Could Sri Lanka be the ultimate holiday destination for your next great family adventure? As a destination which is ideal to visit in the Christmas, Easter and Summer school holidays, it certainly works practically. This selection of family holiday adventures comes from Experience Travel Group whose team in Sri Lanka and the UK have been helping clients create amazing memories since 2006.
Sri Lanka is an amazing family destination. Many places make this claim, but Sri Lanka really does have something for everyone. This little gem of a country is small enough to be manageable in a two to three week trip, but large enough to have an astonishing variety of scenery, wildlife and culture. What’s more, Sri Lanka - referenced everywhere from the Bible to the Hindu epic, the Ramayana - is an ancient country where the temples, religion, rocks and caves speak to a mysterious and ancient past. It’s a country, in short, that can fire your imagination and evoke a sense of shared discovery.
For that special family holiday you’ll want memories that will help bind your family together as life unfolds. What could be more important? Away from the tourist hotspots, Sri Lanka has so much just waiting to be discovered: from sleepy paddy fields with patient cattle egrets perched on buffalos, to jagged peaks untroubled by roads, from wild elephants to every variety of colourful bird life you could image, Sri Lanka has a magic and an intensity which fires up all the senses.
Family life in all its hectic glory also requires some proper relaxation and downtime and Sri Lanka offers you a chance to slip away from the daily grind – and unwind. A particularly wonderful option is to stay in a fully staffed villa, perhaps at the end of your trip, maybe even overlooking the Indian ocean. The informal service is fun and interactive, but food cooked to your specification also makes meals better value and more relaxed than the constraints of a hotel. And what’s better than having a large pool completely to yourselves and a private veranda from which to soak up the atmosphere, enjoy each other's company and talk about your experiences?
For us it’s about luxury + adventure. The yin and the yang. Get both right and you’ve got yourselves an extraordinary family holiday.
Here are three fantastic examples of family holiday ideas. They can’t cover everything that’s possible, but they’ve each got key elements that will excite and inspire parents and children alike and that, critically, we know really work for a family group. A great thing to do next is spend a little bit of time with a travel consultant who knows Sri Lanka inside out, who will take the time to understand the needs of your family and plan with you a very special family holiday.
When everyday life seems to be moving at warp speed, serene Sri Lanka is the perfect place to wind down, relax and reconnect as a family. Away from tourist sites and bustling cities this easy-going family holiday is still filled with adventures, incredible wildlife and exciting activities. But because it’s designed to echo the gentler pace of rural Sri Lanka the focus is on spending time together as a family and discovering a different, less travelled aspect of this remarkable country. Even the accommodation has been chosen with an eye on originality which means everything from luxury beach huts and traditional coconut estates to beautiful countryside farms and tea estates, as well as some truly spectacular hotels.