So you have visited all the tourist laden beach holiday spots in Southeast Asia—Bali, Phuket, Boracay, and many more. But if you were to edge past your regional horizon to South Asia, the beautiful east coast of Sri Lanka might just surprise you. From beautiful beaches to the famous crabs, the country has quite a lot to offer. Go wild over jungle treks, be amazed by an array of wildlife, visit tea plantations, or explore ancient cities.
And lest we forget, retreat at luxury resorts to experience the Sri Lankan hospitality. Here are our top picks:
Love is in the air at Hunas Falls by Amaya. The boutique hotel, part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World group, is a top honeymoon destination in Sri Lanka. With the cascading falls and Hunassgiriya mountainscape as its surroundings, it is not hard to see why.
All 31 rooms and suites feature a sit-out balcony granting views of the tropical forest. Sprawled across the ground floor and first level are the Deluxe rooms, where you can take in the grandeur of the misty peaks. Meanwhile, the three different categories of suites propel you into new levels of luxury. The Cardamom Suite would cover all your needs with its modern amenities. The Katsura Suite exudes elegance with its Japanese-inspired furniture. While the spacious Highlander Suite would have you swooning in a quaint medieval seclusion.
Sun Aqua Pasikudah, located on the East Coast of Sri Lanka, can be reached by seaplane or car from Batticaloa. The luxury resort, which also won TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Award, ushers guests into its wickedly indulgent beach and ocean suites. At the 32 suites and 2 family duplexes, you’d be waking up to chirpy sunshine and balcony views of landscaped gardens and the ocean.
More importantly, Sun Aqua Pasikudah boasts its own kitchens and bars, making it unnecessary for guests to venture too far out. Dig in to Sri Lankan signatures such as curries and salted fish, along with international cuisines prepared using homegrown herbs. Don’t miss The Lounge and Saltwater Pub for your end-of-day cocktails and beers!
If Tarzan ever wanted to settle down in a luxurious home in full botanic resplendency, it would probably look something like Jungle Beach by Uga Escapes. This popular treehouse-like resort is designed with natural plant life to lull you into a sensory experience of a five-star forest. Simply plunge into the resort’s lounge pools for a relaxing swim.
The wings of the resort are also connected in a unique fashion – by teak walkways, stepping stones and foliage entrances. Welcome to the jungle, indeed.
Best of all, enjoy 1-for-1 nights at these hotels with ENTERTAINER Getaways. That’s Sri Lankan luxury on a steal! Explore the ‘Hotels Worldwide’ tab on the ENTERTAINER app to plan your next holiday today.