Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka: Unawatuna Beach Resort

If you're visiting Sri Lanka with family, the Unawatuna Beach Resort has a friendly vibe, great facilities and is right beside the sea, says Ianthe Butt

Sri Lanka: Barberyn Reef Ayurveda Resort, Beruwala

When your mind, body and spirit require a little more than a regular holiday, Sri Lanka's Barberyn Reef Ayurveda is the answer, says Ianthe Butt

Sri Lanka: Chaaya Tranz Hikkaduwa

In the coastal town of Hikkaduwa, with its calm atmosphere and family friendly facilities, for a beach holiday in Sri Lanka the Chaaya Tranz resort is a must-visit, says Ianthe Butt

Sri Lanka: Udekki

Surrounded by nature, with simple-but-stylish rooms and great food, the super laid back Udekki feels more like staying with friends than a hotel, says Ianthe Butt

Sri Lanka: Palagama Beach

Its welcoming, laid back atmosphere and fantastic beachside location ensure that Palagama Beach resort is wonderfully relaxing, says Ianthe Butt

Sri Lanka: The Sun House

Sophisticated, stylish and brimming with old fashioned charm, The Sun House is Sri Lanka's original boutique hotel, says Ianthe Butt

Sri Lanka: The Wallawwa

If you're after instant post-flight relaxation, The Wallawwa hotel is ideal. Huge rooms, a glorious palm-fringed pool and delicious food, and just a hop away from the airport, says Ianthe Butt

Sri Lanka: Bar Reef Resort

Just the place to turn your back on modern life, Sri Lanka's Bar Reef Resort is all about the pleasure of simplicity and enjoying nature, says Ianthe Butt

Sri Lanka: Casa Colombo

A haven from the busy streets of Sri Lanka's capital, Casa Colombo is luxurious, stylish and thoroughly modern, says Ianthe Butt

Exploring Sri Lanka

So, we know it's got palm-lined, sun-drenched beaches aplenty. But Sri Lanka offers a heady blend of tea plantations, sacred sites and dense forests full of wildlife, too. Oh, and it's a new route for British Airways. What more can you ask for, says Jane Dunford