The Mud House
When it comes to experiential hotels, The Mud House deserves a spot at the top of the list. Deep in rural Sri Lanka, surrounded by lakes and blessed with abundant wildlife, this is a rustic retreat with enviable ecological credentials.
Staying here is an all-encompassing experience. It’s for those who have active minds and bodies. You can cycle along quiet rural lanes, walk through tiny villages, kayak on the lakes, or sit with your binoculars and bird book (both supplied) and soak up this ornithologist’s paradise.
The dining experience is no less exciting. There is no menu. All of the food comes from the extensive onsite organic gardens or from local farmers. It’s all cooked in traditional methods over an open fire, using clay pots. And if you want to try your hand, as we have, at Sri Lankan cooking, there is nowhere you’ll have a more authentic hands-on lesson.
The Mud House is a collection of huts, all individually designed, of varying sizes. They are all open-sided (although, don’t worry, you’ll be sleeping under mosquito nets) with simple but charming outdoor bathrooms.
RATING: Clean and simple
Thoughts on a postcard
Sometimes the simple things in life are best. The Mud House was heavenly in its no-frills approach, surrounded by untouched nature. Kumudu (she told us to call her granny!) taught us to make the most mouthwatering dahl's all by eye just chucking the ingredients into a pot and occasionally stirring.