It is no secret that Sri Lanka offers fantastic weather conditions year-round; beachwear is always the first item of clothing to be packed into the suitcases of venturing jetsetters. With the luxury infrastructure of the destination improving year after year, an increasing number of holidaymakers are becoming wise to the island’s enduring charm. Read these useful and insightful tips on planning your luxury holiday to Sri Lanka in 2017 to make it a holiday of a lifetime.
Where to Stay?
A perfect holiday begins with the right choice of accommodation. Sri Lanka is home to some of the most alluring luxury villa rentals in the world, properties to suit every occasion. The range of breathtakingly beautiful villas available on the island will delight even the most discerning travellers. There’s nothing quite like having your own exclusive abode from which to look out at the incredible coastline and wildlife that this spectacular country has to offer. Make the most of your getaway by choosing a villa in a secluded beauty spot, with an infinity pool to dip in to as you please.
Although Sri Lanka is not the destination you would instantly associate with luxury, the island, in fact, is a perfect base for an exotic luxury getaway, boasting a large range of luxury villas for rent, most of which have a direct access to the long stretches of sandy beach. We asked a representative of Dynamic Lives, the leading luxury villa rental agency in Sri Lanka, to suggest a spectacular property on the island and they picked Stella Beach villa. The Sri Lankan luxury villa rental offers a picturesque getaway in one of the island’s most scenic locations. With direct access to Turtle Eco Beach, which is lined with overhanging palm trees and fine white sand, Stella Beach Villa will demonstrate why Sri Lanka is referred to as the pearl of the Indian Ocean.
The spectacular villa rental sleeps up to 10 guests in 4 beautiful bedrooms. The villa offers a private swimming pool and various other amenities to make your luxury holiday to Sri Lanka a truly memorable one. Prices start at $500 per night.
The culinary culture of Sri Lanka is eclectic, exciting and unconventional. Whereas you won’t find streets of grand, Michelin-starred eateries, the best gourmet experiences are to be found in local boutique restaurants, which offer unconventional fusions of different cuisines. Sugar Bistro in Colombo, for instance, combines traditional Sri Lankan dishes with a cool, modern aesthetic and well-known Western favourites. When it comes to fresh, local seafood, Ministry of Crab can’t be surpassed on either count, with locally sourced crabs and other seafood offering a tantalising insight into Sri Lankan cuisine. Stargazers will love to dine on the restaurant’s patio, under the evening sky.
A trip to Sri Lanka wouldn’t be complete without dedicating a good proportion of your time to treading the soft, golden sands of its many paradise beaches. Soak up the unspoilt coastline at Unawatuna Beach; while an afternoon away amongst the palm trees, or sip cocktails as the sun sets, before soaking up the chic nightlife in Colombo.
For adventure seekers and avid explorers, Sri Lanka boasts some of the world’s best opportunities for catching a glimpse of exotic wildlife. A visit to one of the country’s wildlife parks is a must. Sri Lanka is one of those unique holiday destinations where you will be able to spot a lot of endangered species as well as elephants, leopards and crocodiles in their natural habitats. The island boasts one of the highest rates of biological endemism in the world. There are as many as 13 national parks, and hundreds of protected areas: the Yala West National Park is six hours from Columbo and offers the chance to glimpse a sight of rare leopards; the Udawalawe National Park is home to over 500 elephants; and the Sinharaja National Park is frequented by numerous flocks of unusual and colourful birds. Alternatively, quieter fishing beaches are the perfect spot for whale watching. Mirissa Beach is a particularly good location from which to spot breaching whales.
When you’ve had your fill of wildlife, surfing and water skiing are extremely popular in many resorts around the island, so be sure to splash out onto the water and race the waves. In fact, the island of Sri Lanka has quickly emerged as one of the main international surfing destinations as it perfectly caters for all surfing abilities. On top of that, the island does not have an off-season – you need only find a surf camp on the right side of the island, depending on the season.
Moreover, Sri Lanka is famous for its yoga and Ayurvedic specialists, who can come to your villa before or after the surfing sessions to keep your mind and body in top shape. Indeed, yoga complements surfing perfectly as it’s great for building core strength. With so many activities to choose from, it’s easy to see why the island is a great base for a luxurious, yet active, getaway.
Taking Care of the Details
When there’s as much to explore as there is in Sri Lanka, a luxury vacation requires careful planning. Choosing what and where you’d like to visit first is part of the enjoyment, however for the finer points, the best travel experience companies will offer additional services to take care of your every need. Dynamic Lives – a leading Sri Lanka villa rentals company – for example, offers a 5-star concierge service. They can oversee the arrangement of everything from massage therapists to personal chefs. A personal itinerary can even be carefully planned in accordance with your interests, from where best to spot turtles, to the restaurants with the finest selection of wines. And, activities such as surfing, diving and whale watching can all be organised at your request – leaving nothing for you to do but immerse yourself in what will be an unforgettable escape.