Where to stay when honeymooning in Sri Lanka?
Here are five of our firm favourites:
1. Chena Huts
Right beside Yala National Park and its superb leopard – and elephant, and sloth bear – spotting safaris, Chena consists of palm-thatched pavillions scattered across dense jungle and facing the seaside or a lagoon. Each domed den boasts a plunge pool and bathtub, plus there’s a main pool whose waterfall hides a bar, and two treatment rooms for any post Jeep-ride kinks. The elevated restaurants serves coconut curries and sea-facing sundowners.
2. Kandy House
Kandy is a conveniently-situated city close to the Temple of the Tooth, but we recommend staying just outside in the name of quietude. Positioned above dazzlingly-green paddy valleys, Kandy House is a perfect 20 minutes away. This historic manor house’s perks include a jungle infinity pool and tropical gardens while, crucially, under-12s aren’t accepted. All nine rooms have four-poster beds and private suites, but only the Black Rajah has a private massage area.
Love to be beachside? One of Sri Lanka's finest boutiques, Aditya sits by a secluded, golden cove on the south-east coast near Galle. Genre-defying, it offers villa-like privacy combined with all the amenities and service of a luxury hotel. Every suite features a private plunge pool, while two enviable Pool Villas throw in sea-facing rooftop Jacuzzis for good measure. Spa treatments, yoga sessions and meals? They all happen at a time of your choosing.
4. Jetwing Vil Uyana
Vil Uyana is a clump of luxury Cultural Triangle houses stilted atop beautiful wetlands and traditional paddy fields, all boasting incredible views of Sigiriya, aka Lion Rock. Relaxation’s the name of the game here: hence the private plunge pools or hot tubs, and possibility of dining on your own terrace or under the stars. Sigirya’s magical caves, ruins and fortresses are a pleasant three-mile walk away.
5. Ceylon Tea Trails
Five bungalows, converted from colonial planters’ housing and dreamily situated around a still-working, lush tea plantation. Most amorous of Ceylon Tea Trails' cosy hideaways is Owner’s Cottage, set in perfect seclusion and attended by a chef, butler and houseboys. Activities? You can hike through the cool hills, 1,220m above sea level, to pilgrimage site Adam’s Peak, cycle across forests and past reservoirs, kayak along local rivers or play tennis. Phew!
Call 0207 359 3938 or contact us to speak to us about planning your own trip to Sri Lanka.