Not everyone is dreaming of a white Christmas. As Sri Lanka opens its doors to foreign travel, its pristine, endless beaches with rolling surf, as well as its amazing lost cities and ancient ruins, put it way up there on the list of best dream holiday destinations this festive season. And, of course, there are some many other things that make this paradise isle a prime choice, including its lush green hill country, a beautiful patchwork of rolling tea plantations, safari options and tasty food.
Thankfully, Resplendent Ceylon has done all the hard work and introduced a hand-picked collection of curated journeys that resonate with post-pandemic travellers. The journeys connect those with the travel bug with unique narratives across the gem on the Indian Ocean.
The classic Tea, Sea and Safari Journey makes for the perfect holiday across their three matchless and stylish small luxury resorts. Conceived by the Fernando family, Sri Lankan tea producers and founders of Dilmah Ceylon Tea, these are Ceylon Tea Trails in the Central Highlands, Cape Weligama on the southern coast and Wild Coast Tented Lodge, near Yala National Park. The journey offers travellers insight into Sri Lanka’s cultural, natural and culinary heritage. And the bespoke itinerary is strengthened by the introduction of a series of new journeys - Active, Cultural, Wilderness, Culinary, Spiritual and Wellness and more.
“The journeys capture the essence of our beautiful island in a very divergent manner. We want our guests to be able to experience it unlike any other; making their way across off-the-beaten-path, unexplored territory and creating memories and having experiences they otherwise wouldn’t on a regular tour of Sri Lanka. On the whole, they are individual meaningful journeys that connect guests with the heart and soul of our island,” Maheesha Ratnayake, COO Resplendent Ceylon, says.
Each journey is immersive and experiential in its own way, allowing travellers an authentic island adventure under distinctive umbrellas of experiences. The journeys provide combinations ranging from short stays to four to seven nights, as well as long stays of 10 or more nights.
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The Active Adventure in Motion Journey gets explorers crossing forest plains, discovering tea valleys, experiencing exciting game drives and riding the waves for a flush of adrenaline.
Meanwhile, culture vultures have the chance to explore the cultural heritage of the island while on the Cultural Passage Journey. This option allows travellers to discover traditions that draw from deeply rooted connections to mythical Gods and Goddesses, rituals that are revered and practiced to date, for a seriously immersive experience.
There’s also something for foodies, who get to delve into the origin of the local cuisine from the early colonisers to modern progressive fusion on the Culinary Island of Flavours Journey. Sri Lankan fare remains wholesome, community-sourced and flavoursome and this journey is an invitation to experience it from farm to table.