Reports indicate that more than one million wedding ceremonies were postponed across the United States due to the pandemic with many rescheduled and now taking place this year or moving to 2022. With a reorganized wedding comes the rearranged honeymoon, and to overcompensate for their disappointment, we understand that celebratory planning is more elaborate than ever.
Excitingly, Sri Lanka reopened to international tourism in January 2021 – this exotic destination has an authenticity that is both captivating and alluring. With miles of golden beaches, astonishing wildlife, and a host of intimate boutique hotels, a honeymoon in Sri Lanka will be full of memories that will last a lifetime.
Remember, the spectacular tropical paradise of the Maldives is just a short 1-hour plane ride away making a two-destination enchanting adventure absolutely possible for your clients.
Here’s why they should consider Sri Lanka:
Sri Lanka has a coastline fringed with some of the most pristine beaches in the world, filled with stretches of golden sand and swaying palm trees. The south coast is where you will find some of the island’s most popular beaches like Mirissa, Dikwella, and Weligama, renowned for their surf and whale watching excursions. Weligama offers the widest variety of surf breaks so is loved by beginners and seasoned surfers alike, and for couples wanting to return home with a new-found skill, Cape Weligama ensures your clients will make the most of these legendary waves. On the east coast near Trincomalee and Batticaloa, the beaches of Uppuveli are a little more off-the-beaten-path and offer the perfect opportunity for secluded sunset strolls.
Unique Wildlife Experiences
There is no shortage of fantastic wildlife experiences in Sri Lanka. In the southeast, you have the Uda Walawe National Park and the Yala National Park, where elusive leopards and sloth bears reside alongside elephants and a kaleidoscopic array of birdlife. Guests at Resplendent Ceylon’s Wild Coast Tented Lodge are sure to get an up-close and personal wildlife encounter in Yala, with friendly elephants and wild boars often roaming through the lodge to say hello. Heading north, marvel at superb birdlife at the Horton Plains National Park, or at the Wilpattu National Park – Sri Lanka’s largest national park. Down in the south at Mirissa and Weligama is where you will spot Sri Lanka’s other famed inhabitant – the Blue Whale. For an unforgettable honeymoon adventure, clients can head out on Cape Weligama’s private catamaran for a morning on the ocean where between November and April they can see the Blue Whales and pods of Dolphins.
Plenty of History and Heritage
Sri Lanka is steeped in extraordinary history and charm, with historic ruins, restored temples, and crumbling ancient cities scattered across the country. For the ultimate cultural immersion, most will head to the Cultural Triangle to visit Sigiriya, the Dambulla Cave Temples, and the ancient cities of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa.
In the central highlands, visitors can learn more about the island’s unique tea heritage. Couples at Ceylon Tea Trails, a collection of restored tea planters bungalows, can opt for a private tour of the Dunkeld Tea Factory, learning more about the journey of tea from leaf to cup, and the story of the family behind Dilmah Tea, who pioneered the concept of single-origin Sri Lankan tea back in the 1980s. A visit to Sri Lanka isn’t complete without seeing the ancient city of Galle Fort on the southern coast. Built by the Portuguese in 1541 and then fortified by the Dutch in the 17th Century, Galle Fort is the largest remaining fortress in Asia built by European occupiers – and today is home to beautiful gemstone boutiques, quirky cafes, and cozy guesthouses, and is just a 30-minute drive from Resplendent Ceylon’s Cape Weligama.
Food, Glorious Food!
A visit to Sri Lanka is a feast for all the senses – not least the taste buds. A rich melting pot of cultures and influences has meant their dishes are packed full of colorful spices and bursting with flavor. For a truly unique experience, Cape Weligama’s head chef will take you to a local fish market to learn more about the traditional fishing culture in Sri Lanka, before returning to the hotel with the catch of the day for a traditional cooking class, meaning your clients can recreate the magical flavors of their honeymoon for friends and family back at home.
One of the other culinary delights is their private floating breakfast, which is yet another reason it is considered one of the best honeymoon resorts with private pools. Cape Weligama also offers in-villa dining, which is a popular option amongst all guests visiting on their honeymoon.
There are some incredible hiking opportunities from Adam’s Peak to Pidurangala, which offer breathtaking panoramic vistas. If your clients want to take this to the next level, they can explore the country on a seaplane which is a phenomenal way to take in the views. A favorite is a journey from the hill country to the South, watching the landscape change from rolling hills to rich jungle to wide open plains within the space of just a few minutes – all the while keeping an eye out for elephants or other wildlife along the way.
The epic views needn’t stop there – whether this is a night under the stars in a private jacuzzi at Ceylon Tea Trails overlooking the sparkling Castlereagh Lake, or a sunrise dip in the renowned crescent moon pool at Cape Weligama, watching as the waves crash into the rugged cliffs below.
We will be thrilled to introduce you to our friends at Resplendent Ceylon, an intimate collection of award-winning Relais & Châteaux resorts in Sri Lanka. Ventours International is our DMC partner for both Sri Lanka and the Maldives and they are on hand to create a spectacular adventure for your clients in these remarkable destinations.
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For further information about the current arrival protocols for Sri Lanka please visit www.srilanka.travel/helloagain