Two of the anglosphere’s top tabloid newspapers, the New York Post in the US and the Daily Express in the UK, are taking a fond look around Sri Lanka—but with a difference.

While the Express goes for colour and a touch of celebrity—Myleen Klass’s cleavage and Princess Di’s Ceylon sapphire ring—the Post hits a cultural note with a resumé of famed Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa.

Its piece mentions two books by David Robson, architect, scholar and Bawa friend: ‘In Search of Bawa: Master Architect of Sri Lanka’ and ‘Bawa: The Sri Lanka Gardens’, and looks at several of Bawa’s most celebrated buildings, including:

Colombo

Geoffrey Bawa Residence

Maintained by the Geoffrey Bawa Trust after the architect’s death in 2003, Bawa’s Colombo home is open to the public (yhere are two rooms set aside for stays.)

Kotte

The New Sri Lanka parliament

About a half-hour east of Colombo, Bawa’s most prominent public work is the Parliament building, which symbolized self-rule for the new Republic of Sri Lanka in the ’70s.

Kalutara

Anantara Kalutara

Situated between the Indian Ocean and Kalu Ganga estuary, the new Anantara Kalutara hotel was originally conceived by Bawa in the early ’90s. He lovingly restored the hotel including the striking, yet simple main building with a gable roof, soaring ceilings and dreamy batik banners.

Bentota

Lunuganga, 1948

About a 30-minute drive from Kalutara, some would argue that Bawa’s design journey started at this rubber plantation he purchased to recreate the Italian and British gardens he loved.

Read the full report here.

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Meanwhile, the Express takes a different tack, with Victoria Gray writing: “I was eight years old when I first set eyes on Lady Diana’s 12-carat, blue Ceylon sapphire ring, and, ever since, I have wanted to visit the island where that iconic gem was plucked from the earth.”

“Was Sri Lanka, the jewel of the Indian Ocean, going to live up to 35 years of longing?”

Of course it was, and did!

She concludes: “My final stop was Ahungalla Beach, which sits on a stretch of coastline considered to be some of the best in Sri Lanka, with its crystal clear water, golden sand and palm tree fringes.

“The sunsets along this stretch of beach are legendary and what better place to relax and reflect on a truly beautiful country?”

Read the full report here.

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