When travelers meet, they tell a story. When friends travel together, they bring back memories and a lot of funny stories with a big rush for life. It was such a pleasure meeting Marwa Al Hassan & Anood Al Ali in Sri Lanka. We shared stories, tips and great travel stories. Read all about their trip to Sri Lanka.
Destination Sri Lanka
Anood – My ultimate favorite destination was Yala in Sri Lanka !!!
I am a huge fan of animals! And to get the chance to stay in a jungle it was superb ! Loved the exciting fear we lived at that moment, at night we could hear the monkeys jumping on our roof and wild elephants crossing by! At 5 am we’ve woken up to the sound of grasshoppers and birds singing to get into our private jeep and start the adventure into the wild that lasted for four dreamy hours ! A one of a kind adventure.
Marwa – Beach lover always loves the beach so Bentota in Sri Lanka for me!
Bentota was the last destination in Sri Lanka, gotta love the last moments. what made Bentota so memorable is the amazing boat safari, cruising around 60 islands, watched a little boy scrubbing his body with soap then jumping in the water! made me want to try this free shower and feel the beauty of simple life that we miss living in the city.
Amaya Hills in Kandy After a very long drive we arrived to this palace up in the hills surrounded by beautiful flowers and butterflies that helped us shake the stress away and enjoy a fairytale kinda like evening. Many Arabs visit that place, we enjoyed the late night music played by the lovely violinist who played our requests.
Cinnamon Wild in Yala One night there was not enough at all! Beautiful laid out jungle chalets. We were well welcomed by the monkeys jumping on our roof and sitting on our porch. The pool there is over looking a water pond with crocodiles, water buffaloes, and birds that we don’t know the names off. Amazing staff very friendly and welcoming, they are ready to do any thing for there guests! We asked for shisha and they made it happen! Most importantly the food there was great, all kinds of delicious cuisines.
Chaaya Tranz in Hikkaduwa Huge hotel, looks like the most visited place in Hikkaduwa. Loud music at night by the pool. Lovely Azmaara spa, run but the sweetest Indonesian ladies, fell asleep on the spa bed getting 30mins foot and head massage. Not the best stay in our trip but gotta give props for the beautiful beach room view.
JetwingLighthouse in Galle The place that holds the most memories. Stayed there for two nights. Fell in love with this place the minute we stepped in the dramatic entrance, sweeping alongside the staircase the statuses of the historic Portuguese soldiers narrating the ‘Battle of Randeniya’. Loved our spacious room and balcony with easy on the eye view of the infinity pool and palm trees with beach as a background. The details of the architecture in this hotel were just beautiful. environmental friendly hotel, decorating the rooms with picked stems and branches of the trees from their own garden. cherished the quotes about not picking flowers they had in the bathroom. Can’t miss the spa there, gotta try the treatment packages there, to enjoy the out in the fresh air shower! Adored every little thing about the lighthouse spa.
Eden Resort and Spa in Bentota: Incredibly huge and crowded. Spent our last night in Sri Lanka there, extremely exhausted and worn out. We excepted more from the spa implying the name. Fatigued we were didn’t pay much attention to this stay. Making up stories of the people we see. Though, adored the morning walk by the clear sands of the endless wavy beach
In your suitcase
Marwa – That’s a funny question to answer. Cause Ms. Anood, over packed like we were going to party every night! even though she suggested to pack wisely. (refer to picture, that belongs to her!) Anyway my luggage contained shorts, pair of jeans or sweat pants, swimsuit, a generous amount of beach dresses/skirts and lots of hygienic items (detol wipes, sanitizers) AND yes our tour guide suggested to get snacks with us anticipating the long hours of driving so we had an extra luggage for that.
Anood – I’ll answer that. THE BEST SEAFOOD YOU CAN EVER HAVE IN SRILANKA! is in Amal Resturant, Bentota. We had a gigantic grilled lobster, prawns and king fish. WE ATE IT ALL!! Cinnamon Wild Hotel buffet was amazing too, most of the chefs have worked in Dubai before so they exactly knew what we will like and advised us to try. Personally I liked the Srilankan cuisine the food taste so naughty with all the spices, garlic and onions.
Anood – I liked shopping in Galle Fort it felt like little Italy yet better. Hidden shops? mm no not really i know a hidden cafe (That is my expertise)
Marwa – If you fancy some precious gemstones, we bought few valuable rubies. You’ll find many shops in Bentota. I personally enjoyed the tea shopping. We’d sit by the lake and enjoy sipping on different flavors of tea, then buy what we loved the most, when I say flavours i mean all POSSIBLE flavours, I got me some chocolate tea.
Most of the first few days in our trip were spent driving and making stops here and there whenever we see something attracting. We’ve taken a lot of pictures, laughed so hard at our driver and he’d laugh along. Oh my the zig-zagged roads of Sri Lanka! it still tingles in my ears how we all screamed “YAY” when we hit the highway! We covered the most of Sri Lanka, nature and beauty, jungle and the wild life, beach and love. First three and a half days were mostly spent in the car and site seeing, until we had two days of pure relaxation at Jetwing lighthouse nothing but beach and spa! The tan lines says it all. “Marma – mind, body and spirit” is a must try at their spa, 90 minutes of divine pampering and pure bliss. In these memorable two days in Galle we took late night walks in the so “little Italy”Galle Fort and got chased by stray dogs because we flashed them with our cameras, felt like Michael Jakson Thriller running in the dark streets of the fort.
Also in Jetwing Lighthouse we met the real Travel Junkie Diary, the sweetest lady we’ve ever met. Felt the warmth of home chatting with her, she suggested wonderful places to checkout like the gem factory in Bentota and the lovely boat safari that we genuinely loved.
The Locals in Sri Lanka are very friendly, they love their country so much. Every place we visited the people we meet there asks us where we’ve been and suggested a few places. Everyone appreciates true love and beauty. Sri Lanka will forever hold a spot in our beings.
Don’t forget the snacks! Wear something comfortable, it’s a lot of sitting in the car. Be ready to meet people whose their only income is the humble amounts given to them by tourists. You’ll meet Buddhists, Christians, and Muslims all different but sharing the same land equally. The most influencing thing about this trip is regardless of their religion differences, the Sri Lankans respected their differences.
Mode of travel
We flew there by emirates airlines. The flight was delayed for 2 hours from Dubai, but as soon as we boarded and we’re in air the flight was so smooth, we slept through the entire 3 hours and 50mins
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