TikaWeeks #44/2023: Sri Lanka update

Posted by John on 31st October 2023

View from the lawn, Summerville Bungalow, Ceylon Tea Trails, Sri Lanka

It has been a very successful year for hotels in Sri Lanka. Ceylon Tea Trails is on the Condé Nast Gold List 2023 and featured on the acclaimed BBC TV series "Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby" in September 2023. The pioneering eco-luxury resort Jetwing Vil Uyana has earned a coveted spot on Fodor’s List of the Finest Hotels in the World, placed among the world’s 60 most incredible hotels for 2024, as well as one of Condé Nast Traveller’s 15 of the best eco hotels around the globe this year. While Travel & Leisure has ranked Fort Bazaar the Best Overall Hotel in Galle fort to soak in and discover the magic of a 16th-century fortress.

BBC TV series "Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby" Series 5: 4. Ceylon Tea Trails, Sri Lanka. Monica Galetti and Rob Rinder travel to the highlands of central Sri Lanka to learn about Ceylon Tea Trails – a series of colonial era bungalows that have been renovated and reimagined by a local family of tea entrepreneurs. Monica works with the tea pickers and learns the importance of the industry to the country, while Rob tracks leopards in the surrounding plantations. The highlands are a rugged landscape, but as Rob and Monica discover, with dedication and detail, guests can still get a luxury experience.

Sri Lanka’s magical wetland sanctuary Jetwing Vil Uyana, or “Garden of Lakes”, a manmade eco-retreat where every aspect, from the intricate waterways to the thriving habitats, is a testament to Jetwing’s ingenuity and commitment to sustainability. Jetwing Vil Uyana offers the finest ecological luxury, privacy, and unparalleled Sri Lankan hospitality. With enchanting dwellings that open out into distinct habitats such as forests, paddy fields, marshes, lakes and native gardens, meticulously designed to evolve into thriving natural habitats, one could easily forget that the resort is built on a manmade wetland.

Travel & Leisure has ranked Fort Bazaar the Best Overall Hotel in Galle Fort to soak in and discover the magic of a 16th-century fortress. Following a careful 9-year restoration, Fort Bazaar opened its doors as a trendy heritage hotel inside the fort. Blending its rich history with a dose of modernity and fun, the hotel offers 18 contemporary rooms spread around a central elongated courtyard. The in-house restaurant, Church Street Social, is the beating heart of the hotel and attracts guests both for its delicious food and buzzy vibe. Along with Sri Lankan staples of curry and rice, look for dishes that have a Middle Eastern influence. What sets the hotel apart is well-curated experiences both inside and outside the fort suitable to people of all ages. Sign up for a cooking class with a long-time fort resident or head into the dense Kanneliya Rainforest with a village tracker to learn about local flora and fauna.

Categories: Accommodation, Sightseeing, Sri Lanka, Sustainability, Wildlife

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