Category: Accommodation

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 »

It is all well with my soul- now. It is so peaceful, it just has to be!

From the moment you enter the wooden gates, the gentle breeze and the wide open green spaces just wash you over with a sense of peace and calm that cannot be brushed aside. This feeling would continue even through the welcome by the gracious and smiling hosts and the refreshing drink of thambili and it… Read More »

INSIDE SRI LANKA – A monthly insider’s report by Royston Ellis. April 2014.

Touring Base If you want to see a lot of Sri Lanka independently, Kandy is the best base. This former medieval kingdom (founded by King Sena Sammatha Vikramabahu who reigned 1474-1511 after moving his capital there from Gampola) is blessed not only with the sacred Temple of the Tooth (dating from 1592), but also with… Read More »

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

Christmas in Sri Lanka Season’s Greetings! Sri Lankans love to party and happily join in the celebrations of the feasts or holy days of all religions. December 25 is a public, bank and mercantile holiday throughout Sri Lanka. Even though it is a Christian festival, the government sometimes regards Christmas Day as equivalent to a… Read More »

INSIDE SRI LANKA – A monthly insider’s report by Royston Ellis

Escape CHOGM   The CHOGM roadshow rolls into town from 10 to 17 November 2013. CHOGM is the acronym for Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting and 54 HOGs representing Commonwealth nations around the world, plus  10,000 delegates, spouses and entourage members, as well as participants in Commonwealth youth and business forums, will be taking over… Read More »

Inside Sri Lanka

Lipton’s Seat For hikers and those who appreciate extravagant (360 degree) panoramic views of forest and tea clad valleys, Lipton’s Seat, at over 6,000 feet above sea level, is a rewarding excursion. You get there via Haputale (an eight hour journey by train from Colombo through magnificent scenery) and then by tuktuk (unless you’re ready… Read More »

Camping in style with Leopard Trails in Yala

It’s that time of year again when after five months of really late nights and stressful phone calls that some of us in travel get to take the peddle off the metal. Come mid-April we get a few weeks where it is time to catch up with all the new hotels and old ones by… Read More »

In search for the ‘Heart of Anamaduwa’

The heart of a country lies deep down in its roots, and can be challenging to find in a world that is constantly and rapidly evolving. Many would say that time travel is impossible, but is it really? Because I found a place where time really has stood still.     It was my first… Read More »

The North West Experience

The North Western coast of Sri Lanka is a world on its own, offering many experiences that cannot be found anywhere else in the country, and probably even in the world. A few of us “Red Dotters” decided to explore the area, to look at a few new places that have come up in the… Read More »

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