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Sarah & Ben’s fabulous time in Sri Lanka

Trekking, culture and a truly indulgent stay in an Ayurvedic Hotel

Backpacking and luxury

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Sarah:

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“The major appeal of Sri Lanka in the Indian Ocean is that it’s the size of Wales, yet totally varied and has all key ingredients you could want; two seasons in one country (so guaranteed sunshine somewhere!), gorgeous beaches, old colonial luxury, amazing culture and history, fabulous wildlife and National Parks, yummy curry and tonnes of varied countryside and agriculture.

“It was also a perfect honeymoon destination for us, as we wanted to combine backpacking and luxury for four weeks and it’s easy to do both here.”

An italian wedding

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“We actually went to a wedding in Italy the week before our honeymoon and then flew from Rome to Sri Lanka. We booked our flights from Rome to Sri Lanka and back to the UK through Expedia, which worked out cheaper than flying from the UK! A friend suggested we take a piece of wedding cake on our cheapie Thompson Fly flight to Italy and this was really nice to eat on the plane, as you finally kick back and realise it’s about you two and enjoying every minute!”

Bath on the balcony

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“We stayed at a wide variety of places as we travelled around the island. The real honeymoon treat bits were all amazing though, especially nice after backpacking the rest of the time. They included a wonderful old colonial style villa called The Sunhouse in Galle to start our trip. We stayed in the lovely Cinnamon Suite, which had its own library and bath on the balcony outside!”

Tranquility on the Tea Trail

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“We also stayed at the tranquil Tea Trail Bungalows, which were all-inclusive, colonial bungalows (with our own butler!) and had the most amazing food. And finally, the Kandalma Hotel, a fabulous eco-style resort hidden in rocks with three stunning swimming pools and monkeys everywhere.”

An Ayurvedic Hotel

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“Unusually, we also decided to stay for one-week at an Ayurvedic Hotel where we indulged ourselves trying out all the amazing treatments. It was really wonderful to just enjoy rest, relaxation, massage, yoga and sleeping!”

The Cultural Triangle

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“We followed this by two weeks of walking, trekking through rainforest and national parks and exploring the Cultural Triangle, which includes such wonders as Sigiriya, an ancient palace built on a freestanding rock, interspersed with luxury treats, centred around pampering, eating and relaxation.”