SWEETNESS AND SPICE
Separated by a mere 30 kilometers from the Indian coast, Sri Lanka shares its neighbor’s love of spices. On the central plateau, the roads wind among clove and pepper plantations before reaching the verdant landscapes around Nuwara Eliya, dotted with tea gardens where women clad in saris and protected by heavy aprons delicately pick the leaves that produce one of the world’s most highly-prized teas. The merchant ships on their way to Madagascar used to stop in the Maldives, an hour’s flight from India and home of some of the world’s most stunning coral reefs. Life here follows the rhythm of the sea and the sun, hopping from island to island aboard a dhoni, the traditional boat used for everything from fishing to transporting goods and pleasure cruises. On the countless island-resorts, low domes of white sand surrounded by coral and topped with clumps of coconut trees, visitors can relive the legend of Robinson Crusoe, reveling in paradisiacal seclusion.
Hotel and restaurant on a lake. Tea Trails is perched at an altitude of 1,250 m in Sri Lanka’s Ceylon tea region, bordering Sri Lanka’s Central Highlands World Heritage site. Stay in one of four authentic tea planters’ bungalows, each one of which has its own charm. Lakeside Castlereagh and Summerville, Norwood with panoramic views, and Tientsin, the most traditionally colonial of the four; they are all decorated with period furniture. Observe life on a working tea estate, savour the gourmet cuisine, and be pampered by a personal butler. This is the ideal setting for trekking and biking against the breath-taking backdrop of mountains, lakes and waterfalls. ... Learn moreless
Hotel and restaurant on the seafront. The guest rooms open onto private gardens with vistas of palm trees swaying in the breeze against an ocean backdrop. Cape Weligama’s residences and villas sit atop a promontory overlooking the Indian Ocean and enjoy stunning views of idyllic landscapes on all sides. At the seafront, the crescent-shaped infinity pool seems to float above the waves; alongside stone pathways leading to secluded coves where turtles flap about in the crystal-clear shallows. The terracotta-tiled rooftops of the accommodations, designed by renowned architect Lek Bunnag, create the illusion of a traditional Sri Lankan village with generously sized, stylishly furnished interiors. ... Learn moreless