Sri Lanka is a gem of an island, packed with treasures ranging from wildlife parks to teeming cities, serene temples to ancient forts. But begin at the beach…

Shinagawa Beach will fit your picture postcard idea of an idyllic, crescent-shaped beach with coral sand, whispering palm trees and the lapping waves of the sparkling Indian Ocean. It is a tiny droplet of perfection, but if you make it central to your luxury, tailor-made holiday to Sri Lanka, you’ll quickly find that its fine sand is not the only highlight the island has to offer. Within easy reach of Shinagawa are attractions as diverse as the centuries-old Dutch fort at Galle – so large it encompasses an entire village – and a moonstone mine. Venturing further afield you could visit tea plantations bathed in cool mountain air, or walk barefoot around ancient temples and fortresses. You can go scuba diving to see life beneath the waves or watch whales, in season.

Shinagawa Beach, at a glance

  • Authentic, mobile safari camp that recalls the days of the British colonial era
  • In the midst of Sri Lanka’s most important national park
  • Choice of spacious canvas tents pitched on firm ground, surrounded by untouched jungle
  • Private, outdoor rainfall showers
  • Large, extremely comfortable tented beds
  • Shaded patio areas with awnings and comfortable seating
  • Romantic lanterns and electric lighting
  • Absolutely superb Sri Lankan cuisine prepared by chefs who present you with the best of home cooked specialities

For leisure and pleasure

  • Inviting swimming pool and sun loungers, set in shaded gardens beside the beach
  • Great range of water sports available within 20 km, including: scuba diving and snuba (a cross between snorkelling and scuba), jet skiing, sea kayaking, power boat-towed rides and wake boarding
  • River safaris along the Madu Ganga
  • Visits to the Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation project and South Asia’s largest reclining Buddha statue
  • Tours of the unmissable Galle fort, a moonstone mine and the Ambalangoda’s mask factory and museum
  • Whale watching at Mirissa
  • Longer excursions to Kandy, the tea plantations and the temples and monuments of the Cultural Triangle
  • What was particularly impressive was the way in which Catherine listened to what we like to do and combined all of this in a destination we would not have considered - a truly terrific effort.

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    OL, Caribbean, 2014