Romantic Boutique Hotel with a Spectacular Infinity Pool in the Mountains

Romantic Boutique Hotel with a Spectacular Infinity Pool in the Mountains

We recently hosted German Travel Blogger and Photographer @MoniquedeCaro who’s travel blog, Beautiful-Places, features reviews of Romantic Resorts and Ideal Honeymoon Retreats. This write up in German, will be followed latterly by the English translation, meanwhile our German followers can enjoy this great write up:

Romantisches Boutique-Hotel mit spektakulärem Infinity-Pool in den Bergen

Dieses kleine Boutique-Hotel ist ein echter Geheimtipp im Herzen von Sri Lanka. Es liegt zwischen den südlichen Bergen des zentralen Sri Lankas und ist umgeben von malerischen Teeplantagen, Pfeffer-Plantagen und Wasserfällen. Es ist der perfekter Zwischenstopp auf dem Weg von Nuwera Eliya nach Yala.

Von der Straße aus war es kaum zu entdecken. Unser Fahrer musste sich erstmal durchfragen, um es zu finden. Dort angekommen, wurden wir herzlich vom Manager Carrim empfangen. Man fühlt sich hier auch nicht wie in einem Hotel, sondern eher als wäre man Gast in einem privaten Zuhause.

Das Hotel ist im typisch sri-lankischem Design gebaut und gestaltet worden. Die wunderschöne Architektur stammt übrigens vom Filmemacher Manik Sandrasagra in Zusammenarbeit mit dem renommierten sri-lankischen Architekten Channa Daswatte.

Auf dem 80 Hektar großen Grundstück gibt es sogar eine eigene Pfefferplantage und dient auch als Elefantenkorridor – von Juni bis August wandern die Dickhäuter über das Grundstück.

Infinity-Pool

Das absolute Highlight ist der tolle Infinity-Pool! Von hier hat man einen atemberaubenden Blick auf die umliegenden Berge und Teefelder. 

Um den Pool zu erreichen muss man zwar erstmal einen kleinen Hügel hinauf, aber es lohnt sich absolut!

Per Handy kann man sich die Cocktails sogar nach oben bestellen.

At the heart of Sri Lanka with the Soul of Sri Lanka

Zimmer

Dieses kleine Hotel hat 4 romantische und rustikale Suiten. Drei Suiten liegen im Haupthaus direkt beim Restaurant und eine weitere Suite befindet sich in einem kleinen Cottage in der Nähe vom Pool.

Luxury Villa Suites

Die 3 Luxury Villa Suites haben eine Gemeinschaftsveranda, einen eigenen Innenhof und sind mit Antiquitäten, Outdoor-Whirlpools, Bad und offenen Duschen ausgestattet.

Pepper Garden Cottage Suite

Wir wohnten abseits im kleinen steinernen Cottage mit eigenem Garten- und Erholungspavillon. Dieses Zimmer liegt etwas abseits – hat dafür aber viel Privatsphäre.

Es sind noch 2 weitere Zimmer in Planung – im Zelt-Pavillon-Stil! Das klingt aufregend!

Restaurant

Im urigen Restaurant – einem offenen Holz-Pavillon mit pagodenähnlichen Dach – ist es abends mit dem gedimmten Licht besonders romantisch. Mit den tollen antiken Möbeln und den Steinwänden ist es einfach nur mega gemütlich!

Serviert wird ein köstliches sri-lankisches Essen mit Currys, Reis und viel Gemüse. Alles wird frisch auf dem traditionellen Holzofen gekocht.

Honeymoon & Wedding

Honeymoon-Special
Upgrade nach Verfügbarkeit & Willkommens-Champagner-Cocktail
Top 5 Romantic Honeymoon Experiences at Living Heritage Koslanda

Wedding-Package (ab USD 350)
An diesem idyllischen Fleckchen kann man auch romantisch heiraten!
Weitere Infos: Your Wedding and Honeymoon in the mountains at Koslanda

Ausflugs-Tipps

Wanderung zum Wasserfall
Der idyllische Weg durch den Dschungel und durch „Gottes Wald“ zum Wasserfall ist ein absolutes Muss. Wer möchte, kann 
dort sogar baden. Auf dem Weg dorthin sollte man sich allerdings vor den Unmengen an Blutegeln in acht nehmen! Es werden einem dafür aber auch Schuhe mit Schutz bis zu den Knien bereitgestellt. Und man kann sie mit Salzwasser auch leicht wieder abbekommen.

Buduruwagalas – buddhistische Felsenreliefs, der höchste ist 16m hoch
Teefabrik besuchen und Teefelder besichtigen
Kataragama, heilige Stadt, deren Tempel von vier Glaubensrichtungen verehrt wird
Safari im Nationalpark Udawalawe 

Hier gibt es viel zu entdecken – oder man verbringt den Tag einfach gemütlich am Pool!

Fazit

Dieser Ort ist Entspannung pur – Balsam für Augen und Seele! Hier kann man sich einfach nur wohlfühlen – alles ist super gemütlich und um die wenigen Gäste wird sich liebevoll gekümmert. Zum Abschied gabs sogar frischgepflückte Blumen! Wir waren hier leider nur eine Nacht – definitiv zu kurz!

Zimmer: 4 Suiten
Flugdauer: ab 12 Stunden Flug von Deutschland (via Dubai) nach Colombo
Transfer: 210 km vom Colombo Airport entfernt; der nächste Bahnhof (Haputale) ist 29 km entfernt – hier kann man sich dann von einem Fahrer vom Hotel abholen lassen
Check-in/Check-out: 14 Uhr/11 Uhr
Temp. Luft: 8 – 27,8 Grad
Temp. Wassser: 27 – 29 Grad
Malaria: malariafrei
Impfungen: empfohlen wird Tetanus, Diphterie, Hepatitis A, Masern
Beste Reisezeit: Mitte Mai – Ende September: Osten- und Nordosten der Insel; Oktober – Mitte April: West- und Südwestküste; Januar bis März: Bergland
Zeitverschiebung: 5,5 Stunden
Preis: ab 250 EUR/Nacht (inkl. Frühstück)
Besonderheiten: toller Pool, wunderschöne Landschaft, leckeres Essen in einem supergemütlichen Restaurant

 

View the Full Article at Beautiful-Places.de Travel Blog
Perfekt für: Paare, Naturliebhaber, Romantiker, Honeymooner


Explore Sri Lanka’s Hill Country – Review of Living Heritage Koslanda

Explore Sri Lanka’s Hill Country – Review of Living Heritage Koslanda

Sri Lanka, an island south of India in the Indian Ocean, is famed for its diverse landscapes, where rich rainforests sit alongside arid plains, with highlands and sandy beaches, ancient Buddhist ruins and Tea Plantations aplenty. A peaceful way of life can be found here and the boutique hotel of Living Heritage Koslanda is the perfect place to connect with this wonderful country and perhaps, reconnect with yourself too.

Location

Living Heritage Koslanda is set in the heart of Sri Lanka’s hill country on its own 80 Acre estate with beautiful tea plantations beyond. You can fly direct from London to Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, in just over 10 hours with Sri Lankan Airlines. The hotel is then just a 5-hour drive from the airport, transfers can be arranged by the hotel if you wish, which takes one thing off your to do list!

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Absolute best stays in SRI LANKA

Absolute best stays in SRI LANKA

EASTERN HILLS – LIVING HERITAGE KOSLANDA: A Travel Blog Review by Lara Kamnik @Your_Passport

Set in the heart of Sri Lanka with 80 Acres of pristine forest, nature trails, river and waterfalls Living Heritage Koslanda is a complete peace oasis offering unlimited opportunities for immersing yourself in nature. We were charmed (understating) by the sounds of nature from the moment we stepped out of our car. Walking through the jungle path to reach the hotel – it was just after the rain storm making it very humid but so serene and mystical that we could never forget it. Tranquil surroundings give this hotel a very romantic and intimate feel. We got a perfect chance to self-reflect and recharge here, it is also by far best spot for meditation or yoga, nestled amongst the jungle with beautiful sounds and smells.

Best Eco-resort in Sri Lanka
Explore the 80 Acres of Pristine Forest at Living Heritage Koslanda

The hotel owns one of the most amazing infinity pools in all of Sri Lanka and it sits right above the paddy fields. It is also blessed with an amazing private waterfall and natural pool, plus the 3rd highest waterfall of Sri Lanka Diyaluma is only short 10 minutes’ drive away. Koslanda also organises some of the best trips – make sure you visit the hidden beauty of Poonagalla Estate, very unspoiled and authentic with zero tourists!

Stylish and relaxed Boutique Hotel in Sri Lanka
There’s plenty of time for play and chill out time at the Resort

And then we get to the accommodation. We had our own private courtyard, a long veranda and a tropical garden with rain shower and jacuzzi. Showering by moonlight? You got us here! Interiors were exquisitely arranged in heritage style, we got fresh flowery on the bed and towels every night which made this stay a very unique. Welcoming service (thank you again, Carrim) and dining here was nothing but spectacular. Fresh and tasty and very much in line with the Sri Lankan cuisine. Secret tip? *Don’t skip the pumpkin soup and heavenly lemon mint cheesecake(s) – Uroš and I would go back to Sri Lanka only for this dessert! Oh, and they said farewell with a flower bouquet. How thoughtful is that!

Original and Full Article appears on Your Passport’s Travel Blog 

Follow Lara on Instagram @Your_Passport and Uros @Your_Passage

 


Top 5 Romantic Honeymoon Experiences at Living Heritage Koslanda

Top 5 Romantic Honeymoon Experiences at Living Heritage Koslanda

If you are in the process of putting together your perfect honeymoon, why not look at Sri Lanka – a perfect honeymoon destination, with more romantic boutique hotels than you could possibly imagine, an ideal mix of culture, history, stunning scenery and beaches a-plenty.

Here we’ve selected our Top 5 Romantic Honeymoon treats you should’t miss out on during your stay with us:

Honeymoon Ideas Sri Lanka
Romantic Treats at our boutique resort in Sri Lanka’s Hill Country

1.Watch the sunset over the hills and paddy fields down by our unforgettable infinity pool with a complimentary champagne cocktail

2. Pinch yourself as you enjoy a romantic picnic lunch at our private waterfall followed by a dip in its natural pool beneath the  jungle canopy, surrounded by the sound of chattering monkeys, and the song of birds and hum of butterflies. There’s not many couples who can claim to have stayed somewhere where they have access to their very own waterfall! It really doesn’t get more special than this .

Best Honeymoon places in Sri Lanka
Enjoy romantic candlelit dinners, secluded picnics by our waterfall and champagne cocktails at sunset

3. Celebrate with a private dining experience either on your suite veranda , down at the pool or in the gardens at night. Candlelit with floral decorations and a sumptuous menu of your choice .

Honeymoon Hotels in Sri Lanka
It’s impossible not to find a quiet, romantic setting here

4. Private flower petal jacuzzi under the stars with champagne in your own private tropical garden courtyard bathroom

5. Visit a local temple where we can arrange for a priest to conduct a special blessing and puja to celebrate your union


Ceylon Tea for the Discerning

Ceylon Tea for the Discerning

This year Sri Lanka celebrates it’s 150 Anniversary of the founding of Ceylon Tea as the country’s most famous exports. Here at Living Heritage Koslanda, which is located in the Eastern Hills and surrounded by tea estates, we have been providing our guests with teas from one of Sri Lanka’s most innovative and original tea-makers, TeaEli and we speak one of Sri Lanka’s brightest, most dynamic entrepreneurs, 25-year-old Founder and Visionary behind TeaEli, Dushyantha De Silva.

 

What drew you to the business, and keeps you in it? 

I got into the Tea business in 2013, when I was 21 years old. We started a humble stall at the Good Market and little did we know at the time that those were the first steps that would lead us to where we are today. Ironically my family has no background in the tea business as is the usual case with many large tea companies in Sri Lanka today.

I was first a stock broker and it was my second job that introduced me to tea. When you see the finest of teas first hand, those that are exported, falling in love is inevitable. The very aroma captivated me and honestly my heart started racing, and I knew immediately that this was my future.

I’m the first in our family history to venture into tea but I believe I won’t be the last. We are of course still growing and have barely scratched the surface in achieving our potential, but we have come a long way in a matter of four years and I’m proud of that, thanking God every step of the way.

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The People Who Make Living Heritage Koslanda: Head Chef Lasantha

The People Who Make Living Heritage Koslanda: Head Chef Lasantha

Head Chef: Lasantha Chandra Kumara

Favorite Food: Homemade pizza

His signature dish: Brinjal Moju

Favorite Living Heritage Experience: Walking in the Tea Fields and of course the Sri Lanka cookery classes for our guests

Try our Sri Lanka cooking class at Living Heritage Koslanda
Our Open Kitchen at Living Heritage Koslanda, with Chef Lasantha at the helm

The youngest in a family of four, 21-year-old Lasantha was born in a village just a short distance from Koslanda to a family of farmers. Lean calm, and babyface Lasantha is as poised as these profile photos show, and with plenty of ambition to boot. His dream of becoming a chef began when he found us; with no prior experience in the culinary field, his journey has been a whirlwind of absolutely acing crash course after crash course, with local and international chefs as his mentors. He’s been serving us dish after amazing dish of Sri Lankan and western specialties, which include a rice and curry repertoire along with hearty warm soups and grilled seafood and roasts.Today, Lasantha’s is one of the brightest, most talented staff to join the Living Heritage Koslanda Team, and we’re couldn’t be more thrilled. We think this formidable country boy may be among the island’s youngest chefs to manage a kitchen, and his journey has only begun!


Discovering the East Coast of Sri Lanka

Discovering the East Coast of Sri Lanka

Here at Living Heritage Koslanda we are located in the eastern hills of Sri Lanka’s tea country, and we are the gateway to the east. Our climate reflects very much the same climate that makes Sri Lanka’s East Coast absolutely perfect in the summer months when the rest of the island is in the middle of it’s monsoon season.

Our resort is a unique base from which to explore the still fairly untouched east of the island, which has a life, vibe and rich culture and history of its own. As we’re now full swing into the East Coast season (May to September) here’s personal Top Picks of the achingly beautiful, semi-remote areas along the coast and interiors of the island’s East that are perfect in combination with a stay at Living Heritage Koslanda this summer.

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How to Make Pol Sambol: An Easy to Follow Sri Lankan Recipe

How to Make Pol Sambol: An Easy to Follow Sri Lankan Recipe

Pol Sambol

The use of coconuts in Sri Lankan cooking is not limited to its milky properties for gravies and adding balance to spicy curries; its light and refreshing flesh in grated form gives sambols (a traditional relish made up of blended coconut and spices) and mallums (vegetable based semi-cooked and raw salads) more rounded flavor and adds texture and really brings life to a meal. A Sri Lankan staple, the humble Pol Sambol, is super easy to make and can be served with just about every Sri Lankan meal, be it rice and curry, or an accompaniment to rotis, hoppers and string hoppers. It pairs best with a warm and mild dhal curry.

Try our easy recipe below – all ingredients are easily available anywhere in the world

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Top 10 Things To Do With Kids at Living Heritage Koslanda

Top 10 Things To Do With Kids at Living Heritage Koslanda

Looking for family holiday ideas? Why not look at Sri Lanka, a year round destination, with a diverse landscape and culture which makes for an exciting, engaging and ever changing natural playground for families and children who love an adventure. When planning a holiday in Sri Lanka an itinerary can include beach, safari, culture, city, festivals, train travel, surfing, whale watching, hiking, mountain biking and white water rafting. The hill country is one of the best places to stay in Sri Lanka if the outdoors is your idea of a great family getaway, and here at Living Heritage Koslanda, we will happily assist you with advice on what to see and do in Sri Lanka with kids.

Meantime we’ve rounded up our Top 10 things to do with kids who have a spirit of adventure and we hope you’ll agree that Living Heritage Koslanda is one of the best places to stay in Sri Lanka for families with a sense of adventure and a love of the outdoors.

 

  1. Toasting Marshmallows by a Bonfire

A beautiful roaring bonfire on a clear starry night; Parents can enjoy a cocktail under the canopy of stars, whilst the kids can roast marshmallow and share stories of the day – and we all know that even grown up children love a marshmallow roast!

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International Yoga Day 2017

International Yoga Day 2017

 “Yoga is about clearing away whatever is in us that prevents our living in the most full and whole way. With yoga, we start to feel more harmonious, more at one with ourselves. Our lives begin to flow — or we begin to flow more in our lives” Cybele Tomlinson

Today marks one of the most important days of the universal calendar; it’s the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, and a day declared ‘International Yoga Day’ by the UN back in 2014.

In Sanskrit, the word yoga comes from the root ‘yuj’ which most commonly means ‘to add’ or ‘to join’/unite’, or ‘to attach’. This ancient practice first came to the attention of an educated western public in the mid-19th century, but it was only in the 1980s, that it really became a popular physical exercise across the Western world.

Yoga generally speaking in Asian traditions, however, is more than physical exercise; it has a meditative and spiritual core; closely related to Hindu based philosophies.

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