Elizabeth and Sam’s amazing Sri Lanka & Maldives Holiday

Our clients, Elizabeth and Sam spent birthday celebrations in Sri Lanka and Maldives for a once in a lifetime holiday with the perfect blend of adventure and relaxation with one of our most popular multi-centre itineraries. We caught up with the Elizabeth to see what they got up to on their amazing trip planned by Personal Travel Expert and Sutton Coldfield store manager, Simone…

How did was Club Aspire Lounge at Heathrow?

The lounge was comfortable with plenty of charging points for our devices. It was lovely to be away from the busy main areas of Heathrow.

How was your stay at Habarana Village by Cinnamon?

Habarana Village by Cinnamon was the perfect first stop for our holiday. The hotel is set in gorgeous lush surroundings; we loved walking round the grounds and spotting monkeys, land monitors, buffalo and a variety of birds. The hotels main lobby is ideal for spending a lazy afternoon reading. We went on the afternoon elephant safari, which was fantastic, we saw over 50 elephants. We also visited Dambulla Cave temple one morning.
sri lanka and maldives holiday review - pure destinations travel agency birmingham - elephants

How was your stay at Earl’s Regency?
Earls Regency is a fabulous luxury hotel in Kandy. The pool area was fab. We especially loved the view from breakfast, it was breathtaking! From here we went to the Kandy Botanical Gardens then on to the tea plantations.

sri lanka and maldives holiday review - pure destinations travel agency birmingham - elephants

sri lanka and maldives holiday review - pure destinations travel agency birmingham - elephants

How was your stay at Heritance Tea Factory?

Heritance Tea Factory is a truly unique hotel. This was Sam’s favourite hotel of the entire holiday. It’s located right in the hills, it takes 10 minutes from the main round to get to the hotel which is surrounded completely by tea plantations. Full of charm, the hotel is a former tea factory with original features throughout. When we arrived it felt like we were in the clouds, when we woke the following morning the view was incredible. The food and cocktails were especially good here, all served by waiters in traditional colonial dress. From here we visited Damro tea factory and experienced the locals tea picking in the plantations then went onto Ella to climb Little Adams Peak.

sri lanka and maldives holiday review - pure destinations travel agency birmingham - elephants

WhatsApp Image 2019 03 19 At 21.03.16

How was your stay at Cinnamon Wild Yala?

Cinnamon Wild Yala was my favourite hotel in Sri Lanka! It was like being in the middle of the Lion King! During our drive into the hotel, which is set in the jungle itself, we passed an elephant, peacock, buffalo and crocodile. Our instant first impression was WOW. The pool overlooks a watering hole and whilst you sunbathe wild boar trot past! Even leopards have been known to drink water from the pool. Not only do you have a fabulous pool but also a beach within the resort where elephants can be seen at sunset. Our jungle chalet was perfect; we couldn’t believe we were staying there! The hotel is known for its wildlife, so much so you are not permitted to leave your room in the dark. Phoning for an escort for dinner makes it even more exciting! On the way to dinner our escort showed us around 50 deer and boar at the watering hole in the dark. We did the morning safari and were lucky enough to see the leopard. We then spent the rest of the day enjoying the facilities… especially happy hour on the rooftop Bar. An experience of a lifetime!

sri lanka and maldives holiday review - pure destinations travel agency birmingham - elephants

How was your stay at Mount Lavinia?

After the long 6 hour drive from Yala Mount Lavinia was a lovely pit stop before our flight to the Maldives. The pool area is great, the music was playing and the pool bar food was just what we needed after the long drive.

What were your overall impressions of Sri Lanka and what were your highlights of the trip?

Sri Lanka is such an adventure! The country is diverse where one day can be spent in a safari jeep in 35-degree heat to ending the day in tea country up in the clouds wrapped in a blanket. The people are so friendly. Our driver Pally made our trip with his tips and knowledge, it was more like having a permanent tour guide with us.

How was your stay at Cinnamon Dhonveli?

4 days at Cinnamon Dhonveli just wasn’t enough! As first timers to the Maldives this hotel was the perfect introduction to island life! We loved waking up in our beach bungalow just steps from the ocean. After spending 2 nights here we upgraded to the over water suites. The beach bungalows are amazing but the over water suites are very special. Guests to these have access to different bars and restaurants, which are more spacious. The quality of food on the island is very high.
WhatsApp Image 2019 03 19 At 21.09.50 WhatsApp Image 2019 03 19 At 21.08.11 WhatsApp Image 2019 03 19 At 21.07.46

What were you overall impressions of the Maldives and what were the highlights of your time here?

The Maldives is a must visit location and definitely a tick off our bucket list. After a busy 10 days in Sri Lanka the relaxation is welcomed! Every day we woke up and could not stop looking at the crystal blue lagoon. Our days were spent relaxing on the beach or sun deck, reading and snorkelling.

WhatsApp Image 2019 03 19 At 21.08.27 WhatsApp Image 2019 03 19 At 21.09.30 WhatsApp Image 2019 03 19 At 21.06.44 WhatsApp Image 2019 03 19 At 21.06.12 WhatsApp Image 2019 03 19 At 21.06.23

How would you rate the service you received from your Travel Agent, Simone, during the booking process?

Simone was amazing! Usually we book our holidays online but we found it refreshing to go into Pure Destinations and discuss our holiday with someone who has actually visited the location. It made a world of difference. We want to thank Simone for making this holiday so special.

Inspired by Elizabeth and Sam’s amazing Sri Lanka and Maldives trip? Contact a Personal Travel Expert at Pure Destinations today to let us help plan your amazing holiday! Call us on 0800 0856 846

Check our other posts...

The most beautiful sights in Canada

There’s no doubt that Canada has some of the world’s most handsome sceneries, that’s why we couldn’t resist compiling our most beautiful sights in Canada list, just for you! Read on to uncover the places that you should add on your Canadian sightseeing list. Capilano suspension bridge Capilano Suspension Bridge Park is situated just a 12-minute […]

Know More about The most beautiful sights in Canada

7 Best Family Hotels in Dubai

Dubai is an excellent choice for a family holiday due to year round hot weather (some months more than others) therefore you can plan your Dubai holiday in the half term or summer holidays! Many hotels in Dubai offer kids clubs and there are so many activities such as thrilling waterparks and excellent shopping to […]

Know More about 7 Best Family Hotels in Dubai

Best Rooftop Bars in Washington

If you are planning to visit Washington DC and no doubt will be busy seeing the sights of the American Capital by day so it is essential to have the low down on the best rooftop bars in the city! The great news is that there is plenty of choice as there are more than […]

Know More about Best Rooftop Bars in Washington

4 night Istanbul Travel Guide by Faria & Kad

Back in June last year, Faira & Kad won a 4 night trip to Istanbul from our Travel Holiday Show in Edgbaston Priory Club. Since their return, Faira & Kad share with us their holiday antics, from what the hotel and flights were like, to giving tips on where to go and what to do! […]

Know More about 4 night Istanbul Travel Guide by Faria & Kad

Natasha Explores Sri Lanka

Our Sutton Coldfield travel advisor, Natasha, recently went on a trip to Sri Lanka exploring all the highlights of this fascinating country. Often explored as a tour, Sri Lanka is home to sweeping tea plantations, golden sandy beaches, wildlife encounters and rich in culture from temples to ancient rocks that offer some of the most […]

Know More about Natasha Explores Sri Lanka

10 wonders of China

Exploding with endless sights to tick off your bucket list, China’s ancient culture has sustained through its progressive modern growth, in which has heightened in popularity throughout the years. Attracting many tourists along its way, china has most definitely become the destination for the explorer and sightseer. Read on to discover the 10 wonders of […]

Know More about 10 wonders of China

Top 10 Spa Holiday Locations

We are half way through February, and Valentines is just around the corner. So, it’s the perfect time to plan a spa break with your loved one. Your holiday should be a time where you can relax and rejuvenate and take time out of everyday life to reconnect to what’s important – yourself. We have […]

Know More about Top 10 Spa Holiday Locations

Michelle’s Incredible Japan Holiday

Our Edgbaston store manager, Michelle, ventured on an incredible 17-day holiday to Japan stopping at Tokyo, Matsumoto, Takayama, Hiroshima, Miyajima Island, Mount Koya and Kyoto and Hakone National Park. We caught up with Michelle to give you an inside look into what to expect on your Japan holiday. Read on to discover Pure Destinations’ store […]

Know More about Michelle’s Incredible Japan Holiday

Best places to celebrate birthday milestones

Milestone birthdays should always be celebrated in style so why stay at home when you can venture somewhere special? Make the most of your big day with a trip to a top destination – and take your family and friends with you to enjoy the fun. Whether you are seeking the bright lights of a […]

Know More about Best places to celebrate birthday milestones

Long haul family holiday destinations for 2016

Ditch the usual European family escape for a long haul adventure, from the thrilling sights of South Africa to the serene sights of Bali. Our list of the top long haul family holiday destinations for 2016 will give you the ultimate guide for family adventure, including amazing sights to see and things to do! Family […]

Know More about Long haul family holiday destinations for 2016