Sustainable eco-luxury at its best, this property is hidden away in a jungle setting on a private island adjacent to the lush green Eluwila Bird and Wildlife Sanctuary.
Our stay here was all about switching off from the outside world and reconnecting with nature. That was easy, thanks to the sense of serenity created by more than 350 mature coconut palms, along with local flora that provided the kitchen with delicious ingredients for its food. Even the water for the resort comes from a well in the grounds. Meals are lovingly prepared Sri Lankan-mother style – a charming, homely touch in an area known for its big-name multinational hotels.
Design plays a key part in the restful ambience. Our modernist accommodation was in the largest of the seven beautiful bungalows, where contemporary design fuses with traditional Sri Lankan style. An impressive bath – big enough for two – was flanked by sliding doors that allow you to bathe with soothing romantic views of the jungle or the stars at night.
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While you’re Out There
We woke early to an incredible chorus of birds and the chants and bells from the local temple, accompanied by the woody scent of incense lit to keep insects away at night. Having sampled a Vinyasa yoga class, we then went for a swim in the salt-water pool.