The Sri Lanka Travel Specialists
For a wonderful honeymoon in Sri Lanka, nothing rivals our most romantic tour. This unforgettable honeymoon has been designed using Sri Lanka’s most chic and intimate boutique hotels – and, as ever, with Red Dot, love can flourish whether you are seeking untold luxury or something a little simpler. De-stress through this relaxed itinerary which allows you time to unwind but also a chance to explore the island. We will tinker with your honeymoon plans until you get exactly what you want – we want your Sri Lanka honeymoon to be the trip of a lifetime.
Arrive at the airport and transfer to Kaleliya, a small village just 45 minutes away. Spend the rest of the day relaxing at your first hotel, a collection of three private villas set amidst beautiful gardens, each with its own unique design and secluded open-air courtyard. Take a dip in the pool; curl up with a good book, and in the evening enjoy an intimate dinner on the veranda, surrounded by oil lamps and candles.
Today, you head north to Anuradhapura, a lesser-visited part of Sri Lanka that was the centre of the island’s ancient civilisation. You have three nights here to make the most of your idyllic accommodation, a luxurious boutique hotel set on 58 acres of unspoiled wilderness which offers total seclusion and serenity. During your stay, you will have the opportunity to visit the 2,000-year-old ruins of Anuradhapura, the ancient monastery in Ritigala Forest and Mihintale, the birthplace of Buddhism in Sri Lanka which is best explored at sunrise or sunset. Cycling, kayaking and cooking classes are on offer at Ulagalla, or you may wish to spend your time simply relaxing by your private plunge pool and indulging in spa treatments.
Your journey today takes you to the fringes of Sri Lanka’s central hills, to the beautiful scenery of Victoria, and you have many choices for how you spend your time here. You could take a day trip to Kandy, Sri Lanka’s last royal kingdom and centre of British colonial rule for 100 years. More active couples might like to explore Victoria Golf and Country Resort on foot, by bike or on horseback, or play tennis or a round of golf, whereas those seeking total relaxation can unwind beside the infinity pool and take in the stunning views.
Travel through Sri Lanka’s glorious tea country either by car or by train, following in the footsteps of the British who built this railway line 150 years ago – the dramatic landscape of lush tea fields is mesmerising either way. You will also enjoy magnificent views from the infinity swimming pool at The Planter’s House and from Lipton’s Seat, Sir Thomas Lipton’s favourite lookout, should you choose to take a stroll up there on your second day.
Drive out of the hills and down to the border of Yala, Sri Lanka’s most iconic national park which is famed for its high density of leopards and also boasts a variety of other wildlife including elephants, sloth bears, deer, buffalo, crocodiles and many species of bird. Your luxury ‘tented’ accommodation is run by expert guides who will offer fascinating insights into Sri Lanka’s wildlife during your twice-daily private jeep drives through the park. Between drives, relax in your plunge pool and explore the campsite, and spend your evenings under the stars by a romantic bonfire.
Time for some total rest and relaxation. Wind along the south coast to Kahanda Kanda, one of Sri Lanka’s most romantic hotels which is positioned just inland from historic Galle Fort, and spend two days unwinding in blissful surroundings. Kahanda Kanda has enchanting views, an exquisite design and offers total privacy, with the rooms housed in private villas. Should you be able to tear yourself away, many activities are possible in this region, from a cooking class or gentle bike ride through the inland countryside to surfing and whale watching expeditions.
Spend the final days of your honeymoon by the broad sandy beaches of Bentota on Sri Lanka’s West Coast, a quieter spot for a beach stay than the popular Galle Coast. En route to your hotel, you may wish to wander the streets of 17th century Galle Fort to explore the historic architecture and shopping opportunities here. As well as providing spectacular sunsets for the final backdrop of your honeymoon, Bentota is conveniently just two hours from Colombo’s international airport.
Casa Heliconia is an exquisite holiday retreat on a fruit and vegetable estate only 45 minutes from the airport. It consists of just two chalets, a swimming pool pavilion and a lounge pavilion, all of which are immersed in lush tropical gardens. Sister property of the acclaimed Kandy House.
Ulagalla Resort is the most luxurious choice close to the ruins of the ancient capital Anuradhapura. Individual villas are set amidst 58 acres of lush woodland, paddy fields and the Ulagalla reservoir in Anuradhapura. Among the many activity options, Ulagalla even has its own riding stables, enabling you to explore the area on horseback.
Bougainvillea is a peaceful holiday retreat in tropical gardens within Victoria Golf & Country Resort. Accommodation is in well-appointed bedrooms set within the main house and separate cottages opening on to lush green gardens and mountain views.
The Planter's House is a striking colonial-style boutique hotel in the hills within the confines of the iconic Lipton tea estate. An infinity pool, gym and spa treatments make it an appealing base for a hill country stay.
Ceylon Wild Safaris offers six comfortable tents hidden away in the buffer zone jungles of the Yala National Park about 40 minutes from the Katagamuwa entrance. A fully solar-power property with individual plunge pools.
Beaches are beaches anywhere in the world but it is often said that the interior of a country is where the true spirit lies. Sri Lanka is no different and Kahanda Kanda provides the perfect example. Set on a hill amidst a working tea estate which slopes down to the Koggala Lake at one end, this stylish villa was built in 2000 as a private villa and is now an award winning boutique hotel.
Taru Villas - Rock Villa is a stunning beach villa of meticulous design adjacent to a quieter southern stretch of Bentota beach dominated by boutique properties. Concealed from the beach by mangroves and palm trees it offers high levels of privacy. Retreat to its peaceful atmosphere as you relax on your private veranda, or take a dip in the 50 ft. swimming pool.
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