Tuesday, 28 June 2016

PARADISE DIARIES: SRI LANKA #1

Tropical destinations are my favourite. If there's palm trees, fresh coconuts and morning walks on the beach involved then I'm down. Asia is a part of the world I can't wait to explore more of, with Sri Lanka at the forefront....

Unlike The Maldives, Bali and other more "right now" places, Sri Lanka is slightly more undiscovered. But not for long. You'll soon see why...

THE FLIGHT:
Only 11.5 hours on a plane to paradise. Direct. No changing flights, waiting around in airports for hours. Hop on a Thomson (packages available from Nov 7th flying from Gatwick) Boeing 787 Dreamliner and within hours you'll arrive into Colombo airport ready to start your adventure.
BENTOTA BEACH - VIVANTA BY TAJ

On arrival we had orchid flower garlands draped around our necks and greeted into the hotel by Sri Lankan dancers which was such a special touch. 

We stayed at Vivanta By Taj (5*), the most beautiful hotel located right next to the beach. Every morning I'd be up and out before breakfast soaking up the rays by the ocean. There's nothing like running along the sand and just listening to the waves... 
WASHED UP - STILT FISHERMAN TOUR (NEAR GALLE)
STILT FISHERMAN TOUR (NEAR GALLE)
 STILT FISHERMAN TOUR (NEAR GALLE)
STILT FISHERMAN TOUR (NEAR GALLE)
STILT FISHERMAN TOUR - NEAR GALLE, SRI LANKA
Located on the most untouched, panoramic beach near Galle was our first excursion of the day. We watched as the stilt fisherman showed us how to clamber onto the beams of wood to catch the fish.  It was incredible to see such an authentic way of fishing for the Sri Lankan people.
GALLE FORT HOTEL
LUNCH SPOT - GALLE FORT HOTEL
GALLE FORT HOTEL
Back on the road again and we ventured to Galle, a pretty little quaint town where our lunch spot was - the Galle Fort Hotel. This was a seriously boutique hotel, and incredibly well designed - we sat in their garden to dine for lunch. Everything I had experienced from arrival in Sri Lanka was so surreal, the hospitality and warmth we received from the local people really did amaze me.
SHACK - VIVANTA BY TAJ 

For the first night of the trip, we ventured down to the Shack which is located within the grounds of the hotel. Steps away from the ocean we sat and dined under the stars whilst a brass band played to us. This had to be one of the highlights of the trip by a long way. The food was incredible and surpassed all expectation - they even served grilled avocado with our mains. 

Take a trip to paradise with Thomson, just like I did from 7th Nov here

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