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An Unforgettable Honeymoon: Sri Lanka, Maldives, and Qatar

Duration
15 days / 14 nights
Price Per Person
Interests
Wildlife, Romance, Beaches
Destinations
Maldives, Qatar, Sri Lanka

Each offering magical settings with unique romantic experiences, Sri Lanka, Maldives, and Qatar combine to make a spectacular journey for newlyweds. On the verdant isle of Sri Lanka, savor a slow train ride through the scenic tea country, traverse the hillsides on languid hikes, spot wild leopards and elephants while staying in a luxury tent, take trishaws around a sleepy coastal village with coconuts in hand. Then jet off to magical Maldives where perfect days are spent in utmost luxury. Jump from your villa into crystal clear waters for a refreshing swim, soak in the sun by your private pool, snorkel the colorful reefs, and picnic together on a deserted island in complete privacy. Finally wind down in Qatar where culture takes center stage. Submerse yourself in the largest collection of Islamic art in the world, housed in a building that is a work of art itself. Browse the souq for spices, perfumes, textiles, and while there, see and learn about the national bird, the falcon. You’ll also get to see another symbolic Arabian animal, the endangered oryx, at a sanctuary, before ending with a toast to your honeymoon journey at one of the glitziest restaurants in the world.

This itinerary is an example. It’s designed to inspire you and provide you with thoughtfully curated ideas. You can choose to do this exact itinerary or completely personalize it. All trips are 100% bespoke.

Highlights

  • Romance of Trains: Take one of the most romantic railway journeys in the world, an 8-hour ride through the lush and hilly tea country in the heart of Sri Lanka. 
  • Island Paradise: The dreamy white sands and crystal clear turqouise waters of the Maldives are what honeymoon beach dreams are made of.
  • Arabian Culture: Give in to the allure of Doha as you wander the souq, sample the Arabic coffee and sweet dates, browse an immense collection of Islamic art, and meet the national emblem, the endangered Arabian oryx. 

Day-by-Day

Day 1

Kandy

Begin your journey in Colombo, the capital. Upon arrival at the airport, a private car and guide will transfer you to Kandy. Cross swathes of plantations and tropical scenes as you make your way to this large city located in the center of the island amidst the hills. Check in to your hotel and unwind for the rest of the day. If you wish to stretch your legs, take a stroll along the large lake in the middle of the city, and we also recommend stopping by the Temple of Tooth to observe the daily evening puja ceremony. 

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About

This historic dwelling was once the ancestral home of a Kandyan family and was restored to its former splendor in 2005 by Channa Daswatte, Geoffrey Bawa’s protege. The two-story main house is surrounded by beautiful landscaped gardens, which have avocado, jackwood, papaya, Sri Lankan orange and Kithul trees - the perfect setting for afternoon tea complete with Kandy House’s desserts made with treacle from Kithul blossoms.

This accommodation has been personally vetted by the Remote Lands team and is the best available in the area. More information on this property is available on the “Hotels” tab at the top of the page.

About

Tucked away in green in the heart of the city, Kings Pavilion offers an urban retreat in a prime Kandy location. Guest rooms are decorated in a cozy and modern style, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows flooding the space with natural light and balconies with mountain views.

This accommodation has been personally vetted by the Remote Lands team and is the best available in the area. More information on this property is available on the “Hotels” tab at the top of the page.

Day 2

Bogawantalawa Valley

The highlight of today is the train ride from Kandy into the heart of tea country. This rail journey is touted as one of the most romantic and beautiful train trips in the world. The seven hour long ride takes you through stunning landscapes of verdant lush tea plantations, small villages, old bridges, waterfalls and mountain views. An insider tip is to sit in second class which allows you to roll down the windows and enjoy the fresh mountain breeze and take unobstructed photos. Along the way, food vendors will board and sell their treats like freshly cut pineapple and mango, corn with salty butter, freshly made rice and curry, samosas, and crispy flatbreads. Upon arrival at your stop, a private car takes you a short distance to your luxury bungalow on a private tea estate. Unwind and enjoy the views with fresh crumpets and a cup of tea. 

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Why We Love This Hotel

Location: This hotel enjoys a stunning and unique location, nestled high in the hills of Sri Lanka’s Ceylon Tea region, bordering the World Heritage Central Highlands.

Service: Each room and suite comes with a personal butler, who serves guests Bed Tea in the morning and draws them a bath.

History: The world’s first-ever tea bungalow resort, this hotel celebrates the historic tea plants of Ceylon, first discovered over a century ago.

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Ceylon Tea Trails Preferred Hotel
Bogawantalawa Valley
Bogawantalawa Valley

Day 3

Bogawantalawa Valley

Get acquainted with your historic tea planter residence and take a gentle walk around the estate. Observe the tea pickers, learn about the tea making process, and taste different teas. There are longer trails for biking and exploring the mountains, lakes, and waterfalls in the area. You can also just relax at your bungalow and enjoy a spa treatment, sunbathe by the pool, and enjoy a game of croquet on the lawn.

Day 4

Yala National Park

See the splendor of the verdant tea country and Sri Lankan countryside from above as you take a seaplane south towards the southeast coast to your next destination, Yala National Park. This afternoon, go on an exciting jeep safari. The park is home to more than 40 species of mammals and has one of the highest concentrations of Sri Lankan leopard, an endangered species, in the world. Less than 1000 of these elegant predators are estimated to still live in the wild.

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Why We Love This Hotel

History: Modeled on safari camps of the past, Leopard Trails tented camp recalls the adventurous days of 19th century explorers like Samuel L. Baker.

Location: The two camps are located in the heart of Yala and Wilpattu national parks.

Service: Guests receive every attention, from a welcome coconut to freshly prepared meals and unsurpassed local knowledge.

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Leopard Trails Preferred Hotel
Why We Love This Hotel

Design: Beautiful “colonial expedition chic” accommodations and facilities are meticulously designed to produce the resort’s unforgettable aesthetics.

Location: A short distance from the renowned Yala National Park, the resort borders a pristine beachline, ensuring a multitude of stunning sights for guests to see.

Environmentally Friendly: 40% of the resort’s energy is supplied by solar power, water is recycled, and all organic waste is composted.

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Wild Coast Tented Lodge Yala Preferred Hotel

Day 5

Yala National Park

Continue exploring Yala's wildlife on a morning and afternoon safari. In addition to the elusive leopards, it is also possible to see over 100 species of birds, as well as sloth bears, spotted deer, and crocodiles. In between your game drives, spend your time at your luxury lodge. Personalize your stay with romantic al fresco picnics and sundowner cocktails on sand dunes. 

Yala National Park
Yala National Park

Day 6

Tangalle

Leave Yala behind for the small coastal village of Tangalle today. After a three-hour scenic drive along the coast, check into your beachfront hotel and enjoy the rest of the day. Relax at your hotel as well as explore the area. We recommend a stroll along sandy beaches, order freshly-made tropical fruit shakes at beachside stall, take a tuktuk around town, and browse the quaint selection of shops and cafes.  

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Why We Love This Hotel

Location: This Aman Resorts property is located right on a tranquil crescent beach in the middle of a coconut grove.

History: Designed by one of Sri Lanka’s most important architects, Geoffrey Bawa, this property combines modern comfort with traditional local materials.

Service: With only 30 suites, guests are treated to personalized round-the-clock service and top-notch Sri Lankan hospitality.

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Amanwella Preferred Hotel
Why We Love This Hotel

Location: Set on Sri Lanka's south coast, the Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle enjoys beautiful panoramic views of the Indian Ocean.

History: Traditional Sri Lankan touches in the decor, architecture and cuisine provide an accent of authenticity.

Service: From the concierge and spa therapists to the staff in the kids' club, the entire friendly team is on hand to meet your needs at all times.

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Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort Preferred Hotel
Why We Love This Hotel

Group Oriented: The concept of the estate is designed around bringing groups of friends, family, and acquaintances together and closer. They’ve built their business around this concept, and they are good at it.

Service: The estate’s surface is thought-out and comprehensive, and everything from in-room masseuses to private tennis instructors can be arranged.

Luxury: Whether to relax at the private plunge pool, villa infinity pool, or in the ocean itself is a question guests of the estate will have to come up with an answer to — it’s a good problem to have.

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ÀNI Sri Lanka Preferred Hotel

Day 7

Tangalle

This morning begins with an elephant safari at Udawalawe National Park, just a short drive north. Sri Lanka has the biggest population of wild elephants in Asia, and this small national park is one of the best places to spot them. It is guaranteed that you will not only see elephants, but many cute baby elephants as well. Besides elephants, the park is also home to water buffalo, monkeys, crocodiles, and a variety of birds, insects, and lizards. In the afternoon, return to your hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 8

Galle

Depart for Galle, a historic fort town a couple hours’ drive west along the coast. Along the way, make a stop at a turtle hatchery. Five of seven types of sea turtles come to Sri Lanka’s southern shores to lay their eggs, thus conservation and education is of utmost importance to protect these endangered animals. There are several centers along the coast where visitors can learn about the turtles, conservation efforts, and see the newly hatched babies before they are returned to the wild. Upon arrival in Galle, check in to your hotel and have lunch. After, explore Galle Fort by foot.  The fort covers 90 acres and includes the well-preserved Dutch Church, the Dutch Government House, the New Oriental Hotel (built in 1684), an old bell tower, and perhaps most impressively, a tide-based sewage system. Besides the historical landmarks, the Fort is home to boutiques and charming restaurants and cafes. Enjoy a stroll around the narrow lanes as well as the seascape from the fort walls. 

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Why We Love This Hotel

Heritage: The hotel is housed in a well-preserved 150-year old landmark hotel.

Rooms: Generous rooms with antique furniture, teak timber flooring, original art work and pleasant views.

Society and Environment: Amangalla uses recycling methods and tries to sources as much as possible locally, including food, furnishings and staff.

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Amangalla Preferred Hotel
Galle
Galle

Day 9

Resorts By Seaplane

Today you are on the way to the Maldives. A drive back to Colombo Airport, short flight to the Maldives, and a speedboat or seaplane ride completes your journey to this slice of paradise. While away the rest of your day on the white sand beach and crystal clear waters of your luxury resort. That evening, enjoy sundowners and an extravagant dinner.

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Why We Love This Hotel

Location: Featuring a tropical sun and pristine beaches, the Maldives’ Baa Atoll island archipelago is breathtakingly gorgeous, and the coral reefs below water that have been designated a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve can be explored by guests as well.

Indulgence: If an indoor and outdoor shower is not enough, then the Anantara Kihavah is the place for you. Villas and residences are also fitted with oversized bathtubs, infinity pools, and even Jacuzzis.

Dining: Meals are gourmet, and even underwater in this resort’s one-of-a-kind underwater wine cellar and restaurant.

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Anantara Kihavah Preferred Hotel
Why We Love This Hotel

Location: Noonu Atoll is a 40-minute seaplane ride from Malé airport, ringed by coral reefs and home to native plants and wildlife.

Service: The Randheli prides itself on delivering French "Art de Recevoir" – the "art of hospitality."

History: The Randheli has an impressive pedigree – it's a Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy resort designed by architect Jean-Michel Gathy.

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Cheval Blanc Randheli Preferred Hotel
Why We Love This Hotel

Location: The Soneva Fushi is located on the Baa Atoll, a comparatively large atoll with wide uninhabited beaches and lush green jungle.

History: Soneva Fushi was the first eco property in the Maldives and continues to support sustainable tourism in the area.

Service: Guests are treated to five-star comforts with no carbon footprint, complemented by warm Maldivian hospitality.

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Soneva Fushi Preferred Hotel
Why We Love This Hotel

Location: This resort is nestled in a patch of paradise with villas raised above the crystal clear, azure waters, and white sand beaches.

Luxury: Attended to by a personal butler, guests are certain to feel like royalty in their villa whether on a secluded beach or raised above the bluest of waters.

Activities: The range of activities available at this resort spans from stargazing to snorkeling, with silent cinema and yoga also available.

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Soneva Jani Preferred Hotel
About

Six Senses Laamu is located on the privately owned Olhuveli Island in the Laamu Atoll, towards the south of the Maldives archipelago. From Malé International Airport, it is approximately 40 minutes by plane to nearby Kadhdhoo Airport, then a 15-minute boat ride to Olhuveli Island.

If our Preferred Hotel is unavailable, this accommodation is a reliable alternative and has been personally vetted by the Remote Lands team. More information on this property is available on the “Hotels” tab at the top of the page.

Day 10

Resorts By Seaplane

The day is yours to do as you see fit. We recommend chartering a private yacht for a day of fun under the sun. Enjoy snorkeling are remote reefs, explore exquisite beaches, try stand-up paddle boarding, and go fishing for big game which the crew can BBQ for an al fresco lunch on a deserted island.

Day 11

Resorts By Seaplane

A leisurely morning can begin with a peaceful yoga or meditation lesson followed by snorkeling in the vibrant reefs. In the afternoon, consider taking a cooking class where you will learn how to make and then eat your own specialty seafood lunch. Later, indulge in a romantic couples massage. 

Resorts By Seaplane
Resorts By Seaplane

Day 12

Resorts By Seaplane

On your final day in the Maldives, spend the day relaxing some more. If you wish, learn more about the coral reefs and plant coral wit the resident marine biologist. Adventurous couples may want to try parasailing. Toast to your final sunset in paradise before your private dinner on the beach. 

Day 13

Doha

Take one long, last stroll down the white stretch of sand. Swim in the refreshing sea and pack up your belongings. It is time to travel to your final destination, Qatar. Arrive smoothly at Doha’s futuristic airport, ranked amongst the best in the world, where you will be met off the plane and escorted through immigration with VIP expedition and whisked to your private vehicle. After a short drive to your luxury hotel of choice, check in and unwind for the rest of the day. After the sun sets and the day’s heat wanes, we suggest venturing out for a romantic dinner at one of the city’s top restaurants. Doha’s dining selections are vast and offer a growing roster of celebrity-chef-helmed landmark restaurants, from Nobu Doha glamorously perched on its own private island to Market by Jean-Georges which offers elegant regionally-inspired creations. 

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Why We Love This Hotel

Location: There is nothing quite like the private catamaran-accessible Banana Island Resort Doha in Qatar; with its golden strip of beach, spectacular views of the Arabian Sea, and a carefree environment, the resort is truly a special destination.

Variety: There are practically endless activities available for resort guests that range from high seas fishing excursions to late-night cinema screenings, ensuring that every day will be chock full of exciting, varied diversions.

Relaxation: Indulgent bathtubs complement every suite, the golden sands of the beach beckon, and an ample spa provides an array of treatments; in short, this resort is a haven for relaxation.

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Anantara Banana Island Preferred Hotel
Why We Love This Hotel

Dining Experiences: The expert in-house culinary team at the Four Seasons in Doha works to provide guests with one of the most diverse culinary experiences in the city. The chefs who lead the various fine dining options hail from all around the world.

Exquisite Design: Having undergone fresh renovations down to all restaurants and suites, the Four Seasons Doha deserves a nod as one of the finest offerings in the Four Seasons lineup.

An Urban Resort: The hotel’s layout – with the thriving business district on one side and a private beach on the other – makes it an oasis of leisure and hospitality in the capital city.

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Four Seasons Doha Preferred Hotel
Why We Love This Hotel

Marks of Distinction: The Ritz-Carlton Doha has several unique design touches and features that set it apart in the world of five-star luxury, including an ornate chandelier that is reputedly the largest of its kind in the Middle East.

Attention to Detail: Guests should expect to want for nothing during a stay at the Ritz-Carlton Doha. Available services for guests range from twice-daily housekeeping and 24-hour in-room dining to laundry and car-hire assistance.

Health and Wellness: The hotel’s in-house spa is among the finest in the city, with signature treatments that blend Arabic principles, Asian traditions, and European concepts.

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Ritz-Carlton Doha Preferred Hotel

Day 14

Doha

Start the morning with a stroll along the corniche, a scenic waterfront promenade that stretches for over four miles along Doha Bay. Stop for a cup of traditional tea to enjoy with the views before paying a visit to the Museum of Islamic Art which sits on its own island off the corniche. The museum holds the most comprehensive collection of Islamic Art spanning the ages in the world. Designed by Pritzker prize-winning architect IM Pei, the building itself stands as a work of art on its own. Then, visit Souq Waqif nearby. This traditional marketplace offers the feeling of an authentic bazaar lined with tiny stores showcasing traditional garments, spices, perfumes, and even falcons. Speak to the vendors to learn about their wares and pick up some spices, home goods, and last minute souvenirs to bring home. A short drive out of town takes you to Al Maha Sanctuary where you can meet the animal of Qatar’s national emblem. These milky-white antelopes with long curved horns were once on the brink of extinction but the sanctuary’s breeding program has since bolstered the population. Finally, visit Katara Cultural Village, an area where locals and visitors can connect with the cultural heritage of Qatar. Take your time to meander this Arabian-inspired maze of tiny, cobbled alleyways, home to artist studios, art and exhibition galleries, concert halls, an opera house, boutiques, cafes, and a large Greco-Roman amphitheater. 

Doha
Doha

Day 15

Departure

Today marks the end of your honeymoon. After breakfast, spend your time at leisure before your private transfer to the airport. We suggest another stroll along the corniche to take a final look at Doha’s skyline or squeeze in one last spa treatment to prepare for the flight home.

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