Category: Accommodation

Taste of Sri Lanka: the best hotels for foodies

    Sri Lankan cuisine is very distinctive, an exotic blend of tastes and aromas enriched by ethnic diversity and centuries of interaction with outside settlers, including the European colonial powers. From rice and curry – a meal with a deceptively simple name that incorporates seven separate dishes, from curries to sambols – to the… Read More »

Galle Literary Festival 2017

Galle Literary Festival 2017 will run between 11th – 15th January and is an unmissable event for those interested in literature.   Now in its 8th year, this event takes place in the streets of historic Galle Fort and has attracted internationally-renowned authors from across the globe.       The first four authors appearing… Read More »

Sri Lanka experiences unprecedented levels of rainfall

Sri Lanka has recently been affected by a strong south-west monsoon which has caused severe damage to several areas of land, leaving 350,000 displaced. There are fears that 150 people have been killed due to the effects of the extreme weather.  

Sri Lanka: the island of escapism

  When it comes to booking a summer getaway, most are searching for a holiday destination which offers total and utter relaxation and the chance to escape the mundane stresses of everyday life. During the English summer months, there are many areas of Sri Lanka which offer travellers a tranquil stay: from the cool, lush… Read More »

Sharm el Sheikh flight cancellations leaves Sri Lanka braced for rush

Fears are growing over some Mediterranean holiday destinations this summer – leaving Sri Lanka’s fast-developing east coast beach resorts braced to take some of the rush.   Countries such as Turkey and Egypt have always been popular hotspots for European travellers in search of some sun, but bookings for 2016 have been blighted by the… Read More »

Sri Lanka for kids

Sri Lanka is a great travel destination for families.  There are a few setbacks such as long distance journeys (‘are we nearly there yet?’), and at times some cultural sites which may not be so fully enjoyed by your little people (‘mummy, I’m bored!’). However, these are easy to combat if you know the right route… Read More »

INSIDE SRI LANKA A monthly insider’s report by Royston Ellis, August 2015

Tea Time It’s a bit too early to put the kettle on but if you like tea then there are lots of events associated with tea being held in Sri Lanka in 2017. That’s to celebrate tea’s sesquicentennial based on it being 150 years since James Taylor, from Scotland, planted the first field of tea… Read More »

Red Dot’s top five new boutique hotels and villas

If you haven’t visited Sri Lanka for a few years, you’d be amazed by its growth. New properties pop up every other day, and the wide range of accommodation currently on offer is more impressive than ever before. Boutique hotels and villas are becoming particularly popular, with intimate boutique properties and villas becoming ubiquitous on Sri… Read More »

The Top 25 places to stay in Sri Lanka

Every year Red Dot Tours presents awards for the top 25 places to stay in Sri Lanka, as voted by you. Based entirely on the customer feedback we receive, these awards are given at the start of every year to our outstanding accommodation. Our list spans a mix of boutique hotels, villas, retreats, resorts, and even… Read More »

With the Kids, in Sri Lanka

The other day, Red Dot CEO Miguel Cunat was approached by a client with a simple but rather specific question: “We are a family of five. Two parents in their 40s with three young boys aged 5 – 11. We consider ourselves active travellers who are really into local experiences. When all the tourists go left,… Read More »

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