Sri Lanka has long been a popular holiday destination, but standards of accommodation on this jewel-like Indian Ocean island have now risen to compete with the best the world can offer.
If your client is seeking a luxurious Sri Lankan experience, Uga Escapes, a top boutique-hotel chain whose exquisite properties are dotted around the country at carefully-selected locations, is sure to meet their expectations, and more. No matter what their criteria, there is a property to satisfy their wanderlust.
The historical treasure
Nestled among the ruined cities and Buddhist antiquities of Sri Lanka’s ‘cultural triangle’, not too far from the vast nature reserve at Wilpattu, Ulagalla was formerly the ancestral home of a great local family. Now this 150-year-old mansion and the lush 60 acre estate is transformed into one of Sri Lanka’s most distinctive resorts. The LEED certified Ulagalla resort is also well renowned for its green initiatives and comprises one of Sri Lanka’s largest privately owned solar farms.
The underwater paradise
Passekudah Bay, on the largely unspoilt eastern coast, is widely regarded as Sri Lanka’s best beach destination due to the perfect crescent of white coral sand lining a shallow bay of crystalline turquoise water. Near the centre of this crescent stands Uga Bay, a boutique beach hotel where hospitality, privacy and comfort are perfectly blended. Guests snorkel among the corals of the bay, scuba-dive to view picturesque wrecks offshore, or simply laze in the hotel spa or on the beach.
The natural sanctuary
Judged ‘the best holiday hideaway on the shores of the Indian Ocean’ by ‘World Luxury Hotel’ magazine, Jungle Beach is situated in Kuchaveli, a fabled natural beauty-spot where forest, sea, salt-marsh and lagoon come together to create a tropic paradise. A broad, mostly empty beach stretches up and down the coast as far as the eye can see. Blue whales, humpback whales and thousands of dolphins populate the waters off shore.
The opulent city escape
Once a great city mansion where British governors hobnobbed with the cream of Colombo society, the Residence is Uga Escapes’ only urban property. Gloriously restored but with every modern facility and convenience, its 11 spacious, magnificently appointed residential suites bring the luxury and informal refinement of Uga into an urban setting. Residence also features a popular gourmet restaurant replete with large wine cellar and a well stocked bar serving refreshing cocktails and rare spirits.
The private retreat
Overlooking a beach where sea-turtles come to lay eggs by moonlight, Chena Huts lies on the border of Sri Lanka’s most spectacular nature reserve. Guests occupy luxurious private pavilions with breathtaking views. Nearby Yala sanctuary boasts one of the highest leopard populations in the world, dozens of animal species – from elephants and wild boar to flying snakes and fan-throated lizards –and over 200 bird species.