This former ancestral manor house on the outskirts of historic Kandy, Sri Lanka’s last royal capital city, is the jewel in the crown of Manor House Concepts’ collection of luxury boutique hotels. Described by the New York Times as “another showcase of the Island’s architectural renaissance”, it was built in 1804 by the last chief minister of the Kandyan kingdom.
The bare faced cheek of an Aussie cricket fan in Sri Lanka who streaked across the pitch at Kandy has landed him in jail. Described by news.co.au online as “the most memorable canter ever seen on the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium”, it has received ‘ball-by-ball’ commentaries across the world.
A Sri Lankan environmental-protection initiative to safeguard its coastal and inland mangroves—a world first—is also big boost for eco-tourism and a much-welcomed benefit for local women. Mangrove forests of seawater-tolerant trees protect and create landmass and help combat global warming.
Even before it opened in December last year, the luxurious Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle resort was being hailed by the New York Post in its 2016 list of the world’s top ‘must visit’ hotels. “At least one thing they all have in common? We’re ready to book a room at each and every one,” the Post said.
The very name Tintagel is steeped in British history—the legendary King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, chivalry, Merlin the magician and the mighty sword Excalibur. Tintagel Castle in Cornwall is owned by Prince Charles, so it is fitting that he and the Duchess of Cornwall stayed at the Tintagel in Colombo when they visited Sri Lanka in 2013.
Blending into a palm-shaded terraced hillside above a crescent-shaped bay on Sri Lanka’s southern coast, The Amanwella at Tangalle has been described as “the ultimate beach resort hotel”, inspired by celebrated Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa, famed as the ‘father of tropical modernism’.