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5 Reasons To Make Sri Lanka Your Next Luxury Holiday

28th May 2024

Sri Lanka: The tropical paradise overtaking travel hotspots Thailand and Bali.


Travel Associates bookings to Sri Lanka have doubled in the past year, with New Zealand travellers flocking to this gem-shaped isle off the coast of India. The surge in popularity is no surprise, given Sri Lanka's unique blend of cultural richness, natural beauty, and luxury experiences.

Here are five reasons why Sri Lanka should be your next luxury holiday destination.



Dalawella Beach, Unawatuna
Dalawella Beach, Unawatuna


1. Pristine Beaches

Sri Lanka's beautiful beaches rival the world's best tropical islands, offering a perfect blend of relaxation and adventure.

Unawatuna: Known for its golden sands and turquoise waters, this crescent-shaped bay is ideal for swimming, snorkelling, and diving. Don't miss Dalawella Beach, a five minute drive away, for their Instagram famous palm tree rope swing, offering visitors a thrilling way to swing out over the water.

Arugam Bay: Famed for its world-class surf breaks, Arugam Bay attracts surfers from around the globe. Even if you're not a surfer, the laid-back vibe, beachside cafes, and luxurious accommodations make it a perfect getaway. Watch the stunning sunrise and indulge in fresh seafood at one of the gourmet beachfront restaurants.



2. Rich Wildlife Experiences

In Sri Lanka, luxury travellers can fulfill their wildlife dreams without extensive travel, as everything awaits in one divine destination.

Yala National Park: Home to the highest density of leopards in the world, Yala National Park is also home to elephants, crocodiles, and a variety of bird species. Our advisors can book a luxury safari tour to explore the park in style and comfort, with personalised service and expert guides ensuring a memorable adventure.

Whale Watching in Mirissa: Travellers can set sail for an unforgettable whale-watching adventure in Mirissa, where luxury catamaran tours offer an exclusive opportunity to witness majestic blue whales, impressive sperm whales, and playful dolphins up close.



3. Cultural and Historical Gems

Sri Lanka's cultural heritage is both vast and varied, offering unique experiences for history buffs and culture seekers.

Sigiriya Rock Fortress: A site of historical and archaeological significance, this ancient fortress once served as a royal palace. Not for the faint-hearted, climb the fortress' 1,200 steps and be rewarded with panoramic views and a glimpse into the site's illustrious history.

Ella to Kandy Train Journey: Experience one of the world's most scenic train rides from Ella to Kandy. This iconic route passes through lush tea plantations, forests, and charming villages, offering breathtaking views at a steady pace.

Tea Trails of Nuwara Eliya: Explore the enchanting "Little England" set within lush highlands. Wander through picturesque tea plantations and admire the colonial architecture, finishing with a high tea experience with one-of-a-kind views, adding a delightful touch to your cultural adventure.



4. One of a Kind Accomodation

Sri Lanka beckons with a variety of unique accommodations that you won't find anywhere else.

Wild Coast Tented Lodge: On the edge of Yala National Park, stay in uniquely-designed cocoon tents that blend safari adventure with upscale comfort, complete with luxury dining and guided wildlife safaris.

Ceylon Tea Trails: Nestled in the lush highlands, enjoy colonial charm and modern luxury in restored bungalows. Explore tea plantations and round off the trip with a high tea experience paired with stunning views.

Amangalla: Located within the historic Galle Fort, this elegant hotel offers refined colonial decor, world-class amenities, and personalised service amidst the charming streets and historic landmarks of Galle.



5. Exquisite Sri Lankan Cuisine

Sri Lanka is a culinary paradise. Influenced by Javanese, Indian, Arab, and Dutch cultures, expect light, fiery curries, bowl-shaped hoppers, flaky parathas, spicy lentil dahls, and fresh seafood bursting with tangy goodness. Our advisor's must-try dishes include:

Kottu Roti: A popular street food made from chopped flatbread stir-fried with vegetables, eggs, your choice of meat or seafood, seasoned with aromatic spices.

Pol Sambol: A spicy coconut relish that perfectly complements rice and curry. Made from freshly grated coconut, red chilies, onions, and lime juice, it's a burst of flavour in every bite.


Make Sri Lanka the next destination for your luxury getaway. Contact your Travel Associates advisor for best recommendations and to book.