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RESPLENDENT CEYLON BY DILMAH & ACTIVE ASIA – A LIMITED-EDITION SMALL GROUP JOURNEY 2020

Active Asia has enjoyed partnering up with Dilmah to design a luxury holiday for a limited- edition small group journey. Conceived by the Fernando family, Sri Lankan tea producers & founders of Dilmah Ceylon Tea, Resplendent Ceylon’s collection of small, luxury resorts offer the discerning traveler a remarkable circuit across Sri Lanka. This “best of Sri Lanka” circuit currently features three distinctively original resorts, connected by a thread of peerless service. All three resorts; Tea Trails, Cape Weligama and Wild Coast Tented Lodge have won global acclaim as the finest in Sri Lanka.

“Stunning… decadent… in a class of its own… the absolute benchmark for luxury boutique resorts..”

Destination Sri Lanka
Cities & Locations Yala / Hatton / Cape Weligama / Galle
Duration 13 Days / 12 Nights
Price $11,885pp

Tour Schedule

Departs Dates: 11 - 23 October 2020

Further Tour Details: Please see the Dilmah full itinerary.

Itinerary


Day 1 Auckland

Depart from Auckland Airport at 11:15 am. Travel with Cathay Pacific via Hong Kong to arrive at your destination in Katunayake, Sri Lanka. Check-in at the Galle Face Hotel, just a short distance in Colombo.

Day 2 Colombo

An afternoon visit has been organized to visit Dilmah Tea’s HQ in Colombo; you will be shown the history of the Tea Industry in Sri Lanka along with some Tea Tasting; meet the Dilmah Teas founders Fernando Family. Next, Drink Dine Dance to the sensual sounds and sways of the mambo. The South American themed culinary venue has danced its way to Sri Lanka, to the iconic oceanfront luxury heritage hotel, ‘Galle Face Hotel’ at Colombo 3. A Cuban-Mediterranean dining experience, in an ambiance that takes you on a culinary journey to the Cuban island, exploding with a blend of flavours, rhythm and colour.

Day 3 Colombo - Ceylon Tea Trails

Today, check out from the Galle Face Hotel for an early start for the scenic journey to Ceylon Tea Trails. The day at Tea Trails starts with that wonderful colonial institution, Bed Tea. Served by your butler as part of a gentle wake-up call, this must be the most civilized way to start the day. Then an early morning walk followed by an English or Sri Lankan breakfast. Scrumptious afternoon cream teas in gardens curiously English and exotic at the same time followed with a four-course dinner with its garden-fresh ingredients married with choice wines.

Day 4 Ceylon Tea Trails

The complementary guided tour of Dilmah Tea’s Dunkeld Tea Factory is the quintessential tea experience in Sri Lanka. The experience is carefully curated to offer an authentic, intimate and exploratory journey into the heart, soul, history, and gastronomy of this magical island. Activities with healthy doses of fun, adventure and pampering, along with a holistic wellness offering for guests to escape their urban life and soothe mind, body, and soul are also on offer. A selection of engaging activities for families – with a special selection for kids – are on hand as well, to round out the perfect getaway.

Day 5 Ceylon Tea Trails - Wild Coast Lodge

Start your day at dawn. For a change in pace, our floating docks on the banks of the Castlereagh Lake are a unique and serene location for Yoga or meditation. En route to Wild Coast Lodge from Ceylon Tea Trails, stop midway at the Dilmah supported Elephant Transit Home (ETH) at Uda Walawe National Park which cares for orphaned elephants – many of whom are calves. The Wild Coast Tented Lodge is adjacent to Yala National Park, renowned for its leopard population, explore its massive grounds upon reaching this breath taking destination.

Day 6 Wild Coast Lodge

Wild Coast Lodge redefines “safari” as a holistic wilderness experience. Blessed with diverse habitat, ecology and scenery across the five sectors of the Yala National Park Complex and Bundala National Park which is a Ramsar Wetland. Steeped in the jungles of our surrounding national parks are remnants of civilisations past, and ancient jungle monasteries, archaeological sites and places of worship that date back to mythical eras of the gods.

Day 7 Wild Coast Lodge

A guided bush walk, in the company of a qualified and trained Wild Coast Lodge ranger, is a signature experience. A bush walk is, without a doubt, the most immersive and interesting way to appreciate the wilderness. Bushcraft is the art of reading the signs of the jungle – taking what would appear to be random pieces of information to the untrained eye and stitching them together to bring the wilderness to life. Spend the afternoon taking the art of wilderness dining to a new level, our high-tea experience in the jungle is truly special. The lodge team will pick a beautiful spot near a river, by a waterhole or with a scenic vista.

Day 8 Cape Weligama

Thirty minutes east of Galle, Cape Weligama inhabits 12 tropical acres atop a singular promontory rising 40 metres above the Indian Ocean. Stunning panoramas await you, naturally complementing the 39 private retreats designed by one of Asia’s most celebrated architects, Lek Bunnag. An array of dining venues capture Weligama’s iconic sunsets, as does the 60-metre crescent-shaped infinity pool that appears to flow seamlessly into the shimmering sea.

Day 9 Cape Weligama

Plunge into the depths of the ocean to discover a hidden world of colour and life, kayak through the glistening waters or try your hand at stand-up paddle boarding. The choice is yours. All activities are accompanied by a trained professional, who will customise the experience for safety and enjoyment. 4 luxury boats are available that can take you for a whale watching excursion, a SCUBA diving trip, a Sunset cruise or a Banana boat ride. Also offered are surf lessons, sea kayaks, canoes, stand up paddles, and body boards. After a day full of activities spend an intimate, “chefs table” style dining experience. Sit around one of our three experienced chefs as they guide you through a degustation menu that is as creative as it is delicious.

Day 10 Cape Weligama

Today, a guided, detailed exploration into the technically complex, sensory layers of Sri Lankan cuisine, hosted by Chef Vinnol. The experience has two sittings – at noon and 2 pm each day at – “Tableau”, the chef’s table restaurant. A scrumptious Sri Lankan lunch follows. Guests are welcome to get behind the stoves and be as involved as they like. End your day with a wine-paired sunset cruise. Indulge in wine, food and a sparkling sunset on the tropical coastline.

Day 11 Cape Weligama - Colombo Airport

In the afternoon En-route to Colombo Airport we will stop at Galle.

Day 12 Colombo Airport - Hong Kong International Airport

Depart from Bandaranaike International Airport flying to Hong Kong International Airport. Take the Airport Express Train to Hong Kong Island and Board your Junk at the Central Pier for a Day on the Water. It’s a perfect time of the year with clear blue skies and temperatures around 27 degrees so soak up the sun for the day, Your Junk has cold beverages and snacks on board for a circumnavigation of Hong Kong Island the highlight being seafood lunch at the best seafood restaurant on this planet.

Day 13 Hong Kong International Airport - Auckland Airport

Depart from Hong Kong International Airport and arrive back in Auckland Airport.

Inclusions

Galle Face Colombo
Cape Weligama rates include Sri Lankan or English breakfast and complimentary Wi-Fi.
Fully Inclusive (all inclusive) rates add afternoon cream tea, beverages including select spirits & wines, in room mini bar & limited laundry. Other terms and conditions may apply.
Wild Coast Lodge “no bills to sign fully Inclusive rates include breakfast, lunch, afternoon cream tea, dinner, beverages including select spirits, wines & cocktails, in room mini bar, one daily game drive, limited laundry and complimentary Wi-Fi (subject to change). Other terms and conditions may apply.
Ceylon Tea Trails “no bills to sign” Fully Inclusive rates include breakfast, lunch, afternoon cream tea, dinner, beverages including select spirits & wines, limited laundry, complimentary Wi-Fi and Tea Experience tour (subject to change). Other terms and conditions may apply.
All Transportation in air conditioned vehicles.

Terms & Conditions

Itinerary and price subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control. Please refer to our full terms and conditions available on our brochure or from our website. Active Asia reserves the right to alter the hotels and/or the itinerary if needed due to availability and/or adverse weather conditions.

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