Sri Lanka

MC's fashion team escapes to the blissful Indian Ocean

WE FLEW TO…

The capital, Colombo (where all flights land) direct from London Heathrow with Sri Lankan Airlines (srilankan.aero); in November, returns cost from £610 including taxes. The Amanwella hotel is a five-hour drive to the south, so break your journey at its sister property, Amangalla (amangalla.com).

Colours of Sri Lanka (colours-of-srilanka.co.uk) arranges bespoke packages – a seven night tour in November including flights, visits to both hotels, breakfast and transfers costs from £1,629 per person. Or go between January and March, when the weather is best. Contact the Sri Lanka Tourist Board (0845-880 6333; srilankatourism.org) for more ideas.

WE STAYED AT…

Amanwella (00 800 2255 2626; amanwella.com), which appears at the end of a dirt track, like a Zen temple set on the edge of the earth. Perfect for a secluded holiday, this 30-room luxury hotel rests by a deserted beach in a coconut grove near Tangalle, on the south coast of the island.

All its suites reflect the serene, contemporary style that Aman Resorts are renowned for, and there’s a private plunge pool, terrace and inspiring views. Amanwella also has a beautiful infinity pool and spa, and we loved its candlelit restaurant offering fragant Sri Lankan dishes and barbecued fish. Visits can be arranged to nearby temples, wildlife reserves and national parks – or just kick back and watch the amazing sunsets. Double rooms cost from £200 including tax and service.

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