At the start of March, Sri Lanka announced that fully vaccinated UK travellers could once again enjoy test-free travel to the Indian Ocean island.
And while that is a great reason to shortlist a getaway to Sri Lanka, here are six other super reasons to head to Sri Lanka for a stress free Spring holiday in 2022:
1. For Tea Lovers: Heritance Tea Factory
Situated in the mountainous tea picking plantations of Nuwara Eliya, the colonial-style Heritance Tea Factory is a converted tea factory and the world’s only hotel of its kind. The 50-roomed hotel offers stays and meals at the highest elevation in Sri Lanka. Guests can pick their own Ceylon tea and enjoy tea-infused menus and tasting sessions or take advantage of the nearby 18-hole golf course. The hotel’s Misty Mountain Spa offers tea-themed rituals, as well as massage therapies and body treatments.
A Double Superior Room at Heritance Tea Factory starts from $153 (approximately £117) per night in May 2022 on a room-only basis. For more information, visit www.heritancehotels.com/teafactory/.
2. For The Ultimate Wellness Retreat: Heritance Ayurveda
Situated on the south coast of Sri Lanka, Heritance Ayurveda allows guests to relax, rejuvenate and detoxify with traditional, tailor-made ayurvedic treatment plans. Ayurveda is a holistic healthcare system that originated in India and is considered one of the oldest healing sciences. Along with qualified resident doctors and treatment rooms, the hotel also includes a spacious yoga and meditation hall plus 64 rooms and a spacious restaurant that overlooks the swimming pool and gardens.
A Classic Room at Heritance Ayurveda starts from $295 (approximately £225) per night in May 2022 full board. For more information visit www.heritancehotels.com/ayurveda/.
3. For The Wonder of Wildlife: Heritance Kandalama
Designed by world-renowned architect Geoffrey Bawa to blend in with nature, Heritance Kandalama is located on the Kandalama Lakefront and has 152 rooms, including a Royal Suite. As the eco-friendly hotel has been built to blend with its rock face surroundings, visitors with a love of wildlife can marvel at monkeys that climb the hotel’s balcony pillars, or the resident swifts, which nest in the upper reaches of corridors. Guests can also float in the hotel’s infinity pool while gazing across at the Sigiriya Rock Fortress, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the best preserved examples of ancient urban planning.
A Panoramic Room at Heritance Kandalama starts from $161 (approximately £123) per night in May 2022 on a room only basis. For more information, visit www.heritancehotels.com/kandalama/.
4. For Indian Ocean Excellence: Heritance Ahungalla
The luxurious 152-roomed beachfront resort of Heritance Ahungalla combines style and substance to deliver a sensational holiday experience. Located on the southern coastal line of Sri Lanka, the five-star resort includes an infinity pool overlooking the Indian Ocean, plus the on-site Diviyan Spa, two restaurants, a coffee shop, four bars and a karaoke night club. The resort is famed for its ‘endless blues’ since the property has been designed to serenade guests with the blues of the pond, hotel pool, sea and the sky.
A Premium Deluxe Room at Heritance Ahungalla starts from $131 (approximately £100) per night in May 2022 on a room only basis. For more information, visit www.heritancehotels.com/ahungalla/.
5, For A Convenient Oceanside Retreat: Heritance Negombo
Just 40 minutes away from Sri Lanka’s capital city of Colombo and 20 minutes away from Bandaranaike International Airport, the beach resort of Heritance Negombo is a contemporary haven on the south coast of the island. All 139 of the hotel’s rooms face the ocean and each includes a private balcony or terrace for relaxation. The hotel also has two restaurants and a poolside bar, plus a rooftop spa with six treatment rooms and ocean views. It also enjoys the widest beachfront among the hotels and resorts in Negombo.
A Superior Deluxe Room at Heritance Negombo starts from $190 (approximately £145) per night in May 2022 on a room only basis. For more information, visit www.heritancehotels.com/negombo.
6. For The UNESCO Sites of South Sri Lanka: Turyaa Kalutara
Sprawled across six acres of ocean-front land, the coconut-palm fringed Turyaa Kalutara features sea-view rooms all complete with their own balcony overlooking the Indian Ocean. Situated on the south of the island, the hotel is nearby to the UNESCO World Heritage Sight of Galle Fort and includes ample dining and drinking spaces, a large pool, a spa and a gym.
A Superior Room at Turyaa Kalutara starts from $69 (approximately £53) per night in May 2022 on a room only basis. For more information, visit www.turyaahotels.com/kalutara/.