Mandara Resort in Mirissa.

Last week on a hotel inspection trip down south we visited the Mandara Resort, a newly opened 20-room beach hotel by the same owners of Rosen Rennaisance in Kataragama. The arrival of the hotel fills a much-needed gap in the market for a quality mid-market hotel on the Galle to Matara stretch of coastline. We… Read More »

Mangrove Garden, For the Crusoe-like beach experience

Red Dot has always loved the mixture of accommodation available in Sri Lanka and we regularly create tailormade itineraries using guesthouses, beach cabanas and eco retreats. Well, a few weeks ago we made a welcome discovery: Mangrove Garden. We’d heard about it for a while, but our sales team likes to visit all properties and… Read More »

Last House – Tangalle’s best-kept secre

The Red Dot sales and operations team travelled to the south coast last week to inspect beach properties. The first port of call was The Last House, the last private villa designed by Geoffrey Bawa, Sri Lanka’s most famed architect. We arrived tired and exhausted after the bumpy 6-hour drive along the Galle Road from… Read More »

AROUND THE FORT IN 80 LIVES – Galle book launch in Oct 2008

Galle’s growing reputation as a hub for literature grows again in October with the launch of AROUND THE FORT IN 80 LIVES at the Jetwing Lighthouse Hotel on Friday 24 October. The launch of this fascinating book on the Galle Fort should be great fun with a cocktail party and dinner.

New Ayurvedic wellness property – Muthumuni Ayurveda Beach Resort

For those that are looking for Ayurveda wellness by the sea, now there’s a new addition in Beruwala – Muthumuni Ayurveda Beach Resort. Opened about a month ago, this is a well laid out place with individual chalets, swimming pool, serene Ayurveda centre and yoga / meditation pavilion. Muthumuni started out many years ago with… Read More »

New yoga retreat in Hikkaduwa – House of Lotus

During my travels to Hikkaduwa recently I discovered the House of Lotus, a homely and tranquil yoga retreat in Dodanduwa just by Hikka town. Short-term to more intensive two week Yoga programmes are conducted here by the owners Claudia and Ernest. The five rooms are nice and airy and have private terraces opening out to… Read More »

Luxury Camping in the Knuckles.

The Red Dot sales persuaded the Directors to take two days off for some serious “research”. The attraction was a new luxury camping option in the Knuckes, a beautiful range of mountains to the north-east of Kandy. The campsites in the Knuckles are managed by Leopard Safaris, one of the premier wildlife operators in the… Read More »

Hikkaduwa Beach Festival.

Colombo emptied out last weekend with the young and the not so young… all heading out to the Hikka Beach festival.  Curious about all the hype, I myself ventured off on Friday evening with a whole bunch that were convinced this was the best thing to have happened to Hikkaduwa.  Flags fluttering, music blasting, thousands… Read More »

Sinharaja Rainforest, A Naturalist’s paradise

Having left Colombo at 4am on a Sunday morning, three friends and I left for Sinharaja Rainforest. Anyone who has been there would know that one never gets sick of exploring this last remaining rainforest in Sri Lanka. Taking three others who were going there for the first time made the trip even more exciting.

Pre-holiday reading – New website with leading Sri Lanka authors.

A Sri Lankan company called Z–World has started a website to sell books by Sri Lankan authors, on the internet. Soft copies of the books are available for download on this site and to my knowledge this is the first such opportunity offered to readers to buy books from Sri Lankan authors on the internet.… Read More »

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