A luxury honeymoon in Sri Lanka and the Maldives

An island break for castaway couples
5 HOTEL STAYS
16 DAYS, 15 NIGHTS

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£4,499 (US$5,750)

per person, including transfers

(based on two people sharing)

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Highlights

  • Stay in the best room or suite in luxury and boutique Mr & Mrs Smith hotels throughout
  • Fly high over Sri Lanka's Cultural Triangle on a romantic hot-air-balloon ride
  • Get up close and personal with elephants
  • See tea country by train
  • Stay in an overwater villa styled after a Keralan fishing boat
  • Dive into the glittering waters of the Maldives

Destinations

An island break for castaway couples

From the hustle and bustle of historic Colombo to the tranquil greenery of Sri Lanka’s Hill Country and across the glittering blue waters of the Maldives, this trip is an unforgettable journey will make your heart skip a beat. 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, just say the word, and our Smith24 team, who are on hand round-the-clock, will make your wishes come true…
Your personal driver will be there at the airport, with the requisite sign and ready to help with suitcase-lugging and transport your to Colombo by air-conditioned, luxury car.
Bandaranaike Intl Arpt (CMB)

Colombo

Days 1–2: Colombo

Genteel manor houses and modern skyscrapers are equally apparent in Sri Lanka's capital city, a historic seaport with leafy green neighbourhoods and a bustling, past-greets-present interior.

Hotel

The Wallawwa

Style

Lavish colonial pile

Setting

Nestled in Negombo

Room

Garden Suite

Your first stop on your Sri Lankan odyssey is The Wallawwa, a restful boutique stay, nestled in Colombo’s Negombo neighbourhood. This 200-year-old manor house is surrounded by lush tropical gardens and within, its gracefully-restored original features have been spiced up with luxuriant interiors and a lush-as-you-like spa.

Smith Extra

A 10-minute head massage for two

Day 1

Ease into your trip with two free days in Colombo. To kick off, try kottu roti and spiced crab claws at sociable Galle Face Green's street-food stalls, pay devotion to Gangaramaya Temple's many Buddhas and pitch up to Pettah for madcap markets.

Day 2

Today, why not swap Colombo for Negombo – the beachy neighbourhood to the capital's north. The city's shoreline has golden sands and is set for a slew of watersports. It's possible, on request, to book a cruise around the mangrove-lined Muthurajawela Wetlands – a taster of the wildlife-roamed greenery that lies ahead.
The chauffeured drive inland may be long, but it passes through Sri Lanka's jungliest parts, which make for fine panoramic shots.
Colombo

3 Hours

Dambulla

Days 3–5: the Cultural Triangle

The Cultural Triangle is a land of immensities – whether they be the largest gathering of Asian elephants in the world at Minneriya National Park, the massif beasts of the Knuckles Range, or the Triangle's claim to an impressive seven Unesco-listed sites, including the birthplace of Buddhism – Anuradhapura and Mihintale –, the rock-hewn fortress of Sigiriya and the royal city of Kandy.

Style

Architectural eye-opener

Setting

Paddy fields and Kumbuk trees

Room

Ehela Room

Beginning as an agricultural project, Kalundewa Retreat’s dazzling design is deep rooted in nature. The all-natural interiors overlook rice paddies, lagoons and mountain ranges in the distance. Spend your days splashing out in the ulpatha (spring pool), perfecting your yoga poses with resident yogi masters, or in cookery lessons with the head chef – whatever gets your heart beating.

Smith Extra

One special set-menu dinner in the grounds

Day 3

Enjoy a leisurely à la carte breakfast on the veranda before your private driver arrives and whisks you off to the Cultural Triangle.

Day 4

Today, your alarm clock will ring at a truly alarming hour, but we promise you'll be on a high by sunrise…

Hot-air-balloon flight over Kandalama

Start your morning bright and early, rising up and up over the luxuriant forests and twinkly lake of Kandalama, on a hot-air-balloon flight (only available November to April). From your tropical-bird's eye-view you'll spy the untamed jungles and mountainous outcrops of Sri Lanka's interior. Flights last for up to three hours and include a glass of champagne. If you want to ramp up the romance, we can arrange a special private dinner in the seclusion of Heritance Kandalama's cave.
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Day 5

Spend this free day exploring the ancient Sigiriya (Lion’s Rock) fortress, or at Kaudulla National Park, which attracts 300-strong gatherings of elephants on the banks of its reservoir.
On the two-hour, chauffeured drive south to Kandy, you'll get a proper eyeful of the Knuckles Range, a landmark that certainly packs a punch.
The Cultural Triangle

2 Hours

Kandy

Days 6–7: 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 are just a car ride away.

Style

Chic mini-palazzo

Setting

Paradisical palms and paddies

Room

Monkey Puzzle Deluxe Room

Beautifully refurbished 200-year-old manse The Kandy House, is set in the leafy suburbs of Kandy. Minimalist lines, atypical antiques and quirky strokes of colour add personal touches to each of the individually-designed, romantic rooms. If you can bear to leave the genial grub and your chaise longue on the veranda, enticing hammocks beckon for ginning and sinning at happy hour around the infinity pool.

Smith Extra

One free cocktail a person

Day 6

Take in the views over one final breakfast at the hotel, then your private driver will escort you to Kandy.

Day 7

Get up-close-and-personal with gentle giants at elephant sanctuary, Millennium Elephant Foundation in Kegalle.

Bathing elephants in Kandy

After breakfast your driver will transfer you to the Millennium Elephant Foundation in Kegalle. The wonderful team at family-run MEF rescue and lovingly look after former captive elephants, and today you’ll get the opportunity to help their cause. Led by a guide and one of the rescued gentle giants, you take a 30-minute walk through the jungle and then have the chance to bathe an elephant in a nearby lake.
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After breakfast, you’ll be driven to Kandy Station for a scenic four-hour, first-class train journey up into the mountains of tea country; on arrival, a private driver will be waiting to whisk you off to your next stay.
Kandy

4 Hours

Hill Country

Days 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 kick back with a brew, tea estates offer more chilled-out thrills, including golf links, polo fields and soothing spas.

Style

Peaceful plantation

Setting

Sumptuous haute hill-station

Room

Luxury Room

Set lakeside in Bogawantalawa Valley, 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.

Smith Extra

A trek for two through the hills with the hotel's resident naturalist, who will talk about the tea-making process and the local flora and fauna

Day 8

There are ups and downs to the four-hour journey from Kandy to Hill Country, but your first-class cabin will make the time fly by.

Day 9

You're deep in tea country here, where plantations rise up and up. A tour of a tea estate and factory is included in your stay, but otherwise you're left to your leisure. Our suggestion? Relax, the kettle's on…

Day 10

Grab a trail map and go trekking or mountain-biking between the hotel's four bungalows for jaw-dropping views of lakes, mountains and tea-strewn slopes. For an easier exploration, we can book you tickets for a 90-minute train ride past waterfalls and verdant vistas.
The journey to the Maldives is lengthy, but you'll have plenty of time to flop on the sand once you're there. Your private driver will take you to Colombo (a five-hour drive), where you'll board a plane to Malé, the Maldives' principal island, just a short seaplane ride from your stay.
Hill Country

6.5 Hours

Maldives

Days 11–16: the Maldives

The archetypal honeymoon destination, the Maldives’ far-flung, palm tree-topped islands of the Maldives – all 1,192 of them – tick all the boxes for a getaway in paradise. The azure-blue waters and white-sandy beaches blessed by golden sunshine were made for romantic sun-soaking, beach-based dining, and secluded swims under the stars.

Style

Faraway island fantasy

Setting

The bluest lagoon

Room

Dhoni Suite

Private-island retreat, Como Cocoa Island is one of the Maldives finest honeymoon hideaways. Resembling a collection of Keralan boathouses, the individual over-water villas snake into the Indian Ocean down a wooden pier. This five-star resort is lapped by turquoise waters and has enough secluded white-sand beaches for private romantic trysts.

Smith Extra

A Como Shambhala aromatherapy gift and daily fruit basket. Stay five nights or more and you'll get a bottle of champagne on arrival, too; stay seven nights or more and sunset fishing will be included

Day 11

Wake up and smell the tea leaves, before packing up and leaving Sri Lanka for the white sandy shores of the Maldives.

Day 12

Shoals of divers comes to the Maldives to explore its underwater world: the hotel has free snorkelling gear on hand to borrow, and there’s a PADI dive centre too. Cocoa Thila, just behind the resort, has some of the most spectacular scuba diving in the Maldives.

Day 13

Spend this free day having your knots detangled in the Como Shambhala Retreat. On request, our Smith24 team can arrange soothing holistic and Ayurvedic treatments in the spa suites or in the privacy of your villa.

Day 14

Splash out on an island-hopping dhoni, catamaran or speedboat trip around the blue lagoon, or try your hand at windsurfing and kayaking – whichever watersport takes your fancy on this free day. Call our Smith24 team to pre-arrange any extras.

Day 15

Another day in paradise… Why not up the romance factor on your last night in the Maldives with a private dinner on the sand. Our Smith24 can arrange this, or any other last day extras, on request.

Day 16

Snap any last-minute photos to show the grandchildren one day, before bidding a fond farewell to your island stay.
We're sorry. It's time to fly home (or, on to the next destination), but, as your seaplane takes off, you'll get a final glimpse of your island home.
Maldives

2 Hours

Colombo

When to go

Sri Lanka has more than enough sun to make it a year-round destination; monsoons can cause heavy yet humid showers in some regions from May to July and October to December, but 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.

Getting there

Fly out to Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport, and book a return flight from Malé International Airport. Our Smith24 team are on hand round the clock to book your flights, if needed. You will also need to arrange the flight between Sri Lanka and the Maldives: the seaplane transfers from Malé to the hotel are included in booking. Inland travel is included and is by luxury, air-conditioned car with a private, English-speaking driver, and in first-class train cabins.

Packing tips

Pack a portable speaker for en route entertainment. 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. Something lightweight you can wrap elegantly around your head will come in handy during temple trips.

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Terms and conditions

What's included
The package includes all accommodation in Mr & Mrs Smith boutique hotels; and all applicable taxes.
What's not included
International flights and car hire, visa fees, airport taxes or insurance. Any items which are not mentioned as included in the itinerary. Any increase in government taxes. For the Timeless Tuscany package, car hire is included, but guests will be responsible for drop-off fees if delivered to a different end point than Florence Airport, refuelling charges, delivery and collection, extra insurance, additional driver costs, admin fees, tax and parking.
General conditions
The price for this itinerary applies for each guest. All prices are in GBP and are subject to change, depending on what time of the year you travel. All prices are subject to any revisions to taxes or tariffs.

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