Sri Lanka is a beautiful slice of paradise offering a whole world of diverse escapes, perfectly suited for a luxury twin-centre holiday which combines a stay on the coast with a few days in the countryside. Forty minutes south of the capital Colombo, Wadduwa is the start of a string of fabulous beaches running all the way down and around Sri Lanka’s southwest coast. As inviting as Sri Lanka’s coastline is, however, the island’s interior is also definitely worth exploring, particularly the Cultural Triangle, located between the three ancient capitals of Kandy, Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa and home to six UNESCO World Heritage Sites.Below are some suggestions for a luxury holiday which combines Sri Lanka’s coast with countryside – these can be amended and extended according to your requirements. Twin-centre holiday in Sri LankaWe recommend that on arrival in Colombo you travel by private transfer to a luxurious hotel in the Cultural Triangle or in Hill Country where you stay for three or four nights. This allows you time to fully explore the area with the use of a private chauffer-guide, visiting fascinating sites such as Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Dambulla Rock Temples, Polonnaruwa (the medieval capital of Sri Lanka), the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage and Kandy’s sacred Temple of the Tooth. After your exploration of the Cultural Triangle, continue to an outstanding hotel on the coast of Sri Lanka for some thoroughly deserved relaxation time by the beach – the south west coast and the area surrounding Galle are both within reach. Suggested twin-centre combinationsJetwing Vil Uyana & The FortressBegin your holiday at Jetwing Vil Uyana, a luxurious eco-friendly base from which to explore the Cultural Triangle. This is a very special property in an unusual setting near Sigiriya Rock Fortress, with spacious bungalows sitting atop stilted foundations which hover above paddy fields. From Jetwing Vil Uyana travel approximately four hours south-west to The Fortress near historic Galle. This highly recommended holiday destination boasts an innovative mix of luxury and tradition, offering exquisite authentic and international cuisine and beautifully landscaped surroundings. The elegant hotel is well-located for watching stilt fishermen and taking excursions to Galle, venturing inland to rainforest reserves or exploring the south coast.Heritance Kandalama & Saman VillasBegin your holiday at the unique Heritance Kandalama, a striking hotel which was designed by Geoffrey Bawa. The award-winning eco-resort is a masterpiece of modern luxury which blends seamlessly with its natural environment, cut into the rock face facing the Kandalama Lake near Dambulla. There is something here for everyone to enjoy, from the Six Senses Spa to the many activities available including elephant-riding and guided nature walks.After your stay in the Cultural Triangle head to the small and luxurious Saman Villas, set on a striking headland on the south-west coast. The hotel has been designed in keeping with the traditions of ancient Sri Lankan architecture with open-plan buildings, while the beautifully landscaped gardens are home to a swimming pool and indulgent spa. Located overlooking a magnificent beach just outside Bentota, Saman Villas is ideal for guests wanting to explore the rural villages along the south-west coast or to simply relax in stunning surroundings.The Kandy House & Villa BentotaBegin your holiday at The Kandy House, a tranquil mansion set within lush gardens just a few miles away from Sri Lanka’s cultural capital, Kandy. The hotel blends traditional architecture with colonial furniture and modern design, promising an elegant and sophisticated stay in Hill Country. The Kandy House is well situated for excursions to temples, tea estates and nature reserves, as well as for activities such as walking and golf.From The Kandy House travel around three hours south-west to Paradise Road The Villa Bentota, a fascinating and relaxing hotel just yards from the stunning South Bentota beach. The 19th century Dutch home was converted into Sri Lanka’s first boutique hotel by Geoffrey Bawa, and has recently been refurbished in a modern style which is sensitive to its original design. Guests can relax within the elegant courtyards and acres of grounds, or swim in the 75ft-long pool. A number of touring holiday feature stays in hotels in the Cultural Triangle, Hill Country and on Sri Lanka’s extensive coastline – find out more about our suggested touring holidays of Sri Lanka.
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