101 Honeymoons

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    Barefoot Sri Lanka

    Jane's verdict:

    For a small island, Sri Lanka delivers a staggering range of experiences. Add to that some stylish hotels - including amazing creations by local architect Geoffrey Bawa, Amanwella in the 17th century Dutch town of Galle and Amangalla on the sandy shore of Tangalle. If you fancy tying the knot here, you can even do it on elephant back.

    Recommended tour operator: Audley Travel

    Tangalle beachRich and fascinating cultureBoutique luxury such as Kahanda KandaView leopard in the Yala National Park

    Audley Travel says

    Described by Marco Polo as “the most beautiful island of its size in the world,” Sri Lanka is an intoxicating honeymoon destination.

    • Great value
    • Superb beaches
    • Wildlife encounters

    Wrapped in a ribbon of golden palm-fringed beaches, it has a lush colourful interior where you’ll discover primeval jungles inhabited by wild leopard and elephant, saffron-clad monks meditating and cool misty mountains speckled with brightly dressed tea pickers.

    But there is so much more to this beautiful country. Sri Lankans are incredibly warm and friendly, and bright smiles abound. From the temples to the simplest of villages, people will display great generosity. Don’t be surprised if a stranger invites you home for tea or to a family meal – it is quite normal here.

    Sri Lanka is home to a wonderful collection of romantic hotels. There are some beautiful boutique gems filled with precious colonial antiques and sensual paintings by local artists and other more contemporary, minimalist hotels that grace the covers of architectural magazines. Our favourites are Vil-Uyana, Amanwella and Castlereagh at Ceylon Tea Trails.

    For a romantic 15-day itinerary, try Sri Lanka Uncovered – this indulgent honeymoon lives up to its name and takes you from the chance to view wild leopard in the Yala National Park to undulating emerald tea plantations and golden beaches.

    We know Sri Lanka inside out. Click here for more of our honeymoon ideas in Sri Lanka. Find out the best time to visit Sri Lanka.

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