For a family holiday to remember, look no further than Sri Lanka. This jewel in the India Ocean will not only provide your kids with endless activities, but mum and dad will be able to enjoy some well-deserved R&R too.
JOIN THE ELEPHANTS AT BATH TIME
On the road to Kandy, view the largest herd of elephants in captivity in the world at Pinnawela. Catch the herd playfully bathing in the river and the calves at feeding time. Then check straight into the Theva Residency. Active tots can burn off some calories in the infinity pool or take a stroll with mum and dad along the nearby Hantana Mountain trails.
The Hill Country is a must on any itinerary. You get to escape the skyscrapers and go back in time. Ceylon Tea Trails is a collection of four colonial bungalows surrounded by lush tea plantations. Visit tea factories with an in-house guide, bike and trek the paths that wind through the valleys or explore the hotel’s extensive grounds.
GO ON SAFARI
Deep in the heart of Sri Lanka’s national parks, leopards climb through the trees, birds tweet away in the lush canopy, and herds of elephants gather around giant waterholes at dusk. Kulu Safaris is a great way to see Sri Lanka’s diverse wildlife in all its glory, and lets you get your camping fix without sacrificing too much on the comfort scale.
HIT THE BEACH
Grab your bucket and spade and hit the beach, because when you have hundreds of kilometers of coastline, there is some serious building to be done. And when you’re ready to chill out, relax at The Beach Hut. Tots will love the villa for its swimming pool, and parents will love it because you won’t have to put the kids in the car for a day trip to the beach, the villa comes with private beach access.
After all the hiking, elephants and beaches, why not squeeze in a little culture before heading home? Galle Fort is a 17th century UNESCO World Heritage Site and chock full of boutiques, cafes and galleries. With a pool table, private chef and giant swimming pool, 41 Lighthouse Street is our top pick for families. Make sure to catch the stunning sunsets from the fort walls.