Some of Sri Lanka’s stunning island-wide boutique hotels are highlighted in a terrific luxury travel piece in The Telegraph, one of the UK’s premier quality national daily newspapers.
It also points to a previous must-read feature on Sri Lanka’s return to peace and splendour “for suggestions on the best places to stay on your voyage of discovering”.
Heading the list of top hotels is Ulagalla Resort (pictured above). “A Sri Lankan nobleman once owned this 58-acre estate and 150-year-old mansion in lush countryside 40 minutes from Anuradhapura. Since 2010 it has been one of five Uga Escapes hotels with a strong ecological bent.
“The paddy fields remain, but around their perimeter 20 glass-walled villas are concealed in the trees, each with plunge pool, sun deck and terrific dawn chorus. You get around on bikes or in golf carts – cars are banned.
Next up is Madulkelle Eco Lodge (pictured bellow). “A good hour from Kandy, this four-year-old colonial-style lodge stands in its own small garden 3,000ft above sea level, from which there are expansive views.
“The main building, which resembles a tea manager’s bungalow, and the 19 luxurious safari-style tents look across the deep Hulu Ganga valley, from which the sounds of village and temple life drift up, to the five domed peaks of the Knuckles mountains beyond. So do the croquet lawn, infinity pool and spa.
A particular favourite is Gal Oya Lodge (right), which opened in 2014. “This hidden delight occupies 20 acres of wilderness in eastern Sri Lanka, flanked by a forest reserve and the little-known Gal Oya National Park which was closed by the war until 2008. It is practically the only starting point for land and water safaris in the park.
“We saw some wonderful wildlife thanks to our excellent guide, Damien Pillai, but really lucky visitors may see elephants swimming between the lake’s many islands as they follow their old migration routes.
“The lodge consists of an airy, open-sided main building where we dined off fresh local fish cooked in banana leaves, and eight simple but stylish private chalets built of local stone, wood and thatch with open-air bathrooms.
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