With nearly 1600 km of palm-fringed coastline, Sri Lanka is the ideal destination for sun worshippers. Whether it’s windsurfing, kayaking, yachting, water skiing, scuba diving or just lazing around for the perfect tan, Sri Lanka offers it all.
Two monsoon winds bring rain to two corners of the country at different times, which makes a beach holiday in Sri Lanka a year-round prospect. The north east winds make the south western coast sunny and the sea calm from November to March; while the south westerly winds make the East Coast waters quiet with constant sunshine.
The pick of the beaches in the south includes Tangalla, Beruwala, Mirissa, Bentota and Unawatuna where you can enjoy the facilities of chic boutique hotels and explore the glowing coral reefs.
Sri Lanka’s southern beaches have long been discovered by the international traveller, but the east coast is yet to be fully discovered. The most popular among these beaches is Arugam Bay, a mecca for surfing enthusiasts in the region. Uppuveli beach is also open to the sun seekers now after three decades of civil war.
On the Western corner of the country to the north of Colombo is the Negambo lagoon. Its beaches and lagoon, famed for lobster harvesting, are an old favourite with local and foreign visitors.
Sri Lanka is famed for its ancient Buddhist ruins, including the 5th-century citadel Sigiriya, with its palace and frescoes, and the sacred city of Anuradhapura. Its flavourful cuisine reflects its history as a maritime hub and cultural melting pot.
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With its remote location on the West Coast, this hotel lies in one of the less developed regions of Zanzibar, only twenty minutes from the historic town of Stone Town. It really is hidden away down a 4km track through a coconut plantation and you emerge through the trees to a courtyard filled with tropical flowers, palms, and a stunning view of the deep blue ocean. Modern and chic in typical Zanzibar Arabic style, and offering a selection of interleading rooms, this resort is perfect for families and there is also a kids club.
The resort is relaxed and tranquil but don’t think there’s nothing to do; water sports, a gym, and tennis and squash courts will keep you occupied, and a sunrise or sunset beach ride on one of the resident stable’s beautiful horses. Sea Cliff’s golf course, the first, and only golf course in Zanzibar opened in December 2014. Designed by South African Peter Matkovitch the 9 hole course with 18 tees showcases many of the natural features of the island
Want a true Maldivian style? With soft sand walkways lined with Frangipani trees, a turquoise lagoon and spectacular marine life, Olhuveli is the epitome of the region. Family or romantic getaway; it matters not for the island is perfect for both. Magnificent beach villas or a variety of over-water accommodation will make you feel like royalty. The house reef is accessible from the end of the jetty and the resort plays host to the very first kitesurfing school in the Maldives. With a huge lagoon, there is plenty of snorkelling and all the water and land sports you could wish for and, although there is no kids club, there is a children’s play area. Evenings are taken care of with 4 restaurants and 3 bars with evening entertainment laid on.
Small but perfectly formed – 500 metres long by 100 metres wide – Komandoo is only a 35-minute seaplane transfer from the airport but you arrive in a different world. A lagoon of crystal clear water and surrounded by tropical vegetation, this is a truly romantic hideaway, especially as it is over-18’s only. But the best feature is the house reef, which is accessible by simply stepping off the beach, donning your snorkel and discovering an amazing underwater paradise; turtles, dolphins, mantas, sharks and rays have been spotted here frequently. In total there are over 40 dive sites within a 10 to a 45-minute radius. Over-water or land accommodation, a full range of land and water sports, the Duniye Spa and two restaurants complete this island hideaway.
Experience a holiday in the tropics beyond compare at Adaaran Select Hudhuranfushi. Blessed with thriving vegetation & pristine waters, the Island of White Gold finds itself in peaceful seclusion in the North Male Atoll. Set in 83 acres of lush tropical beach property near Kani Beach on Lhohifushi Island the resort’s design enables it to blend into its surroundings being one of the best resort in the Maldives. Discover a paradise hidden away in plain sight where the sun rises painting the skies in rich orange hues and the gentle waves of the Indian Ocean caress the shore with grace.
Adaaran Club Rannalhi sits exclusively at the tip of the South Male Atoll – a unique location with access to pristine beaches and excellent diving. This resort is perfect for the budget-conscious traveller with its choice of standard rooms and water bungalows and a great value all-inclusive meal plan.
Located on the pristinely stunning island of Ookolhufinolhu in Lhaviyani Atoll of the Maldives, the first glimpse of Cocoon Maldives will take your breath away. Seemingly floating over the shimmering azure lagoon, the lush green vegetation and the crystal-white sandy beaches are ready to enfold you in its warm embrace and comfort you with every luxury imaginable as you embark on a once-in-a-lifetime journey to achieve nirvana.
Twin sister to Meeru but you reach Vilamendhoo by 25-minute seaplane flight. The same laid-back and relaxed philosophy and, like Meeru, the sole occupant of the island. There is the most beautiful house reef and you should just kick off your shoes and feel the soft white sand between your toes. Refurbished in 2010, there are 4 restaurants – 2 a la carte – and 4 bars to choose from. Evening entertainment and that special atmosphere that makes the Maldives so inviting.