Travelling to the Maldives? Add Sri Lanka to your travel plans

Sri Lanka is the closest neighbour to the Maldives, with a flight time of around an hour. This diverse island destination, a short hop across the Indian Ocean, packs more between its shores than perhaps any other country on the planet. It makes for a fabulous add-on before or after a visit to the Maldives.

Experience incredible wildlife, see the largest land and marine mammals in the world, witness rich culture and heritage and trek through the emerald tea carpeted estates in the Central Highlands. Diverse landscapes sweep from mountainous jungle terrain to roaring waterfalls to the plains dotted with symbols of the 2000-year-old Buddhist civilisation. Eight remarkable UNESCO World Heritage sites dot this small island which was voted the second most popular country to visit in the 2020 Conde Nast Traveller Readers’ Choice awards.

Sri Lanka offers a variety of upscale boutique lodges including Resplendent Ceylon’s trio of Relais & Chateaux resorts.

What can you experience in Sri Lanka?

In the 13th century, explorer Marco Polo described Sri Lanka as “La più bella isola delle sue dimensioni in tutto il mondo” – the finest island of its size in all the world. Read on to find out why….

The Central Highlands
The World Heritage Central Highlands is renowned for its panoramic scenery of tea fields, valleys, waterfalls and forests. The highlands are home to Ceylon Tea, the best tea in the world, and a visit provides you with a glimpse into a day in the life of a tea planter. Stay in a historic tea planter bungalow and learn about the journey of tea from the bud to the cup. Sitting on a verandah, overlooking a sea of tea fields with the cool mountain breeze and a cup of Ceylon tea in your hand, is an experience you should not miss.

The Wildlife Experience
Sri Lanka is the best wildlife and nature destination in Asia with 26 diverse national parks. Yala National Park has the highest density of leopards in the world. Incredible viewing of wild elephants is on hand at parks like Uda Walawe and Minneriya. The country is home to a variety of landscapes from rainforests, dry zone forests, montane forests, mangroves and coastal ecosystems.

The Cultural Triangle
Sri Lanka is known for its rich cultural heritage, rivalling Angkor Wat, and has been a cradle of Buddhist civilisation for 2000 years. Visit Anuradhapura, the first kingdom of Sri Lanka, the rock-hewn fortress of Sigiriya and the royal city of Kandy and be transported back in time. There are many nuances woven into the storyline of this paradise island with the colonization by the Portuguese, Dutch and British, make Sri Lanka a melting pot of culture and tradition.

The Southern Coast
Sri Lanka’s beaches are popular amongst travellers for their unique character and charm, with colourful beachside towns sit along the azure coastline. Weligama has a variety of different surfing breaks and is the heart of the southern surf circuit. Sri Lanka is famed for abundant marine life including the largest colonies of Blue whales.

These are just a few of the many distinct attractions in Sri Lanka, highlighting the amazing diversity of this ancient isle.

Add Sri Lanka to your travel plans and have a luxury vacation full of diverse experiences. Our team will curate a stay specially designed for you.

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Plan the journey of your dreams

Sri Lanka offers myriad experiences in a compact area. Our resorts are in distinctly diverse regions and offer a unique sense of place in each. The Journey typically starts with Tea Trails, then Wild Coast and finally Cape Weligama.


One magical Tea Island. Three extraordinary resorts.

Three Relais & Chateaux resorts; Tea Trails, Cape Weligama & Wild Coast Tented Lodge, form an enchanting “Route de Bonheur (Happiness)” from tea fields to clifftop beach & safari lodge. This “best of Sri Lanka” circuit, created by the family-owned Dilmah Tea Company, features distinctively original resorts, connected by a thread of peerless service.

Sun beds on a lawn with the view of pool and a bungalow in the distance at Ceylon Tea Trails in Hatton

Ceylon Tea Trails is an icon for small luxury resorts, comprising of five restored historic tea planter residences, perched at an altitude of 1250 meters in Sri Lanka’s panoramic Ceylon tea region. The 27 rooms & suites with period furnishings, gracious butler service, and gourmet cuisine create an ambience that has made Tea Trails the gold standard for luxury in Sri Lanka. They are connected by walking and biking trails through scenic tea gardens.

The world’s first tea bungalow resort
Aerial view of Wild Coast Tented Lodge and the spread of the cocoons in Yala and the nearby forest

Wild Coast Tented Lodge is adjacent to the Yala National Park, renowned for its leopard population. This spectacular luxury tented camp is situated on a rugged, empty beach, overlooking the Indian Ocean. The use of arched fabric structures allows each of the 28 Cocoon pods to take on the shape of the rocks and boulders that lay scattered nearby. The vaulted bamboo restaurant and bar overlook a large freeform pool.

Where the Jungle meets a pristine beach

Thirty minutes east of Galle, Cape Weligama inhabits 12 tropical acres atop a singular promontory rising 40 metres above the Indian Ocean. Stunning panoramas await you, naturally complementing the 39 private retreats designed by one of Asia's most celebrated architects, Lek Bunnag. An array of dining venues capture Weligama's iconic sunsets, as does the 60-metre crescent-shaped infinity pool that appears to flow seamlessly into the shimmering sea.

Where trade winds carried legendary explorers like Marco Polo & Ibn Battuta

Explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites Around the Island

Stay Longer

Our long stay offers will let you immerse yourself into what makes each hotel unique and gives you time to explore the area.

Experience Packages

Engage in the tea planters’ lifestyle, explore the mysteries of the wild, and delve into the cultural narratives of southern Sri Lanka.

Resplendent Ceylon Soneva Combo Package

From the Tea Trails to the Atolls; discover the best of Sri Lanka and the Maldives.

Tea, Sea & Safari

Each of our properties are uniquely positioned but are connected through a trail of peerless service. This is your window into 3 tales of Sri Lanka.

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