Explorers. Wildlife lovers. Photographers.
Leopards and sloths for neighbours. Ocean breeze. Star-studded Sri Lankan night sky. Picnics on the sand dunes. Bare wild nature.
The dry season from May – October is the best time to visit.
Wild Coast Tented Lodge is a unique luxury camp on the shores of the Indian Ocean and next to Yala National Park in Sri Lanka.
The unique architecture was created by Dutch, English and Sri Lankan designers, using natural materials, and masterfully diminishing the line between man-made and nature. There are 28 luxury tents, called Cocoons & Urchins, in the shape and colour of the surrounding rock formations, and the aerial view of a leopard's paw print. Enjoy expedition chic design, complete with copper bathtubs and four-poster beds, views to the jungle or the ocean, and private plunge pools in some.
Cool off in the pool after a day of exploring. Visit the Sanctuary Spa and get one of the traditional Sri Lankan treatments, using Ceylon Tea and Ceylon Cinnamon.
Yala National Park is famous for the highest leopard concentration in the world and is perfect for wildlife lovers. Enjoy daily safaris with expert naturalist guides, discovering exotic flora and fauna, various birds and mammals, including elephants and sloth bears. A day trip to some of the ancient Buddhist sites in the area is recommended as well.
Cuisine inspired by the Malay community - rotisserie, barbecue, Indian bread & meats from a tandoori oven.
Fly into Ratmalana Airport and arrange a a pickup with the hotel.
*Photos property of Wild Coast Tented Lodge Yala
Wildlife lovers, People looking to travel somewhere remote and different.
Raw wilderness. Hiking through rock formations and waterfalls. Seeing herds of the elephants. Sri Lankan hospitality.
October to January
Gal Oya Lodge is located across beautiful Sri Lankan wilderness next to the Gal Oya National Park. Choose between nine eco-chic rooms with private verandas and ceiling glass windows. Design details such as table tops of sliced timber, the thatched roofs; coconut shells, bamboo and stone as bath accessories make the rooms one of a kind. For a special occasion or a larger group, choose the two bedroom villa perched at the highest point of the lodge, offering the best views. Enjoy the outdoor shower. Swim in the outdoor emerald pool, surrounded by mountains and cliffs.
You are staying right next the Gal Oya Natural Park, which contains the country’s largest inland body of water, the Senanayake Samudraya Lake. The magical landscape has many small islands scattered across the lake and offers the chance to see the Asian elephant in its natural habitat. Gal Oya Lodge is the only place in Sri Lanka where you can do a lake safari and see animals undisturbed in their natural environment.
Egg hoppers. Salted banana chips with chili powder. Fresh authentic cuisine.
Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport is about 3 hours away. Arrange pickup with hotel.
*Photos property of GAL OYA LODGE
Surfers with a taste for luxury. Lovers of tea and wildlife.
Morning yoga. Ocean breeze. Postcard beaches. Cinnamon gardens. Iconic Sri Lankan sunsets. Bird’s eye view of the rugged coast from the seaplane.
The dry season from May – October is the best time to visit.
Cape Weligama is a beautiful coastal resort, along raw majestic cliffs and soaring Indian Ocean in Sri Lanka. Take in the sound of crashing waves, the surrounding lush jungle, and wild tropical flowers throughout the property at one of Sri Lanka’s most luxurious retreats.
The layout of the resort resembles a traditional Sri Lankan village. Stay in one 39 large private abodes, designed by one of Asia's most well known architects, Lek Bunnag. Each room is named after an explorer on a Ceylon journey and is complete with terracotta-tiled rooftops, large terraces, Sonos wireless audio, steam rooms, and a stone bathtubs.
Take in the view from the crescent-shaped infinity pool. Visit the spa and try a treatment with organic Sri Lankan spice scrubs made from clove, nutmeg, sweet orange and sandalwood, or Ceylon tea - a known antioxidant.
Learn to surf. Kayak through Koggala Lake. Get PADI certified and discover a new underwater world. Wake up with the sun for some big game fishing. Cycle through sleepy villages and paddy fields. Go whale watching. Visit Uda Walawe national park, where you can spot elephants, sloth bears and crocodiles.
Seasonal and sustainable Sri Lankan cuisine. Personalized menus. Fresh catch. Seared tuna in cinnamon wood smoke. Ceylon High tea.
Travel by seaplane or helicopter from Bandaranaike International Airport (45-60 min) or by land from the Colombo Airport. (2-3 hours).
*Photos property of Cape Weligama
Travellers looking for wellness, mindfulness, and a digital detox.
Nature meets design. Nourishing your soul. Changing your rhythm. Leaving rejuvenated and inspired.
Visit January to May for a pleasant 22-28°C. The rainy seasons are from September to December and between April and May.
Santani Wellness Resort and Spa is a sustainable wellness retreat, 2,800 feet above sea level, surrounded by a lush tropical jungle of the Sri Lankan highlands - known as the country’s spiritual centre. The former tea plantation is a restorative destination spa, set among ancient Buddhist meditation caves, rice fields and the Hulu River - a place to pause and find peace.
Stay in a Mountain View or a Garden View Chalet, designed with a modern and minimal aesthetic in mind, and facing out onto jungle valleys and the mountains, or rice paddies and tea plantations.
Enjoy personally design wellness programs focussed on yoga, Ayurveda, detox, recovery, addiction, weight loss, and sleep to name a few. The tri-level spa’s architecture follows the landscape, and is complete with a steam room, a cedar wood sauna overlooking the rice fields and the Knuckles mountain range, as well as a salt soak pool.
Santani is located in Sri Lanka’s peace centre - the sacred mountainous landscape of Kandy. Visit the hanging bridge of Narampanawa, and wander through vanilla and cocoa fields.
Walk along Hulu River for a morning meditation. Spot hidden waterfalls and exotic birds. Hike towards the Bambaragala Cave Temple. Tour the Rangala – Gomare Tea Factory. Take a scenic drive through the beautiful A-26 road along the Victoria Wildlife Reserve. Hike to the top of The Knuckles Conservation Range - a UNESCO world heritage site, where dry and wet zones meet.
Wholesome food prepared for your body and mind. Biodynamic wine & fresh juice. Keto friendly plans. Example meals include pumpkin velouté with duck confit, caramelized apple and sage; citrus and beetroot cured pink salmon with tarragon and horseradish sauce; Grilled Australian grass fed beef tenderloin steak, herb layered summer squash cake and wild mushroom puree with micro-herbs and tamarind sauce to name a few.
Santani is located an hour outside of the sacred city of Kandy. Bandaranaike International Airport is 3 hours away.
*Photos property of Santani Wellness Resort