Tailored from £8,650 per person excl. flights
13 days Colombo, Galle Fort, Yala National Park, Laamu Atoll
13 days Colombo, Galle Fort, Yala National Park, Laamu Atoll
Journey from the jungles of Sri Lanka, where you’ll search for leopard and elephants, to the beautiful beaches of a private island resort in Maldives on this luxury Sri Lanka Safari and The Maldives holiday.
1 night in Galle, staying at Fort Bazaar
4 nights in Yala, staying at Wild Coast Tented Lodge
1 night in Colombo, staying at The Wallawwa
7 nights in The Maldives, staying at Six Senses Laamu
You’ll begin your journey in Sri Lanka, snaking along the coastline to Yala and stopping overnight in a UNESCO World Heritage site boutique hotel in the historical city of Galle enroute. You’ll spend four nights based at Wild Coast Tented Lodge, on the coastal outskirts of Yala, where a luxurious cocoon suite in one of Sri Lanka most stylish lodges awaits. And with easy access to the park, beautiful walking areas and beaches it’s the perfect place to base yourself if you’re eager to learn more about Sri Lanka’s wildlife and wild places. Head out on a game drive and you could spot leopards, bears and elephants.
You’ll take a private charter flight from Yala back to Colombo and stay in a much-loved hotel that is set in 200-year-old tropical gardens. Explore the local markets, sights and city if you’d like or relax in the drool-worthy jungle pool.
Your last stop is the gorgeous Six Senses Laamu, the only resort on the remote Laamu Atoll in the Southern Maldives. Just a short flight and boat ride will bring you to a luxurious over-water villa with an upper deck and a sunken glass bath. A heavenly spot to unwind or explore the wild waters of the Maldives.
Ayubowan! Welcome to Sri Lanka. Upon arrival, a Wayfairer representative will be waiting in arrivals to take you to Galle. This is a 2.5hr drive down the coast, where you’ll check in to Fort Bazaar, a luxury boutique hotel on Church Street in the heart of historic Galle Fort. Inspired by Portuguese heritage, this exceptionally stylish and welcoming hotel is one of the must-see places in the Fort. Tiled with handmade Vietnamese floor tiles and cosy yet stylish furnishings, Fort Bazaar is one-of-a-kind. The hotel is fronted by its colourful restaurant and bar; Church Street Social, located close to the lobby which leads to the tranquil outdoor courtyard and the rooms. The restaurant is a lively space offering a mouth-watering fusion of western, Middle Eastern and South Asian cuisine.
This afternoon, you’ll stretch your legs on a 1.5hr tour of Galle Fort. You’ll start the walk from the new entrance of the Galle Fort and wander along three of the 14 bastions, all with mount canons to protect it from outside invasions. Each bastion has its unique set of characteristics – the moon bastion showcases 19 canons, the largest number in the fort and the Black Fort which was believed to have housed firearms and gun powder. You’ll also stroll through cobblestoned pathways and navigate the cafes, hotels and charming old houses owned by generations of Galle families to get an insight in to their lives, culture and history.
After breakfast your guide will meet you in the lobby and you’ll continue your journey to the outskirts of Yala National Park, checking in in time for lunch at Wild Coast Tented Lodge.
Surrounded by the wilderness of the deep south, Wild Coast Tented Lodge takes in the natural colours and shapes of the area, with the intention of seamlessly blending in man-made structures with the surrounding landscape. The 28 tents at Wild Coast Tented Lodge are uniquely shaped and are referred to as Cocoons and Urchins. Cocoons: The 55 sq. m. Cocoons come with high ceilings and offer jungle views from the double-glazed facades. The tents are furnished with teak floors, canvas walls, freestanding copper bath tubs and king-sized beds. The hotel also has a swimming pool and a beautiful sundowner spot on the sand dunes.
This afternoon you'll embark on your first safari into Yala National Park.
From your cosy base at Wild Coast Tented Lodge you can enjoy morning and afternoon game drives into the national park.
Situated in Sri Lanka’s south-east, hugging the panoramic Indian Ocean, Yala was designated a wildlife sanctuary in 1900 and then a national park in 1938. Yala is home to 44 varieties of mammal and 215 bird species. Among its more famous residents are the world’s biggest concentration of leopards, as well as elephants, sloth bears, sambars, jackals, spotted dear, peacocks, and crocodiles. All of which you can see on your safari drives during your stay at Wild Coast Tented Lodge.
Bid farewell to Yala today and take a private charter flight to Colombo, soaring above the forests of the Sri Lankan interior. When you land you will be met and driven to The Wallawwa; a stylish boutique hotel nestled amidst lush tropical gardens just 20 minutes from the airport. This charming manor house has a history dating back to the 17C when it was owned by a head chieftain of Galle. Its old-world charm now blends effortlessly with luxurious comforts and a stylish design.
This afternoon enjoy a dip in the jungle swimming pool, lounge in the spa, tuck into gourmet food or venture beyond the hotel grounds to the Negombo Fish Market, enjoy an art tour or visit the Pilikuttuwa Rajamaha Temple.
Today you’ll be transferred to the airport (just 15 minutes away) to meet you international flight to Male in the Maldives. On arrival you will be met and assisted onto your seaplane flight to Six Senses Laamu. You’ll land and be assisted onto the resort’s jetty and then check into your incredible, romantic Lagoon Water Villa for your fully inclusive stay.
Your Lagoon Water Villa lies suspended over the sparkling Indian ocean water and you’ll make your way there by a short bicycle ride on the weathered timber jetties. From your villa you can jump straight into the sea for a swim or for a snorkel around the lagoon or relax on the overwater hammock. Your villa also features an incredible glass overwater bathtub with a view to the lagoon and an outdoor rain shower. Paradise? Absolutely!
If you can bring yourself to leave your incredible private island villa you’ll find that the waters around the Laamu Atoll are teeming with beautiful coral gardens, dolphins, manta rays and turtles. Embark on a snorkelling or scuba diving experience. Rent an SUP or a kayak, go windsurfing, sailing or wakeboarding. Want to slow it down? Why not park off on the beach with a picnic? Or hop aboard a Dhoni cruise and watch the sun set over the water. One thing you’re guaranteed is jaw dropping beauty at every turn.
Today you'll bid farewell to paradise and hop aboard the seaplane transfer to Male, where you'll check in for your international flight home.
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The properties on this itinerary are not just some of the best in luxury travel, but they have also have a strong ethical backbone. For example, Wild Coast Tented Lodge belongs to the Resplendent Ceylon hotel group who run a variety of sustainability projects through their MJF Foundation. These range from training local students in the art of cuisine in hospitality to supporting children with disabilities through providing them with essential resources.
Similarly, Fort Bazaar has strong eco-friendly commitments, such as advisories on water use and the elimination of single-use plastics. They are also involved in several initiatives with the surrounding communities, aimed at empowering local young people and helping low-income families.