What Beginners Need to Know about Surfing – Four Fundamental Facts

Surfing is a concept that is found all over the world. Where there’s a stretch of coastline and decent enough waves, surfers won’t be too far off.

It’s a Way of Life

If you speak to a surfer about this you won’t be surprised to discover how experiencing this has changed their entire lives for the better. Some would tell you that through the crucible of surfing, they ended up travelling the world.

It Requires Practice and Perseverance

Although there might be naturals, surfing, for the most part, has a fairly steep learning curve. Many of the best surfers have wiped out countless times before experiencing their first successful surf. There are many places where people can learn surfing. Even luxury resorts such as Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort provide opportunities to learn surfing in Sri Lanka.

There are Rules

Surfing is dangerous, so all surfers adhere to some very strict rules when tackling the waves. Surfers never steal another’s wave, and have adopted a strong sense of etiquette and mutual respect.

Knowledge Is Power and Ignorance is Dangerous

A good surfer will never overestimate oneself since that could easily result in a fatal accident. Beginners are always encouraged to find teachers and to never learn the sport without a seasoned guide.

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Things Guests Should Expect from a Luxury Hotel – Don’t Settle for Lesser than Luxury

If a hotel or resort claims to be luxury, then there are certain requirements they must meet before one can actually agree that they are, indeed, luxurious.


The word has frankly bee overused in the current markets. From soaps to footwear and cars, the term “luxury” is used often, and loosely too. The actual definition of luxury is a state of elegance or great comfort, especially expensive comforts.

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What makes a hotel luxury?

There are many luxury hotels in Sri Lanka the likes of Blue Water Club Suites and more, that actually live up to the term. But, what makes them different from the other hotels that claim the same? First of all, booking a room at a luxury hotel should be a flawless, smooth process that can be done within minutes.

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Check in & Checkout

There shouldn’t be queues at the reception; check-in and checkout must be fast, simple, and inconspicuous.

The Room

The room you looked at on the website and booked should be the room you actually get. Anything less than what you expected or paid for is a huge no for a luxury hotel. Also, a luxury hotel bathroom must be a spa in itself. With elaborately decorated tubs, spick and span countertops, and unlimited water access, the place should be a joy to look at.

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Interesting facts about Colombo probably you didn’t know – Get to Know Sri Lanka’s Iconic City

Colombo is a unique metropolis, especially among those found on beautiful tropical islands with a history that spans back millennia. Here are some things about Colombo you probably didn’t know.

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Colombo is Only the Commercial Capital

Many believe that Colombo is the capital of Sri Lanka because it’s the largest city on the island, but the legislative capital of Sri Lanka is Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte. Colombo is in fact the epicentre of the nation’s trade, especially with foreign nations.

It Consists of 15 Zones

These zones are named Colombo 1 through to 15, and can be remarkably contrasting to one another. Colombo 1 to 3 are the most metropolitan areas, and feature many of the high-end apartments in Colombo, Sri Lanka, located at the heart of the city, such as Capitol Twin Peaks.

It’s Great for Shopping

Sri Lanka does have a selection of malls and emporiums, such as Majestic City and Crescat Boulevard. If you want the champion of shopping experiences Sri Lanka has to offer, then there’s no better place than Pettah, which is the biggest open market on the island, specialising in everything from spices to high-end electronics.

The Food is Uniquely Spectacular

Early settlers to Sri Lanka arrived from all over the world, such as Portugal, India, the Middle East and England. All these groups of people influenced the cuisine of the island, resulting in some spectacular dishes such as kotthu roti, and lamprais.




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The Difference Between Hotel Rooms and Suites – It’s Time to Splurge on Comfort

Hotels often offer two types of room types, guest rooms and suites. Both of these vary in terms of size, features and amenities offered.

What is a room?

A room basically consists of a bed; either a single, twin, king or queen size, a desk and chair, bathroom, and other basic amenities such as a TV, sofa, etc.

What is a suite?

A suite is much larger and will usually have one or more connecting bedrooms and bathrooms; ideal for families or large groups of friends. A suite is basically a fully furnished apartment and can often be found at any of the luxury resorts in Sri Lanka.

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Suite types

Some of the standard suites types are the Executive Suite, Garden Suite or Presidential Suite to name a few. If you’re staying at Blue Water Club Suites, you’ll have a variety to choose from.

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Extra features

In order to encourage more people to stay in a suite, hotels offer a variety of features and add-ons, such as a private pool, spa treatments, access to lounges, etc. so as to promote the “experience” rather than simply a one-night stay.

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Travel by Renting a Luxury Car in Sri Lanka – Take the Island for all its Worth!

One of the best ways to truly complement an international adventure is by procuring a vehicle which will allow you to discover a wondrous place at your own pace and volition.

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Driving in Sri Lanka

Be warned that driving in Sri Lanka is not for the faint of heart. Although it may not be the worst place to drive in the world, traffic can become congested during certain times, and you’re bound to encounter many unruly bus and tuk-tuk drivers.


Sri Lanka has recently developed a series of highways that provide easy access to some of the most popular areas of the country. This makes travel very convenient and definitely much less daunting.

Driving License

Obtaining an international driver’s license is not that difficult nowadays, and one can be obtained from various institutions nearby to you. Be sure to check with any auto-clubs in your neighbourhood.

Procuring a Car and Driver

There’s a host of places that offer cars for hire in Sri Lanka, where you can choose from a range of automobiles. Some places such as Malkey Rent a Car even have a range of classic cars. Most places also have the option of hiring a driver if you choose to avoid the hassle of driving on Sri Lankan roads.

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Best time to travel to Europe -Europe is always a good idea!

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Europe is full of exciting destinations. However, they cannot be all covered in one go. Therefore pick places on the ‘must visit’ list and plan the rest of the vacation around them. The main three travel seasons in Europe are high season, low season and shoulder season. It all depends on where you’re headed to as the continent of Europe is a rather large place that spans many different weather zones and longitudes. The high season, commonly known as the peak season in Europe or more often the summer travel season is the most popular time to travel. High season travel months are from June to September, and during this season, longs days (it doesn’t usually get dark until about 9.30 or 10.00pm), sunny weather and ebullient nightlife turn Europe into a powerful magnet.

Low season or the winter season is from November to March and days can be short and the weather can be cold. Except for ski resorts, hotels close down or drop their prices during this period and if you enjoy the lack of fellow tourists, the crisp air, then this is the ideal season to visit Europe. From April to May and from September to October are Europe’s shoulder seasons – that beautiful time of the year when the windows are flung open, when the weather is mild and fewer crowds.

Consider booking day tours in destinations as it can be tedious standing in line especially when travelling in the summer. The longer tours have meals thrown in and they all have experienced tour guides to explain everything. Visit forums, travel sites and watch vlogs to discover hidden gems and get tips on planning. Aitken Spence Holidays is one of a premier travel agency in Sri Lanka that offer well coordinated and extensive tour packages to multiple European destinations.

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Natural remedies to boost your immunity – Going back to nature for a healthy lifestyle

Today, the focus on healthy living is stronger than ever. More and more people are opting to adapt to a healthy lifestyle. They are stepping out to get regular exercise and choosing wholesome food over processed and chemically enhanced varieties. People are seeking out wellness with natural remedies and traditional medicines. One ancient science of healing that is being revived is, Ayurveda. Today, thetraditional techniques and remedies are being accepted and studied as a part of medical science. As is the case in many other Asian countries,it is being widely practised in spas and salons throughout Sri Lanka. Ayurveda hotel properties are also growing in number.
To fully learn the art of healthy living, visit South Asia. In Sri Lanka natural remedies and wholesome food are an intrinsic part of the local culture. Many hotels are now promoting this lifestyle choice to its guests. A few exclusive properties like Jetwing Ayurveda Pavilions promote wellness as a holistic experience. The hotel offers dedicated Ayurveda; packages that include seminars, retreats and programmes with expert doctors and therapists.
Sri Lankan cuisine incorporates a number of what have casually been dubbed ‘Super foods’. Ingredients like ginger, garlic, sweet potato, curd and honey are consumed in generous quantities on a daily basis and act as natural immunity boosters. The abundance of tropical fruit like papaya, soursop and guava provide nutritious vitamins and minerals, and boost immunity-enhancing action. Practitioners of ancient medicine have also invented and produced herbal remedies over many generations to deal with colds, coughs, aches and pains. Tonics and ointments have all been created with completely natural ingredients. There is an additional belief in cooling foods and warming foods; which change according to the weather, individual body type and health condition.

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Sri Lankan Owned Maldivian Resorts – The expansion of Sri Lanka’s horizon

Sri Lanka’s closest neighbour, after India, is the cluster of tiny islands known as the Maldives. The cluster comprises of one thousand one hundred and ninety islands of which about two hundred are inhabited. Only a mere one thousand kilometres of ocean lie between Sri Lanka and the Maldives. The two countries have shared close ties throughout history. Some of the Maldives earliest settlers are thought to have come from its larger island neighbour. Maldivian legend tells a tale of a Sinhalese prince, who was stranded with his bride in a Maldivian lagoon and went on to rule as the first sultan.

The end of a thirty plus year civil war saw a sharp increase in investment in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka’s largest conglomerates also began to expand their business beyond the country’s shores. The island formerly known as Ceylon, has a long standing reputation for producing and exporting some of the world’s best tea. In recent years, Sri Lanka, has taken another of its main industries to the global playing field. Market leaders in tourism have purchased properties or taken over the management of hotels in the Maldives and India; the John Keells Group, a blue chip company, being one of them. It has made its presence felt across the board in Sri Lanka; from information technology solutions and real estate to manufacturing food and beverages and owing one of the largest supermarket chains. The group currently owns three hotels in the Maldives.

Maldives is known for its stunning over water pavilions, pristine beaches and clear tropical ocean views. The leisure sector promotes beach holidays along with world class spa facilities, dining venues and beach activities. Its economy hinges on the income from tourism, fishing and construction but mainly relies on foreign currency generated through tourism.


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Introduce yourself to Ayurvedic Living – Enliven your mind, body and spirit

Ayurveda, the ancient science of healing for the purpose of enhancing longevity, was born in India. The word Ayurveda is a Sanskrit term combining the words ‘Ayur’ meaning life and ‘Veda’ meaning to invigorate the physiology’s inner intelligence. In a religious sense Ayurveda can be translated as ‘knowledge of life’ or ‘mother of healing.’ It laid the foundation not just Indian but also for early Tibetan, Chinese and Greek medicine. Today, the traditional techniques and remedies are being accepted and studied as a part of medical science. Ayurveda treatment in Sri Lanka, like in many other Asian countries, is being widely practised in spas and salons.

To get an introduction to the ancient science, pay a visit to South Asia. Many hotel spas in Sri Lanka incorporate herbal oils and traditional techniques into the treatments they have available. A few exclusive properties like Jetwing Ayurveda Pavilions promote wellness with a holistic experience. The hotel offers packages that include seminars, retreats and programmes with expert doctors and therapists.

An Ayurvedic lifestyle revolves around ‘Prakriti’, your basic constitution, which is thought to be the ‘Primal Motive Force’. This energy or ‘Dosha’ corresponds to your body type. There are three Doshas: Vata, which means air, Pitta meaning fire and Kapha translates as earth. The science is based on several philosophies: a focus on energy, its impact on the universe and all its phenomena; treatment that addresses a root cause rather than a symptom, it requires looking beyond what meets the eye; a diet to balance energies of the body; curing without negative effects, healing is incomplete if side-effects are a result; the concept that each individual is unique and therefore requires a different balance to maintain good health; and lastly finding balance between the energy of each being and the energies of the universe.

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Miss Elle – Mirissa’s own 33ft Luxury Cabin Cruise – One of a Kind

The good old coastal town of Mirissa in the deep South of Sri Lanka has got a face lift in the recent past. Attracting many new visitors more than ever before, the small town has been a hot topic in the local arena. Mirissa resorts have not lagged back in keeping up with the trend , there are many new resorts that have come up on the coastal lines of the town. One of the noteworthy new additions that has won a lot of praise from its past guests has been CASA Colombo Collection Mirissa. Offering unmatched luxury, this boutique hotel is designed tastefuly keeping in mind the modern traveler.

Miss Elle is a one of a kind luxury yacht in Sri Lanka. The 33ft long luxury cruiser embarks on its journeys from the Mirissa Marina. Offering various packages such as the Sun Down Cruise, The Private Charter or the Whale Watching tour.

Mirissa being a popular stop for Whale and Dolphin watching one of the best ways to enjoy views of these sea majesties is to sit back and relax on the Miss Elle. The Cabin Cruiser can hold a maximum of 12 passengers. The Sun Down Cruise departs at 5.30 pm from the Mirissa Marina and offers some of the most panaromic views of the sea and the sky at dusk. There are various set menus to choose from to enjoy on the cruise. The sailing time if two hours.

The Cruiser is also available for private charter. The cruiser features in built toilet facilities, fly bridge seating, salon lounge galley and dining and a cabin.

While not out in the sea on this luxury lady, Mirissa has so much more to keep you entertained such as the local cookery lesson to be a part of or just take a tour around the town on a bicycle.

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