Christmas abroad is something of a Marmite scenario; some people are pleased as punch to be jetting off to sunnier pastures while for others it would be an act of absolute insanity. If you fall into the former camp, may we point you in the direction of Sri Lanka for your next Christmas getaway...

Sri Lankans are some of the most welcoming people you could wish to meet, which makes for the perfect Christmas getaway - you'll feel just as at home in an old colonial bungalow, surrounded by family and your Sri Lankan hosts, as you would tucked up in the English countryside. Plus, you can bank on the weather being sublime so it's already streaking ahead of Blighty in the race for Christmas. From the pristine beaches of Galle to leopard spotting in Yala National Park, Sri Lanka ticks all the boxes whether you are a spa bunny or an avid adventurer.


Original Highlight

Image of Helen Mulhern

Sipping gin and tonic as the sun goes down over the tea hills is a very special moment indeed.

Helen M, Original Traveller

Where to go

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

The teardrop-shaped island of Sri Lanka, at the southern tip of India, is a small country with a great combination of attractions – culture, beaches and nature.

Yala, Wilpattu & Gal Oya National Parks

Yala, Wilpattu & Gal Oya National Parks

Sri Lanka's national parks are yet another attraction in a wonderful country.

Galle & the Southern Beaches

Galle & the Southern Beaches

Stay in a luxury hotel in Galle Fort and combine the city's culture with some of the best beach destinations in the world.

Cultural Triangle & Tea Plantations

Cultural Triangle & Tea Plantations

The heartland of Sri Lanka contains several World Heritage listed sites, and because they are close together, these can easily be combined in one superb cultural tour.

Where to stay

Vil Uyana, luxury hotel in Sri Lanka

Vil Uyana

A hotel built in - and above - a man-made nature reserve, and within view of the spectacular rock fortress of Sigiriya.

Lounge at Amangalla, luxury hotel in Sri Lanka


Step back in time to the site of the famous 19th century New Oriental Hotel and allow yourself to be pampered by exquisite Aman hospitality and style.

Why House

Why House

Why Why House? Because this is one of the most relaxing places to stay in all of Sri Lanka, under a mile from renowned Thalpe beach and just a few minutes’ rickshaw ride from the lovely UNESCO city of Galle.

The Wallawwa

The Wallawwa

Sitting pretty within five acres of landscaped tropical gardens, the Wallawwa is a charming, colonial style boutique hotel located conveniently close to the international airport - never before has an airport hotel looked so good. However, The Wallawwa is deserving of much more than an overnight stay, and is the perfect option for the non-city types, who still want a glimpse of bustling capital Colombo.

The pool at Amanwella, luxury hotel in Sri Lanka


Situated in a mature coconut grove above a tropical beach on the southern tip of the country's Indian Ocean coastline, this is coastal luxury at its most chic.

dunkeld pool and lake view

Ceylon Tea Trail Bungalows

Summerville has the air of a country cottage, Castlereagh has an eclectic style, and they sit opposite each other on the shores of the Castlereagh lake.

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Miranda, Rosie and Kate L are our 'Christmas in Sri Lanka' experts and as seasoned travellers they have the inside track on the most memorable adventures.

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