Edward & Bethan
Sri Lanka 7 nights & Maldives 7 nights
Overall review: We had an amazing time on our Honeymoon - it was everything that we had hoped for and more.
Hotels: All the hotels were of a very high standard - we particularly enjoyed the Jetwing Vil Uyana hotel, the plunge pool was very welcome after a long trip up Sigiriya rock, the wildlife came right up to the windows and we loved taking photos from the library overlooking the lake. The staff were very friendly, the room was always decorated with flowers and on our first night we received a welcome cake congratulating us on our honeymoon.
Waking up to incredible views of tea plantations was the highlight of our stay in the Madulkelle Eco Lodge - again the staff were very accommodating - the chef made a vegetarian option when one was not on the menu and are plates would be refilled when we had finished. The only draw back of staying here at this time of year was that at night it was very windy and the canvas lining shook loudly.
The final hotel on our trip to Sri Lanka was very different but no less impressive - this colonial hotel offered a luxury stay in the heart of Colombo. Watching the sunset from the terrace with a cocktail was a lovely way to end the evening.
Oblu by Atmosphere at Helengeli was everything that you want in a hotel in the Maldives. The welcome drums and a glass of their signature blue champagne was a great start. We were very impressed with our deluxe beach villa which allowed us to walk out directly onto the beach and then straight into the sea which was filled with fish, sharks and turtles. The food was varied each evening with a new themed night every night and plenty of options to keep everyone happy. All the staff were very friendly and helpful throughout our stay.
Chauffeur-Guide: Mohan made our visit to Sri Lanka truly memorable - the flower garlands at the airport and the cold water in the car each day were just a couple of the little extras that really helped to make every day special. His knowledge of each new location and every little stop or point of interest helped to bring Sri Lanka to life beyond the hotels and excursions. If we returned to Sri Lanka we would love to spend more time with Mohan so that he could show us all the sights that we missed.
Excursions: Our first excursion was to Sigiriya rock - a 7 am start meant that we were back in time for a hearty breakfast! The climb was steep but the views from the top were worth it. Mohan recommended that we climbed early as to miss the crowds and we were very pleased that he had as on our descent it was getting rather busy.
The Polonnuwara ruins were a fascinating look into Sri Lanka's history though this was not a quick tour so take plenty of water.
The highlight of our trip was the elephant safari.
It was an incredible experience to see so many of these majestic beast up close in their natural environment. We also loved seeing the other wildlife and Mohan was brilliant in getting our driver to stop at every new bird, reptile or mammal that crossed our path.
The visit to the tea factory was very informative - we visited on a Monday which meant that the machines were not in operation but the tour guide gave us an extensive insight into how the tea was processed.
The Temple of the Tooth and Golden Cave Temples were a great insight into Sri Lanka's religious past.
In the Maldives we went on a diving excursion - this was an amazing experience. All of the staff in the diving centre were very friendly and our diving instructor Marie took great care of us.
Best memory of the trip: Our best memory of the trip was the elephant safari in Sri Lanka - it was amazing to see the elephants so close as well as experiencing so much of the wildlife that Sri Lanka has to offer.
We will also never forget our snorkelling amongst the corals in the Maldives - there were so many fish, turtles, sharks and rays. It was a magical experience and one that we will never forget.
How was the trip overall: Excellent
Could we have served you any better?: No
Any ideas on what we could do differently to make our travel service even better?: Perhaps a little more info on the conditions given the time of year - this was particularly true of the stay in the mountains in Sri Lanka were the windy conditions were very apparent.
Good enough to recommend?: Yes
Would you travel with us again?: Yes
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Thank you to @invitetoparadise for arranging an incredible honeymoon😄 A small selection of photos from our week in Sri Lanka🐘🐒 we had an amazing time! Thank you for everything 😊