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With just a 1 hour flight between the two of them, pairing Sri Lanka’s hidden temples and vast natural beauty with the Maldives’ paradise islands seems like a no brainer, right? Luxtripper’s content writer Kayleigh hopped across the world to discover why this unique and romantic adventure is our top 2018 honeymoon getaway.
BY Kayleigh Causton
Luxtripper Travel Editor

Find out why Sri Lanka and the Maldives is our top multi-destination honeymoon and holiday experience!

Cultural Adventures

I’d heard so much about how unforgettable Sri Lanka holidays can be, and as soon as I stood in front of the vast and towering Sigiriya Rock; I completely understood why. Sri Lanka is a treasure trove of natural beauty and dramatic ancient sights, one that most of the world is only recently discovering, having previously been overshadowed by mammoth backpacker and holiday destinations like India and southeast Asia

UNESCO Sites

After a steady climb up the side of the rock, we were rewarded with remarkable ruins of a lost civilisation that was built on top of the rock itself, and absolutely mesmerising views of Sri Lanka’s gorgeous landscape of tranquil river ways and endless forests. Sigirya Rock is just one of Sri Lanka’s many UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and it’s definitely the best one to begin your adventure with. 

Elephant Sightings

This was the start to an incredible couple of days discovering the Cultural Triangle’s hidden gems, including Dambulla’s enchanting hidden caves, Polonnaruwa’s crumbling ancient city and even embarking on a day safari to see the world’s largest gathering of Asian elephants in Minneriya National Park. Being able to get up close with families of elephants in their natural habitat was truly unforgettable; we even saw little baby elephants!

Water Garden Sigiriya

While exploring the Cultural Triangle on our Sri Lanka holiday, we stayed at the Water Garden Sigiriya and I couldn’t believe how spectacular and luxurious our first accommodation was. This stunning hotel offers unrivalled views of Sigiriya Rock and we stayed in the Superior Deluxe Villa, which gave us plenty of space, a sumptuous four-poster king-sized bed and our own private plunge pool to dip into whenever we needed to escape the Sri Lankan heat!

Unforgettable Safaris

We then journeyed to the south of Sri Lanka to the fabled Yala National Park for the next part of our adventure, as I’d heard that this park was home to the world’s most concentrated population of leopards. We embarked on twice daily safaris at both sunrise and sunset to catch a glimpse of these incredible creatures, and along the way we also saw Asian elephants, sloth bears, spotted deer and even peacocks!

​Wild Coast Tented Lodge

Just outside of Yala National Park sat our next accommodation, the truly spectacular Wild Coast Tented Lodge. Our luxurious Cocoon Pool Suite was nested just a stones throw from soft sands of an essentially untouched beach front and boasted beautiful safari era-inspired interiors including a king-sized bed, a copper freestanding bathtub and a private pool surrounded by trees; it was absolutely incredible and nothing like anywhere I’d stayed before! It really felt authentic and part of Yala’s wild surroundings.  

Blissful Beaches

This gorgeous destination perfectly complimented the thrilling safaris, as we could spend our time cooling off by the pool or soaking up the sun along the virgin beachfront. If there’s one thing that really set’s them apart from other hotels, it’s how absolutely remarkable their cuisine was. Their Michelin star chef Ranil used to work at the COMO Maalifushi in the Maldives, so we knew we were in for a fantastic experience. He took on board any and all of our dietary requirements and served the most mouthwatering and delicious Sri Lankan fare we’d had so far, it was absolutely sensational.

Bright Blue Views

We soon waved goodbye to beautiful Sri Lanka and touched down into paradise. As far as I could see was endless bright blue ocean waters, dotted with crystal clear turquoise lagoons that sparkled in the sunlight. I practically ran across the warm sugary white sands and past postcard-worthy swaying palm trees to dive straight into the waters; now I completely understood why these two destinations go hand-in-hand so well.

Paradise lagoons

In between my treasured sunbathing sessions, my days were spent enjoying the bounty of the beautiful lagoon and ocean waters that surrounded me. At the Sun Aqua Villa Reef I embarked on snorkelling adventures across the crystal clear lagoon to swim with colourful marine fishes, sailing excursions to fishing villages and secluded white sand islets for romantic picnics, and scuba diving expeditions to see huge manta rays that were as big as me!

Unique experiences

When I wasn't diving into the house reef and making friends with the sea creatures on my Maldives holiday, I was discovering just how many incredible experiences were waiting at the Sun Aqua Vilu Reef. I enjoyed serene yoga sessions overlooking the endless ocean waters, clinking glasses to a mouthwatering private dinner along a secluded sand bank islet, and even outdoor cinema screenings on the beach under the starry night sky! 

Sun Aqua Vilu Reef​

The first half of our Maldives holiday was spent in the Deluxe Beach Villa at the Sun Aqua Vilu Reef; a gorgeous beachfront hideaway that perfect for couples seeking seclusion or a romantic Maldives honeymoon getaway. I loved waking up to postcard-worthy views from my king-sized bed, enjoying breakfast in the sunlight and walking straight off my sundeck onto the warm white sands of the beach. While staying here I couldn’t resist escaping to the airy and tranquil spa; do not leave without indulging in the Sun Aqua Signature Experience!

Overwater Luxury

Some would say a visit to the Maldives is incomplete within staying in an overwater bungalow, so I decided to spend the last few nights of my Maldives holiday at the Sun Aqua Villa Reef in the Aqua Villa; arguably one of the best choices I’ve ever made. Nothing beats waking up the soothing sounds of the ocean waters, and walking out onto your private deck to find your own private plunge pool overlooking the endless turquoise lagoon waters. What really made this villa special though was the gorgeous overwater hammock, which I relaxed in everyday to watch the Maldivian sunset.

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Water Garden Sigiriya
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Don’t just gaze upon Sri Lanka’s beautiful landscape of dazzling lakes and endless lush forests, be part of it. Water Garden Sigiriya’s innoviate and unique design puts guests in the heart of the stunning wilderness just 6km away from the
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Sun Aqua Vilu Reef
Meedhoo, Maldives
Nestled within the beautiful turquoise waters, soft white sands and idyllic swaying palms that characterise the coveted Maldives sits Sun Aqua Vilu Reef, an exceptional 5-star beach and spa resort that blends luxury and decadence to create a secluded, tranquil
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Wild Coast Tented Lodge
Palatupana, Sri Lanka
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