Back to Paradise - Sri Lanka part 1

We recently went back to our second home Sri Lanka on one of our island wide tours to check in on some of our most stunning hotels on this paradise island nestled in the Indian Ocean. It was so good to be back, absorbing all the sunshine and warmth of the tropical weather, seeing our old favourite places and faces and seeing some new ones along the way. It never fails to surprise me that no matter how many times you go to Sri Lanka it always seems to amaze you with it’s sheer natural beauty and character. It’s like no other place.

After a very comfortable overnight flight from Heathrow, we arrived at the main airport just outside of the capital Colombo and were met by one of our professional chauffeurs Mohan and whisked away to our first 5* hotel at a nearby beach town. It’s a hotel we have been to several years ago but we wanted to check it out again as it’s been taken over and completely rebuilt. We were so pleased we came back, it’s right on the beach, has a stunning pool with canopied seats that are actually in the water, the rooms are spacious and modern with lovely views of the palm trees, pool, sands and sea. The food was amazing, serving all the western food you could imagine but the local rice and curry was one of the best we’d had in ages. On arrival we were greeted by a French front desk assistant and a Sri Lankan hotel staff too. Refreshing freezing cold face towels that smell of cinnamon were given to us to cool off the 30 degree heat and the welcome tropical drinks were so fresh and delicious. It’s a great place to start your holiday or honeymoon as coming straight to the beach means you can just immediately relax, gather your thoughts and look forward to touring the green palm tree studded island which we’ve loved for so many years.

Our first hotel's swimming pool

Our first hotel's swimming pool

Well coming here to relax is at least what our couples would usually do, but we came back to work so after a drink of king coconut milk (perfect for a pick-me-up) we headed out in the car straight to visit another of our sister hotels on the other side of the sleepy fishing town of Negombo. During this trip we wanted to see as many of our hotels again as possible, as it’s important to us that we send our couples to only the very best, first class hotels on the island.