Holly’s highlights of Sri Lanka and the Maldives

Sri Lanka

Having just returned from an epic trip to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, Holly cannot speak more highly of her holiday. Sri Lanka, the gem of the Indian Ocean is filled with lush rainforests, elephant-filled national parks, wonderfully conserved temples, eight UNESCO-listed sites, and fabled tea plantations. Maldives promises whiter-than-white beaches, luminous crystal-clear waters, decadent spa resorts, and a kaleidoscopic underwater world. With so much to do and see, Holly has picked out her highlights of her trip below.

If you are thinking about going to Sri Lanka or the Maldives talk to one of our specialists on 020 3141 2850 or email info@imagineindia.co.uk. Also check out our Luxury Sri Lanka and Maldives itinerary for inspiration.

Tea Country

Tea Country

My first stop in Sri Lanka was staying at an amazing property called Rosyth Estate in Tea Country.  This boutique property offered a unique opportunity to experience the beauty of rural Sri Lanka. During my stay I had complete peace and relaxation, incredible food by amazing chefs and impeccable service. It felt like a home away from home, but at the same time it was fantastically unique and I got to see a great part of Sri Lanka.

The next stop was heading to Udawalawe National Park which was created to provide a sanctuary for wild animals that were displaced by the construction of the Udawalawe Reservoir. Udawalawe is a really important habitat is for elephants and it was so amazing to see so many in one place!

Elephant spotting in Udawalawe!

Elephant spotting in Udawalawe!

I arrived at about 6am, which was definitely worth the early start as we were the first into the park so there were almost no other tourists or vehicles. I saw hundreds of elephants and baby elephants up close, it was definitely a highlight of my trip and a must-visit destination in Sri Lanka.

Yala Park, in the South-East, is the most visited National Park in Sri Lanka. The Park is known for a variety of wild animals, however it plays a pivotal role in the conservation of Sri Lankan Leopards.

The Sloth Bear

The Sloth Bear

 

My trip to Yala involved a few more early starts for safari but definitely felt justified when we saw 4 leopards! We were also so lucky to see the extremely elusive Sri Lankan Sloth Bear. These bears are nocturnal insectivores, and their population is decreasing due to human intervention with their habitat and hunting them for food and their claws. Seeing the Sri Lankan Sloth Bear was an extremely rare and amazing experience!

I then went down the Galle, where I was lucky enough to stay at the Amangalla, a luxury hotel set within the ramparts of Galle Fort with exceptional service, old-world luxury, superb food and a great spa!

Me relaxing at the Amangalla

Me by the Amangalla pool

My stay there was absolutely incredible and was perfectly positioned for me to explore Galle’s Cultural Riches. The home-cooked Sri Lankan dishes served were absolutely amazing and the spa left me feeling completely and totally relaxed!

The next part of the trip was flying to Amilla Fushi for some beaches and more relaxation in the Maldives. Amilla Fushi is the newest, and one of the most unique, resorts on the Maldives, only opening in March.

Amilla Fushi translates into ‘my island home’, and I definitely felt this theme throughout my stay.

Relaxing at Amilla Fushi

Relaxing at Amilla Fushi

The hotel is very modern and clean, with a beautifully unique design. There is incredible food in the central food ‘bazaar’, which offers diverse culinary offerings from around the world; Their menus are even on Ipads! I stayed in a beautiful sea villa, with a private pool and our own butler. We even got served champagne for breakfast. It was the most amazing and beautiful place to unwind, relax and enjoy some amazing food in a slightly unique setting.

 

 

If Holly’s highlights have inspired you to plan your own trip to Sri Lanka or the Maldives or to find out more about what these countries can offer contact one of our specialists on 020 3141 2850
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