Luxury Sri Lanka Holidays
- Luxury Beach Hotels
- Luxury Escorted tours
- Private touring with your own car + driver
- 2 centre holidays
Sri Lanka has amazing scenery, fantastic wildlife, culture and exotic beaches, but what is the best way to see it all? I have travelled around Sri Lanka seeing the major sites, and stayed in many of the best beach hotels and would be delighted to help you create your perfect trip.
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4 Ways to enjoy a luxury holiday to Sri Lanka
Stay in a luxury beach hotels
On this holiday you stay in just one hotel throughout your stay. This means you just have to unpack once, and can take advantage of any trips and excursions that the hotel offers. The main reason for the holiday is to relax, with the possibility of a bit of sightseeing thrown in. For example if you book a week at the Fortress, then the UNESCO city of Galle is just a 15 minute taxi ride away.
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Luxury Escorted Tour of Sri Lanka
I work with many of the finest luxury touring companies such as Cox and Kings, Titan, APT, Collette, Insight Vacations, Trafalgar Tours and more. Each have their own unique selling points, and you can usually extend your holiday afterwards to include a beach stay. You will be entitled to favourable rates through us with all these companies, representing a saving off the normal prices.
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Private Touring with your own car + driver
This option is best if your main reason for visiting Sri Lanka is to see the main sights, some wildlife, and experience the culture, rather than just being a simple beach holiday. You have your own car + driver / guide who will take you to the best places, and crucially gives you complete flexibility on where you go and how long you stay for. This is very much tailored to your own interests, budget and dates.
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2 Centre Holidays
If you don't want a full blown tour but equally want to see some of the best sites that Sri Lanka has to offer then this is a great alternative. You can easily spend several days in one of the hotels around Habarana and enjoy various excursions at a relaxed pace. Then head to the beach for the remainder of your stay.
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A typical Sri Lanka luxury holiday - (option 3 above)
Here is a typical itinerary for a 13 night luxury Sri Lanka tour. This is a private tour with your own car and driver, and therefore is entirely flexible - you can change any of the places, hotels and durations shown below to suit your needs and budget
- Negombo - 1 night at Jetwing Lagoon (B&B)
- Habarana - 3 nights at Jetwing Vil Uyana (B&B)
- Kandy - 2 nights at Cinnamon Citadel (Half Board)
- Nuwara Eliya - 1 night at Ceylon Tea Trails (All Inclusive)
- Galle - 6 nights at the Fortress in Galle (B&B)
Total: 13 nights
The touring part of the trip is best done with a private car and driver. He will be at your disposal for the whole of the touring part of your holiday, while normal transfers are included to and from the airport.
The itinerary in more detail is shown below...
Negombo (1 night)
Fly from a choice of airports in the UK to Colombo
The only direct service from the UK to Colombo is with Sri Lankan Airlines, but many of my customers who fly business class prefer to go with Emirates via Dubai. Not only is the in flight service top quality, but you can also enjoy the lounge at Dubai Airport while you break the journey. And there is a complimentary chauffeur service from your home to the airport, and back again, subject to some conditions.
As many flights arrive in Colombo early to mid afternoon, I always prefer to have a short transfer time to a nice hotel for the night - in fact because of the transfer times to other parts of Sri Lanka, you often have no choice.
Many tours use a hotel in Colombo such as Mount Lavinia, which is although is a great value hotel, takes about 90 minutes to get there. Instead, I suggest the resort of Negombo, a fishing village only 20 minutes from the airport, with a golden beach and a lagoon.
Your private transfer to Jetwing Lagoon is included - the next morning you will start your tour proper.
Travelling Time:   20 minutes
The rooms are beautifully furnished with rich dark woods and bright neutral shades. Deluxe rooms have a view of the lagoon and a rain shower, while a suite also has a separate living room.
Meal Plan:   Bed & Breakfast (can be upgraded to Half Board)
Habarana (3 nights)
Most tours include 1 or 2 nights here, but some of the very best parts of Sri Lanka are in this area that you really need more time. Not only are the 'iconic sights' of Sri Lanka such as Sigiriya Rock Fortress close by, but there are some fabulous things to do around the hotel.
A 3 night duration gives you two full days. I would spend one full day at both Sigiriya and Dambulla, and the second full day either on a safari at Minneriya National park or in the old city of Polonnaruwa. You will also have the first afternoon (the day of arrival) and the last morning (the day of departure), when you could do some of the excursions around the hotel such as the elephant rides.
Travelling Time:   4 hours
There are just 25 rooms, and many have their own outside dining table for private dining, Alternatively, Apsara is their fine dining restaurant while Sulang is a little more casual, and the Graffiti Bar is the perfect place to enjoy a few drinks.
Some of the facilities include an open air library lounge, swimming pool, spa, yoga, fitness centre and bicycle hire.
Tip: If you have a bit more time to spare, why not stay an extra night here. That way you can take the sightseeing at a very gentle pace and make time for just enjoying the peace and tranquillity of the hotel.
Meal Plan:   Bed & Breakfast
Kandy (2 nights)
Kandy is the cultural heart of Sri Lanka, and it is here that you can do one of the many cultural evenings. It is also a very pleasant town to have a wander around.
Please note that I am no longer recommending a stop at Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage. There are a number of alternative places to see elephants in Sri Lanka which I think you will gain far more enjoyment from. Please feel free to call me.
Travelling Time:   2.5 hours
If you would prefer a small and quiet alternative, then Clingendael is fabulous - it has just 5 rooms, and is a little further out of Kandy.
Meal Plan:   Half Board
Nuwara Eliya (1 night)
Nuwara Eliya is a beautiful hilltop town in Sri Lanka where you'll find the tea plantations. At 6,000 feet above sea level, it is cooler than other parts such as Kandy and the coast, but the scenery is spectacular. It is also home to a famous hotel called the Tea Factory which sits at the top of a hill with stunning views across eastern Sri Lanka.
There is a much more colonial atmosphere in Nuwara Eliya than in most other parts of Sri Lanka. English country clubs, rose gardens and even the place names will make you feel quite at home. But it is cooler here than the rest of Sri Lanka because of the elevation - at over 6,000 ft above sea level, you'll need warm clothes especially during the winter.
Travelling Time:   2 hours
Meal Plan:   All Inclusive
Sri Lanka Beach (6 nights - flexible)
Travelling Time:   4 hours (varies depending on which resort)
As it is just 20 minutes by taxi from Galle, you can easily visit the Unesco World Heritage Site of the Dutch Fort and wander through the old streets of the city soaking up the atmosphere. Also nearby is Mirissa which is a top spot for whale and dolphin watching - blue whales and sperm whales especially - December to April are the best months.
Meal Plan:   Bed & Breakfast or Half Board if staying at the Fortress
Sri Lanka luxury holidays and tours - What else?
Of course if you have a special interest, for example walking or wildlife then you might want to consider other parts of Sri Lanka, and I can tweak the itinerary accordingly.
Sri Lanka Luxury Holidays - Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Is the holiday ATOL protected?
A. Yes. You are 100% financially protected, and will receive your ATOL certificate by 1st class post once the booking has been confirmed.
Q. Am I buying a package?
A. Yes - this means that you have 100% financial protection.
Q. What type of transport will it be in Sri Lanka on a tailor made holiday?
A. For a couple or small family, you will travel around in a standard car. However if there are more of you, lets say 5, then a bigger vehicle is used. Cars are always big enough to accommodate all your luggage.
Q. Are entrance fees included on tailor made holidays in Sri Lanka?
A. No - entrance fees to the sites are not included, although the transport to get there is. This is because you may not decide where to go until the day itself.
Q. Are entrance fees included on escorted tours in Sri Lanka?
A. Yes - this is because escorted tours follow a fixed itinerary.
Q. How long is the flight?
A. The direct Heathrow to Colombo service takes 10.5 hours.
Q. What airports can I travel from in the UK?
A. Sri Lankan Airlines fly direct to Colombo from Heathrow, and are the only airline to fly direct. I do though have many customers who if flying business prefer to fly with Emirates, and take advantage of the complimentary UK home to airport chauffeur service.
Q. What other countries can I combine it with?
A. If you travel with Emirates then you can also include a stop in Dubai to make a triple centre holiday - Dubai, Sri Lanka and Maldives. But it is also simple to add an extension to the Maldives.
Q. When do I have to pay the balance?
A. 10 weeks before departure.
Q. Do you have a credit card surcharge?
A. Yes it is 2.5%. But I don't charge this if you are just paying a deposit.
Q. What is the currency used?
A. In Sri Lanka it is the Sri Lankan Rupee. Credit cards are widely accepted, especially to pay any hotel extras. In the Maldives I recommend US dollars.
Q. Do I need a visa for either Sri Lanka or the Maldives?
A. You do now for Sri Lanka. It is US30 - you just enter your passport details in to www.eta.gov.lk
Q. Is alcohol freely available?
A. Yes except on one day every month in Sri Lanka called a Poya day. You can only get alcohol on that day via room service or the mini bar.
Q. I am confused about travelling distances in Sri Lanka. Some websites say that it takes 4.5 hours to get back from the airport from Galle, while you say just over 2 hours.
A. It used to be 4.5 hours but a new road has now been opened (at last!) which means MUCH quicker journeys down to the beach resorts of the South West.
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