10 April 2014

PROPERTY SPOTLIGHT: Palagama Gets a New Lounge Bar

Palagama, a stunning beach resort set on the golden Alankuda beach in Kalpitiya, has added to the property a brand new lounge and bar area for guests and a boutique shop which carries AOD designed souvenirs. 

It has a wonderfully natural feel with the buildings, connected by small paths, made out of natural palms and cajan. Your privacy is also valued, with the individual cabanas set away from each other, so you feel at home with your space.

The beauty of Palagama is that the resort fans directly onto the beach so you can walk straight out of your cabana and wander along the sand or dive straight into the warm aquamarine Indian Ocean. Meals are enjoyed under the shade of the Corallia restaurant, which is open-sided so that you can enjoy the views and the sea breeze. In the evening put your feet up in the cinema cabana and watch a film with your loved ones. 

Days can be spent taking refreshing swims in the stunning infinity pool, which blends seamlessly into the ocean in the distance; reading in the comfortable ambalamas; taking a boat trip to spot spinner dolphins in the mornings and to snorkel over Bar Reef. If you are staying between May and November, and you are feeling adventurous then it’s well worth taking a kite surfing lesson. 

To explore more of the nearby area, spend half a day doing a safari in Wilpattu National park where you have the chance of seeing leopards, elephants and sloth bears as well as a huge array of birdlife. And don’t forget to book a massage in the spa at the end of the day!

28 March 2014


The Knuckles Mountain Range climate during this time of the year is refreshing: sunny during the morning and afternoon, with temperatures tend to fluctuate between 25 to 15 degrees. The area is made up of tea country and thick forest – home to endemic reptile species only found in these mountains and populated with wild porcupines, deer, purple-faced leaf monkeys, wild boar and even leopards – the perfect setting for an adventurous camp with Leopard Safaris! 

Wake up in a king size bed in the morning to views overlooking Victoria valley. The four tents at the Knuckles camp are the classic customized South African tents featured in Yala and Wilpattu, each set up under the canopy of thousand year old, pigmy forest. Each tent has its own private toilet and open sky hot water shower. A special tent for families is also available on request. The tents are furnished with the essentials: including luggage racks and bed side tables. All tents have a private veranda and an en-suite showers and bathroom. At night, the pathway to the tents is lit up by several lamps. Each tent has a solar powered plug base, used for lighting the tent and shower areas. Leopard Safaris are very family friendly, and the experience is packed with activities for family groups, and children of all ages are welcome. Activities include arts and craft classes and learning the names of mammals and birds and other fun activities. Despite the remote location of the campsite, the kitchen team is expert at creating excellent cuisine. 

The food is also beautifully presented and thoughtfully served alfresco on a long dining table for groups or can be set up privately outside each tent for couples, with stunning, scenic views of Victoria and Kandy. The team can also cater to any dietary requirements such as vegetarians, vegans and people with allergies. When you wake in the morning the aroma of your freshly cooked breakfast is especially inviting. Delicious BBQ dinners are a feature, while rice and curry or Kotthu lunches by the nearby waterfall make for an unforgettable experience. Guests can cool off after a trek with cocktails and chilled beers. Oil lamps are lit at night to light the way from tents to the dinner setting. Typical evening BBQs make for special occasions and are usually preceded by soups and salads – we recommend you try the fresh tiger prawns washed down with a chilled glass of wine. All alcoholic beverages, meals and snacks are included in the accommodation price. Get in touch with us at holidays@srilankainstyle.com and we'll get planning on a perfect wildlife holiday for you today.

23 January 2014

HOSTED JOURNEYS II: Tea Journey with Jeff Fuchs

Unraveling the story of Ceylon tea: 8 to 22 July 2014 | 15 days/14 nights
Jeff Fuchs

Tea Journeys with Jeff Fuchs belongs to the SriLankaInStyle Hosted Journey series and is designed exclusively with award winning explorer, tea maven and author Jeff Fuchs. The journey encompasses a past-to-present exploration of the cultures, landscapes and essences that have shaped Sri Lanka’s tea story. Over 15 days you will explore remote and serene valleys, sample single estate teas and cross a good portion of central and southern Sri Lanka with Jeff Fuchs, all the while, staying at some of the finest luxury properties the island has to offer, including The Wallawwa, Ulagalla, Kandy House, Tea Trails, Leopard Safaris, Kahanda Kanda and Why House. Stay tuned for more details!

Jeff Fuchs has devoted much of the last decade to discovering Asia’s indigenous mountain cultures. He led the first western exploration of the Nomadic Salt Road in southern Qinghai province and authored ‘The Ancient Tea Horse Road’, becoming the first westerner to travel and document the extraordinary six thousand km tea trade route in its entirety – a journey that National Geographic Traveller Magazine listed among ‘50 Trips of a Lifetime’ edition.

Available on request

Email holidays@srilankainstyle.com to find out more.

03 December 2013

A GALLE CHRISTMAS: An unforgettable holiday for 6 this season!

From 23-29 December '13

Explore the southern coast in one of Asia’s most beautiful and popular islands over Christmas on an exclusive holiday designed for six. Experience a different kind of magic on a tropical island, where you can immerse yourself in local festivities, with a Sri Lankan twist. The first three nights of your trip will be spent in the historic Galle Fort, in your own private villa (www.rampartsvilla.com) before you move on to sun and sand for a further two nights at Kingsley’s Pearl (www.kingsleyspearl.com), which opens on to stunning Indian Ocean views. Both these properties are fully staffed to take care of your every whim. All manner of exciting local excursions can be arranged from either of these excellent bases. Email holidays@srilankainstyle.com and book this stress-free Christmas vacation today. Terms and conditions apply.

28 November 2013

Serendipity Revealed opens in Hong Kong!

SriLankaInStyle are proud to support an exhibition of contemporary art from Sri Lanka - 'Serendipity Revealed', featuring the artists Anoli Perera and Sovereign Art Prize Winner Pala Pothupitiye in Hong Kong! The exhibition opened on Thursday 5 December from 6.30pm to 9.30pm and will run until 10 December. If you're in Hong Kong, head to No. 2/F 126 Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan.

27 November 2013


Six beautiful, charming properties along Sri Lanka's south coast, Galle Fort and Kandy are still available during the peak season! Email us at holidays@srilankainstyle.com and book today for a magical holiday experience this season.

Ramparts Villa, Galle Fort: Available for Christmas

The Sun House, Galle: Available after Christmas

79 Leybann Street: Available for Christmas
The Kandy House: Available for New Year


The Frangipani Tree: Available after Christmas  

Beachfront view of Kingsley's Pearl: Available after Christmas

20 November 2013

PURE 2013!

A great show once again. SriLankainStyle were delighted to share a stand with Kahanda Kanda, Leopard Safaris and Uga Escapes. L-R: George Cooper of Kahanda Kanda, Miguel Cunat of SriLankaInStyle, Noel Rodrigo of Leopard Safaris and Marceline Paul from Uga Escapes. 

23 October 2013


Tucked away in the heart of Galle Fort, 71 Pedlar Street is a cozy, five bedroom bed and breakfast Dutch colonial villa just a kilometer away from the city center, and makes a great base from which guests can explore and unravel the many secret treasures of Galle. 
Recently renovated and furnished with a soft, simple and homely feel, 71 Pedlar Street is a typically high-ceiling villa, and despite being located in the heart of the Fort, is still a light and airy property. It houses a 10 meter, child friendly pool in an inner courtyard which has a sun bathing deck and lounge area and spreads out into the kitchen, pantry and a small private garden area. The villa can be rented out as a whole or taken by the room, and comes with a staff of two. Being at the far end of Pedlar Street, the villa is a short walk to the Fort’s best restaurants, cafes, shops and museums and is just minutes away from the Ramparts. Facilities and services provided by 71 Pedlar Street include free Wi-Fi in public areas, room service, a smoking area, satellite/cable TV room and fans and air-conditioning in all rooms.

06 October 2013


Located in the heart of the historic Galle Fort, Mango House is a bright and airy Dutch colonial-style villa, mixing old elegance with a hip, contemporary feel. From hand-made terracotta floor tiles and bespoke furniture to exclusive pattern designs and a carefully crafted lighting scheme, guests at Mango House enjoy a unique experience, bridging the best of colonial-era architecture with funky, modern twists. Set in a beautiful garden of mango trees and palms, the seven-room boutique hotel offers a peaceful haven for guests within easy walking distance of all Galle Fort’s historic sights, restaurants and shops.
While Mango House offers guests personalized services like restaurant and spa bookings and a 24-hour concierge service, the boutique hotel is the only true mid-range hotel in the Fort. Wifi access is free throughout the house.

The property is ideal for the young and funky looking for a dose of colonial elegance with a twist – a bright and breezy ambience that that offers luxury comforts without the stuffiness of a formal hotel.

Mango House is staffed by two maids, two managers, an assistant manager and a night guard. Decorated in Dutch colonial style blended with contemporary European and Asian themes, each Courtyard Room has a Queen-size four-poster bed

with mosquito netting, a desk and a wardrobe. A fan and AC keep guests cool as they relax with all-channel satellite TV or a DVD borrowed for free from our extensive DVD library. Both rooms have en-suite bathrooms, finished in contemporary polished concrete, with a rain forest shower and luxury amenities. On the second floor, three rooms with French doors open onto private balconies. Guests are welcome to enjoy their breakfast on the balcony with views over the palm trees and antique tiles of Galle Fort rooftops. Two more adjacent Balcony Rooms are available with a third to the side of the hotel each are decorated in Dutch colonial style blended with contemporary European and Asian themes.
The family room has a mezzanine loft, ideal for families travelling together. The family room has a Queen-size four-poster bed with mosquito netting and a wardrobe. Up the wooden stairs, children sleep on a Queen-size mattress also enclosed by a mosquito net on a frame. Two fans and an AC keep guests cool as they relax with all-channel satellite TV or a DVD borrowed for free from our extensive DVD library. Children of all ages are welcome at Mango House.

The rooms sleep two as standard but up to two additional children (under the age of five years old) can stay at no additional cost on sharing basis. The family room has a second queen-size bed on a wooden mezzanine, ideal for kids.
The Mango House complimentary breakfast is a choice between the full English or Continental, topped off with fruit salad, fresh juices, Italian coffee and Sri Lankan teas.
For lunch and dinner, guests may choose from the menu of Crepe-ology, delivering delicious savory crepes, salads and sweets for guests to enjoy on the Mango House veranda, in the garden or on their private balcony or courtyard.  Fresh fruit juices, teas, coffees and soft drinks are served throughout the day and evening until around 11pm.

01 October 2013

Convoy to a tea factory!

Our man Shehantha Fernando shot this lovely image of a tuk tuk convoy on its way to a tea factory in the hill country carrying very special travelers from Friends of Museums, on the ground with SriLankaInStyle at the moment.

26 September 2013


It's the weekend, and a perfect one to check out some fantastic exhibitions in Colombo. Check out the debut exhibition by Rudrani DeviDas 'World Of Fae' at the Gallery Mountcastle, head to the Barefoot Gallery for George Beven's 'Heritage' or to Paradise Road Galleries for Vimukthi Sahan's second solo exhibition.

16 September 2013

Sri Lanka: Elephant Island

There's no better time to witness the great gathering of Elephants than September. Here's a beautiful documentary on these majestic creatures courtesy the BBC.

05 September 2013


Perched on the side of a lush headland, Nisala Villas’ Lower Ocean Villas hover well above the spidery coconut palms jutting up from the fringes of an idyllic near-deserted sandy beach 20 meters below.

Spread across multiple levels split by a sweeping open-air staircase, these spacious holiday homes bask in the most amazing sea and coastal views; whether you’re working out in the gym, bubbling away in the jacuzzi, sunbathing beside the infinity pool, dining on fresh home-cooked meals, relaxing on the deep cushions of the terrace sofa, propped up in bed or even lavishly soaking in the

master bedroom’s bathtub, glimpses and glares of the ship-topped horizon of the deep blue seem to always find a way to dominate your vista.

Adding to the experience is each villa’s individual team of housekeepers and cooks who do all they can to ensure you remain relaxed.

Sleeping up to ten guests, the villas are individually furnished and offer an incredible generosity of space. Coming with four bedrooms, each has its own lounging area, either on a balcony, veranda or
courtyard, as well as a modern en-suite bathroom. The convivial terrace flanking the gorgeous infinity pool is where everyone gets together and serves as a location for relaxing, tan-topping and dining. There’s a bar tucked to one side where you can channel your inner Tom Cruise and concoct crimson cocktails to match the spectacular sunsets served up nightly.

The end-of-pool cushioned corner seat, floating above the coconut palms, is easily the most stunning spot to languidly recline at any time of the day or night or else you can seek out ships from the villa’s roof garden. For rainy days, the villas have their own home cinemas, and budding chefs will adore the restaurant-worthy kitchens, equipped with sleek imported appliances.

There are few villas in Sri Lanka as expansive as Nisala Villas’ recently completed collection of six contemporary fully self-contained holiday homes. Perched on a palm-studded headland offering superb views of the Indian Ocean, southern coastline and interior hills, this exclusive development a short drive from Mirissa Beach is the first of its kind on the island.

Set within a lush 3.5-acre secure palm grove, each of the six villas measures up to 10,000 square feet, is fully serviced and comes with its own 20m infinity swimming pool and separate jacuzzi.
They are also one of two types; the three Upper Ocean Villas have five bedrooms apiece whilst the trio of Lower Ocean Villas has four bedrooms each. Each villa can be booked independently or together.

Nisala Villas is the ideal venue for big group get-togethers, family reunions and executives looking for a peaceful and private corporate escape, or for celebrating milestone birthdays and weddings.

30 August 2013


Kikili House is a small home with big heart, resonating love, humor and comfort from a personal space that bursts with good vibes, fluff and feathers. It also comes with a very friendly dog named Bob. Located on Lower Dickson road in the urban center of Galle, Kikili House is set amidst a tropical garden and spacious verandah, where home cooking and a relaxed, welcoming vibe is the order of the holiday. The property belongs to Kikili Enterprises, run by partners Henri Thatham and Kokila Harindra. For some background on all reference to hens around the house, Kikili means ‘Hen’ in Singhalese, and Kokila ‘Cockerel’. Together, Henri and Kokila they have launched a series of innovative, colorful spaces in the south that offer guests everything they could think of in a holiday home. Kikili House is a Bed and Breakfast home stay and is as vibrant, if not more so, as its sister property Kikili Beach in Unawatuna and just five minutes from Galle’s town, seafood markets and Fort, and 10 minutes from the best swimming beach around. The house is solar powered, offers complimentary WIFI access and an honesty bar filled with a selection of wines and beers. The property could be booked by the room or as a whole.

19 August 2013

WINTER AVAILABILITY: Victoria Villa and Ramparts Villa

Victoria Villa, Talpe
As winter approaches, we're delighted to still have Christmas and New Year availability at beautiful villa properties including Victoria Villa, 79 Leybann Street and Ramparts Villa. Email us at holidays@srilankainstyle.com to book the perfect island holiday this season.   

Ramparts Villa, Galle
79 Leybann Street

12 August 2013


Serene and secluded yet just five minutes’ drive inland from the buzzing beaches of south coast Galle, Why House is a gorgeous eight bedroom hotel that you can rent either by the room or as a whole, exclusive, fully-staffed house.

Why’s spacious en-suite guestrooms are spread between two architecturally designed buildings and a pair of cabanas that smoothly blend sophisticated European elegance with the Sri Lankan tropics.

This scattering of rooms within the garden provides not only privacy from each other but also a good deal of individuality, as each of the bedrooms is unique.

Views across the neighbouring paddy fields linger from the lushly tended garden that’s home to numerous pathways, terraces, lawns and an amazing swimming pool.

Special Offer: Enjoy stays at the Why House for just USD 150 this summer! The offer is valid on Bed and Breakfast basis and ends in September 2013. To take up this offer, contact holidays@srilankainstyle.com

28 July 2013

Conde Nast Traveler lists Miguel Cunat among world's Top Travel Specialists for 2013!

Miguel Cunat
SriLankaInStyle are proud to announce that our Co-Founder and CEO Miguel Cunat is recognized as Sri Lanka’s the Top Travel Specialist for 2013 by Conde Nast Traveler, for the second year running!

Conde Nast Traveler is widely recognized as the world’s leading travel publication.

Over the last decade, Miguel has helped those in pursuit of realization to see Sri Lanka in interesting and insightful ways through his intimate knowledge of the island, a vast network of insider connections and a flair for creating unforgettable journeys.

Miguel grew up crisscrossing the globe between Spain and Australia and he has lived in London, Bangkok and Singapore. In Sri Lanka, most of his adventures have been walking, or on the back of a motorbike or a mountain bike. Miguel has lived with his family in Sri Lanka since 2003, is a founding partner and has been managing SriLankaInStyle since its inception in 2005.

As tourism in Sri Lanka develops he is passionate about preserving the islands environment and culture. He leads a team of 27 based in Colombo. For more about Miguel and the holidays that SriLankaInStyle creates, visit holidays@srilankainstyle.com.

To learn more about the Conde Nast Traveler listing go here: http://cntrvlr.com/miguel 

23 July 2013


A private residence for well over a decade Uda Kanda is the latest entry to Galle’s elite club of luxurious hilltop villas. The beautiful three-bedroom villa is set atop a small hill overlooking the canopy of a jungle, surrounded by 3.5 acres of lush rubber estate.

The villa is special in that it is warm, cozy and personal, much like a family home than a commercial villa, but with all the amenities and comforts of a modern day villa. Friendly dogs, a huge open living and dining space; comfortable television room, open western kitchen and an ambalama shaded by bougainvillea beside a 50 foot infinity swimming pool, surrounded by garden, with sun beds and umbrellas allows for the most relaxed setting away from the busy beaches.
It’s less than 10 minutes from the Galle Fort and on a bright sunny day from the infinity pool, keen birders would be pleased to find many a bright and vibrantly colored bird flying playfully in the breeze or on a migratory route overhead. The villa comes with four delightful full-time staff; a cook, housekeeper, gardener and night watchman, allowing guests to read or relax in the sun, or in the shade under the ambalama, swim, explore the estate, or just watch the plethora of colorful birds congregating by the pool. The villa’s inside/outside design allows it to remain non air conditioned, thanks to the constant cool breezes that keep the property as cool as any with air conditioning.

19 July 2013


The Three by TPV is a modern space designed by shoe designers Thomas and Patrik together with international make-up artist Vadim. 

After a long search for the perfect villa space, they found it on a hill in Ahangama overlooking the Indian Ocean and launched a boutique hotel that offers guests a piece of tranquility and luxury living. 

All nine suites are gracefully decorated in white and have outdoor bathrooms overlooking a small lush private garden. 
The stylish hotel is located on a hill and from the 60 foot long infinity pool you have a spectacular view over the deep blue Indian Ocean. 
If you want to experience the true Sri Lanka and still live in style – this is the place to be.

17 July 2013

COMING SOON: Kandy's Most Spectacular of Festivals

Sri Lanka's most vibrant of festivals is scheduled to unfold from 10 to 21 August 2013 in the hill capital of Kandy. A magnificent tusker will carry the sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha on a route that passes through the Kandy town and reaches its zenith outside the Temple of the Tooth in a two and a half hour spectacle that is followed by a Perahera - a train of musicians, dancers and acrobats accompanied by a number of decorated baby elephants -  parading through the streets of Kandy. The festival is every child's (and adult’s) dream, particularly if you love elephants!

10 July 2013

THIS AUGUST: The Mystery of Kataragama Unfolds

In 2013 the festival opens with the Kataragama Esala Perahera - held from 7 to 20 August while the water-cutting ceremony will take place at the Menikganga Totupola (Jetty) on 21 August.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
Among the ancient living traditions that survive in Sri Lanka, few are as well known or as poorly understood as that of the Kataragama Pada Yatra. Starting from the island's far north and ending up to two months and several hundred kilometers later at the Kataragama shrine in the remote southeastern jungle, Axis Mundi: Kailasa in Tibet and Kataragama in the far south are analogised to the world axis of yogic lore.

Mt. Kailasa in western Tibet and Kataragama in the far south of Sri Lanka form a near-perfect analog to the axis mundi or susumna nadi of yogic lore. the Kataragama Pāda Yātrā tradition has played a major role in propagating and perpetuating traditions of Kataragama throughout Sri Lanka and South India.

Predating the arrival of all four of Sri Lanka's major religions, it is essentially a tradition inherited from the island's indigenous forest-dwellers, the Wanniya-laeto or Veddas, as the Kataragama shrine's Sinhalese kapurala priest-custodians themselves readily concede. Courtesy: www.padayatra.org

03 July 2013


Set on one of the most picturesque beaches and swimmable seas in southern Sri Lanka, Lantern is a fresh concept in intimate holidaying. The six bedroom property utilizes natural materials, like 400 year old Kandyan terracotta tiles, granites, and recycled timbers which have been crafted by local villagers in surrounding communities into unique furniture and building elements. Beyond the crystal blue waters and sweeping white sands, Lantern redefines the typical luxury vacation by engaging guests with the local community, through a philosophy of integrity, balance and inclusivity, which has led Lantern to support causes that have sustainable benefits for the community and environment. Lantern has two suites, The Garden Suite and Ocean View Suite and four Classic rooms. Each of the six rooms have been designed to be enjoyed individually, or booked as an entire place, to be treated like your own private luxury villa. All rooms are uniquely set up to meet the needs of individuals, families and groups with modern amenities, fittings and fine linen.

21 June 2013


Villa Mayurana is a private paradise located on a cinnamon plantation amidst landscaped tropical gardens. Overlooking pristine Ahangama coastline, the three bedroom villa is designed for luxury without limitations – providing absolute intimacy, relaxation and peace of mind. Guests looking to escape the crowds and learn the story of cinnamon would be hard pressed to find a more beautiful location.

The villa, which sleeps a maximum of eight, is within easy reach of the beaches of Mirissa, Thalpe and Unawatuna, and located close to the dreamy Kogalla Lake and a private beach, exclusive to Villa Mayurana guests. It also has stunning 360 views, which on a clear day, offers guests views of Adam’s Peak in the distance.

The villa has a 20 meter infinity pool, an impressive gym with a certified, and experienced instructor, spaces yoga, many lounge spaces in and around the villa, a spa with sauna, modern kitchen and pantry, full time chef, Jacuzzi that overlooks paddy fields and a secret cinnamon garden for long walks around the villa. The villa is WIFI enabled and staffed by four.