Tea and beaches | DAYS: 10 | PRICE: FROM £2,100 per person

Tea and beaches

Few single destinations offer the variety and contrast that a holiday in Sri Lanka provides, from Ceylon tea plantations to fabulous beaches. And that’s exactly what you’ll get on this 10 night itinerary. The writer Arthur C Clarke summed it up when he observed: ‘The island of Ceylon is a small universe; it contains as many variations of culture, scenery and climate as some countries a dozen times its size.’

From Sri Lanka tea plantations to bustling colonial cities, from idyllic beach locations to teeming wildlife parks, from cool uplands to hot new attractions, you could not hope for a better destination if you want  to follow an itinerary filled with exciting new vistas and experiences.

*Every Yonder itinerary is uniquely created to suit our individual clients. Destinations, hotels, lengths of stay and even modes of transport are all decided by you, with the help of our local knowledge and expert guidance.

The tea-growing uplands of Sri Lanka with their gentler climate make the ideal place to start your stay in the tropics. Little has changed here since the elegance of British colonial times and as you wander the paths between the tea bushes, perhaps visiting a traditional Sri Lanka tea plantation the rat race will simply fade away.

After unwinding in the lap of plantation luxury, travel south to the tropical coast for further pampering on an idyllic Sri Lanka beach holiday in what is unquestionably one of the finest luxury beach hotels in the whole of Sri Lanka.

On arrival in Colombo comes the reassuring sight of a Yonder representative holding your name on a board, all ready to drive you to Hatton. Your destination is Ceylon Tea Trails with its five plantation houses spread across a magical valley. Each is a work of art where your personal butler will ensure every aspect of your stay is exquisite. This is Sri Lankan hospitality at its finest. Experience true tranquillity and one thousand and fifty shades of green as you stroll amongst the smiling tea pluckers in their bright saris. There is a fascinating visit a tea factory – well worth the time – and if the evening gets a little chilly, your ever-obliging butler will light you a log fire.

You’ll have to drag yourself away from Ceylon Tea Trails after breakfast for the drive through the countryside towards Tangalle on the southern coast. Situated on a fabulous, secluded beach Amanwella is a retreat like no other. Gaze through the floor-to-ceiling glass doors of your enormous suite out onto the Indian Ocean. A few miles offshore – next stop Antarctica by the way – is the domain of the mighty blue whale. You can take a trip to see them if you can bring yourself to leave this sheer undiluted hedonism. Chill by the pool, feel the sand between your toes, eat and drink the finest. Here, all your senses will come alive. You will feel reborn!

The time has come to prise you away from the hedonistic lifestyle. Your driver will come in the early afternoon to chauffeur you to The Wallawa, a spectacular ancestral manor house just a short drive from the airport so that you within easy striking distance for your departure. You’ll have time to drop into the Z spa for a final relaxing treatment. The following morning after a leisurely breakfast, your driver will reappear to take you on the short drive to the airport for your lunchtime direct flight back to the UK.

What you get for your money

This itinerary would typically cost from £2,100 per person staying in the specified hotels and having the services of a private chauffeur guide, excluding international flights. The costs can vary based on season, room type and board basis. All our holidays are tailor-made and can be created around your budget.

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