Hello paradise: Sri Lanka

I WANT TO… STAY SOMEWHERE STYLISH

Tri didn’t need to look beyond the natural to create its luxury design hotel. Crafted entirely from recycled jak wood and local granite, the villas here also feature ‘living’ roofs, planted with native creepers, water grass, and dwarf bamboo. The pick of them is the secluded Lake Villa, so named for affording guests uninterrupted views over Lake Koggala.

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Sigiriya

I WANT TO… EXPLORE WORLD HERITAGE SIGHTS

Sri Lanka has more than its fair share of these (eight in all) but unless you can enjoy a leisurely two weeks driving slow roads to see each one, you’re best to concentrate your efforts on the Ancient City of Sigiriya, home to a dramatic rock fortress atop which are the remains, colourful frescoes among them, of a palace constructed by King Kasyapa in the 5th century. From here, the Ancient City of Polonnaruwa and The Dambulla Cave Temple are within easy reach. 

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Elephant tending to her offspring

I WANT TO… GO WILD 

Sri Lanka has the world’s largest concentration of elephants, the epicentre of which is Minneriya National Park, northeast of Colombo, where they gather on the banks of the Minneriya & Kaudulla Reservoir. Jeep safari tours of the park are available daily. 

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Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort

I WANT TO… HIT THE SPA FOR A WHOLE WEEKEND 

Head, then, to Anantara Kalutara, where in a double-storey tropical spa you can try a unique Ceylon-tea inspired treatment. Double down on the bliss by transferring to sister property Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort, on Sri Lanka’s south coast. Its award-winning serene spa offers bespoke treatments.

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Tea pickers gather leaves

I WANT TO… TRAVERSE TEA PLANTATIONS

Ceylon Tea Trails is a luxurious ‘tea’ bungalow resort (each bungalow has its own chef and butler) plotted amid tea-blanketed hills and gardens, which a resident ‘tea planter’ will lead you through.