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. 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.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.
• Whale-Watching: Mirissa coast is one of the island's best whale and dolphin watching destinations. Here, travelers can spot blue whales, sperm whales, spinner dolphins, and bottlenose dolphins playing in the waves.
• Yala Safari: A game drive through Yala National Park promises sightings of wild elephants, crocodiles, colorful bird species and, perhaps even the elusive swish of a leopard's tail.
• Climb the Steps of Lion Rock: Ascend to the top of Sigiriya Fortress, referred to by locals as the "eighth wonder of the world." This UNESCO World Heritage Site is known for its complex ancient history, unique frescoes, and wall inscriptions, in addition to incredible views out over the ruin-strewn landscape.
Touch down in Sri Lanka and hop in your private car, bound for the first adventure of your trip. Head to your comfortable hotel in Sigiriya 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 drive 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.
Located just six kilometers away from the historic Sigiriya Rock, Water Garden Sigiriya resort provides visitors to Sri Lanka with world-class comfort and second to none service. With one and two bedroom options, the resort's 30 villas are chicly designed, spacious, and imbued with an air of mystique thanks to their secret gardens and private plunge pools. Havens of relaxation and excellently positioned to observe the lush outdoors and roaming wildlife, the villas are also equipped with such modern comforts as flat-screen televisions, Wi-Fi, and coffeemakers. The expansive resort property can be traversed via a traditional buggy, swimming across the outdoor pool, or aboard a helicopter from the resort’s helipad that provides aerial tours of the adjacent countryside. Master chefs cater to diverse appetites with dishes from around the world at the outdoor dining sites and traditional indoor venue. Quality is ensured with an emphasis on organic produce and imports from top quality suppliers. At the resort's spa, various treatments can be enjoyed including renowned Balinese massages. On-site, there is plenty to keep guests entertained with activities as diverse as billiards, biking, and archery while travel off the premises to explore such nearby attractions as the ancient cities of Dambulla, Anuradhapura, and Polonnaruwa is easy and convenient.
Nestled amongst reed beds and paddy fields on top of a man-made lake lies Jetwing Vil Uyana, a premier luxury eco resort in Sigiriya, Sri Lanka. Hailed by Harper's Bazaar as the "best eco luxury hotel in Sri Lanka," this one-of-a-kind resort comprises 36 dwellings that merge sophisticated modern comforts with ecological rural simplicity. Located on a property that spans 28 acres, the resort's structures have been carefully placed to best allow the surrounding nature to thrive, inducing 36 species of butterfly, 120 species of bird, and 20 species of mammal that regard the resortas home. Guests can attempt to identify all the species from the comfort of their dwellings or participate in any of the various wildlife observation tours organized by the resort’s staff. Magnificent views of Sigiriya rock are also offered from the resort's fine dining restaurant serving Eastern and Western dishes alike. There is also a café for light bites and a fully stocked bar. Strategically located, getaways to elephant gatherings at Minneriya National Park, a wildlife safari at Wilpattu National Park, and other tours of nearby natural wonders and cultural relics are easily accessible. The resort itself is equipped with a spa, yoga treatments, gymnasium, coffee makers, Wi-Fi, and more.
Returning to the golden era of colonial British safari explorers, Leopard Trails offers the jungle experience in comfort and luxury, as the intrepid adventurers of the 1800s enjoyed it. Romantic and elegant, their tented camps are located in two of Sri Lanka’s most beautiful national parks, Yala and Wilpattu. While the former is famed for its roaming leopards, the latter draws nature enthusiasts for its populations of deer, sloths, bears, elephants and a solid contingent of leopards of its own. A stay at Leopard Trails allows guests to retreat to their beautifully-appointed canvas safari tent at night, to emerge in the morning, well rested and right in the midst of glorious flora and fauna. Delicious meals, meanwhile, are cooked freshly and served al fresco for a complete sense of immersion in nature.
Set right on the coast in southern Sri Lanka, Chena Huts occupy seven acres of the rainforest and dunes beyond Yala National Park, so its 14 cabins are surrounded by unspoilt beauty and natural wonders. With the ocean on one side and the country’s oldest natural reserve on the other, to stay here is to utterly escape into nature. In thatched huts with private pools, guests will find a little oasis of comfort and convenience, where crisp bed linens and wifi come as standard and flamingos and storks wade in the lake nearby. Nautical-themed Basses restaurant offers fine dining on the beach or in romantic private locations, and the poolside bar serves cocktails from behind a waterfall. Guests seeking a little pampering during their stay in paradise can retreat to the spa for a range of indulgent treatments, to heighten the sense of peace and tranquility.
Adjacent the world famous Yala National Park that is home to a dense population of leopards lies the Wild Coast Tented Lodge Yala, overlooking the shimmering blue waters of the Indian Ocean. A consortium of Dutch, English and Sri Lankan designers devised the the resort's man-made structures that seamlessly blend into the surrounding landscape. The premises 28 tents form the shape of a leopard's paw print when seen from above. The room's interiors fuse colonial expedition chic with contemporary design innovations. Teak floors and canvas walls mixed with dark leathers and metallic hardware bring these rooms to the forefront of fashion while air-conditioning and Wi-Fi guarantee guests’ comfort. At the Dining Pavilion and natural beach garden, guests can enjoy gourmet safari cuisine with a Sri Lankan flair. The resort is also equipped with a free-form swimming pool and luxurious spa. The resort offers vehicular tours to the furthest corners of Yala National Park while expert naturalist guides are on hand to discuss all flora and fauna that emerges such as elephants, sloth bears, and leopards.
The Lunuganga Estate was the private residence of world-renowned Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa. It was on this property that Bawa spent nearly 50 years experimenting and perfecting his ideas and visions. The result is a Sri Lankan national treasure--a beautiful combination of elaborate and wild gardens and living spaces framing the natural setting of the residence. Enjoy the secluded walkways, romantic gardens, and breathtaking views of Deduwa Lake and relax in this work of art that perfectly blends the wild with the civilized.
The dramatic and sultry Tintagel property is located in central Colombo, close to Colombo Town Hall, National Art Gallery and Sinhalese Sports Club. The hotel was previously home to three of Sri Lanka’s political leaders, making it an important structure of national heritage. This unique and intimate hotel boasts ten high-ceilinged suites with timber floors, lavishly decorated with a unique blend of color, texture and atmosphere. The spacious bathrooms feature rain showers, bathtubs and large vanities. All rooms include complimentary WiFi, LCD TV screens with DVD/CD players, a minibar, tea- and coffee-making facilities and Egyptian cotton bedding. Selected suites come with a private courtyard or a balcony. There are a range of dining facilities including an alfresco restaurant, a chic indoor restaurant offering international cuisine, a private dining room and a bar with black leather lounges and bronze tables. Other facilities and services of the hotel include a spa with optional in-room service, swimming pool, gym, steam room, library and courtyard.
In prime position next to the lake and nearby Buddhist shrine, Uga Residence screams old-world elegance in modern Colombo. Nestled on a verdant avenue, this perfectly-appointed Victorian mansion offers an escape and some peace and quiet within the bustle of the city. Guests can relax in their luxurious suites, bedecked in rich materials and textures, or on their private terraces; alternatively, they may enjoy tranquil walks in the shady gardens. Relaxation and reinvigoration are close at hand with massages available on request and the hotel pool awaiting with cooling waters in a sunny courtyard. A la carte dining is a sumptuous affair at the poolside restaurant, where guests may begin with a cocktail from the adjacent bar and continue with wine from the cellar to accompany the gourmet delights on offer.
Price is based on double or twin hotel room occupancy and includes accommodation, transfers, car/driver, English-speaking guide, activities and entrance fees, breakfasts and some casual lunches while touring. Flights and optional special activities will be quoted separately. Most personal expenses, including dinners, alcoholic beverages, spa treatments and gratuities can be paid on the spot while traveling. Prices may vary depending on season, choice of accommodation and other factors.
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