Bucket list | 3 Boutique Properties in Sri Lanka | Ideas for the UAE National Day weekend

When the children were younger, we always went back to familiar holiday destinations where the formula works.  So, over the last couple of years, we haven’t been too adventurous with the children as we just needed things to work.  Now that my youngest is 2 years old, it is time that we venture out.  One of the destinations that we, as a family, have been curious to try is Sri Lanka.  It is not far, and not too expensive for a lovely holiday.  I know plenty of friends from Dubai have already been but it is still on our bucket list.

Tea Trails

Next year marks 150 years since the first tea bush was planted in Sri Lanka.  I have heard that Sri Lanka’s tea trails is a must for visitors, and what better than to stay in the boutique Tea Trails resort, which comprises of five very distinctive colonial style bungalows, each named after past tea planter occupants, and guests can get insight into the working estates of Dilmah, Sri Lanka’s most celebrated tea brands.

The resort is also the first to offer a night-time safari-style trail across 2,000 acres of tea country in the hope of spotting amphibians, sleeping lizards, snakes, wild board, and jungle cats.

Overnight stays at Tea Trails start from AED2,380 per room per night, on an all-inclusive basis, based on two sharing including a tour of the conservation station.  Night safaris start from USD30 per person.

Cape Weligama

This is the property I am most excited about, located down on Sri Lanka’s Southern Coast just south of Galle Fort, Tea Trail’s luxurious sister resort, Cape Weligama, which is one for the family.  It is perched on a spectacular cliff top site with 270 degrees of panoramas of the Indian Ocean.  During the month of December, which is perfect for UAE’s National Day weekend, you are able to enjoy the signature whale watching experience on board the resort’s  new catamaran.  Apparently, you can spot rate blue whales, sperm whales and spinner dolphins, as well as snorkel and paddle board.

Offers rates from AED1,623 per night on a B&B basis, including: accommodation on a double – occupancy basis, daily breakfast, plus laundry, mini bar, afternoon tea, all taxes and service charges plus one activity per day.  Rates for the whale watching experience start from around USD160 per person with guests having the option to hire the boat exclusively.


Just slightly inland is Sri Lanka’s first sustainable hotel which is only just celebrating it’s first anniversary.  This property was founded by British Photographer, Rob Drummond, and the resort was designed by Raefer Wallis, to design a hotel that honors nature, enriches its surroundings, and prioritises sustainable practice.

To celebrate its First Anniversary, Tri have created a Special UAE offer of a complimentary night stay over the UAE National Day weekend (stay 3 nights and only pay for 2), based only on a single or double occupancy.

Tri offers nightly rates from AED992 for a water tower room, and AED1,388 for a Lake Suite on a half board basis, including all taxes and service charge.

Restrictions  -No children under 12 years

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016