Top 10 most amazing treehouse hotels in the world

Monday newsletters always feature top 10 travel lists to inspire.

Today (June 11, 2018): Top 10 best treehouse hotels in the world.

Most of us have had that everlasting longing for a treehouse ever since we were children. There is something about hiding up in the trees surrounded by the blissful sounds of nature that has called to all of us at least once or twice. Make all of your treehouse dreams come true in my selection of 10 stunning treehouse hotels across the globe.

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10. TREEHOTEL, SWEDEN

Why not create a hotel that gives people a chance to experience nature amongst the tree-tops, while also providing a uniquely designed housing experience? These questions led Scandinavia’s leading architects to create Treehotel in the pine forest of Swedish Lapland, where seven rooms are suspended 4-6 meters (13-20 ft) above ground with spectacular views of the Lule River valley, miles of forest and a powerful river. The Mirrorcube is the hotel’s most exciting accommodation, camouflaged by mirrored walls that reflect the Northern Lights and the surrounding boreal fores. Guests here indulge in meals made with the freshest local produce and enjoy excursions such as fat-biking through the taiga, dog sledding, and family ice-fishing trips. Treehotel was inspired by the film ”The Tree Lover” by Jonas Selberg Augustsen.

  • Hotel website: Treehotel
  • Other accolades: Treehotel also features in my top 10 list of the quirkiest hotels in the world.


9. POST RANCH INN, USA

Nestled on the cliffs of California’s Big Sur, Post Ranch Inn offers a perfect palette that balances its stunning natural setting with uniquely designed rooms, award-winning dining, and a signature spa experience. The luxury resort’s organic architecture embraces the dramatic beauty of the Big Sur coastline, seeming to grow out of the ground beside the hotel’s surrounding redwoods. The lodge features 39 rooms, including several free-standing tree houses built on stilts 3 m (9 ft) off the forest ground to protect the delicate root balls below. Triangular in shape, each tree house features a king-sized bed, window seat, desk, fireplace, and skylight to watch the stars from your bed each evening. From Post Ranch Inn, you can explore all the spectacular scenery that Big Sur has to offer, or take a short drive to the picturesque towns of Monterey and Carmel.

  • Hotel website: Post Ranch Inn
  • Other accolades: The Post Ranch Inn also features in my top 10 lists of the world’s most spectacular cliffside hotels, the world’s best restaurants with a view, and the best luxury hotels & resorts in the USA.
  • Tip: enjoy free VIP perks at the Post Ranch Inn when booking via Virtuoso (e.g. upgrade, daily breakfast, early check in, late check out, and $100 USD resort credit).
  • Review: read my review of the Post Ranch Inn Hotel here.


8. KEEMALA, PHUKET, THAILAND

Curving shapes and a highly unusual architecture are the inventive dwellings of Keemala, an all pool villa wonderland nestled well away from the Phuket crowds and overlooking Kamala Village and the Andaman Sea. For fun seekers the resort is close enough to Kamala Beach and the liveliness of Patong Beach and all the dynamic action that Phuket has to offer, yet far enough removed to step back and take time to enjoy the tranquil surroundings of the rainforest and a plethora of holistic activities and cuisine to aid wellbeing. Shaded by an enchanted canopy of rainforest and connected together by a network of jungle walkways, the resort’s 38 villas are designed for guests wishing to experience a rustic, yet lavish, escape. Some villas are built in the canopy, featuring two floors complete with a private pool, upper level master bedroom, and a large lounge and dining area on the lower level.

  • Hotel website: Keemala
  • Other accolades: Keemala also features in my top 10 lists of the best luxury hotels in Phuket and the most instagrammable hotels in the world.
KEEMALA, PHUKET, THAILAND

7. TSALA TREETOP LODGE, SOUTH AFRICA

Like the monumental ruins of an ancient central African civilisation, Tsala’s impressive stone-masonry entrance flanked by water features leads to a magnificent foyer supported by Blackwood columns. The elaborate afro-baroque décor’s earthy colours, rich textures and handcrafted fittings are inspired by the diverse cultures of Africa, with the sophistication of the Western World. The views are breathtaking, whether from the exotic dining room, intimate glassed-in lounge, or large open decks high above the forest floor. Tsala features 16 lavish treetop suites, styled with sophistication and modern touches for pure luxury. Constructed of stone, wood and glass, these beautiful tree-house suites comprise a plush bedroom, elegant sitting room with a fireplace and spacious bathroom fit for royalty. Extending into the forest is a private deck with infinity pool providing the ultimate privacy.

  • Hotel website: Tsala Treetop Lodge


6. CHEWTON GLEN, UNITED KINGDOM

Chewton Glen is a country house hotel situated less than two hours from central London, located on the border of Hampshire and Dorset. The picturesque landscape of the New Forest – William the Conqueror’s royal hunting ground – is on the hotel’s doorstep. Hidden away in a wooded valley you will find 14 of the hotels suites situated in luxury treehouses. The treehouses are unique in every sense. Built high among the trees of a secluded valley, each treehouse is an unforgettable setting for unwinding, for relaxing, for simply being. From their private balcony guests feel the ultimate seclusion, high above ground, far from everyday life. The interiors let nature in, with huge windows giving a panoramic view through the canopy to the valley beyond. For something a little more special stay in The Yews, a private and secluded treehouse that can sleep up to twelve.

  • Hotel website: Chewton Glen
  • Tip: enjoy exclusive VIP amenities when booking via Virtuoso (e.g. room upgrade, daily breakfast, early check-in, late check-out, and $100 USD spa credit).


5. HAPUKU LODGE + TREE HOUSES, NEW ZEALAND

Hapuku Lodge + Tree Houses is a contemporary country hotel located on a deer breeding farm in the South Island of New Zealand, 12 km (7 mi) north of the renowned eco-marine town of Kaikoura. It sits snugly at the base of the Kaikoura Seaward Mountain Range, with the Kaikoura coast and famed Mangamaunu Bay to the east. The lodge provides luxurious accommodation on Kaikoura’s rugged coastline, a place for guests to relax in its intimate indoor/outdoor setting and a place from which they can explore the larger maritime landscape of Kaikoura. The lodge’s five tree houses are unique, nested in the canopy of a native Kanuka grove. The tree houses are designed to complement the natural environment, as your bedroom in the sky. Their large windows bring the tree canopies into the bedroom and provide impressive views of Kaikoura’s dramatic mountains and the Pacific Ocean.

  • Hotel website: Hapuku Lodge + Tree Houses


4. &BEYOND LAKE MANYARA TREE LODGE, TANZANIA

Most people think that the famous tree-climbing lions at Lake Manyara have developed their climbing habit to get away from annoying insects. However, they might just be jealous of the magnificent treehouse suites at &Beyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge. Cradled in the boughs of an ancient mahogany forest, the lodge blends into the natural beauty of its breathtaking surroundings. Designed to exert minimal impact on the environment, &Beyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge offers an exclusive interpretive safari in a remote, game-rich wilderness. Overlooking a forest boma, or outdoor dining area, lined with traditional dugout canoes, guest areas are characterized by soaring spaces that house local artworks and tactile fabrics. An interactive kitchen allows guests to observe the preparation of delicious dishes while enjoying spectacular forest views.

  • Hotel website: &Beyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge
  • Other accolades: &Beyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge features in my top 10 list of the best luxury hotels in Tanzania.


3. WILDERNESS SAFARI’S BISATE LODGE, RWANDA

Comprising just six spacious forest villas designed as treehouses, Bisate offers a luxurious base from which to enjoy an extraordinary gorilla conservation experience and life-changing journey to this beautiful region. Situated within the amphitheatre of an eroded volcanic cone, Bisate is surrounded by natural splendour, with sweeping views towards the Karisimbi, Bisoke and Mikeno volcanoes. Bisate’s sophisticated architectural and interior design is rooted in Rwandan building tradition as exemplified in the design of the Royal Palace of the traditional monarch. This spherical, thatched structure echoes the thousands of hills that dot the Rwandan landscape, while the richly-detailed interiors exhibit surfaces and screens made from a variety of woven materials with strong resonance in Rwandan culture.

  • Hotel website: Bisate Lodge
  • Other accolades: Bisate Lodge features in my list of the best new hotels of 2017.


2. FOUR SEASONS TENTED CAMP GOLDEN TRIANGLE, THAILAND

A natural paradise surrounded by majestic mountains, Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle puts you in an exquisite bamboo jungle close to some of Thailand’s oldest civilizations. Here, you can ride an elephant, take a nature stroll, and discover the customs of northern Thailand’s most colorful hilltribes. Four Seasons Tented Camp contains just 15 tents, tucked away into the trees and designed in a lavish safari style by Bill Bensley. Inside the tents, you can stretch out in 54 square meters (581 square feet) of living space appointed with leather-and-hardwood bush chairs, paddle fans and a hardwood desk, or soothe your muscles in a custom-made wooden hot tub on the outdoor deck. Guests spend days feeding, bathing and riding the elephants, enjoying fine dining, and relaxing in the intimate spa before retreating to their luxurious accommodations cocooned in the trees.

  • Hotel website: Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle
  • Other accolades: Four Seasons Golden Triangle also features in my top 10 lists of the best luxury hotels in Thailand, the world’s most expensive hotels, the world’s most remote luxury hotels, and the most luxurious glamping sites.
  • Tip: enjoy exclusive VIP amenities when booking via Virtuoso (e.g. daily breakfast and $100 USD spa credit).


1. IVORY LODGE, LION SANDS GAME RESERVE, SOUTH AFRICA

Ivory Lodge, which was recently completely renovated, offers its guests an African Bushveld experience in lavish comfort. Extraordinarily beautiful in its simplicity and texture, the lodge’s timeless design incorporates steel, wood, thatch, glass, water & sand enhancing the surrounding bush environment. A sophisticated contemporary theme defines the interiors, with bold furniture and edgy décor, ambient lighting, inferences of tribal design and highly textured finishes. Each of the 8 villas include a private rim flow pool, exquisitely appointed bedroom and lounge, and simply more of everything. The more adventurous may want to opt to stay at one of ultraluxurious treehouses operated by the same management of in the same wildlife reserve, guaranteeing a once in a lifetime experience and the ultimate African bush experience, safely above ground and semi-encased in glass.

  • Hotel website: Ivory Lodge Lion Sands
  • Other accolades: Ivory Lodge Lion Sands also features in my top 10 lists of the best hotels in South Africa, the world’s most amazing outdoor hotel rooms, the world’s best honeymoon resorts, the most exclusive safari lodges in South Africa, and Africa’s most insanely beautiful safari lodges.
  • Review: read my review of Ivory Lodge’s sister property, River Lodge Lion Sands, here (including a tour of one of the treehouses).


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Travel tip: enjoy discounts & benefits with a Maldives & Sri Lanka combo package

Friday newsletters always feature luxury travel contests, tips, series, or news.

Today (June 8, 2018): Travel tip: enjoy discounts with a Maldives & Sri Lanka package

I am in the midst of publishing a series of trip reports about the Maldives and Sri Lanka, where I recently enjoyed a great holiday. Both countries can be easily combined in one itinerary since there are numerous direct flights – most of them operated by SriLankan Airlines – between Sri Lanka and the Maldives (with a flight time of around one hour).

Now may be a good time to experience the two jewels of the Indian Ocean, the Maldives and Sri Lanka, since the country’s top hotel brands – Soneva Resorts and Resplendent Ceylon – have joined forces to offer a combo package.

Resplendent Ceylon’s collection of small, luxury resorts offer the discerning traveller a sublime tour of Sri Lanka, experiencing 3 of the country’s best known attractions: sea, tea, and safari. You can immerse yourself in the local tea culture 1,250 m (4100 ft) above sea level in the world’s first tea bungalow resort – Ceylon Tea Trails – bordering the World Heritage Central Highlands. Cape Weligama’s sumptuous beach resort takes pride of place on soaring cliffs, with breathtaking panoramas along its storied coast. And then there are Sri Lanka’s majestic leopards at the Wild Coast Tented Lodge – a luxury camp on the edge of the Yala National Park where the jungle meets the Indian Ocean (and which I reviewed here).

CAPE WELIGAMA, SRI LANKA

After touring Sri Lanka, you can head across the Indian Ocean to the crystal clear waters and phenomenal beaches of the Maldives, exploring its rich marine life or simply unwinding away from it all at one of the Soneva resorts. You can take your pick of the island paradise that is Soneva Fushi (which I reviewed here), the overwater havens at Soneva Jani (which I reviewed here), or head into the open sea aboard Soneva In Aqua (which I reviewed here). This August might be a great moment to be in the Maldives since Chef Kenji Gyoten makes his return to Soneva Fushi. His restaurant in Fukuoka, Sushi Gyoten, has a six-month long waiting list – but why wait when you can sample his culinary craftsmanship at Soneva Fushi? Chef Gyoten is one of only a handful of chefs with three Michelin stars and the youngest three star chef in Japan. He will be at Soneva Fushi between August 18 – 29, 2018 and the sushi counter of the resort’s newest overwater dining venue – Out of the Blue – will be the stage upon which he will be using the hontegaeshi (hand flip) technique of Edomae nigiri to prepare his bite-sized morsels.

SONEVA IN AQUA, MALDIVES

When you book your stay at a minimum of two resorts between Resplendent Ceylon Resorts and Soneva Resorts as part of the same trip, you will get several benefits: 

  • A 10% discount on all villa rates (except at Ceylon Tea Trails where the villa rates discount is 5%).
  • One complimentary Soneva experience during your stay at Soneva Fushi and/or Soneva Jani : a cooking class; a private dinner; a father & son picnic and mother & daughter spa; or a cheese and red wine tasting with gourmet canapés, chocolates, ice cream and mocktails for the children.
  • An upgrade at Soneva Fushi, based on availability at check in (Soneva ambassador benefit).

Terms & conditions apply to this offer:

  • The offer is valid from 11 December 2017 – 17 December 2018.
  • Blackout dates apply: 22 December 2017 – 10 January 2018; 1 – 28 February 2018; 24 March – 7 April 2018.
  • The offer is valid for any number of nights in any room / villa category.
  • The offer is applicable for new bookings only.
  • The offer is subject to resort’s availability.

If you are interested in this combo package, drop me an email at info@theluxurytravelexpert.com, after which I will introduce you to the reservation departments of Soneva and Resplendent Ceylon.

Stay tuned for Monday when I reveal a new top 10 travel list.


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Review: Wild Coast Tented Lodge (Yala National Park, Sri Lanka)

Wednesday newsletters always feature a hotel or flight review.

Last March, I enjoyed a sublime holiday in the Maldives and Sri Lanka. You can read my trip reports here:


Today (June 6, 2018): Review of Wild Coast Tented Lodge (Yala, Sri Lanka).

Resplendent Ceylon’s latest creation is Wild Coast Tented Lodge, adjacent to the world-famous Yala National Park, renowned for its dense leopard population. This luxury tented camp is situated in a stunning location where the jungle meets the pristine shoreline, overlooking the blue waters of the Indian Ocean. The lodge’s 28 tented accommodations blend seamlessly into the surrounding landscape thanks to the use of carefully selected natural materials. A clever layout in the shape of a leopard’s paw print alludes to the area’s most famous resident. The open-air bamboo-clad dining pavilion – designed to mirror the boulders scattered across the golden beach beyond – wraps around the resort’s lovely free-form swimming pool.

Wild Coast Tented Lodge features in my lists of the 10 best hotels in Sri Lanka and the best new hotels of 2017.

In this review (more info below my Youtube clip & slideshow):

  • Pros & things I like
  • Cons & things to know
  • My verdict
  • Tips for future guests & save money
  • Best time to visit
  • How to get there
  • Photos

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PROS & THINGS I LIKE
  • Wild Coast Tented Lodge is a 10 minute drive away from the Palatupana entrance of Sri Lanka’s most famous game reserve, Yala National Park. Yala was designated a wildlife sanctuary in 1900 and was designated a national park in 1938.  Ironically, the park was initially used as a hunting ground for the elite under British rule. Yala is home to 44 varieties of mammal and 215 bird species. Frequently spotted animals are majestic elephants, sloth bears, sambars, jackals, spotted dear, peacocks, and crocodiles. However, Yala is most famous for its leopards, since the park has the world’s highest concentration of these wild cats. Seeing a leopard at Yala National Park is almost a certainty, although you have to be prepared to share this sighting with hordes of other tourists (more on that below).
  • The property is situated in a stunning and remote location on Sri Lanka’s southern coast, a five-hour drive from the capital Colombo and Sri Lanka’s main airport, Bandaranaike International Airport. The lodge sits on a patch of shoreline where the thick, scrubby bushland meets a pristine and empty beach, overlooking the blue waters of the Indian Ocean. It’s a spot of dramatic beauty and rugged wilderness, made more so by the fact that the lodge is not fenced off, so there’s always a chance you wake up to the sound of monkeys playfully jumping between the trees or elephants dipping their trunks in the lodge’s waterholes.
  • The boutique lodge is built to provide its guests an intimate wilderness experience, celebrating the flora, fauna and culture of the area, with minimal intrusion on the landscape. Thanks to the lodge’s unique design – masterminded by Nomadic Resorts, a consortium of Dutch, English and Sri Lankan designers – and the use of carefully selected natural materials, the property’s man-made structures blend seamlessly into the surrounding scenery of dryland forest and the rugged sandy coastline. The lodge’s bold architecture references natural formations in Yala’s landscape, namely the massive rounded rocks scattered throughout the national park, at a macro scale, and termite mounds, at a micro scale.
  • The camp’s main buildings peek out above the bush as outcrops of boulder-like pavilions, designed to mirror the boulders flanking the golden sand beach beyond. One end of the site features an open-air reception pavilion where check-in/out is done, while the other end of the lodge site features and ocean-front pavilion that houses the bar, restaurant and library under a 10 m (33 ft) high bamboo-clad dome. The library doubles up as an educational centre where guests learn about the wildlife in the park and watch documentaries, further explained by the lodge’s expert guides. The airy interiors of the public areas feature eco-chic elegance with a contemporary design twist (e.g. mud brick seating installations in the dining area).
  • The lodge features a large free-style swimming pool, which wraps around and flows through the main pavilion. The pool is filled with saltwater, unheated and has a shallow end. At night, it lights up, mirroring the starry sky above. In front of the pool is a large lawn that’s scattered with loungers, all of which face the ocean and the wild beach.
  • The welcome area and the dining complex are connected via a maze of pathways meandering through the natural landscape along which the 28 tented accommodations – called cocoons – are located. The air-conditioned cocoons feature an open-plan sleeping and living area beneath a high-domed roof. The vintage themed interiors fuse colonial expedition chic with contemporary design innovations, from freestanding handmade copper bathtubs to sumptuous four-poster beds. All cocoons features a similar layout, although there are some differences: 4 secluded beach-facing cocoons feature private plunge pools, while 8 cocoons sport an adjoining twin-bedded Urchin tent, a perfect choice for families with kids.
  • Except for the beach-facing accommodations, all cocoons are clustered in six groups of four tents. Resembling a leopard paw print, each cluster overlooks a waterhole designed to attract a variety of birdlife and amphibians, which can be viewed from each cocoon’s outdoor viewing deck. The six clusters carry the scientific name of animals in the park: panthera (leopard), langur (monkey), elephas (elephant), ursus (bear), aquila (eagle), and cervus (deer).
  • The lodge features only one restaurant, located in the open-air dining pavilion, serving delicious food at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Lunch is a la carte with daily changing, interestingly curated set menus, ranging from (beautifully presented) Sri Lankan rice and curry to burgers, pasta and some more refined options. At dinner, expect fresh seafood and fish from Sri Lanka, and imported meats such as rack of lamb and rib eye steak brought to flavour with a coveted arsenal of local spices and served fresh from the tandoor oven. Breakfast options are a bit limited with a choice of Sri Lankan or international breakfast.
  • The lodge features a small, intimate spa facility, hidden in the dense bush, featuring two treatment rooms. Key to the lodge’s wellness experience are two native Sri Lankan ingredients, Ceylon Tea and Ceylon Cinnamon, both of which we use liberally in our oils, scrubs and poultices.
  • The lodge is managed by Resplendent Ceylon, a subsidiary of Dilmah Tea, a family owned business whose unique resorts offer curious travellers diverse experiences linked to Sri Lanka’s history, culture and nature. Resplendent Ceylon‘s first resort was the award-winning Ceylon Tea Trails in the Central Highlands. This was followed by Cape Weligama, a luxe cliffside retreat near Galle that set a new benchmark for luxury when it opened in 2014. A resort near Sigiriya, in Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle, is still under development. You can easily combine a stay at Wild Coast Tented Lodge with a vacation at Resplendent Ceylon’s other properties to experience the very best that Sri Lanka has to offer: beach, safari, and tea.
  • All Resplendent Ceylon resorts are underpinned by an unwavering commitment to sustainability and ethical business practice and Wild Coast Tented Lodge exemplifies this ethos, with a wide variety of eco initiatives. Grey water is recycled from guest rooms and public areas for use in landscaping, whilst a solar plant meets 40% of energy needs and organic waste is composted on site for use in the landscape. The hotel also boasts a conservation station dedicated to monitoring and protecting vulnerable wildlife within the surrounding area, including the Sri Lankan leopard.
  • Wild Coast Tented Lodge organises safari excursions into Yala National Park, which take place either in the early morning or late afternoon, since the wildlife tends to be more active during the cooler times of the day. Safaris are led by the lodge’s resident naturalist guides, although the lodge partly outsources this activity as it doesn’t (yet) have its own safari vehicles (they use local jeeps). Safaris tend to last about 4 hours and when you are booked on the morning safari, you will be offered a light-breakfast before departure as well as a snack box during the safari.
  • Wild Coast Tented Lodge is a member of Relais & Chateaux, which represents a global collection of individually owned and operated luxury hotels and restaurants. The number of Relais & Chateaux members changes as new members are added and others drop away; the group currently has over 500 members in 60 countries on five continents. Strongly represented in Europe, the association is growing in North America, Asia and Africa. The group is known for its strict admission standards. In addition to luxurious facilities, members must have special features distinguishing them from chain hotels.
  • The lodge offers all inclusive rates, including breakfast, lunch, afternoon cream tea, dinner, beverages including select spirits & wines, in room mini bar, one daily game drive, limited laundry, Wi-Fi, taxes & service charge (subject to change).

CONS & THINGS TO KNOW

Wild Coast Tented Lodge is a brilliant addition to Sri Lanka’s hotel scene and the best safari lodge in the country. The lodge’s setting is breathtaking and the design, food, and service are top-notch. However, to set your expectations right, you need to know the following when considering a stay here:

  • When you come to Yala, you come for a safari, and unfortunately, that can be a deeply disturbing wildlife experience because of the tourist crowds (although there’s not much the lodge can do about it). The overcrowding issue at Yala National Park is a longstanding issue, well-known to disrupt the park’s wildlife, jeopardize the nature experience of visitors and endanger the lives of animals. To give you an idea, we spotted a leopard and within 5 minutes, there were at least 20 other safari vehicles on the same small jungle road, caused by the frenzied use of mobile phones to spread the word about the elusive sighting. We were stuck in this ‘jeep jam’ for at least 30 minutes. I can only hope that Sri Lanka’s government drastically increases its effort to respect the animals by limiting the number of vehicles allowed into the national park and especially near a leopard sighting. If you expect an intimate safari like the ones in Africa, you will be deeply disappointed.
  • The lodge is not fenced so wildlife freely moves around the lodge. Although it is uncommon, elephants and leopards have been spotted on the site of the lodge. Although most wildlife enthusiasts would be thrilled by such a special sighting, some may feel a little uncomfortable with all the wildlife around them, especially when walking between the main lodge and the cocoons. However, it should not be too much of an issue since the staff is aways there to escort you.
  • Although the lodge is located ocean front, it doesn’t have the vibe of a beach resort (nor does it pretend to be a beach resort). The beach is a wild stretch of golden sand flanked by boulders and the ocean is too rough to even dare a splash. You should only stay at this visually stunning place to experience the magnificent Sri Lankan wilderness in all its grandeur and not because you’re looking forward to a beach holiday.
  • IMHO, the lodge has made some odd choices in its catering department. For example, a daily changing (and rather expensive) 3-course set menu was offered during lunch (in addition to the menu), but not during dinner. Somehow, I would have preferred it the other way around. Also, when you book a morning safari at Yala National Park, you won’t be back in time to enjoy a breakfast (since breakfast is served no later than 10 am). Although a light breakfast before the start of the safari and a snack box during the trip are provided, it would be desirable that guests are still offered a full breakfast upon return at the lodge (similar to what’s the case in Africa’s top safari lodges).
  • All cocoons feature a king sized bed, so the bed-configuration is not ideal when you are traveling with a friend.

MY VERDICT
  • Location: 9/10
  • Design: 9/10
  • Pool: 8/10
  • Rooms: 8/10
  • Food: 8/10
  • Breakfast: 8/10
  • Spa: 8/10
  • Service: 9/10
  • Value for money: 9/10
  • Overall experience: very good: 8,6/10

TIPS FOR FUTURE GUESTS & SAVE MONEY
  • Save money: read my tips for getting the best deal at a luxury hotel like Wild Coast Tented Lodge (and/or receive many free perks).
  • Save money: Resplendent Ceylon offers subtantial discounts when you combine Wild Coast Tented Lodge with any other of their properties in Sri Lanka.
  • Save money: Resplendent Ceylon and Soneva Maldives (my favorite hotel brand in the world) offer a great Maldives-Sri Lanka combo package. When you book your stay at a minimum of two of the resorts between Resplendent Ceylon Resorts and Soneva Resorts as part of the same trip during 2018, you will receive a 10% discount on the accommodation rates and one complimentary Soneva experience during your stay at Soneva Fushi and/or Soneva Jani.
  • Room tip: all cocoons feature a similar layout, so you can’t go wrong with any of them. Four secluded beach-facing cocoons feature private plunge pools, great for honeymooners, while 8 cocoons sport an adjoining twin-bedded Urchin tent, a perfect choice for families with kids.
  • Read my tips for preparing your trip in time.

BEST TIME TO VISIT

Its equatorial position means that temperatures in Sri Lanka are fairly constant year round, with coastal regions enjoying average temperatures of 25-30°C (77 -86°F) and the highlands 15-18°C (59-65°F) on average. The tropical climate in Sri Lanka is complex as it is dictated by two monsoon seasons:

  • The south-western monsoon brings rain to the Sri Lanka southern and western regions between May and September, while the dry season in this region runs from December to March. These regions are Sri Lanka’s most popular tourist areas (e.g. Colombo, resort towns, and Yala National Park).
  • The north-eastern monsoon brings wind and rain to Sri Lanka’s north and eastern coastal regions between mid-November and January, and drier weather between May and September.
  • There’s also an inter-monsoonal season in October and the first half of November, which sees fine weather for most of the island interspersed with sudden thunderstorms.

All in all, the drier transition months of April and September are the best to see the whole country. As with many South-East Asian destinations, the period from December to mid-April is considered the peak season for overall weather and therefore overall visitor numbers.


HOW TO GET THERE

Wild Coast Tented Lodge is a five-hour drive away from the capital Colombo and Sri Lanka’s main airport, Bandaranaike International Airport. You could hire a car in Colombo and drive to the lodge yourself, but you might want to consider enlisting a driver instead.


WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: RECEPTION PAVILION
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: RECEPTION PAVILION
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: RECEPTION PAVILION
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: RECEPTION PAVILION
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: RECEPTION PAVILION
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: RECEPTION PAVILION
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: RECEPTION PAVILION
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: RECEPTION PAVILION
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: RECEPTION PAVILION
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: RECEPTION PAVILION
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WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: COCOONS
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: COCOONS
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: COCOONS
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: COCOONS
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: COCOONS
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: COCOONS
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: COCOONS
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: COCOONS
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: COCOONS
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: COCOONS
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: COCOONS
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: COCOONS
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: COCOONS
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: COCOONS
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: COCOONS
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: COCOONS
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: COCOONS
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: COCOONS
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: WATERHOLES
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: WATERHOLES
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: WATERHOLES
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: WATERHOLES
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: WATERHOLES
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: WATERHOLES
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: COCOON SUITE - EXTERIOR
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: COCOON SUITE – EXTERIOR
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: COCOON SUITE - EXTERIOR
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: COCOON SUITE – EXTERIOR
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: COCOON SUITE - EXTERIOR
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: COCOON SUITE – EXTERIOR
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: COCOON SUITE - EXTERIOR
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: COCOON SUITE – EXTERIOR
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: COCOON SUITE - BEDROOM
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: COCOON SUITE – BEDROOM
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: COCOON SUITE - BEDROOM
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: COCOON SUITE – BEDROOM
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: COCOON SUITE - BEDROOM
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: COCOON SUITE – BEDROOM
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: COCOON SUITE - BEDROOM
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: COCOON SUITE – BEDROOM
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: COCOON SUITE - BEDROOM
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: COCOON SUITE – BEDROOM
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: COCOON SUITE - BEDROOM
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: COCOON SUITE – BEDROOM
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: COCOON SUITE - BEDROOM
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: COCOON SUITE – BEDROOM
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: COCOON SUITE - BEDROOM
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: COCOON SUITE – BEDROOM
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: COCOON SUITE - BEDROOM
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: COCOON SUITE – BEDROOM
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: COCOON SUITE - BEDROOM
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: COCOON SUITE – BEDROOM
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: COCOON SUITE - BEDROOM
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: COCOON SUITE – BEDROOM
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: COCOON SUITE - BEDROOM
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: COCOON SUITE – BEDROOM
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: COCOON SUITE - BEDROOM
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: COCOON SUITE – BEDROOM
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: COCOON SUITE - BATHROOM
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: COCOON SUITE – BATHROOM
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: COCOON SUITE - BATHROOM
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: COCOON SUITE – BATHROOM
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: COCOON SUITE - BATHROOM
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: COCOON SUITE – BATHROOM
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: COCOON SUITE - BATHROOM
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: COCOON SUITE – BATHROOM
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: COCOON SUITE - BATHROOM
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: COCOON SUITE – BATHROOM
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: COCOON SUITE - BATHROOM
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: COCOON SUITE – BATHROOM
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: COCOON SUITE - BATHROOM
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: COCOON SUITE – BATHROOM
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: COCOON SUITE - MINIBAR
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: COCOON SUITE – MINIBAR
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: COCOON SUITE - MINIBAR
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: COCOON SUITE – MINIBAR
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: COCOON SUITE - MINIBAR
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: COCOON SUITE – MINIBAR
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: DINING & BAR PAVILION
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: DINING & BAR PAVILION
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: DINING & BAR PAVILION
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: DINING & BAR PAVILION
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: ENTRANCE TO BAR
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: ENTRANCE TO BAR
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: BAR
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: BAR
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: BAR
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: BAR
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: BAR
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: BAR
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: BAR
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: BAR
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: BAR
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: BAR
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: BAR
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: BAR
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: BAR
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: BAR
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: BAR
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: BAR
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: LIBRARY
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: LIBRARY
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: LIBRARY
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: LIBRARY
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: LIBRARY
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: LIBRARY
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: LIBRARY
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: LIBRARY
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: RESTAURANT
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: RESTAURANT
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: RESTAURANT
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: RESTAURANT
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: RESTAURANT
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: RESTAURANT
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: RESTAURANT
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: RESTAURANT
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: RESTAURANT
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: RESTAURANT
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: RESTAURANT
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: RESTAURANT
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: SWIMMING POOL
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: SWIMMING POOL
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: SWIMMING POOL
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: SWIMMING POOL
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: SWIMMING POOL
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: SWIMMING POOL
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: SWIMMING POOL
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: SWIMMING POOL
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: SWIMMING POOL
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: SWIMMING POOL
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: SWIMMING POOL
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: SWIMMING POOL
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: SWIMMING POOL
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: SWIMMING POOL
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: SWIMMING POOL
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: SWIMMING POOL
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: SWIMMING POOL
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: SWIMMING POOL
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: SWIMMING POOL
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: SWIMMING POOL
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: SWIMMING POOL
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: SWIMMING POOL
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: SWIMMING POOL
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: SWIMMING POOL
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: SWIMMING POOL
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: SWIMMING POOL
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: OCEAN-FRONT LAWN
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: OCEAN-FRONT LAWN
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: OCEAN-FRONT LAWN
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: OCEAN-FRONT LAWN
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: OCEAN-FRONT LAWN
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: OCEAN-FRONT LAWN
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: OCEAN-FRONT LAWN
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: OCEAN-FRONT LAWN
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: BEACH
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: BEACH
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: BEACH
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: BEACH
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: BEACH
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: BEACH
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: BEACH
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: BEACH
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: BEACH
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: BEACH
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: BEACH
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: BEACH
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: BEACH
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: BEACH
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: BEACH
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: BEACH
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: BEACH
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: BEACH
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: SPA
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: SPA
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: SPA
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: SPA
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: SPA
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: SPA
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: SPA
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: SPA
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: SPA
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: SPA
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: SPA
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: SPA
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: SPA
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: SPA
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: LUNCH
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: LUNCH
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: LUNCH
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: LUNCH
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: LUNCH
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: LUNCH
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: LUNCH
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: LUNCH
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: LUNCH
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: LUNCH
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: LUNCH
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: LUNCH
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: LUNCH
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: LUNCH
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: LUNCH
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: LUNCH
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: LUNCH
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: LUNCH
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE AT NIGHT
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE AT NIGHT
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE AT NIGHT
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE AT NIGHT
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE AT NIGHT
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE AT NIGHT
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE AT NIGHT
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE AT NIGHT
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE AT NIGHT
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE AT NIGHT
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE AT NIGHT
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE AT NIGHT
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE AT NIGHT
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE AT NIGHT
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: DINNER
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: DINNER
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: DINNER
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: DINNER
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: DINNER
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: DINNER
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: DINNER
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: DINNER
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: DINNER
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: DINNER
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: DINNER
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: DINNER
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: DINNER
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: DINNER
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: DINNER
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: DINNER
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: DINNER
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: DINNER
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: DINNER
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: DINNER
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: DINNER
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: DINNER
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: DINNER
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: DINNER
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: DINNER
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: DINNER
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: DINNER
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: DINNER
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: DINNER
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: DINNER
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: SUNRISE
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: SUNRISE
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: PRE-SAFARI BREAKFAST
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: PRE-SAFARI BREAKFAST
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: PRE-SAFARI BREAKFAST
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: PRE-SAFARI BREAKFAST
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: PRE-SAFARI BREAKFAST
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: PRE-SAFARI BREAKFAST
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: PRE-SAFARI BREAKFAST
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: PRE-SAFARI BREAKFAST
SAFARI IN YALA NATIONAL PARK
SAFARI IN YALA NATIONAL PARK
SAFARI IN YALA NATIONAL PARK
SAFARI IN YALA NATIONAL PARK
SAFARI IN YALA NATIONAL PARK
SAFARI IN YALA NATIONAL PARK
SAFARI IN YALA NATIONAL PARK
SAFARI IN YALA NATIONAL PARK
SAFARI IN YALA NATIONAL PARK
SAFARI IN YALA NATIONAL PARK

SAFARI IN YALA NATIONAL PARK

SAFARI IN YALA NATIONAL PARK
SAFARI IN YALA NATIONAL PARK
SAFARI IN YALA NATIONAL PARK
SAFARI IN YALA NATIONAL PARK
SAFARI IN YALA NATIONAL PARK
SAFARI IN YALA NATIONAL PARK
SAFARI IN YALA NATIONAL PARK
SAFARI IN YALA NATIONAL PARK
SAFARI IN YALA NATIONAL PARK
SAFARI IN YALA NATIONAL PARK
SAFARI IN YALA NATIONAL PARK
SAFARI IN YALA NATIONAL PARK
SAFARI IN YALA NATIONAL PARK
SAFARI IN YALA NATIONAL PARK
SAFARI IN YALA NATIONAL PARK
SAFARI IN YALA NATIONAL PARK
SAFARI IN YALA NATIONAL PARK: SNACK BOX
SAFARI IN YALA NATIONAL PARK: SNACK BOX
SAFARI IN YALA NATIONAL PARK
SAFARI IN YALA NATIONAL PARK
SAFARI IN YALA NATIONAL PARK
SAFARI IN YALA NATIONAL PARK
SAFARI IN YALA NATIONAL PARK
SAFARI IN YALA NATIONAL PARK
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: FULL BREAKFAST
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: FULL BREAKFAST
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: FULL BREAKFAST
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: FULL BREAKFAST
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: FULL BREAKFAST
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: FULL BREAKFAST
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: FULL BREAKFAST
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: FULL BREAKFAST
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: FULL BREAKFAST
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: FULL BREAKFAST
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: FULL BREAKFAST
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: FULL BREAKFAST
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: FULL BREAKFAST
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: FULL BREAKFAST
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: FULL BREAKFAST
WILD COAST TENTED LODGE: FULL BREAKFAST

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Top 10 best things to see & do in Sri Lanka

Monday newsletters always feature top 10 travel lists to inspire.

Today (May 28, 2018): Top 10 best things to see & do in Sri Lanka.

Since the end of the civil war between the Sri Lankan government and the Tamil Tigers in 2009, Sri Lanka has been ascending the must-go-now lists. The island – often nicknamed the Teardrop of India or Pearl of the Indian Ocean – lures travelers with miles of tropical coastline and a jungle-clad interior. Home to remarkable ancient ruins, attractive tea estates, wildlife-rich national parks, and world-class hotels, it’s the ideal place to combine a cultural tour with an exciting safari and a bit of downtime at the beach. So, whether you’re a couple looking for a romantic getaway, a family looking to entertain the kids or a solo traveller seeking peace and quiet, Sri Lanka has something for everyone. Here’s my top 10 list of the best things to see & do in Sri Lanka.

There’s more info below the slide show. Think I missed one? Share your favorite place or activity in Sri Lanka in the comments section, or take my poll below!

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10. EXPLORE COLOMBO

Making an excellent start or finish to your Sri Lankan holiday, the capital Colombo boasts a rich colonial heritage, featuring a melting pot of races, religions and cultures. Known as ‘Kolon thota’ – the native name of the city meaning ‘port’ – it became ‘Colombo’ under colonial rule. With a rapidly changing skyline, the city is an eclectic mix of old and new, with shiny office towers neighboring red-tiled colonial-era buildings. Make sure to visit one of the bustling street markets which brim with fragrant spices, colorful silks, and fresh fruits. Make time to visit the Old Dutch Hospital close to the Colombo Fort. And end the day with a sunset on Galle Face Green, the city’s ocean-front urban park which is a popular destination for children, vendors, lovers, kite flyers, and merrymakers.


9. CLIMB SIGIRIYA ROCK

One of Sri Lanka’s seven World Heritage Sites and referred to by locals as the Eighth Wonder of the World, these remnants of a ruined palace – built by the parricidal King Kassapa I (477–95) – lie on the steep slopes and summit of a granite peak standing some 180m (600 ft) high – the ‘Lion’s Rock’ – which dominates the jungle from all sides. In its heyday, Sigiriya lived up to the name, with a series of galleries and staircases emerging from the mouth of a gigantic lion constructed of bricks and plaster provide access to the site. The head is long gone, but two huge paws sit either side of what’s left of the stone stairs that once led past giant teeth, winding their way up to the elaborate villas, gardens and pools of the palace proper.


8. SAVOR LOCAL CUISINE

A holiday to Sri Lanka – the island of rice and curry – is an opportunity to feast on its rich, melting-pot cuisine, which is influenced by its geography. Positioned in the Indian Ocean between Eastern and Western culture, you can expect an abundance of incredible dishes, with liberal use of locally grown tropical fruit, fresh seafood and a coveted arsenal of spices. Though Sri Lankan food is heavily influenced by Indonesian and Indian culinary elements, it remains distinctly its own form of cuisine, offering a vivid array of flavor combinations. Think sweet caramelized onion relishes, bitter melon, spicy scraped coconut, the burn of curry tamed by mild rice, and palm sugar sweetened desserts!


7. MAKE THE PELGRIMAGE TO ADAM’S PEAK

Located in the southern reaches of the Central Highlands, the soaring summit of Adam’s peak is one of Sri Lanka’s most iconic natural landmarks, a 2,243 m (7,359 ft) tall conical mountain which stands head and shoulders above the surrounding forested hills, with no mountain of comparable size nearby. Adam’s Peak is also a Buddhist place of worship and has been an object of pilgrimage for over a thousand years. The peak pilgrimage season is in April and the goal is to be on top of the mountain at sunrise, when the distinctive shape of the mountain casts a triangular shadow on the surrounding plain and can be seen to move quickly downward as the sun rises. Climbing at night can be a remarkable experience, with the lights of the path leading up and into the stars overhead.


6. TAKE A WHALE WATCH EXCURSION

Sri Lanka is one of the world’s best places for whale watching, as nowhere else on earth does the world’s biggest creature – the blue whale – swim so close to land, so reliably. You have a ninety percent chance that humpback and blue whales will nonchalantly glide past you when you embark on a whale watching excursion off the coast of Sri Lanka. The ideal locations for whale watching are Dondra Point (accessible from Galle, Hikkaduwa and Mirissa) and Trincomalee. Sadly, crowded boats and unethical practices can make for a deeply disturbing wildlife experience, but the Sri Lanka Coast Guard has increased efforts to control the distance, method of approach, and maximum speed that boats have to follow, in order to ensure that the whales’ natural habitat is not disturbed.


5. INDULGE IN AYURVEDA

One of the world’s oldest forms of healing, Ayurveda — derived from the Sanskrit words for life (ayuh) and knowledge or science (veda) — originated in India more than 3,000 years ago and soon spread to Sri Lanka, where Sinhalese kings established Ayurveda treatment centres in the ancient cities of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa. In Ayurveda, a combination of herbs, diet, massage, hydrotherapy and oil treatment is used to treat everything from stress to diabetes, migraine, asthma, arthritis and high blood pressure. Ayurveda specialists will tell you that this form of treatment also helps boost the immune system, promotes a general sense of well-being and even helps delay the ageing process. With many in the West turning from medicine which treats only the body, towards a more holistic approach, Sri Lanka has become destination for those seeking solace in the Ayurvedic principle of body, mind and soul.


4. SIP TEA IN THE CENTRAL HIGHLANDS

Rising more than 2500 m (8000 ft) above sea-level, Sri Lanka’s Central Highlands are a world away from the sweltering coastal lowlands. The landscape of rushing waterfalls, plunging ravines, and rugged peak has earned a spot on the UNESCO World Heritage Site. These verdant highlands are also home to Sri Lanka’s tea heritage with several historic tea plantations clinging precariously to the steep hillsides, a vestige of British colonial culture. Tamil women picking delicate tea leaves by hand in their colorful saris with the mountains as a background is one of Sri Lanka’s most defining images. Over the past few years, several once decrepit colonial-era tea planters’ bungalows have been restored and turned into boutique hotels catering to ‘tea tourists’.


3. STROLL THROUGH GALLE FORT

Founded in the 16th century by the Portuguese, Galle reached the height of its development as a trading port in the 18th century when the Dutch extensively fortified this rocky promontory on the Sri Lankan coast. The Dutch lost Galle Fort to the British in 1796, after which the importance of the fort declined since the British used Colombo as their main base. Nowadays, the old beautiful buildings are impeccably restored into stylish cafes, quirky boutiques and upscale hotels. Galle Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1988 because it is the best example of a fortified city built by Europeans in South and South-East Asia, showing the interaction between European architectural styles and South Asian traditions.


2. SPOT LEOPARDS IN YALA NATIONAL PARK

Situated in Sri Lanka’s south-east hugging the panoramic Indian Ocean, Yala was designated a wildlife sanctuary in 1900 and was designated a national park in 1938. Ironically, the park was initially used as a hunting ground for the elite under British rule. Yala is home to 44 varieties of mammal and 215 bird species. Frequently spotted animals are majestic elephants, sloth bears, sambars, jackals, spotted dear, peacocks, and crocodiles. However, Yala is most famous for its leopards, since the park has the world’s highest concentration of these wild cats. Seeing a leopard is almost a certainty, although you have to be prepared to share a sighting with throngs of other tourists. The best time to visit Yala is between February and July when the water levels of the park are low, bringing animals into the open.


1. RELAX ON A TROPICAL BEACH

For many people, a holiday in Sri Lanka is all about beaches and the country does no disappointment in this department since it’s fringed by 1340 km (830 mi) of tropical coastline and beautiful golden sand beaches. With so many beaches to choose from, it’s a hard job picking the best one, but IMHO, the beaches around Tangalle on the island’s visually-pleasing south coast – sheltered by rocky promontories and quiet coves – are the most magnificent in the country. They represent  exactly what you want a tropical beach to resemble with dozens of swaying palms, expansive stretches of gold sand and clear, turquoise waters. The area was badly hit by the devastating Boxing Day tsunami in 2004, but everything has been rebuilt since then.


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Travel news: this month (May 2018) in luxury travel

Friday newsletters always feature travel contests, tips, series, or news.

Today (May 25, 2018): May 2018 luxury travel news.

Every last Friday of the month, you can read my news round-up of what’s happening in the world of luxury travel. In this issue:

  1. Mandarin Oriental announces a new hotel in Muscat, Oman
  2. Mandarin Oriental will open a new hotel in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  3. The Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas will become a Waldorf Astoria hotel
  4. Air New Zealand is revamping its Business Class cabin
  5. WOW Air announces it first route to Asia
  6. Viceroy debuts its newest property in Los Cabos, Mexico
  7. Four Seasons will open a new resort in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  8. Delta will debut its new cabin crew uniforms next week
  9. SilkAir will be merged into Singapore Airlines
  10. Southwest Airlines will start flying to Hawaii
FOUR SEASONS RESORT FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA


1. Mandarin Oriental announces a new project in Muscat, Oman

The ultra-luxe Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has announced that it will manage a new resort and branded residences in Muscat, the capital of Oman, which is expected to open in 2021. Mandarin Oriental, Muscat will feature 150 guestrooms and suites, five restaurants and bars, a spa, and an outdoor swimming pool. A variety of banqueting and meeting spaces will accommodate social and business events. The group will also manage 155 Residences at Mandarin Oriental, which will feature some of the most select private apartments in the capital ranging from 75 to 260 square metres. The property will be located on the beach and the low-rise architectural design will take full advantage of the views over the Arabian sea. The hotel will be a 20- minute drive from the airport and will be based in a prestigious and central district with a mix of retail and leisure facilities, including the nearby Royal Opera House, the Grand Mosque and Muttrah, the city’s traditional souk.


2. Mandarin Oriental will open a new hotel in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

There’s some more exciting news from the Mandarin Oriental brand. The group announced that it will manage a new hotel in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, scheduled to open in 2020. The property, which will be called Mandarin Oriental, Saigon, will form part of Union Square Saigon, a commercial building in the heart of the city, that is currently under renovation. The hotel will be situated on the upper floors of this mixed-use complex, which will also house a variety of international luxury retail outlets. Mandarin Oriental, Saigon will comprise 227 guestrooms and suites, six restaurants and bars, a range of meeting and banqueting spaces, a fitness centre, a spa, and an outdoor swimming pool. Mandarin Oriental, Saigon will be adjacent to the Saigon Opera House and the People’s Committee Building and within walking distance of most of the key landmarks in the city. Its position is ideal for guests wishing to enjoy the city’s vibrant dining and shopping areas.


3. The Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas will become a Waldorf Astoria hotel

There’s also some unfortunate news for the Mandarin Oriental group, as the company received notice of termination of its management agreement for the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas. The group will cease managing the hotel with effect from 30 August 2018, after which it will become a Waldorf Astoria hotel. The termination is consequent to the sale of the hotel by CityCenter Holdings, LLC, a joint venture between MGM Resorts and Infinity World Development Corp. Mandarin Oriental launched the property in 2009 and established it as a best hotel in the city. The hotel is one of only 13 properties around the world to have received the Triple Forbes Five Star Award – three five stars for the hotel, the spa and signature restaurant which it has received for seven consecutive years. The hotel towers 47 stories high above the legendary city. With views of the city and the desert, the hotel offers the perfect mix of style, serenity and luxury in a non-gaming and smoke-free environment. Its 392 rooms and suites are fantastically comfortable with a sleek décor incorporating subtle Asian-inspired touches.


4. Air New Zealand is revamping its Business Class cabin

The NZ Herald reports that Air New Zealand has launched a top-secret project to revamp its Business Class cabin. The airline has taken space in a secure building near its downtown Auckland headquarters to develop new seats for its business premier class, timed for fitting into its next generation of long-haul planes early next decade, and for retrofitting into the aircraft that remain in its fleet. While the airline is not releasing details of the project, the test site has been dubbed ”Hangar 22′ and for the past month a handful of its customers, including some of its most frequent long-haul flyers have started trialling early-stage product development. The new Business Class seats are likely to lead to new versions of premium economy and economy seats in other parts of the plane. During testing for new seats participants typically sleep on lie-flat seats for hours, sometimes overnight to provide feedback to airlines and designers. They sample new food, entertainment and service. It is understood work at Hangar 22 is so sensitive that the airline’s top executives are not allowed to enter the site without an innovation team escort.


5. WOW Air announces it first route to Asia

WOW air – the Iceland based low-cost carrier – announced it will launch a new route from the U.S. to Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) in Delhi, India via Iceland. The route will provide millions of Americans in nine major cities across the country affordable access to the bustling Indian metropolis. The route will launch December 5, 2018, giving business and leisure travelers affordable and easy access to the heart of India. One-way fares will start at $199 USD and WOW premium seats will be available for $699 USD. “I am thrilled to broaden WOW air’s offerings and bring low fare international flight service to India,” said Skúli Mogensen, founder and CEO of WOW air. “We are passionate about continuing our mission of enabling everybody to fly by making international travel accessible and affordable for all, and look forward to expanding our global service to provide travellers with the opportunity to see many parts of the globe, whether for business or pleasure.” WOW air will use brand new Airbus A330neo aircrafts on the Delhi route, which are outfitted with the new WOW premium seats offering at least 37 inches of legroom.


6. Viceroy debuts its newest property in Los Cabos, Mexico

The Los Angeles-based Viceroy Hotel Group proudly opened its 15th property worldwide, the Viceroy Los Cabos. The latest addition to The Viceroy Icon Collection – an elite group of the modern luxury brand’s most breathtaking properties – Viceroy Los Cabos is located in the heart of San José del Cabo on the picturesque coast of Baja California. Originally concepted by Mexico-based architect, Miguel Angel Aragonés, and formally known as Mar Adentro, the 194-room masterpiece has re-emerged as a Viceroy property after undergoing renovations and enhancements. With a dreamscape design embracing the natural beauty of water throughout every facet of the resort, the new Viceroy Los Cabos is a canvas for discovery with cinematic views and alluring experiences around every turn. Completely reconceptualized and brand new to the resort are a beachfront pool and bar, a refreshed and vibrant lobby and arrival experience, five dining venues, and a state-of-the-art fitness center curated by Los Angeles-based celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak.


7. Four Seasons will open a new resort in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Positioned along the Atlantic Ocean and the beaches of Fort Lauderdale, the first Four Seasons in Fort Lauderdale will include 90 private residences and 130 hotel rooms. The 22-storey oceanfront property will combine luxury and legendary Four Seasons service for visitors and residents alike. The hotel rooms will reside on the fourth through the 11th floors and the private residences begin on floor five. The property will boast an oceanfront terrace on the third floor with dual pool experiences and luxury cabanas, a world-class Four Seasons spa, fitness centre and a ‘Kids for All Seasons’ program for children. A signature all-day restaurant with interior and alfresco seating will also resides on the oceanfront terrace with a pool bar, lounge and an ocean-view outdoor café. Of the residential portion, the developer has achieved more than USD 100 million in sales to date, a record in Fort Lauderdale that has elevated fully serviced residential offerings in the city. The private residences have been sold to an international mix of buyers from across the Americas and Europe.


8. Delta will debut its new cabin crew uniforms next week

Delta Air Lines is gearing up to launch its new staff uniforms this month, in partnership with New York-based designer Zac Posen. For the past three years, Delta’s dedicated uniform steering committee has worked to ensure the quality and comfort of the new collection meets the highest standards for the airline’s 60,000 uniformed employees. Uniforms will be different depending on whether staff work “over wing” (in the air) or “under wing” (on the ground) but Posen’s signature “Passport Plum” suits will be worn by female cabin crew, while men will be in “Graphite Grey” with purple ties and pocket squares. Delta’s customer service agents, Red Coats, will wear “Cruising Crimson”. The colors were specifically chosen for Delta Air Lines and complement the carrier’s branding. They also set Delta apart from other US airlines that tend to go for patriotic red, white, blue and gray. The new designs will be officially unveiled in a fashion show on May 29.


9. SilkAir will be merged into Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines’ (SIA) regional wing, SilkAir, is to undergo a significant investment program to upgrade its cabin products as part of a multi-year initiative that will ultimately see it merged into SIA. The program will comprise investment of more than $100 million USD to upgrade the wholly owned subsidiary’s cabins with new lie-flat seats in Business Class, and the installation of seat-back in-flight entertainment systems in both Business Class and Economy Class. This will ensure closer product and service consistency across the SIA Group’s full-service network. Aircraft cabin upgrades are expected to start in 2020 due to lead times required by seat suppliers, including to complete certification processes. The merger will take place only after a sufficient number of aircraft have been fitted with the new cabin products. SilkAir operates a fleet of 11 Airbus A320-family aircraft and 22 Boeing 737-800 and 737 MAX 8 aircraft. It is currently transitioning to an all-737 fleet, and serves 49 destinations in 16 countries.


10. Southwest Airlines will start flying to Hawaii

Southwest announced plans to serve four airports in the Hawaiian Islands: Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu (HNL), Kahului Airport on Maui (OGG), Lihue Airport on Kauai (LIH), and Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport at Keahole (KOA) on the leeward side of The Island of Hawaii. Oakland Metropolitan Airport (OAK), San Diego International Airport (SAN), Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC), and Sacramento International Airport (SMF) would gain Hawaii service in the carrier’s flight schedules following FAA authorization for Hawaii service. In the latest of a two-year series of community meetings across the Islands to gain insight ahead of potential service, Southwest President Tom Nealon shared the carrier’s intention to eventually offer some interisland flights as operations ramp up initially across four airports in Hawaii. “The way we plan to serve Hawaii requires us to share these initial details now so that our facilities in the airports will be ready for all that we intend to offer,” Nealon told at a meeting in Waikiki. “We’re on-track with our plans to sell tickets this year and are respectfully engaged in the process to receive FAA authorization to operate between the mainland and the Islands.” 


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Review of Soneva Jani, the Maldives’ most fabulous resort

Wednesday newsletters always feature a hotel or flight review.

Last March, I enjoyed a sublime holiday in the Maldives and Sri Lanka. You can read my trip reports here:

  • Review: Lufthansa A330 Business Class Frankfurt to Male
  • Review: Soneva Fushi, the Maldives’ original desert island hideaway
  • Review: Soneva Jani, the Maldives’ most amazing resort
  • Review: Shangri-La Colombo Hotel (Sri Lanka)
  • Review: Wild Coast Tented Lodge (Yala National Park, Sri Lanka)
  • Review: Amanwella (Sri Lanka)
  • Review: Amangalla (Sri Lanka)
  • Review: Austrian Airlines B777 Business Class Colombo to Vienna

Today (May 23, 2018): Review of the Maldives’s most exclusive hotel, Soneva Jani.
  • Location: Google Maps
  • Hotel website: Soneva Jani

Inspired by a word that means wisdom in Sanskrit, Soneva Jani is located on Medhufaru island, which is part of an uninhabited five-island cluster in the Noonu Atoll. The Maldives’ most exclusive hotel, and my absolutely favorite hotel in the world, is fringed by pristine beaches, blanketed with lush tropical greenery, and surrounded by a 5.6 km (3,4 mi) lagoon of crystal clear waters with uninterrupted 360° views of the Indian Ocean. Currently, Soneva Jani features 24 water villas and one beach villa, although additional beach villas are planned at a later stage. Each one of the 24 water villas is superbly designed and has a private pool and opens to its own stretch of lagoon, with some villas featuring slides going directly from the top deck into the lagoon below. The highlight of the villas is the retractable roof in the master bedroom, which slides back at the touch of a button so that guests can lie in bed and stargaze.

Soneva Jani features in my top 10 lists of the most insanely beautiful resorts in the Maldives, the most fabulous overwater villas in the Maldives, the best new luxury hotels of 2016, the most astonishing beach retreats in Asia, and my favorite hotels in the world.

In this review (more info and photos below my Youtube clip and slideshow):

  • Pros & things I like
  • Cons & things to know
  • My verdict
  • Tips for future guests & save money
  • My review of other luxury resorts in the Maldives
  • Best time to visit
  • How to get there
  • Photos

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PROS & THINGS I LIKE
  • After collecting your luggage at Malé International Airport, you are greeted by one of the members of the Soneva staff and whisked away to the dedicated Soneva lounge near the seaplane terminal, where you can wait for the connecting seaplane transfer to the resort. At the lounge – which features Soneva’s signature eco-chic design and even has a small spa room on site – guests are offered a refreshing drink and some snacks, while a Soneva host takes care of the check-in process (so that you will arrive hassle-free at the resort).
  • Getting to the resort is half the fun since the 40 minute seaplane transfer to Soneva Jani is a breathtaking sightseeing trip in itself. The seaplane flies quite low over the Indian Ocean, offering an amazing view of tiny, sugar-white island rings sparkling atop turquoise colored lagoons and the brilliant sapphire blue ocean. Flying on board a seaplane in the Maldives and admiring the picture-perfect archipelago from a bird’s eye perspective is one of the ultimate experiences that the destination has to offer. The seaplane transfers are very well-organized, since Soneva has a privileged relationship with Trans Maldivian Airways, the seaplane operator; this means that waiting time at the Soneva lounge on your day of arrival or departure seldom exceeds two hours.
  • After a 40 minute flight, the seaplane lands at Soneva Jani International Airport, which must be one of the most amazing airports in the world: a small wooden, floating deck just off the island’s shores. From there, it’s a 2 minute speedboat ride to the arrival jetty of the magnificent resort. During the speedboat trip to the resort, your shoes will be removed and slipped into a linen bag until your departure. This is in line with Soneva Jani’s ‘no news, no shoes’ policy, which encourages a casual atmosphere among all the guests.
  • From the moment you touch down (barefoot) on Soneva Jani’s shores, your personal butler – called a Mr or Ms “Friday” – will be on hand with a smile and assist you throughout your stay. These Fridays are obviously handpicked for their extreme likeability and their level of discrete, intuitive service – you only have to think it, and your wish has materialised!
  • One of the many highlights of the resort is its location within a 5.6 km (3,5 mi) lagoon of crystal clear waters with uninterrupted 360° views of the Indian Ocean, the largest of its kind in the Maldives. The lagoon is so huge that more than 7,000 Olympic swimming pools can fit inside it. It’s impossible to find words to describe the intensely mesmerizing blue of the lagoon’s waters. This fifty shades of blue strike the entire Maldivian archipelago and are present in the shallows of every atoll’s islands, but nowhere are they as blue and clear as at Soneva Jani. In fact, these are the most vibrant shades of blue and most stunning lagoon that I have ever seen in all my years of traveling across the globe.
  • A unique feature of Soneva Jani – which sets it apart from all other resorts across the Maldives – is that its lagoon has access to no less than five islets (four of them deserted). The main island Medhufaru is one of the largest in the Maldives, and fringed by pristine beaches and blanketed with lush tropical greenery. It was home to a farm for 10 years before Soneva Jani was conceptualized, and the extensive gardens on the isle still supply the fruits, vegetables, herbs and mushrooms to the resort’s kitchens, as well as to Soneva Jani’s sister resort, Soneva Fushi. Here, guests can wander through the Labyrinth, a meditative maze created out of ficus hedge that follows an ancient circular pattern. Medhufaru features a small beach club on its northern tip, and a much larger beach club on its southern tip. Regarding the other four islands in the lagoon, a tented restaurant serving local Maldivian delicacies is set up on so called Zuhairs Island, while the other three remain entirely undeveloped, so there is always somewhere a place to play castaway.
  • In this massive space with the islands and the lagoon, there are only 24 over water villas and one beach villa (with additional beach villas planned at a later stage). It’s one of the lowest density resorts in the world, by far. The scale of each villas is extraordinary, with both one bedroom (catering to couples and families with young children) and multi-bedroom villas (catering to larger travel parties) available. The overwater villas are located along a 1,7 km (1 mi) long jetty that is connected to Medhufaru island and curves over the blue water like a snake. At more than 410 square meters (4413 square feet), the one bedroom villas are the largest entry-level villas in the Indian Ocean. Every water villa has a private pool (which is large enough to swim laps) and opens to its own stretch of lagoon, with some villas featuring curved slides going directly from the top deck into the lagoon below.
  • During my holiday, I stayed in the resort’s lowest category villa – a one bedroom water retreat – which was bigger than the presidential suites of most 5-star hotels. Spread across two floors, the villa came with its own 13 m (43 feet) long private pool on the terrace, surrounded by ample areas for sunbathing, taking in ocean vistas and perfect for watching the sunrise (the villas on the other side of the jetty have a view of the sunset). In addition to a spacious master bedroom and a kids’ sleeping area, there was a small glass-encased kitchenette, study room, walk-in wardrobe, and living area with sunken seats perfect for lounging. The sleeping area for children was conveniently located within the main bedroom (so parents can be assured their children are never too far from them in an overwater environment). The magnificent open-air bathroom – located adjacent to the master bedroom – featured a secluded, wooden surround with sufficient space to swim in and out of. Three different glass-bottomed areas in the villa guaranteed that the underwater world was never too far away. Upstairs, there was a seating lounge and a dining sala with roof deck.
  • All villas feature a retractable roof in the master bedroom, which slides back at the touch of a button so you can lie in bed and stargaze. After an evening in the on-property overwater observatory (cf below), you can try to identify Orion, the Southern Cross, the Bear and more stellar constellations from your bed as you drift to sleep, with just the relaxing sound of the lapping waters outdoors. And there is no reason to worry about rain, since sensors detect an on-coming shower and automatically close the roof.
  • Like all other Soneva properties, the spacious villas feature beautifully designed interiors by Eva Shivdasani, one of Soneva’s co-founders and wife of Soneva CEO Sonu Shivdasani. The eco-chic design complements the stunning Maldivian surroundings and represents barefoot luxury at its best. The soft-coloured interiors are flooded with light, with a few deep purple stains adding a nice contrast. With sandblasted pine decking and Shingle Red River Gum tiles adorning the outside of the fairytale-esque villas, the insides are made from subtly weathered woods and natural materials in a colour palette of white, pastel greens and mauves. The overall effect is ethereal, light and airy to encourage the ultimate state of relaxation.
  • The resort features the Maldives’ first overwater silent cinema – Cinema Paradiso – at the southern tip of the main island Medhufaru. Here, you can relax on comfortable loungers under the stars and snack on fresh popcorn, while you are provided with Bluetooth headphones, leaving the surrounding nesting turtles and wildlife at peace. Several times a week, there is a movie selection for both children and adults, with a focus on classic and insipirational movies. Cinema Paradiso also features the only Peruvian restaurant in the Maldives, where you can dine on the zesty flavours of South American cuisine while taking in a classic film.
  • Soneva Jani’s guests can gaze into the night sky at the twinkling jewel-like stars at the first overwater observatory in the Maldives. This popular experience has awed and amazed guests of all ages at Soneva Jani’s sister resorts, Soneva Fushi and Soneva Kiri, and the resort designers have made the observatory at Soneva Jani even better. A sophisticated telescope rises up through the floor of the observatory deck, offering enchanted views of the starry sky. The deck is surrounded by four dining tables, at which you can dine if you wish. The tables are equipped with screens linked  to the view from the telescope, allowing you to dine with the stars.
  • The resort features the largest overwater structure in the Maldives, the so-called ‘Gathering’, which appears like something out of a fairytale. At three storeys tall and located halfway the jetty, the Gathering is the heart of the resort. It houses the various dining outlets (more on that below), as well as the spa, a gym, library, a boutique shop, the chocolate & ice cream parlour, wine cellar and kids club. The Gathering features a soaring open-sided atrium, with a maze of stairs and walkways connecting all the floors, facilities, inside and outside. There are 104,000 pieces of Red River Gum Shingles from Laos on the Gathering’s roof. Also, there’s a large slide that delivers guests directly from the Gathering’s second floor to the ocean. A Soleni Dive Centre and Marine Biology Champa are located next to The Gathering. From what I heard, the spa may eventually move to another overwater location and a much larger, stand alone kids club is planned as well.
  • Soneva Jani is one of the largest resort’s in the Maldives, and getting around does require some time (although buggy service is available 24 hours a day). All guests are also provided with bicycles or tricycles to help navigate the fun, snaking jetty that connects to the main island, home to Cinema Paradiso, tennis courts, deserted beaches, the Gardens and Labyrinth, and various walking and cycle paths. In addition, a small speed boat shuttles guests between the four untouched islands in the lagoon.
  • Rooms make money, while food and beverage make reputations, and Soneva Jani does not fail to impress here as the menus are as extravagant as the resort itself. Everything is of the highest quality and presented with total care and attention, from the freshest tuna and thin pizzas, to delicate Indian curries, slow roasted lamb, and delicious salads. There are five dining outlets in total, offering various destinations cuisines and private dining experiences, where the resort’s chefs trick your taste buds and mind with elaborate disguises. The main restaurant, called So Fresh, is located within the Gathering, and offers a sumptuous breakfast buffet, lunch and dinner. So Fresh has a myriad of nooks, boardwalks, decks and other spaces to choose from for dining, so every meal can be set in a totally fresh environment if you wish. But Soneva Jani also features an exquisite tasting room (So Imaginative), a mystery dining venue (So Engaging), an intimate restaurant at the Observatory (with only four tables equipped with screens linked to the view from the telescope), a pop-up restaurant serving seafood lunches at Zuhairs island, and the Peruvian restaurant at Cinema Paradiso.
  • Soneva has gained a worldwide reputation for its wine collection and Sommeliers, and at Soneva Jani, the wine is housed in a six-meter (20 feet) high glass tower and the list contains around 50% organic and biodynamic wine.
  • The resort has its own chocolate & ice cream parlour, which is open from noon till late night and complimentary to all guest. You can choose of over 30 constantly changing flavours of homemade ice creams and sorbets at the ice cream room. You can also indulge in every child’s dream of never-ending chocolate by sampling cardamom chocolate truffles, passionfruit pralines, and a continually changing profusion of confections.
  • In constructing the resort, Soneva Jani’s management kept its environmental impact as low as possible. The pools use seawater with UV filtration and the villas have been built over the sandy floors of the lagoon, with no damage to any part of the reef.  Furthermore, solar PV is e a significant source of power generation at the resort, all waste-water is collected and treated on-site, and water is also produced on-site, including drinking water. Soneva’s Eco Centro Waste-to-Wealth centre ensures that waste is recycled, while the extensive vegetable garden gives local produce for the restaurants based on organic principles.
  • The resort is managed by Soneva, my absolute favorite hotel brand in the world. The acronym SLOW LIFE (Sustainable-Local-Organic-Wellness Learning-Inspiring-Fun-Experiences) explains the Soneva philosophy: it aims to create unforgettable, innovating, and enlightening experiences that illuminate their guest’s lives whilst treading lightly on the earth. The ethos and values it is run by are what sets Soneva on different footing as compared to other high-end hotel brands. In addition, there’s also a lot of love and romance in the story of Soneva, which was founded in 1995 by Sonu Shivdasani, an Indian-British hotelier, and his wife Eva Malmstrom, a Swedish fashion model. I have previously reviewed the fabulous Soneva property in Thailand, Soneva Kiri, and its sister property in the Maldives, Soneva Fushi.

CONS & THINGS TO KNOW

Never in my life have I stayed at a resort that is quite as beautiful and mesmerizing as Soneva Jani. It is without any doubt the best resort in the Maldives, re-writing the rules of Indian Ocean perfection. Phenomenally beautiful and thrillingly visionary, Soneva Jani raises the bar for luxury travel, not only in the Maldives, but around the globe. Soneva Jani will sweep you off your feet and leave you speechless, but there are a few things worthwhile noting to ensure you have the perfect stay:

  • While incredibly beautiful, the lagoon is not teeming with fish (yet) although the fishes are bound to come back now that the overwater construction of the resort is finished. The good news is that the resort is surrounded by 12 km (7,5 mi) of stunning reef which circles the lagoon and can be reached by boat (unless you are a very good swimmer). It includes corals of all species, and a great deal of fish as well as huge old coral colonies creating a nice shallow 3D reefscape. Here, you may also be lucky enough to encounter beautiful sea turtles and manta rays, which are native to this area of the Maldives. There are also many dive sites with rich marine life around the resort, sure to tempt all marine enthusiasts.
  • With a price tag to match the experience, Soneva Jani is one of the world’s most expensive resorts though it’s difficult to argue that it doesn’t offer value for money. It’s the ultimate in exclusive holidays and the most divine hotel in the world.
  • Be warned: all your other trips, whether to the Maldives or beyond, will pale in comparison to the memory of a Soneva Jani vacation. One wonders what comes next after a Soneva Jani holiday?

MY VERDICT
  • Location: 10/10
  • Design: 10/10
  • Pool: not applicable
  • Resort grounds (beach): 10/10
  • Rooms (villas): 10/10
  • Food: 10/10
  • Breakfast: 10/10
  • Spa: 10/10
  • Service: 10/10
  • Value for money: 10/10
  • Overall experience: exceptional: 10/10

TIPS FOR FUTURE GUESTS  &  SAVE MONEY
  • Save money: read my tips for getting the best deal at a luxury hotel like Soneva Jani (and/or receive many free perks).
  • Save money: contact me to receive a complimentary room upgrade at Soneva Jani at the time of booking.
  • If you can afford it, opt for a villa with a water slide. They feature the same layout as the other villas, but there is something about water slides into the perfectly sparkling turquoise lagoon that brings out the inner child in every guest.
  • The round trip seaplane transfers from Male airport to Soneva Jani are on additional charges. The seaplanes only operate during daylight, so make sure you arrive in Male before 3 pm in order, so you can move to the resort on the day of your arrival in the Maldives.
  • Read my tips for preparing your trip in time.

MY REVIEWS OF OTHER LUXURY HOTELS IN THE MALDIVES
  • Review of Soneva Jani, the Maldives’ most fabulous resort
  • Review: Soneva Fushi, Baa Atoll (Maldives)
  • Hotel review: Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa
  • Review of the largest overwater villa in the Maldives
  • Review: The St Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort
  • Review: Dhevanafushi Maldives Luxury resort
  • Review: Soneva In Aqua, the Maldives’ first floating villa
  • Hotel review: Maalifushi by COMO (Maldives)
  • Hotel review: Naladhu, South Male Atoll (Maldives)
  • Hotel review: One&Only Reethi Rah (Maldives)
  • Hotel review: Gili Lankanfushi (Maldives)

BEST TIME TO VISIT

The best weather in the Maldives is between January and April, which also means high season (with low availability and very expensive room rates). The monsoon runs from May to October, peaking in June. It is worth paying higher prices and sticking to the dry season as there is nothing to do on a rainy day except drink, eat, work out or scuba dive. Especially November and December, which are often labelled as dry season months, have been very unsettled in recent years.

WEATHER MAP MALDIVES


HOW TO GET THERE

Getting to the Soneva Jani requires a 40-minute seaplane transfer from Male International Airport (MLE). Check the Wikipedia page of Male International Airport for an updated list of airlines that offer flights to Male International Airport:

  • From/via Asia: Bangkok Airways (via Bangkok), Tigerair (via Singapore), Singapore Airlines (via Singapore), Cathay Pacific (via Hong Kong), Air India (via Bangalore, Chennai, Thiruvanathapuram), China Eastern Airlines (via Colombo, Kunmnig), Cina Southern Airlines (via Guanghzou), Hainan Airlines (via Bejing), Korean Air (via Colombo and Seoul), Shanghai Airlines (via Shanghai), Srilankan Airlines (via Colombo), Maldivian (Chennai, Chongqing, Colombo, Dhaka, Thiruvanathapuram), Mega Maldives (via Bejing, Hong Kong, Shanghai).
  • From/via Middle East: Emirates (via Dubai), Flybudai (via Dubai), Qatar Airways (via Doha), Etihad Airways (via Abu Dhabi), Oman Air (via Muscat), Turkish Airlines (via Istanbul).
  • From/via Europe: Austrian Airlines (via Vienna), British Airways (via London), Thompson Airways (via London), Monarch Airlines (via London), Condor (via Frankfurt), Edelweiss Air (via Zurich), Meridiana (via Rome or Milan), Neos (via Rome or Milan), Transaero Airlines (via Moscow), Lufthansa (via Frankfurt), Air France (via Paris).

SONEVA JANI: ARRIVAL PAVILION
SONEVA JANI: ARRIVAL PAVILION
SONEVA JANI: ARRIVAL PAVILION
SONEVA JANI: ARRIVAL PAVILION
SONEVA JANI: ARRIVAL PAVILION
SONEVA JANI: ARRIVAL PAVILION
SONEVA JANI: ARRIVAL PAVILION
SONEVA JANI: ARRIVAL PAVILION
SONEVA JANI: ARRIVAL PAVILION
SONEVA JANI: ARRIVAL PAVILION
SONEVA JANI: VIEW FROM ARRIVAL PAVILION
SONEVA JANI: VIEW FROM ARRIVAL PAVILION
SONEVA JANI: VIEW FROM ARRIVAL PAVILION
SONEVA JANI: VIEW FROM ARRIVAL PAVILION
SONEVA JANI: VIEW FROM ARRIVAL PAVILION
SONEVA JANI: VIEW FROM ARRIVAL PAVILION
SONEVA JANI: VIEW FROM ARRIVAL PAVILION
SONEVA JANI: VIEW FROM ARRIVAL PAVILION
SONEVA JANI: VIEW FROM ARRIVAL PAVILION
SONEVA JANI: VIEW FROM ARRIVAL PAVILION
SONEVA JANI: VIEW FROM ARRIVAL PAVILION
SONEVA JANI: VIEW FROM ARRIVAL PAVILION
SONEVA JANI: VIEW FROM ARRIVAL PAVILION
SONEVA JANI: VIEW FROM ARRIVAL PAVILION
SONEVA JANI: VIEW FROM ARRIVAL PAVILION
SONEVA JANI: VIEW FROM ARRIVAL PAVILION
SONEVA JANI: VIEW FROM ARRIVAL PAVILION
SONEVA JANI: VIEW FROM ARRIVAL PAVILION
SONEVA JANI JETTY
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SONEVA JANI JETTY
SONEVA JANI JETTY: 4 BEDROOM RESIDENCE
SONEVA JANI JETTY: 4 BEDROOM RESIDENCE
SONEVA JANI JETTY: FOUR BEDROOM RESIDENCE
SONEVA JANI JETTY: FOUR BEDROOM RESIDENCE
SONEVA JANI JETTY: THE OBSERVATORY
SONEVA JANI JETTY: THE OBSERVATORY

SONEVA JANI JETTY: THE OBSERVATORY

SONEVA JANI JETTY
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SONEVA JANI JETTY
SONEVA JANI JETTY
SONEVA JANI JETTY
SONEVA JANI JETTY
SONEVA JANI JETTY
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SONEVA JANI JETTY
THE GATHERING: EXTERIOR
THE GATHERING: EXTERIOR
THE GATHERING: EXTERIOR
THE GATHERING: EXTERIOR
THE GATHERING: EXTERIOR
THE GATHERING: EXTERIOR
THE GATHERING: EXTERIOR
THE GATHERING: EXTERIOR
THE GATHERING: EXTERIOR
THE GATHERING: EXTERIOR
THE GATHERING: EXTERIOR
THE GATHERING: EXTERIOR
THE GATHERING: EXTERIOR
THE GATHERING: EXTERIOR
THE GATHERING: EXTERIOR
THE GATHERING: EXTERIOR
THE GATHERING: EXTERIOR
THE GATHERING: EXTERIOR
THE GATHERING: RESTAURANT
THE GATHERING: RESTAURANT
THE GATHERING: RESTAURANT
THE GATHERING: RESTAURANT
THE GATHERING: RESTAURANT
THE GATHERING: RESTAURANT
THE GATHERING: RESTAURANT
THE GATHERING: RESTAURANT
THE GATHERING: RESTAURANT
THE GATHERING: RESTAURANT
THE GATHERING: RESTAURANT
THE GATHERING: RESTAURANT
THE GATHERING: RESTAURANT
THE GATHERING: RESTAURANT
THE GATHERING: RESTAURANT
THE GATHERING: RESTAURANT
THE GATHERING: RESTAURANT
THE GATHERING: RESTAURANT
THE GATHERING: RESTAURANT
THE GATHERING: RESTAURANT
THE GATHERING: RESTAURANT
THE GATHERING: RESTAURANT
THE GATHERING: RESTAURANT
THE GATHERING: RESTAURANT
THE GATHERING: RESTAURANT
THE GATHERING: RESTAURANT
THE GATHERING: RESTAURANT
THE GATHERING: RESTAURANT
THE GATHERING: RESTAURANT
THE GATHERING: RESTAURANT
THE GATHERING: RESTAURANT
THE GATHERING: RESTAURANT
THE GATHERING: RESTAURANT
THE GATHERING: RESTAURANT
THE GATHERING: RESTAURANT
THE GATHERING: RESTAURANT
THE GATHERING: RESTAURANT
THE GATHERING: RESTAURANT
THE GATHERING: RESTAURANT
THE GATHERING: RESTAURANT
THE GATHERING: RESTAURANT
THE GATHERING: RESTAURANT
THE GATHERING: RESTAURANT
THE GATHERING: RESTAURANT
THE GATHERING: RESTAURANT
THE GATHERING: RESTAURANT
THE GATHERING: RESTAURANT
THE GATHERING: RESTAURANT
THE GATHERING: RESTAURANT
THE GATHERING: RESTAURANT
THE GATHERING: RESTAURANT
THE GATHERING: RESTAURANT
THE GATHERING: RESTAURANT
THE GATHERING: RESTAURANT
THE GATHERING: RESTAURANT
THE GATHERING: RESTAURANT
THE GATHERING: RESTAURANT
THE GATHERING: RESTAURANT
THE GATHERING: RESTAURANT
THE GATHERING: RESTAURANT
THE GATHERING: RESTAURANT
THE GATHERING: RESTAURANT
THE GATHERING: RESTAURANT
THE GATHERING: RESTAURANT
THE GATHERING: RESTAURANT
THE GATHERING: RESTAURANT
THE GATHERING: SUNKEN DINING AREA
THE GATHERING: SUNKEN DINING AREA
THE GATHERING: SUNKEN DINING AREA
THE GATHERING: SUNKEN DINING AREA
THE GATHERING: SUNKEN DINING AREA
THE GATHERING: SUNKEN DINING AREA
THE GATHERING: SUNKEN DINING AREA
THE GATHERING: SUNKEN DINING AREA
THE GATHERING: SUNKEN DINING AREA
THE GATHERING: SUNKEN DINING AREA
THE GATHERING: SUNKEN DINING AREA
THE GATHERING: SUNKEN DINING AREA
THE GATHERING: SUNKEN DINING AREA
THE GATHERING: SUNKEN DINING AREA
THE GATHERING: SUNKEN DINING AREA (VIEW)
THE GATHERING: SUNKEN DINING AREA (VIEW)
THE GATHERING: OUTDOOR TERRACE & SLIDE
THE GATHERING: OUTDOOR TERRACE & SLIDE
THE GATHERING: OUTDOOR TERRACE & SLIDE
THE GATHERING: OUTDOOR TERRACE & SLIDE
THE GATHERING: OUTDOOR TERRACE & SLIDE
THE GATHERING: OUTDOOR TERRACE & SLIDE
THE GATHERING: OUTDOOR TERRACE & SLIDE
THE GATHERING: OUTDOOR TERRACE & SLIDE
THE GATHERING: OUTDOOR TERRACE & SLIDE
THE GATHERING: OUTDOOR TERRACE & SLIDE
THE GATHERING: OUTDOOR TERRACE & SLIDE
THE GATHERING: OUTDOOR TERRACE & SLIDE
THE GATHERING: OUTDOOR TERRACE & SLIDE
THE GATHERING: OUTDOOR TERRACE & SLIDE
THE GATHERING: OUTDOOR TERRACE & SLIDE
THE GATHERING: OUTDOOR TERRACE & SLIDE
THE GATHERING: OUTDOOR TERRACE & SLIDE
THE GATHERING: OUTDOOR TERRACE & SLIDE
THE GATHERING: CHOCOLATE & ICE CREAM ROOM
THE GATHERING: CHOCOLATE ROOM
THE GATHERING: CHOCOLATE ROOM
THE GATHERING: CHOCOLATE ROOM
THE GATHERING: CHOCOLATE ROOM
THE GATHERING: CHOCOLATE ROOM
THE GATHERING: CHOCOLATE ROOM
THE GATHERING: CHOCOLATE ROOM
THE GATHERING: CHOCOLATE ROOM
THE GATHERING: CHOCOLATE ROOM
THE GATHERING: CHOCOLATE ROOM
THE GATHERING: CHOCOLATE ROOM
THE GATHERING: CHOCOLATE ROOM
THE GATHERING: CHOCOLATE ROOM
THE GATHERING: CHOCOLATE ROOM
THE GATHERING: ICE CREAM ROOM
THE GATHERING: ICE CREAM ROOM
THE GATHERING: ICE CREAM ROOM
THE GATHERING: ICE CREAM ROOM
THE GATHERING: ICE CREAM ROOM
THE GATHERING: ICE CREAM ROOM
THE GATHERING: ICE CREAM ROOM
THE GATHERING: ICE CREAM ROOM
THE GATHERING: LIBRARY
THE GATHERING: LIBRARY
THE GATHERING: LIBRARY
THE GATHERING: LIBRARY
THE GATHERING: LIBRARY
THE GATHERING: LIBRARY
THE GATHERING: LIBRARY
THE GATHERING: LIBRARY
THE GATHERING: COLD ROOM
THE GATHERING: COLD ROOM
THE GATHERING: COLD ROOM
THE GATHERING: COLD ROOM
THE GATHERING: COLD ROOM
THE GATHERING: COLD ROOM
THE GATHERING: MEETING ROOM
THE GATHERING: MEETING ROOM
THE GATHERING: KIDS CLUB
THE GATHERING: KIDS CLUB
THE GATHERING: KIDS CLUB
THE GATHERING: KIDS CLUB
THE GATHERING: KIDS CLUB
THE GATHERING: KIDS CLUB
THE GATHERING: GYM
THE GATHERING: GYM
THE GATHERING: GYM
THE GATHERING: GYM
THE GATHERING: SPA
THE GATHERING: SPA
THE GATHERING: SPA
THE GATHERING: SPA
THE GATHERING: SPA
THE GATHERING: SPA
THE GATHERING: SPA
THE GATHERING: SPA
THE GATHERING: SPA
THE GATHERING: SPA
THE GATHERING: SPA
THE GATHERING: SPA
THE GATHERING: SPA
THE GATHERING: SPA
THE GATHERING: SPA
THE GATHERING: SPA
THE GATHERING: SPA
THE GATHERING: SPA
THE GATHERING: SPA
THE GATHERING: SPA
THE GATHERING: SPA
THE GATHERING: SPA
THE GATHERING: BOUTIQUE SHOP
THE GATHERING: BOUTIQUE SHOP
THE GATHERING: BOUTIQUE SHOP
THE GATHERING: BOUTIQUE SHOP
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: EXTERIOR
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: EXTERIOR
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: EXTERIOR
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: EXTERIOR
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: EXTERIOR
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: EXTERIOR
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: EXTERIOR
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: EXTERIOR
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: EXTERIOR
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: EXTERIOR
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: LIVING AREA
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: LIVING AREA
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: LIVING AREA
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: LIVING AREA
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: LIVING AREA
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: LIVING AREA
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: LIVING AREA
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: LIVING AREA
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: LIVING AREA
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: LIVING AREA
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: LIVING AREA
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: LIVING AREA
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: LIVING AREA
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: LIVING AREA
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: LIVING AREA
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: LIVING AREA
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: TERRACE
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: TERRACE
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: TERRACE
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: TERRACE
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: TERRACE
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: TERRACE
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: TERRACE
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: TERRACE
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: TERRACE
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: TERRACE
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: TERRACE
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: TERRACE
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: TERRACE
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: TERRACE
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: TERRACE
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: TERRACE
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: TERRACE
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: TERRACE
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: TERRACE
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: TERRACE
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: TERRACE
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: TERRACE
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: TERRACE
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: TERRACE
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: TERRACE
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: TERRACE
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: TERRACE (VIEW)
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: TERRACE (VIEW)
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: TERRACE
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: TERRACE
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: TERRACE (VIEW)
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: TERRACE (VIEW)
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: TERRACE
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: TERRACE
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: TERRACE
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: TERRACE
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: TERRACE
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: TERRACE
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: TERRACE
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: TERRACE
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: TERRACE
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: TERRACE
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: TERRACE
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: TERRACE
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: TERRACE
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: TERRACE
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: TERRACE
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: TERRACE
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: TERRACE
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: TERRACE
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: MASTER BEDROOM
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: MASTER BEDROOM
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: MASTER BEDROOM
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: MASTER BEDROOM
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: MASTER BEDROOM
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: MASTER BEDROOM
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: MASTER BEDROOM
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: MASTER BEDROOM
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: MASTER BEDROOM
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: MASTER BEDROOM
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: MASTER BEDROOM
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: MASTER BEDROOM
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: RETRACTABLE ROOF
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: RETRACTABLE ROOF
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: CHILDREN'S ROOM
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: CHILDREN’S ROOM
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: STUDY ROOM
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: STUDY ROOM
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: STUDY ROOM
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: STUDY ROOM
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: STUDY ROOM
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: STUDY ROOM
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: KITCHENETTE
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: KITCHENETTE
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: KITCHENETTE
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: KITCHENETTE
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: KITCHENETTE
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: KITCHENETTE
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: KITCHENETTE
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: KITCHENETTE
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: WALK-IN DRESSING ROOM
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: DRESSING ROOM
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: DRESSING ROOM
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: TOILET
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: TOILET
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: BATHROOM
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: BATHROOM
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: BATHROOM
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: BATHROOM
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: BATHROOM
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: BATHROOM
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: BATHROOM
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: BATHROOM
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: BATHROOM
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: BATHROOM
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: BATHROOM
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: BATHROOM
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: UPPER FLOOR
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: UPPER FLOOR
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: UPPER FLOOR
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: UPPER FLOOR
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: UPPER FLOOR
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: UPPER FLOOR (VIEW)
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: UPPER FLOOR (VIEW)
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: UPPER FLOOR (VIEW)
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: UPPER FLOOR (VIEW)
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: UPPER FLOOR (VIEW)
LAGOON IN FRONT OF ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT
LAGOON IN FRONT OF ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT
LAGOON IN FRONT OF ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT
LAGOON IN FRONT OF ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT
LAGOON IN FRONT OF ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT
LAGOON IN FRONT OF ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT
LAGOON IN FRONT OF ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT
LAGOON IN FRONT OF ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT
LAGOON IN FRONT OF ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT
LAGOON IN FRONT OF ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT
LAGOON IN FRONT OF ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT
LAGOON IN FRONT OF ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: SUNRISE
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: SUNRISE
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: SUNRISE
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: SUNRISE
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: SUNRISE
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: SUNRISE
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: SUNRISE
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: SUNRISE
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: SUNRISE
ONE BEDROOM WATER RETREAT: SUNRISE