Sunday, July 15, 2012

Sri Lanka

Last December, we packed our bags and ventured to Sri Lanka for holidays. The kids were excited and the excitement started from the flight - we flew on Emirates and the service was excellent. The kids were kept entertained with the big in-flight entertainment screen and did not catch a wink at all on the midnight flight.

We stayed a night (actually just for a couple of hours) in Colombo before we started our journey to Galle the next day. At Galle, we stayed at the beautiful Amangalla which is located in Galle Fort itself. That was simply an AMAZING experience. Old world charm which comes with the type of attentive butler service which leaves you feeling like a VIP and very well-pampered. The rooms were big and very tastefully decorated. I like the fact that there was no TV in the room at all. No kettle or cups. Need a nice cup of tea? Just ring for the butler!

Lying within the walls of Galle’s 17th century Dutch Fort – a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Amangalla offers a wonderful escape in the interesting and historic surroundings. Explore the Fort with its narrow streets, well preserved ramparts, the lighthouse, the Dutch Reform Church, and several houses with the typical manor house style architecture with columns, courtyards, and verandas. Surrounding Galle were Unawatuna and Hikkaduwa and many beautiful beaches. The sunset and the beach were simply unbelievable. You will not fail to marvel at God's creation as you indulge in the beauty of the sunset at the beach.

We also travelled to Tangalle and there, we stayed at the legendary Amanwella - a beautiful beach resort under the Aman Group as well. While staying there, we went one very early morning to the Yala National Park, which is home to the greatest variety of Sri Lanka’s wildlife. The holiday was just too short, after 3 wonderful nights at Amangalla and 3 nights at Amanwella, we have to head back to Colombo again to catch our flight back to Singapore. We stayed another night at the Hilton Residence Colombo before taking the afternoon flight back. The only thing we did in Colombo was shopping. Odel, Barefoot and Noritake (Japanese brand tableware) are the key shopping destination. Altogether, a very memorable first trip to Sri Lanka.

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