Best of the Best 2018 - 158
Sri Lanka Escape
An island steeped in spirituality, scented with spice and dense with wonders.
Tea and Tradition
Wander through neatly planted
rows of emerald-green Ceylon
tea in Sri Lanka's beguiling
tea country. Travel back in
time to visit the sacred city of
Anuradhapura, built around a
cutting from the Buddha's "tree
of enlightenment." This elegant
ten-day tour winds down at a lush
coastal resort, where activities
range from visiting nearby Galle
Fort and melting into spicescented spa treatments.
Clockwise from top:
Sigiriya, the Lion Rock;
grinding spices; up close
with an elephant.
From the top of the Sigiriya rock
fortress, it seems you can see
the entirety of Sri Lanka. The
650-foot-high monolith ascends
from the surrounding jungle and
was the perfect place for fifthcentury King Kasyapa to build his
royal citadel. It's one of the many
ancient landmarks (and UNESCO
World Heritage sites) you'll
encounter on this six-day tour of
the island, including the Dambulla
Cave Temple, Kandy's Temple of
the Tooth and Minneriya National
Park, an important habitat and
water source for elephants.
Cooking in Colombo
Pound spices and sambals, blend
aromatic curries and toss gardenfresh salads on the terrace
kitchen of your host's Colombo
home during a morning cooking
class. This intimate glimpse into
domestic life in Sri Lanka's biggest
city will introduce a personalized
cuisine that blends your host's
Malay heritage with local
Sinhalese and Tamil traditions.
Your Virtuoso travel advisor
can arrange these exceptional
experiences and more.