Valerie Wilson Travel

Sri Lanka

Also known as the Pearl of the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka, is a destination that blends history, vibrant culture, and natural beauty. In this Where We’d Go, we’ll explore the lavish side of Sri Lanka. Our day is curated by the recommendations of our top trusted VWT Travel Advisor. From indulging in cultural richness to savoring local cuisine. We’ll discuss Sri Lanka’s connection to the royals and it’s most popular national park. Join us as we uncover the treasures of this island. 

What We’d Do
Semiprecious Stones in Galle

Sri Lanka is know for its history in gemstones, particularly semiprecious stones. Mining and Trade is a huge part of the culture in Galle. The Ceylon Sapphires hold a connection to royal jewels, including Diana, Princess of Wales’s engagement ring and the Queen’s crown jewels. With some of the world’s most exquisite stones originating from this region, it’s an experience to add to the bucket list!

Wildlife Safari at Yala National Park 

Enjoy a safari adventure in Yala National Park, Sri Lanka’s wildlife crown. Visit this reserve that has a rich biodiversity, including leopards, deer, and a myriad of bird species (especially stunning during dawn). It’ll be an exciting adventure as your guide navigates through the park, full of lush jungles and expansive savannahs. Yala is an immersive experience, making it a favorite of wildlife enthusiasts who want to experience Sri Lanka’s fauna. 

Fire Show on the Beach

End your adventurous day with a fire show on the beach. Hosted at the Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort, the evening is set on a coconut plantation and golden shores of Sri Lanka. You’ll have the Indian Ocean as your backdrop, and the night will come alive with the flames and performances. You’ll be served traditional Sri Lankan cuisine on banana leaves, which adds to the authenticity and magic of the experience.

Where We’d Stay

Amangalla, set on the Galle Fort, and welcomes those who love history. A walk through the historic fort will have you inspired as you take in the old Dutch church, spice warehouses, the lighthouse, and Court Square. Return to your home base, for a palm-tree-lined swimming pool and Baths spa – therapies are customized for each guest, incorporating hydrotherapy pools, saunas, steam rooms, and plunge pools. Your bedroom is adorned with a Paramara four-poster bed, pettagama chest, Burma teak floors, freestanding bathtub, shower room, and views of the fort or the nature gardens. 

Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort

Embrace coastal luxury at Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort. Landscaped terraces lead to golden sands at this former coconut plantation, located on a private bay along Sri Lanka’s southern coast. The 120 rooms and 32 villas provide sanctuary with touches like rattan furnishings and hand-dyed batik fabrics. Dine on Italian cuisine at the resort’s award-winning restaurant, Il Mare, housed on the cliff’s edge, or on teppanyaki at Verala restaurant. Enjoy a Sri Lankan cooking lesson with recipes to take home. Exotic dreams come true with elephant encounters, ayurvedic and wellness treatments, beachside yoga, and cycling the resort’s lawns. 

Ready for your Sri Lankan Getaway?