Visit the pristine, palm tree-lined beaches, historic cities, ancient temples and colonial hill stations of Southern Asia’s hidden tourist gem
Day 1 & 2: Theva Residency, Kandy, Sri Lanka
Upon arrival into Kandy Airport you will be met by one of our representatives, who will transfer you to your accommodation, Theva Residency, for 2 nights’ accommodation and a restful first day at leisure.
After breakfast on the second day one of our representatives will take you on a tour of the city, including a visit to Temple of the Tooth Relic, Upper Lake Drive and The Gem Museum. In the evening we will take you to witness a cultural dance performance, which ends with a fire-walking ceremony, where the dancers walk bare foot on red hot coals.
Info: Theva Residency & Kandy
Theva Residency is a small boutique hotel set on a forested hillside. the serene setting and daily-changing menu offer the ideal getaway from the frenetic city below and provides the relaxing atmosphere that any holiday requires.
Kandy, the Hill Capital of Sri Lanka and last stronghold of the Sinhala King, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Surrounded by verdant hills, with a tranquil lake at its centre, it is the site of the renowned temple that enshrines the Tooth Relic of the Buddha, considered Sri Lanka’s most prized possession by Buddhists, as well as the Royal Botanical gardens, home to one of the world’s best collections of Orchids. This cultural sanctuary is the centre of the island’s handicraft industry, with exquisite jewellery on sale. The highlight of the city’s calendar is the Esala Perahera, a spectacular festival in July or August.
Day 3 & 4: The Lavender House, Pussellawa, Sri Lanka
After breakfast one of our representatives will transfer you to Pussellawa, visiting The Royal Botanical Gardens en-route, which was built in 1374 as a pleasure garden for the Kings of Kandy. Upon arrival at The Lavender House, where you will spend 2 nights, the afternoon and evening may be spent at leisure.
On the morning of the second day you will be taken on an excursion to Nuwara Eliya, a verdant hill resort which lies at the heart of Sri Lanka’s tea industry, briefly visiting a tea plantation to see how it is processed. In the afternoon you will be taken to Horton Plains, for a 3-hour trek through the National Park.
Info: The Lavender House & Horton Plains
The Lavender House was originally a tea planter’s estate built over a century ago. Converted into a modern boutique hotel, it manages to retain its colonial charm and English country manor feel, whilst also providing top-of-the-range accommodation, complete with an infinity pool, beautifully decorated bedrooms and a daily menu prepared by a world-class chef.
Horton Plains National Park, on Sri Lanka’s highest plateau (over 2100m above sea level is a diverse and tranquil region with an astounding variety of scenery, such as mist-clad mountains, grasslands and waterfalls. The highlights are the spectacular view from ‘World’s End’, where the plateau plunges almost 1000m in a sheer drop, and the beautiful Bakers Falls. There is also a fascinating array of wildlife, ranging from butterflies, birds and several endemic species of mammals, including the Sambhur, Bear Monkey, Barking Deer, Giant Squirrel, Fishing Cat, Wild Boar, Hare and even a few rare sightings of Leopard.
Day 5 & 6: Buckingham Place, Tangalle, Sri Lanka
After breakfast you will be transferred to Tangalle, where you will spend two nights at Buckingham Place, with both days spent at leisure.
Buckingham Place is a lovely, British-owned guesthouse set in the rainforest and overlooking the ocean. Its tranquility is infectious; the lagoons, beaches and its calming, elegant décor all contribute to the sense of relaxation that the hotel creates. You can cycle or stroll down to the nearby beaches, kayak along the coast or take a Tuk-Tuk into town to explore its temples and markets or the wildlife parks in the area.
Day 7 & 8: Tamarind Hill, Galle, Sri Lanka
After breakfast you will be transferred to Galle, for 2 nights’ accommodation at Tamarind Hill. The rest of the day is free to spend at leisure.
Spend the next two days relaxing by the beach or wandering around this fascinating city. Walk along the old city wall, in which the city is still contained, or take a day trip outside of the city to explore the countryside and national parks in the area.
Info: Tamarind Hill & Galle
Tamarind Hill, a converted 19th Century manor, has beautifully decorated, opulent rooms with private verandas and all the modern amenities. The cloistered courtyard, colonial poolside bar and excellent restaurant all ensure that the hotel retains its old-world feel. Being on the outskirts of Galle, it is near some lovely beaches and wildlife reserves.
The centre of Galle sits amidst a Dutch Fort, built by Portuguese colonists in 1588 and extended by the Dutch in the 17th Century, and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The National Maritime Museum, St. Mary’s Cathedral and the Amangalla Hotel are all interesting places to visit.
Day 9-11: Saman Villas, Induruwa, Sri Lanka
After breakfast you will be transferred to Induruwa for 2 nights’ accommodation at Saman Villas, where you will be able to spend two days at leisure by the beach.
Saman Villas is the ultimate luxury hotel in one of the most idyllic settings imaginable. It sits on a rocky outcrop overlooking the ocean and the sleepy fishing village of Aturuwella. The infinity pool, the secluded, lovingly-furnished rooms and the pristine beaches below serve to create a place of real beauty.The restaurant offers sumptuous four-course meals using a blend of European, Asian and Sri Lankan culinary traditions, and, to make the experience even better, dinner is served in an open-plan restaurant overlooking the sea or on one of the hotel’s private, romantic platforms.