- Stay in the best luxury and boutique Mr & Mrs Smith hotels throughout
- Take a romantic hot-air balloon flight over Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle
- Get up close and personal with elephants
- See tea country by train
- Dive into the glittering waters of the Maldives
A luxury honeymoon in Sri Lanka and the Maldives
An island break for castaway couples
From the hustle and bustle of historic seaport Colombo to the tranquil greenery of Sri Lanka’s Hill Country and across to the glittering blue waters of the Maldives, this trip is an unforgettable journey through rainforests, paddy fields and private-island beaches.
Anything mentioned in this five-star honeymoon in Sri Lanka and the Maldives can be tweaked to fit your idea of a dream getaway. A cookery lesson here, a spa treatment there, international flights, if needed: just say the word, and our Smith24 team, who are on hand round-the-clock, will make your wishes come true…
This 15-night trip is £4,499 (approximately US$5,750) a person, based on two guests sharing.
To kick off your trip, contact the Smith24 team on:
+44 (0)330 100 3180 from the UK,
+1 800 464 2040 from the US.
When to go
Sri Lanka has more than enough sun to be a year-round destination – although monsoons cause showers in some regions from May to July and October to December, there’s always a drier patch of coast to be found. The Maldives has a wonderfully temperate year-round climate, even in the monsoon season, which runs from mid-May to November.
You can fly direct to Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport, 30 kilometres north of the capital, from Sydney and major European cities, including London. From the US, flights usually stop over in the Middle East. International flights are not included in your package, but to save you the hassle, the Smith24 Team can book these for you. Inland travel is by luxury, air-conditioned car with a private, English-speaking driver, and in first-class train cabins.
- Bring a shawl and a sarong for visiting temples
- An extra bag may come in handy for your tea haul – you can take up to 10 kilogrammes of Sri Lanka’s finest with you to sip when you return home
- A lightweight rain-resistant jacket for Sri Lanka’s occasional downpours
Day 1–2: Colombo
Genteel manor houses and modern skyscrapers are equally easy to spot in Sri Lanka’s capital city, a historic seaport with leafy green neighbourhoods and a bustling interior. Your first stop on your Sri Lankan odyssey: The Wallawwa, a restful boutique stay.
Nestled in Negombo and only a 15-minute drive from Colombo airport, The Wallawwa is a 200-year-old manor house turned boutique hotel surrounded by lush tropical gardens.
Smith Extra A 10-minute head massage for two
Day 1: You’ll be met at Colombo airport by your driver and be chauffeured to your restful city digs at boutique hotel The Wallawwa. Ask the Smith24 Team to book treatments in the hotel’s Z Spa to keep jet-lag at bay, they can also book you a table at one of the city's best restaurants if you have no dinner plans.
Day 2: Gently wake yourself with strong coffee and à la carte breakfast in hotel restaurant the Veranda in the morning, which – as its name suggests – overlooks the lush gardens.
The beaches of Negombo are a 30-minute drive away – ask your driver to drop you off there for golden sands and a slew of watersports – or ask the Wallawwa to arrange a two-hour guided cruise of Muthurajawela Wetlands, just north of the hotel, to spy on wildlife in the mangrove-lined wetlands, the old Dutch canal and the southern end of the Negombo Lagoon.
Day 3–5: the Cultural Triangle
This culture-heaven region of Sri Lanka is home to seven Unesco World Heritage sites, luxuriant jungles and rolling green hills. Eco-friendly Kalundewa Retreat places you in one of the most picturesque parts…
It began as an agricultural project, and now Kalundewa Retreat is dazzling in its design, comprised of natural materials. There’s a breathtaking pool bordered by palm trees and rice paddies; the open-air restaurant is helmed by a brilliant chef; and local yogis can be called in to help you practice your poses.
Day 3: A private car with a driver and an English-speaking guide will whisk you away from Colombo to Kalundewa Retreat in Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle (a four-hour drive): a cultured region with no less than seven Unesco World Heritage sites peppered throughout.
Day 4: Today you're left to your leisure. Start your morning bright and early with a pulse-quickening hot-air-balloon flight (available November to April) over the verdant hills, overgrown jungles and mountainous outcrops of Sri Lanka’s interior. Flights last for up to three hours and include a glass of champagne.
In the evening, a wholly unique experience awaits: a private candlelit dinner will be arranged for you in the seclusion of the Heritance Kandalama Cave.
Day 5: Spend the day splashing around the ulpatha (spring pool), or enlist the help of our in-destination team to book a local yogi who can perfect your poses amid the rice fields, or book a cookery lesson with the head chef so you can recreate your favourite dishes at home. Hotel staff can also plan off-site trips to Kaudulla National Park, which attracts 300-strong gatherings of elephants on the banks of its reservoir, and the ancient Sigiriya (Lion’s Rock) fortress, a 45-minute drive from Kalundewa.
Day 6–8: Kandy
Kandy’s famous Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic attracts a crowd of monks, pilgrims and tourists, and its botanical gardens may be Asia’s finest, but many of this historic city's dreamiest distractions lie outside its limits: spice merchants, verdant jungles and tempting tea plantations. Here, the two of you will get cosy in quirky boutique hotel The Kandy House, a homely haven filled with antiques and furnished with four-poster beds and swaying hammocks.
A 200-year-old, aristocratic palazzo gone 21st-century, The Kandy House, in Kandy’s leafy outskirts, has quirky strokes of colour throughout and a tranquil central courtyard. This boutique stay's eight romantic rooms, each bear the name of an indigenous butterfly species.
Smith Extra A 30-minute head massage each
Day 6: After one last breakfast at the Kalundewa Retreat, your driver will escort you to the Kandy House, a two-hour drive south.
This boutique stay often has a happy hour at sundown, with free canapés and poolside cocktails. Otherwise, guests are welcomed with a soothing head massage before being shown to their four-poster-equipped room.
Day 7: After breakfast (a full English or local feast of mango pancakes with buffalo curd) your driver will transfer you to the Millennium Elephant Foundation in Kegalle, about 90 minutes away by car, where you can meet, bathe and feed the playful pachyderms in good conscience. The Foundation operates with help from World Animal Protection and the Samarasinghe family has owned elephants since the 1960s.
Day 8: Today you'll say goodbye to Kandy before you ascend into Hill Country.
Day 8–10: Hill Country
This romantic region attracts active types for its sublime trekking, cycling and whitewater rafting; many make a beeline to climb holy mountain Adam's Peak. But, if you'd rather pace yourself, kick back on the veranda with an elegant brew; luxurious retreat Ceylon Tea Trails offers chilled-out thrills, including genteel polo matches and soothing spa tratments.
Set lakeside in Bogawantalawa Valley in the Hill Country, Ceylon Tea Trails is a quartet of former planters’ bungalows restored and refined into elegant boutique villas. Expect timbered ceilings, panelled libraries, claw-foot bath tubs and your very own butler. We can arrange for you to feast on tea-inspired cuisine and rustic views before exploring the surrounding tea estates, ravines and waterfalls.
Day 8: After breakfast at the Kandy House, you’ll be driven to Kandy Station for a scenic four-hour train journey – in a first-class carriage – up to the mountains of tea country; on arrival, a private driver will be waiting to whisk you to Ceylon Tea Trails.
Day 9–10: Your stay includes a two-and-a-half-hour tour of the tea factory and fields with your guide, the hotel's resident tea-planter; they'll take you to Dilmah’s Norwood factory where a private tasting session is arranged.
On request, we can arrange in-room spa treatments for a spot of private pampering à deux; indulgent aromatherapy baths are a must: try green tea for jet-lag or cinnamon for an immune-system boost. Alternatively, grab a trail map and go trekking between the hotel's four bungalows for jaw-dropping views of lakes, mountains and tea-strewn slopes, or we can book you tickets for a 90-minute train ride past waterfalls and verdant vistas; mountain bikes are available to borrow for free too.
During your stay at Ceylon Tea Trails, a private five-course candlelit dinner will be arranged for you; speak directly with the chef to plan your bespoke menu.
Day 11–15: the Maldives
The far-flung, palm tree-topped islands of the Maldives – all 1,192 of them – tick all the boxes for a getaway in paradise; however, Como Cocoa Island is one of its finest hideaways. This five-star resort is lapped by turquoise waters and has enough secluded white-sand beaches for private romantic trysts.
Resembling a collection of Keralan boathouses, the individual over-water villas at Como Cocoa Island are arranged along a snake-like wooden pier that leads from the island’s sliver of palm-tree fringed white sand.
Smith Extra A Como Shambhala aromatherapy gift and daily fruit basket.
Day 11: No activities are planned during your stay at Como Cocoa Island, leaving you and your sweethart to while away the days in post-wedding bliss. Or take advantage of the island's plentiful activities… Take part in free afternoon yoga classes, or arrange a private lesson, so you can both learn some impressive moves.
Day 12: The diving at Como Cocoa Island is a main attraction: the parrotfish-patrolled house reef is just a short swim away; borrow free snorkelling gear or head over to the resort’s PADI dive centre. The Cocoa Thila site, just behind the resort, offers some of the most spectacular scuba diving in the Maldives.
Day 13: The Como Shambhala Retreat, which focuses on holistic and Ayurvedic therapy, offers tempting treatments in its spa suites or in the privacy of your room; ask our team to book you both in and spend an afternoon having your knots detangled.
Day 14: Just ask our team if you'd like to an island-hopping excursion by dhoni, catamaran or speedboat, including a barbecue picnic you can eat on a sandbar made for two. There are also windsurfers, kayaks and catamarans to borrow.
Day 15: Today, explore the resort's dining options: the Ufaa restaurant offers a daily-changing menu of fresh-from-the-sea dishes, Malabar Coast and Thai-style dishes, and a raw-food spa menu; we can ensure you're sitting in the best ocean-view table. Up the romance factor with dinner on the beach or your bungalow’s private balcony.
Day 16: Today, you'll wave goodbye to your island paradise, as you reluctantly leave by seaplane transfer (the Smith Team can book these for you).
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Terms and conditions
*The package includes all accommodation in Mr & Mrs Smith boutique hotels and local transportation with your own driver; and all applicable taxes.
- International flights, visa fees, airport taxes or insurance.
- Any items which are not mentioned as ‘included’ in the itinerary.
- Any increase in government taxes.
- The price for this itinerary applies for each guest.
- All prices are subject to change, depending on what time of the year you travel.
- The given price is not valid for some seasonal dates.
- All prices are subject to any revisions to taxes or tariffs.