Famous for its jungle, beaches & tea plantations, Sri Lanka is now fully on-trend & attracting the luxury-seeking adventurer with or without the kids.
We’re looking at Jungle Beach, an Uga Resorts property, on the east coast which is set not only alongside a vast expanse of sandy beach but within its own lush ten acre reserve. Uga Resorts is acclaimed for its ecological sustainability and regeneration; its resorts are not just luxurious and striking to look at, but built without the loss of trees and with the use of biodegradable materials.
The rural surrounds of Jungle Beach change with the light throughout the day and you can walk the trails or cover more miles by bicycle, readily available for your use, watch out for water birds, parakeets, hornbills and even wild peacocks; if you get as far as Maduwakulam Tank you may even spot elephants or crocodiles.
For romantic drama as well as a stunning view, visit nearby Lover’s Leap where, in 1687, a jilted girl leapt 400ft to her death or the less tragic Hot Springs of Kannya which has a more heart-warming story.
Holidaying as a family is all about exploring together and we love the Kite Making that is offered here, you can all construct a traditional Sri Lankan kite and take it flying straight afterwards for a practically perfect Mary Poppins moment! If you visit between May and October be sure to take the whale and dolphin-watching excursion to see ‘super-pods’ of Blue and Sperm Whales as well as the spectacular spinner dolphins.
Jungle Beach’s ‘cabins’ are plush in the extreme with polished cement or wooden floors and organic cotton-covered furnishings; you will find air-conditioning inside and sumptuous daybeds, showers and dining outside – your views may be jungle, sea or both and if you opt for the Villa it comes with a private pool as well. In this uber-natural environment you’d be forgiven for expecting total seclusion – but you do have ‘jungle-wide’ WIFI and an iPod docking station alongside local artefacts, however use of them is entirely up to you.
We think you’ll appreciate the ethos and relish the result of this high-end boutique retreat – it’s just what the eco-doctor ordered