If we were to go on a Live Loud Girl trip, it would be to Sri Lanka. We all have been and would go again in the blink of an eye. As it is relatively close for us, it is the go to place in the region to say the least.
Sri Lanka is a great adventurous place, easy going enough to bring the kids. Beach, sun and cuisine and the small scale boutique style hospitality you find here are the reason we keep on coming back.
In terms of interior styling, our heart beats faster with anything that has to do with the combination of concrete floors, white walls, wooden cabinets and swaying palm trees. We were granted a lot of it while traveling around and want to share our favorite finds with you.
If you want to spoil yourself with a high end boutique hotel, The Villa Paradise Road in Bentota is the place to stay. The beautifully converted villa by architect Geoffrey Bawa makes you forget about the world around you. Monochrome lovers will thrive here. If it is not for sleeping you can always enjoy the setting over lunch or dinner in the restaurant.
Apa Villa in Thalpe is a mid range hotel on a perfect location. The styling of the rooms is simple with our favorites concrete, wood and white. The concrete swimming pool with beach views is where the kids were found the whole day. It was very child friendly and the food and staff were fantastic.
The Jasper House in Hiriketiya was a real find. With swaying palm trees all around and sea views, this is a place we could stay forever. It is not for prudes or very private people though since the rooms have no windows, we repeat… no windows!
An added bonus: on walking distance you can find the Beach House where we had the best coffee of our holiday (because let’s just say that Sri Lanka is not really known for her coffee culture).
The Gallery Cafe in Colombo, from the same owners as The Villa in Bentota, is a must visit when it comes to interior styling. Again the monochrome in combination with natural materials made us forget about the busy streets outside. Opposite you can find the gallery shop where you can buy most of the items from the hotel and cafe.
For those who want to enjoy a good slice of pizza with their feet in the sand, Wijaya beach is a perfect spot. It is on Unawatuna beach where the kids can go for their last swim of that day while you enjoy some sundowners.
In Galle, we were very happy to come across Poonies. This little vegetarian and organic cafe served us some fantastic food. We are craving their salads and cakes and wish they would open an outlet in Dubai.
The Fort Bazaar in Galle was our other favorite for food. The interior styling of this place also made us enjoy the afternoon here. This very warm and welcoming restaurant used lots of wood in combination with cooler basic materials like concrete and steel.
A highlight definitely was the epic train ride from Ella to Kandy. It does not get more green and lush than the tea hills of the inlands. The scenery is breathtaking. If it’s not on your bucket list yet, be sure to put it on!
There are moments in the holiday where we chose a pool over the sea, especially when it got a bit too rough. Talpe Beach Club is a fabulous place to hang out for a day to go for a swim and a curry afterwards.
Galle is one of the bigger cities of Sri Lanka, even though the centre is quite small and beautifully conserved. The light house and Fort are worth a visit and the city has many sweet shops and good restaurants.
The fabulous weather and chilled vibe allow you to wear your favorites more then once. With our bikini, Namshi slippers, a few tops and shorts we were sorted. The kids wore their Beach and Bandits shirts or Gray Label favorites. We accessorized with a good beach towel.
Travel Light is the theme when you visit Sri Lanka.