Exclusive Sri Lanka Retreats - Private Parties of up to 12 people

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In three of the four destinations proposed, this programme involves the exclusive rental of a lovely private property to accommodate your party. The party can be up to 12 people in size and given the exclusive nature of this trip, it would be important try to plan your booking as far in advance as possible.

Day 1 - Arrive Colombo

Arrive in Colombo from your international flight and transfer to the Cinnamon Air terminal for your private charter seaplane to Sigiriya.  After a short scenic flight, you will be met and transferred to your wonderful accommodation, which will be your home for the next 3 nights.

This wonderful property borders two ancient reservoirs and has just 25 extremely private villas, which have been beautifully furnished with the highest levels of comfort in mind.  Each villa has a private plunge pool, wonderful views and lots of space as the entire property sits on 58 acres.  The property has a team of highly qualified chefs who create the most inspiring and delicious cuisine.

Overnight: Ulagalla (Not Exclusive Use)

Day 2 - Anuradhapura - Mihintale
After breakfast, your private chauffer-guide will meet you for a full day to explore the cultural triangle.  Your first stop will be the 12 metre high Buddha at Aukana dating back to the 5th century. Continue on to Mihintale and Anuradhapura, a monastic city built around four forested hills. Mihintale is also known for being the birth place of Sri Lankan Buddhism and is a place of great spiritual importance on the island. Other highlights include Anuradhapura's monuments and gleaming white dagobas that rise out of the jungle showing a very sophisticated ancient civilisation. Boasting the oldest dams in the world as well as the sacred Bodhi tree, the oldest historically documented tree in the world, this ancient city attracts Buddhist pilgrims from all over Asia. Evening at leisure.

Overnight: Ulagalla (Not Exclusive Use)

Day 3 - Polonnaruwa & Sigiriya
This morning you will drive to Polonnaruwa, the famous medieval capital of Ceylon. Spend the morning exploring the ancient city. After some time back at the hotel relaxing you will drive a short way to Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Rising an impressive 200 metres from the plains, it is one of Sri Lanka's most fascinating citadels. It used to have a palace that stood at the summit and it is impossible not to marvel at this architectural achievement. Each of the materials used would have had to have been manually carried and hoisted to the top of the sheer rock face.

Overnight: Ulagalla (Not Exclusive Use)

Day 4 - Private Seaplane to Kandy
After breakfast, you will leave the cultural triangle behind and privately transfer to a seaplane base for your private flight to Kandy for the next part of your Sri Lankan adventure.  On arrival, you will be transferred to your exclusive accommodation and welcomed by the wonderful staff who will be on hand to ensure you are well looked after.  Relax, explore, unwind and chat to your personal chef who will undoubtedly be already preparing some delicious traditional Sri Lankan cuisine.

Bougainvillea is just a 45-minute drive from the delightful city of Kandy. This gorgeous Mediterranean boutique villa has lots of space, spectacular views of the mountains and a beautiful lake and has its own stunning private pool.  Enjoy three days to do as much or as little as you please.

Overnight: Bougainvillea Retreat (Exclusive Use)

Day 5 - At Leisure  
One full day to yourselves to laze around by the pool, enjoy a leisurely lunch and try the outdoor spa, which is tucked away in the gardens with a Jacuzzi pool and treatment room. Evening to relax.

Overnight: Bougainvillea Retreat  (Exclusive Use)

Day 6 - Exploring Kandy
After breakfast, you will visit the beautiful Botanical Gardens at Peradeniya which were originally planted by the British and are considered to have one of the most valuable collections of plants in the world.  After lunch, enjoy a cup of tea at the iconic Queens Hotel before continuing on to a very exclusive inside access tour of the famous Temple of the Tooth, which houses Sri Lanka's most famous Buddhist relic and dates back to the 16th century.   After your exciting day, you will be privately transferred back to Bougainvillea Retreat for dinner and an evening at leisure.

Overnight: Bougainvillea Retreat  (Exclusive Use)

Day 7 - Train to Hatton
After three relaxing days, you will leave Kandy behind and be transferred to the train station for your three and a half hour train journey to Hatton.  Enjoy gently passing through wonderful scenery with tea plantations and waterfalls before arriving right in the heart of tea country.  Your private driver will meet you with your luggage and transfer you by road to Tea Trails where you have exclusive use of an old tea planters bungalow, a private pool and magnificent views.  Enjoy the rest of the day being well looked after by the charming staff.

Overnight Ceylon Tea Trails  (Exclusive Use)

Days 8 to 9 - At Leisure
Enjoy two full days to relax, hike, explore, swim and cycle.  We do recommend walking between bungalows for high-tea, lunch or dinner.  We also recommend booking this in advance and we would be delighted to do that for you.

Overnight Ceylon Tea Trails  (Exclusive Use)

Day 10 - Private Charter south to Sisindu T

This morning, your driver will transfer you to Castlereagh Lake for your private seaplane to Koggala.  On arrival, you will be met and transferred to Sisindu T, the most magnificent six-bedroom private villa, which is situated on an eight-acre tea estate and just 10 kms from the historic town of Galle.  Enjoy spectacular views to the sea in one direction and jungle in the other.  Evening at leisure.

Overnight: Sisindu T  (Exclusive Use)

Days 11 to 14 - At leisure
Four full days to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of your private villa.  The huge living and dining areas surround a magnificent kitchen and have commanding 360 degree views. There is a roof terrace ideal for sunset drinks, and numerous other secluded sitting and chilling out areas, along with an air conditioned TV room with vast lounging sofas.  Enjoy cooling breezes and beautiful views from the stunning infinity edged L-shaped swimming pool, from which one can watch ships plying the far-off sea and monkeys playing in the trees.  Your driver will be on standby should you wish to visit Galle or enjoy early evening drinks at Galle Fort's most popular hotel bar at Amangalle for locals and visitors. 

Overnight: Sisindu T  (Exclusive Use)

Day 15 - Home
Today your driver will transfer you by road back to Colombo for your flight home. 




From £3,475 / $5,195 per person for land arrangements based on three private charter seaplanes and excluding international flights. 

All of our itineraries are tailor-made according to the interests of our clients and the above itinerary is an example only. Please contact our Sri Lanka specialist,Rachel Cooperfor your own tailor-made holiday to Sri Lanka on +44 (0)1242 787814.




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