The Sri Lanka Travel Specialists
For a wonderful honeymoon in Sri Lanka, nothing rivals our most romantic tour: Intimate Sri Lanka. 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 on a slow-paced 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 you to have the trip of a lifetime.
On arrival in Sri Lanka you will be met at the airport by a Red Dot representative and transferred directly to the coastal village of Bentota. Experience your first golden Sri Lanka sunset as you sip a romantic cocktail. If you can tear yourself away from the beach, there are several things to do here: visit nearby Lunuganga, a garden retreat that was created by Geoffrey Bawa with numerous varieties of foliage, many pavilions, and statues; take a boat ride along the tranquil Madu River past quaint rural villages and en route, visit the local markets, temples & craft and antique shops, or head to nearby Bentota and Hikkaduwa which offer a range of water-sports including surfing, snorkelling, diving and water-skiing.
Journey further south along the coast to the historic city of Galle. Consider a boat ride on Koggala Lake, scattered with islands including Fish Eagle Island and Cinnamon Island. Swimming, surfing and snorkelling is possible in Unawatuna and Mirissa just 20 minutes away. Several happy hours can be spent wandering along the narrow streets of Galle's 16C Dutch Fort, which these days is a haven for tiny boutique shops and historic hotels.
Travel along the beautiful palm fringed coast to Tangalle in the Deep South. The beaches feel particularly escapist here as you settle in to your new life together. En route, consider spending the day in Mirissa, where Mirissa Water Sports offers several activities including snorkelling, sailing, river trips, sea kayaking and whale and dolphin spotting excursions. Seas surrounding Sri Lanka has been identified as one of the best areas in the world to spot the giant Blue Whale and the humpback has also recently been spotted. Another possible excursion is to Yala National Park. Yala is the best place to see all of the 'big three' - elephant, leopard & water buffalo. Visit Rekuwa, a small fishing village near Tangalle where a fascinating Marine Turtle Conservation project is helping to save this endangered species.
Today you will drive up into Sri Lanka’s famous tea-country, an area with tea covered hills, gushing waterfalls, and scenic beauty. The fresher mountain air offers you a totally different feel from the heat of the coast only a few hours away. The region also provides an excellent base for a variety of adventure activities. A number of mountain bike trails loop through the tea estates and guides are available on-demand. Kayaking and treks in glorious mountain scenery are also available.
Colombo, Sri Lanka's compact capital, is on the up and offers some intimate little spots for your final night. Shop at Barefoot for last-minute gifts, watch the sun set on the terrace at the colonial-style Galle Face Hotel or have your final evening meal in the romantic ambience of Gallery Café.
Mosvold Villa is a 12-bedroom boutique villa fronting a secluded beach in the fishing village of Ahangama on the Galle Coast. This is surfing territory, a convenient drive south from Galle’s 17C Dutch Fort. Rooms have twin or double beds and are tastefully furnished with sea views.
The Last House, so called because it was Geoffrey Bawa's architectural swansong, is positioned on an idyllic strip of land - lagoon on one side, beach on the other - on the outskirts of Tangalle. It has long been one of best villas in the south coast and also operates as a small boutique hotel. Few villas have a better beach.
Strathdon by Jetwing (formerly Mandira Strathdon) is a colonial-style bungalow in the outskirts of Watawala just minutes from Dickoya in the south-west highlands. Flanked by three giant bamboo groves, it has a balcony terrace with spectacular mountain views and modern comforts. It sleeps 10 and can be booked in whole or part.
Galle Face Hotel, originally constructed in the 19th century, incorporates traditional Victorian features with stylish contemporary design. It is an attractive alternative to Colombo’s modern business hotels: the stately wooden panelling and staunchly Victorian rooms are resonant of a bygone age.
Taru Villas - Rock Villa is a private beach villa set back from the beach front, concealed by mangroves and palm trees which provide privacy. Retreat to its peaceful atmosphere after a day of exciting water-sports and excursions to fascinating historical sites and relax on your private veranda, or take a dip in the 50 ft. swimming pool.
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