What better way to celebrate your most romantic holiday than in gorgeous Sri Lanka, the jewel of the Indian Ocean? Take this once-in-a-lifetime honeymoon covering the very best sights and experiences the country has to offer. Visit elephants at their sanctuary in Pinnawala and take a ride on one of these majestic creatures through the countryside, then explore the ancient ruins of Sigiriya and discover the history of the Sinhalese kings at Kandy. Tour the tea estates at Nuwara Eliya and go on safari in Yala National Park, before whale watching in the waters off beautiful Mirissa Beach. Finally, walk the colonial ramparts at Galle to round off your magical, memorable journey.
Touch down in Sri Lanka and hop in your private car, bound for the first adventure of your trip. Spend the day getting to know the inhabitants of the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, and join the fun at feeding and bath time. Afterward, head to your comfortable hotel in Dambulla and enjoy a sunset dinner before getting a good night’s sleep.
After breakfast at your hotel, it’s time to explore the incredible rock fortress of Sigiriya. Climb the steps to the top of ‘Lion Rock’ and marvel at stunning views of the ancient ruins, including water gardens and painted frescoes. In the afternoon, enjoy a romantic elephant-back ride through gorgeous natural scenery before heading back to Dambulla for a relaxing, luxurious spa treatment for two, complete with a champagne toast.
Enjoy a hearty breakfast at your hotel before checking out and heading to a spice garden in Matale, where you’ll see how Sri Lanka’s famous spices are grown and processed. This afternoon, it’s on to the historic capital of Kandy, a World Heritage Site in Sri Lanka’s highland heart. Take a drive around the lake, explore the gem market and marvel at ancient treasures including a temple housing a sacred tooth relic. Relax in the evening with dinner at your stylish hotel.
After breakfast, take a stroll through the delightful Peradeniya Botanical Garden, taking in perfectly manicured lawns, giant fig trees and a colorful orchid house. In the afternoon, climb aboard a train bound for the highlands, enjoying sweeping scenery from the observation carriage. Alighting in the pretty town of Nuwara Eliya, check into your romantic hotel and relax for the evening.
After breakfast in paradise, head out into tea country to tour the factories and estates that produce some of the world’s most exquisite and famous tea. In the afternoon, take a tour around the town of Nuwara Eliya, discovering its delightful colonial architecture set against rolling mountain scenery. Enjoy dinner and a relaxing night back at your hillside hotel.
Indulge in a leisurely breakfast before you say goodbye to the mountains, ready to plunge into yet more beautiful scenery. Take the picturesque drive to Yala National Park where you’ll check in to your safari hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure, exploring your incredible surroundings or relaxing in nature.
Wake up bright and early to head out into the park and meet its wild inhabitants. Your early-morning safari will showcase the flora and fauna of Yala National Park, including elephants, buffalo, bears and leopards, as well as many rare birds and plants. Return to the hotel for a late breakfast and then begin your journey to the coast. Once at beachside Bentota, check in at your oceanfront hotel and relax in seaside luxury.
It’s another early morning, this time in search of aquatic creatures. Take a drive to the beautiful beach at Mirissa where you’ll hop aboard a boat and set sail to spot some of the whales and dolphins populating the waters of the Indian Ocean. After breakfast, it’s back to Bentota for a relaxing day on the beach and the option to indulge with a luxurious spa treatment at your hotel.
Enjoy a beachside breakfast before taking a boat cruise inland from Bentota to Balapitiya on the Madu River. Visit river islands and a cinnamon plantation to get a glimpse of rural Sri Lankan life. After lunch, explore the 17th century city of Galle, discovering its Dutch fort and colonial architecture. Finally, make your way north to the modern capital of Colombo, where you’ll check in to a luxury hotel for one final night.
This morning, after a delicious breakfast at your Colombo hotel, your driver will take you to the airport in time to check in for your onward flight home or to your next exciting destination.
Designed by famed Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa, the unique Heritance Kandalama hotel is set into a cliff face among dense tropical forests, flanked by the Dambulla rock temple and Sigiriya Rock Fortress. The hotel’s buildings were planned to blend seamlessly with the surrounding environment and are covered with hanging vines and flowering plants. Each of the 152 rooms faces either Kandalama Lake or the forest – even the bathrooms were planned to showcase the view – and is decorated in an elegantly simple contemporary style. The Kandalama is the first Green Globe 21-certified hotel in Asia, and the first hotel in the world to be awarded the prestigious LEED Green Building certification. There are three restaurants to choose from, including the Kanchana Café, which has won multiple awards. Among The Kandalama’s amenities are a pool, business center and fitness center, while the world-renowned Six Senses Spa has a location here that offers Asian, Swedish, aromatherapy and Ayurvedic massage.