If you’re looking for one of the most romantic islands on earth, you’re in luck. Whether you and your love are thrill-seeking, adrenaline junkies, history nerds or a couple of couch potatoes that just want to laze in the sun, the tiny island of Sri Lanka has got it covered. Serving up intimate, boutique hotels and villas along the white sand coast and jungle covered hills, you’ll have plenty of time to unwind in luxury before exploring the spectacular landscapes before you.
Bask on the beach
The south-west coast of Sri Lanka is adorned with palm-fringed, white stretches of sand offering couples plenty of privacy surrounded by natural beauty. From sipping cocktails from coconuts as the sun sets to exploring the colourful coral beneath the ocean’s surface, the Sri Lankan coast serves up everything you need for a romantic getaway.
The south-west coastal town of Bentota is home to some of the most blissful beaches on the island. Designed by the famous Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa, The Bentota Beach Hotel boasts a magical location. Nestled where the river Bentota Ganga and the sea merge into an exotic lagoon, guests can enjoy striking vistas from the privacy of the hotel’s landscaped gardens.
Cruise along the Madu River
Midway between the popular coastal resorts of Hikkaduwa and Bentota, the tranquil Madu River merges with the Indian Ocean and you’ll find a plethora of river tours on offer. Take a boat ride through mangrove tunnels and enjoy the relaxing silence of nature as you pass quaint rural villages, local markets and ancient temples.
Daring passengers are invited for a toe-nibbling fish massage while the less adventurous will be satisfied with watching locals remove bark from cinnamon trees and spotting monitor lizards and giant squirrels.
Wild romance at Yala National Park
For couples that love nature, it doesn’t get more romantic than Yala National Park. Boasting the world’s largest leopard density and herds of elephants, see if you can spot one of these magnificent creatures as you explore the park.
For the ultimate fairy tale adventure, spend the evening outside the park and enjoy the sound of the jungle as you fall asleep. Take your pick from luxurious tree houses nestled in the canopy to a decommissioned lorry that’s been transformed into a unique and lavish space with glass ceilings.
Head to the hills
Journey to the highlands of the central province and you’ll be met with rich slopes covered in tea plantations and breathtaking waterfalls hidden amongst the jungle. Take an early morning train from Colombo to the the mountain village of Ella and enjoy the scenic journey together through pristine cloud forests. From Ella, walk hand in hand to Little Adam’s Peak for panoramic vistas of the verdant fields and gaze at Ella Rock.
Often referred to as ‘Little England’, Nuwara Eliya is another blissful mountain location. In the town centre you’ll find neatly trimmed rose gardens and Victorian-style colonial buildings, with the odd red telephone box thrown in for good measure. Beyond this, the landscape is scattered with romantic views and offers opportunities to hike to a collection of waterfalls and visit quaint tea estates.
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