Speer’s, the magazine for the rich and famous, is showcasing the Shangra La Hotel on Sri Lanka’s southern coast, a favourite oasis for fairway-loving tourists and holidaymakers.
Chris Allsop writes: “Shangri-La on Sri Lanka’s untamed southern coast is a colourful, nature-rich region that embraces hawk-eagles, elephants—and golf.”
The property nudges the seafront on a former palm plantation from where they once transported elephants to Egypt, he says. “This stretch of coast also enjoys some of the island’s best weather, with cool ocean breezes shivering the palms and dispelling any mugginess.
“But the property’s overt selling point is golf: it is now the country’s premium golfing destination, being the first such property constructed on an eighteen-hole (Rodney Wright-designed) course.
“And then there is its one-hour proximity to popular Yala, renowned for having the highest density of leopards in the world, and the even closer twitcher-mecca wetlands of Bundala National Park”.
Allsop concludes that “the rough and the smooth marry up charmingly in south-east Sri Lanka, which makes now such a special, fragile time to visit. It could mean reversing for five minutes the wrong way down a one-way road in a safari park with little or no explanation.
“But when the reversing stops, you’ll find yourself close enough to a full-grown male elephant to almost reach out and wipe away the tears streaking its dusty cheeks. The romance of this country beguiles.”
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