sleepy streets.
Overlooking the forests to Sigiriya rock, the contemporary Aliya Resort & Spa boasts a peaceful location within the heart of the cultural triangle – ideal for sightseeing. There are 96 rooms, suites and luxury tents, all eco -friendly, spacious and with the modern facilities you would expect. Choose from three restaurants and if you’re inspired, you can book a live cooking demonstration. To relax, lie by the infinity pool or book a treatment in the Ayur Vie spa. To explore locally, hop on a bicycle or bullock cart.