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an hour north east of Kandy

Ashburnham (or Ash) breaks the mould a little from other tea estate hotels. It’s more of a boutique guesthouse and quietly proud of it.

It’s set in its own gorgeous 100-acre tea estate with stunning waterfalls and beautiful views up to and across the Knuckles Mountains.

Highlights

  • 1930’s tea estate bungalow of just six rooms
  • Set in a lush 100-acre tea estate with beautiful views
  • Surrounded by great walking and trekking routes

Things to do

  • Guided tour of the tea fields and local tea factory
  • Guided treks with a naturalist
  • Cooking class
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USD 169.00

WITHIN CLOSE PROXIMITY TO UDAWALAWE NATIONAL PARK

Banyan Camp is an off the grid, eco-retreat in deep rural Sri Lanka boasting a secluded lake front location.

Living true to the philosophy ‘less is more’, it offers an experience that is fun, fascinating and inspiring.

Highlights

  • Off the grid eco-retreat in rural Sri Lanka
  • Lakefront location
  • Inspired by the delicate art of simplicity

Things to do

  • Elephant safari at Udawalawe National Park
  • Day trips to secluded waterfalls
  • Canoeing in Hambegamuwa lake
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USD 455.00

Near Dickoya, in Sri Lanka’s crisp hill country

Live the life of a modern-day tea planter at Camellia Hills, a luxurious five-bedroom bou-tique bungalow hotel near Dickoya, in Sri Lanka’s crisp hill country.

From its verdant valley-side porch, views of the mirror-still Castlereagh Reservoir and sur-rounding tea-wrapped hills are spectacular. Drink in the panoramas while relaxing on plush sofas warmed byan open fire, dining in semi open air or swimming lengths of the cool gar-den pool.

Highlights

  • Homely bungalow with five uniquely designed bedrooms
  • Located in a breathtaking tea-fringed lake valley near Hatton
  • Surrounded by great walking and hiking routes

Things to do

  • Guided tour of a colonial-era tea factory
  • Walks and hikes with breathtaking scenery
  • Climb Adam’s Peak
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USD 479.00

30 minutes east of the historic town of Galle

Set on12 manicured acres of terraced clifftop real estate a hundred feet above the Indian Ocean, Cape Weligama is the crowning glory amongst luxury beach hotels of Sri Lanka.

Beautiful panoramic views of the South Coast unmatched by any other resort in the area naturally complement all 39 private retreats designed to reflect a bountiful seaside village.

Highlights

  • Perched on craggy cliffs with panoramic Indian Ocean views
  • Largest rooms in Sri Lanka
  • Full butler service and family-friendly

Things to do

  • Swim, surf, snorkel and dive
  • Private sunset cruise
  • Whale watching
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USD 140.00

COLLECTION OF FIVE PROPERTIES WITHIN THE HISTORIC GALLE FORT

Fortaleza is a collection of five exquisite properties located within the UNESCO World Heritage listed Galle Fort.What’s most unique here is that sixteen separate bedrooms are spread across a small number of renovated merchant houses. Each offers it's own charm and individual style.

Highlights

  • Located within the UNESCO World Heritage listed Galle Fort
  • Sixteen separate bedrooms spread across five renovated merchant houses
  • Ideal for friends and families looking to stay together

Things to do

  • Explore boutiques, cafes and spas in Galle Fort
  • Guided tour of the fort
  • Ramparts at sunset
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USD 220.00

A UNIQUE SAFARI LODGE, TOWARDS THE EAST OF THE ISLAND

Gal Oya Lodge is a stunning, quasi-African-style safari lodge set in Sri Lanka’s beautifully untouched Gal Oya National Park, towards the east of the island.

Away from the more trodden routes, the park is a hot-bed of the country’s eclectic wildlife and at certain times of year there can be herds of up to 40 elephants...

Highlights

  • Unique Sri Lankan eco lodge spread across 20-acres of private forest
  • 11 thatch-roofed bungalows in minimalist, jungle chic style
  • Responsible and more discreet type of wildlife tourism

Things to do

  • Jeep safari through the jungle
  • Boat safaris to spot swimming elephants
  • Guided walks with local Veddah tribes people
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USD 199.00

Absolute beachfront on the stunning Habaraduwa beach

The stretch of coastline between Galle and Mirissa have no shortage of accommodation options but KK Beach fills the void when it comes to the ‘chic but affordable’ category.

Located on the stunning Habaraduwa beach, this is as absolute beachfront as things get. Swaying coconut trees and a white sandy beach stretching out for miles in each direction is the stuff of classic holiday dreams.

Highlights

  • ‘Chic but affordable’ beach side accommodation
  • Just six rooms with four more soon to be completed
  • Sandy beach for miles in either direction

Things to do

  • Surfing in Kabalana and Midigama
  • Whale watching in Mirissa
  • Bike rides through villages and rice fields
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On an elevated strip of land overlooking Balapitiya Beach

Kumu Beach puts most other beachfront properties to shame with it’s postcard perfect good looks.

The entire property boasts fabulous Indian Ocean panoramas fringed by rows of swaying coconut trees.

Highlights

  • Sister property to The fort Bazaar and The Wallawwa
  • Just 10 rooms, all ocean facing and all with fantastic views
  • Direct beach access

Things to do

  • Beach or pool side relaxation
  • Catch some waves at Hikkaduwa
  • Head to Bentota to tour Geoffrey Bawa’s house
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USD 775.00

IN TWO LOCATIONS -YALA AND WILPATTU

Leopard Trails camps hark back to a bygone era of Ceylonese safari; one of elegant adventure and wild refinement.

Beds are large, bathrooms are spacious and bars are well-stocked. This is camping in the loosest sense.

Highlights

  • 2 locations- Yala and Wilpattu National Parks
  • Camps hark back to a bygone era of Ceylonese safari
  • Responsible and passionate guiding team

Things to do

  • All inclusive package to maximise time in the park
  • Swap safari tales by the camp fire
  • Learn about the island’s wildlife from the guiding team
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USD 240.00

In a peaceful location in the heart of Colombo

A former private residence converted into a boutique hotel, Maniumpathy has a charming family history that combines old-world charm with modern comforts.

The name is a tribute to the town of Manipay, the origins of five generations of the family this stately house was passed down through.

Highlights

  • A century old building lovingly restored to a high quality
  • Just 8 double rooms boasting antique furniture and fittings
  • A rewarding alternative to a stay in a larger hotel

Things to do

  • Guided walking tour of Colombo
  • Self guided tours of temples, churches and kovils of the capital
  • Explore Pettah markets
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USD 125.00

About 3 hours north of Colombo Airport, on Kapitiya spit

If keen to escape the more trodden beach routes south of Colombo, Then Palagama Beach offers the perfect alternative.

It’s wonderfully removed, in every sense, from the more manicured offerings of Galle and the like, boasting a very different kind of soft yet wild charm.

Highlights

  • Away from the more trodden beach routes of the south
  • Three room styles, all reflecting a local aesthetic
  • Family friendly

Things to do

  • Dolphins and whales between November and April
  • Kite surfing between May and October
  • Safari at Wilpattu National Park
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USD 105.00

An hour south east of Kandy

Rukgala Retreat is a boutique hotel designed to offer a retreat-style experience for guests keento escape the more traditional resorts.

Without subscribing too stiffly to notions of‘wellness’it offers an active, healthy few days with yoga, guided hikes, biking, and wild swimming all readily available.

Highlights

  • Boutique hotel close to the village
  • Yoga and active/outdoors experiece
  • Beautiful lakeside location

Things to do

  • Yoga and meditation classes
  • Hiking in the Knuckles or nearby at Bambaragala
  • Wild swimming and boating on the Victoria Lake
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USD 290.00

On the banks of Lake Koggala, near Galle

On absolute lakefront, nestled amongst tree-tops and fringed by lush paddy fields you will find Tri, Sri Lanka’s first truly contemporary and sustainable eco-luxury hotel.

Here local culture and natural beauty are showcased in an awe-inspiring design with sustainability at its core.

Highlights

  • Sustainable eco-luxury wellness retreat
  • Eight villas and three Water Tower rooms
  • Breathtaking views of the lake and jungle

Things to do

  • Yoga and Ayurveda treatments
  • Kayaking and still fishing
  • Read, swim, relax
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USD 210.00

Deep in the jungle, in the rural centre of the island

Deep in the jungle, surrounded by the Galgiriyawa Mountains, Ulpotha is the land that time forgot.

Almost totally off the grid and free of modern comforts, including electricity, air conditioning, hot water, plastic or internet, the philosophy here is one of almost total self-sustainability.

Highlights

  • Almost totally off the grid wellness retreat
  • Charming thatched open-air huts for sleeping
  • Minimum one week stay required

Things to do

  • Twice daily yoga with world renowned teachers
  • Traditional Ayurveda treatment packages
  • Local excursions
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15KM FROM THE AIRPORT, OVERLOOKING NEGOMBO LAGOON

Villa Hundira offers the comforts of a tropical home in lush city-fringe surrounds- splashes of colourful bougainvillea, gently lapping waters of the lagoon that meander through the property and plenty of sunshine and balmy breezes.

Highlights

  • Comfortable and stylish property close to the airport
  • Good mix of traditional splendour and modern minimalism
  • Few minutes drive from Negombo beach

Things to do

  • Churches, markets and beaches of Negombo
  • Kayaking in Muthurajawela marshes
  • Fishing trips