Travelling further south, you’ll hit the Dutch colonial harbour town of Galle, for amble doses of culture, architecture and historical charm. You’ll stay at the Dutch House
, an intimate and colonial-style hotel on the outskirts of Galle, where the infinity pool overlooks the jungle, the 18th
-century merchant house has just four exquisite suites and the cuisine is renowned as being some of the best in Sri Lanka.
You’ll have plenty of leisure time, which you can fill up by taking it easy in the lush gardens, lounging by the pool under the coconut trees, soaking up the warmth. For those who want to do more than just sunbathe, Galle’s bustling centre is just a short walk away, where you can discover the UNESCO-listed old town and fort, which was built by the Portuguese in the 17th
Further afield, there are idyllic beaches that are amazing for surfing, diving and whale watching, and local fishing villages and street markets where can catch a glimpse of the area’s famous fishermen on stilts.