April 28, 2018

Amilla, Maldives

Sun – check. Blue water – check. Amazing location – check. I think I’ve found the most incredible place on Earth. This is Amilla, a modern and architecturally designed island resort, plonked on one of the thousands of sandy islands in the Maldives. This is the sister resort to Finolhu where we spent our first couple of nights in the Maldives. Our room is spectacular. It’s the only word for it. Or maybe huge. The view makes it! This is the location for Rebecca’s 40th birthday celebration – which started with watching the sun come up over the water. Then […]
April 26, 2018

Finolhu, Maldives

I’ve always loved beach holidays – the sun, sand and afternoon naps. And the Maldives have always been one of those places where you think “wouldn’t that be nice” bug would probably never happen. I had set the expectation pretty high. Tahiti, where we visited about ten years ago, have since been my favourite holiday destination of all time. I think I’ve got a new number one. The place is amazing. Our first stop is Finolhu. We flew in on a seaplane, flying over countless islands and resorts below. The resort / attol is picture perfect, the view from our over-water bungalow […]
April 23, 2018

Farewell, Sri Lanka

Before I travelled here, I didn’t actually know a great deal about Sri Lanka. But what a surprise it has been. Our trip here is sadly drawing to a close after 12 says. The last full day started early with another big climb. The prior day it was to the top of Sigiriya, one of the famous sights of the country. However just nearby is the shorter peak of Pidurangala Rock. This rock gives you the postcard view of Sigiriya, which you see in many of the travel guides. Again, it’s recommended to do the climb early in the morning to […]
April 21, 2018

Historic Sri Lanka

Our holiday in Sri Lanka isn’t just about food and drink.
April 19, 2018

Train to Kandy

If you thought the 7:43am express to Central was bad, it's got nothing on this train!
April 17, 2018

Tea Trails

High in the hills of Sri Lanka are the Ceylon Tea Trails, surrounded by lush green tea plantations and working farms.
April 14, 2018

The Wild Coast

Being surrounded by water, Sri Lanka has expanses of amazing coastline, ranging from surfing breaks with golden sand to wild and rugged stretches. The Wild Coast is where the jungle meets the Indian Ocean. It’s here that you will find Yala National Park, known for its leopards. We woke up early this morning for our safari drive into Yala, first taking in a remarkable sunrise over the ocean. It was then on to Yala, just a short drive from where we are staying. There was an interesting array of birdlife – from storks and peacocks, to eagles and little colourful […]
April 13, 2018

Galle

The traditional stilt fishermen of Sri Lanka. Doing their traditional thing of posing for photos and wearing Billabong board shorts.
April 12, 2018

Welcome to Sri Lanka

After a long day and night of travel, and overnighting in Singapore, we flew out to Colombo mid-morning. There was no First Class though. Business would have to do. Slumming it! After a three and a half hour flight, we came in across the coast of Sri Lanka, landing at Colombo. Colombo Airport is an interesting place. The duty free is like you’ve never seen before – washing machines, televisions, blenders. Every whitegood you could ever need, carry across an airport car park and take home. We were met by our driver, Sathana, who started driving us south. The roads […]