Russell and Anna Gray

Maldives 4 nights & Sri Lanka 10 nights

August 2016

Overall review: We had a fantastic honeymoon and loved both The Maldives and Sri Lanka. Centara Ras Fushi is a stunning island and was the perfect place to relax and unwind after a hectic few weeks in the build up to the wedding and the day itself. Travelling around Sri Lanka was an amazing experience and we really liked it there, there is so much variety and so much to see and do.

Hotels:

All of the hotels were great, but in Sri Lanka we particularly liked Vil Uyana, Jetwing Lighthouse and Cinnamon Yala. At Vil Uyana the setting around the lakes is stunning and we loved the look and feel of the central bar, restaurant and pool area. We liked the style and appearance of Jetwing Lighthouse and the view from the room and restaurant over the sea is fantastic. In terms of service, Cinnamon Yala was exceptional, as soon as the staff new it was our honeymoon they treated us like VIPs. We really liked to lodge style accommodation too.

Ozo in Kandy was probably our least favourite, although the room we had had a nice view over the lake, it felt more like a standard modern hotel, perhaps due to the others being so good, and the staff were not very attentive there.

The Water Villa in The Maldives was amazing and we never tired of looking out from our pontoon over the turquoise water. The service was exceptional at Centara Ras Fushi too

Chauffeur-Guide: Cami was an excellent guide and we really liked him. He is very knowledgeable and went out of his way to explain things he could tell we were interested in. He showed us lots of different foods and wildlife and gave us a great insight into the history and culture there, which was really interesting. His driving was also very good given the different style of driving on Sri Lankan roads! He also sorted out the problem we had checking in at Ozo, speaking directly to Jetwing and came into to every hotel with us to make sure we got a room upgrade wherever possible.

Excursions: Very good, we really enjoyed the variety of trips on our honeymoon with there being a good mix of culture and nature. We particularly liked the safaris, Siguriyia and seeing the tea plantations.

Best memory of the trip: It is very hard to pick one as we have so many good memories, but having a barbequed meal by the lake at Cinnamon Wild with a crocodile only 10 metres away for company was really special.

How was the trip overall: Excellent

Could we have served you any better?: No, we were very pleased with the level of service and the information provided in advance of the trip

Any ideas on what we could do differently to make our travel service even better?: No, the service was great,

Good enough to recommend?: Yes

Would you travel with us again?: Yes