The race to the end of the year is fast approaching and with it comes the parties, the visitors and the mad rush at work before the year comes to a close. They are exciting but hectic times so we don’t blame you if you’re in need of a little boost to get you through the festive season. Fortunately for us desert dwellers we have 2 long weekends coming up in the next 2 weeks which means the perfect opportunity for a mini-break to reset and recharge ready for the final leg of the year. This National Day holiday, team Sand & Smoke will be heading to Sri Lanka for the first time to explore what the beautiful country has to offer. At just a 4 hour flight away and offering a diverse array of experiences, from tea tours, whale watching, yoga retreats, or just lazing by the beach, Sri Lanka is the long weekenders dream. In preparation for our trip we’ve spoken to the experts at Hudsons Travel who have helped us make our dream ‘to-do’ list to make sure we get the most out of our weekend getaway. Check out the not to be missed experiences that Sri Lanka has to offer, and happy travels!
TEA TRAILS NIGHT SAFARI.
Tea Trails is one of Sri Lanka’s leading luxury resorts. Founded in 2005 by the same family responsible for bringing Dilmah tea into our lives, it’s the first tea bungalow resort and offers a little glimpse into the working estates of one of Sri Lanka’s – and the worlds – most celebrated tea brands. It’s also the only report to offer night-time safari style trails across 2,000 acres of tea country. Perfect for any tea lover, the safari offers tea inspired dinner followed by a trial across the valley between the resorts five bungalows where you can spot all types of amphibians, lizards, snakes, wild boar and jungle cats. All this adventure is balanced by a refreshing cup of tea and bath run by your private butler upon arrival back to your residence. It’s the tea lovers dream getaway.
For more information or to book Tea Trails visit www.resplendentceylon.com or call +94 11 774 5700.
WHALE WATCHING AT CAPE WELIGAMA.
December is the key whale-watching season in Sri Lanka and one of the countries most stunning cliff-top properties – Cape Weligama – has created the ultimate whale-watching experience. On board the resorts private catamaran, guests will be able to spot rare blue whales, sperm whales and spinner dolphins. You can even get in among the action and try your hand at snorkeling or standup paddle boarding. But if its more of a relaxing break you need, you can indulge at their newly launched Cape Weligama Spa which features treatments using Sri Lankan Spices and Ceylon Tea, renowned for their antioxidant and anti-aging properties.
For more information or to book Cape Weligama, visit www.resplendentceylon.com or call +94 11 774 5700.
STAY AT SRI LANKA’S FIRST SUSTAINABLE RESORT, TRI.
Set just a little inland from the coast on the tranquil shores of Koggala Lake, Sri Lanka’s first fully sustainable design hotel, Tri, will be celebrating their first anniversary this December. In perfect timing to combine with National Day weekend in the UAE, Tri have created an exclusive UAE offer especially for the long weekend with a complimentary night stay which means you stay 3 nights for the price of 2! It’s the perfect excuse to discover this unique and stunning property that honours nature and enriches its lush surroundings. Tri will also be introducing a 10-day yoga retreat in February 2017 – so stayed tuned.
For more information or to book Tri, visit www.trilanka.com or call +94 777 708 177.