SRI LANKA IS BACK ON THE TRAVEL AGENDA WITH AVAILABILITY FOR THIS WINTER 2022 / 23
November 8thSRI LANKA
With Scott Dunn experiencing a 67% increase in enquiries for Sri Lanka this year, it is clear an increasing number of guests are veering off the beaten track and searching for more than just ‘beach culture’ this Winter. With its tide of misfortune firmly in the past, Sri Lanka welcomes guests to explore its incredible culture and abundance of flora, fauna and wildlife once again. Booking a trip to Sri Lanka with Scott Dunn not only opens the door to this incredible destination but helps to reaffirm this resilient island as a dream holiday destination.
BEST FOR: CULTURED COUPLES
TAKE IN THE RICH CULTURE AND HISTORY OF SRI LANKA
PAIRED WITH ADVENTUROUS TRIPS TO NATIONAL PARKS & RUINS OF ANCIENT CIVILISATIONS
This bespoke itinerary travels through Sri Lanka in style and begins with one night to rest and relax at The Wallawwa on Sri Lanka’s West Coast. From here, travellers are whisked away to the Cultural Triangle with a private guide and chauffeur, where they will spend next three nights at Ulagalla. To enjoy this spectacular part of the country, a cycling trip through the UNESCO heritage site of Anuradhapura is included and guests can discover the fantastic ancient ruins of Sri Lanka’s first kingdom. An early morning excursion to the Sigiriya Rock whilst it is still cool and the light is beautiful is also included. Guests will then travel down to Kandy, where they will stay for the next two nights at the charming Kandy House, which features some of the best food to be found in the country. From Kandy House, again with a private guide, they will venture out to visit the Temple of the Tooth, the Botanical Gardens and the Commonwealth War memorial – all major historical sites in Sri Lanka’s repertoire. Next, couples will travel by train to the beautiful Hill Country and the famous Ceylon Tea Trails, where they can relax in colonial splendour, discover the history of the country’s greatest export and trek through the lush plantations. A highlight is walking around enjoying the verdant undulating countryside and watching the talented pickers at work before reclining in style while enjoying a traditional tea planter’s picnic lunch. Travellers will then fly south to Yala National Park, staying at Wild Coast Tented Lodge, offering a wildlife experience like no other, where the Indian Ocean meets the jungle. Guests can spend their days out on safari drives, and in the evenings relax with dinner and drinks under the stars. The itinerary will conclude in Weligama on the south coast where travellers will stay at Cape Weligama.
HOW: Scott Dunn offers a 14-night Ultimate Sri Lanka Experience from £8,500 per person based on two people sharing on an All Inclusive and B&B basis and includes international return flights from the UK, accommodation, private transfers and select experiences. For more information, please visit https://www.scottdunn.com/ or call 020 8682 5060
BEST FOR: WILDLIFE LOVING FAMILIES
GET UP CLOSE WITH NATURE AND ENJOY LEOPARD SPOTTING IN YALA NATIONAL PARK AND TURTLE HATCHING ALONG THE STUNNING COASTLINE
This stress-free but unique journey through Sri Lanka is perfectly curated to accommodate younger families as well as families with teenagers. With a private guide and driver included throughout, the itinerary is designed to avoid too much driving around, brilliantly blending exploration through Sri Lanka’s National Parks and hills along with important relaxation time on family friendly beaches. Guests will begin their adventure spending three nights in a charming, converted bungalow, perched above the tea country. A perfect location to unwind after the flight, families can take life slow and acclimatise to the warm climes of Sri Lanka’s Hill Country – without ever being unbearably hot. Families can expect treasure hunts through the spice plantations, walks through the tea fields, trips to the local tea factory and even white-water rafting – ideal for teenagers in search of some extra adventure. From here, guests will be whisked off to the Chena Huts; the perfect base from which to venture into the beautifully unspoilt Yala National Park. Home to one of the highest concentrations of leopards in the world, Yala is also a fantastic habitat for elephants, deer and sloth bear, and families can go in search of these elusive creatures over the two nights spent here. To minimize long journey-time, the final leg of this trip will be spent just around the corner on the coast, at the Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort. Located on the beautiful South Coast with spectacular ocean views, Tangalle offers the ultimate escape to paradise. Guests can enjoy cycling through the coconut groves or playing on the expansive beach, whilst parents can rest assured their children are catered for with the exceptional kids and teens club. There is also the added possibility of witnessing turtles hatch along the coastline.
HOW: Scott Dunn offers a 12 night ‘Sri Lanka with Kids’ itinerary from £4,500 per person based on a family of four travelling and includes international return flights from the UK, accommodation, private transfers and select experiences. For more information, please visit https://www.scottdunn.com/ or call 020 8682 5060
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Scott Dunn is one of the world’s most experienced luxury tour operators, voted the No.1 Best Travel Specialist in the world in the Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Choice Awards 2022. With offices in the UK, the US and Asia, its global team of travel specialists offer guests round-the-clock support, arranging bespoke holidays and honeymoons designed to elevate travel out of the ordinary. With an insatiable appetite to discover the world pivotal to the company’s ethos, Scott Dunn relish the planning and revel in the detail – knowing it’s the smallest touches that make the biggest difference. As well as creating tailor-made itineraries filled with unique experiences, Scott Dunn also operate their Explorers Kids Clubs for children aged 4 months to 11 years in select destinations throughout the world. The tour operator launched an exclusive, ‘invitation-only’ platform for its most discerning travellers, Scott Dunn Private, at the start of 2021.