November 3, 2021

Resplendent Ceylon Receives Global Recognition

At Resplendent Ceylon, travel and tourism means the world to us; but over time we have also come to realise that it is so much more than just that. Since the beginning, we have been committed to curating meaningful journeys for all our guests. Being a part of the Dilmah family, the idea that business is a matter of human service, is an ethos that is deeply rooted in all our ambassadors. While we always strive to be the best and our resplendent isle welcomes travellers once again, it is humbling to receive recognition from so many corners of the world.

The 2021 Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards were announced in October. Registered voters from across the globe weighed in on their favourite hotels, resorts, countries, cities, islands, spas, trains, airlines, airports and cruises. Our three resorts, Cape Weligama on the southern coast of our island, Ceylon Tea Trails in the tea country and Wild Coast Tented Lodge bordering the Yala National Park were recognised amongst the Top 25 Resorts in Asia. Cape Weligama at #4, Ceylon Tea Trails at #8 and Wild Coast Tented Lodge at #21. The full list can be accessed here.


Malik J. Fernando, Managing Director of Resplendent Ceylon said, “We are elated that all three Resplendent resorts were recognised once again this year – testament to how special travel experiences can enrich us. We are grateful for the support of our loyal guests for this vote of confidence and look forward to welcoming everyone, now that travel is back.”

Sri Lanka was also voted among the Top 5 Countries for Travel. Fernando added “The continued popularity of Sri Lanka bodes well for the recovery of tourism here, and highlights travellers’ love for our island and its people.”


Our three resorts were also recently recognised amongst the 2022 Fodor’s Finest Hotels in Asia. For over 80 years, Fodor’s Travel has been a trusted resource offering expert travel advice for every stage of a traveler’s trip and we are delighted to have our hotels chosen amongst hundreds of others in this region. Read here for more information. In addition, En Route, the Australian online magazine featured Resplendent Ceylon in their list of hotels to stay.

The results are a testament to the hard work of our ambassadors that shines through, and the faith in the designation and our resorts are stronger than ever.


The recognition during a time when travel stood still highlights the experiences readers around the world long for most, the memories created and cherished over the years. The tomorrow that we have been waiting for is now here. Today, it is our grit, our resilience, hope and unity that has given us strength. This has led to successes over the years and we look forward to what the future has in store.

We’d like to extend a generous thank you to each and every one of our ambassadors for their dedicated service, passion and drive. We couldn’t have done it without you.

To all our guests, the continuous support from every one of you has been the cornerstone and the foundation of our success. We look forward to seeing you at our resorts soon.