Let’s talk about Sri Lanka.
It’s no secret that the Sri Lankan tourism industry has had a challenging few years. However, having lived here for 6 months, I can confidently say, this destination remains an untouched paradise full of potential for Australian holidaymakers looking for luxury experiences without the price tag.
And the ultimate in luxe accommodation is on offer at Saffron and Blue, located an easy 2-hour drive from Colombo Airport and just 10 minutes south of Bentota.
Travel Weekly was lucky enough to experience the warm hospitality of the Saffron and Blue staff last month and boy, was it something to write home about.
Aside from the stunning architecture, beautifully appointed bedrooms, magnificently manicured gardens, shimmering beach, generous pool and impeccable location, the food was what really captured our hearts, minds and voracious Aussie appetites.
The villa has two full-time chefs and a dedicated butler, Kumudu.
Kumudu is at once the warmest host you’ll ever meet and yet wildly discreet and professional. Upon arrival he, and the chefs welcome guests to review the villas menu “suggestions” and discuss your dietary preferences.
Ultimately, you can order anything you want. We had a set of very fussy children with some complex dietary requirements and the chefs catered perfectly to all requests. They delicately prepared and served a mix of sumptuous Sri Lankan curries, sambals, fried rice, kottu, a variety of western options and everything in between.
Kumudu and his staff also seemed to have a knack for knowing what we needed, well before we did.
Cold, crisp white wine o’clock by the pool anyone? Served with fresh fruit and traditional Sri Lankan coconut sweets?
Don’t mind if I do.
Aside from offering total extravagance at accessible prices, the villa is also central to some of Sri Lanka’s most exciting tourist destinations. The ancient city of Galle Fort is just a hop, skip and a jump away by car, the region’s oldest turtle sanctuary is located just a 10m walk done the beach, and the glittering beaches of Koskoda and Bentota are right on the doorstep.
Guests at the villa have the option to do absolutely nothing and be waited on by hand and foot, or one can fill the day with activities – we did the former.
This glamorous property is well worth a visit for at least 2 nights and is suited to couples, families, and groups of up to 10.
To learn more about the property itself, see our previous article.
You can book your stay at Saffron and Blue HERE.