As this writer for the upmarket Forbes business and lifestyle magazine says, “even the most luxurious airport hotel is often hardly worth a mention. The Wallawwa in Sri Lanka is the exception”.
Sri Lanka’s Hambantota airport debacle—aka the Mattala Rajapaksa International fiasco—is providing a bargain silver lining for the world’s golf lovers.
When the US business magazine Forbes writes a 3,000-word story about a Sri Lankan hotel chain, it’s more than just a gratuitous pat on the back. Such is the case with Resplendent Ceylon’s three family-owned properties—Ceylon Tea Trails, Cape Weligama and Wild Coast Tented Lodge.
Budget travellers to Sri Lanka now have a charming new place to stay in the centre of the capital Colombo—Tuk Tuk Hostels (TTH), which “embraces the youth hostel concept to its fullest”. Writes the DailyFT: “TTH caters to the expectations of young travellers and all those who value sharing, spontaneity and experience.”
“To truly know and understand the charm that is Sri Lanka is to experience it on every sensory level. Fall in love with this transformational paradise,” says US-based Organic Spa magazine writer Cathy Whitlock after staying at spa resorts Anantara Kalutara and Peace Haven Tangalle.
It’s a long way from Austin, Texas, to Sri Lanka, and for US travel veteran Becca Hensley it was as much a way to wisdom as a journeyman’s travel itinerary. She writes in the Austin American Statesman how her driver prepared her for what was to become a journey of spiritual discovery and “a meditative quietude”.