7 independent reviews for Sri Lanka and Maldives vacations

Reviews for Sri Lanka and Maldives vacations

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review 23 Feb 2020

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

The whole exposure to the adventure, culture, history and way of life in Sri Lanka coupled with the total relaxation of the Maldives. Elephant safari, tea plantation, curry cooking, sea plane transfer and reef snorkelling were all highlights.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Choose as high end hotel as you can afford. Make sure that you have a driver / guide in Sri Lanka - ours was brilliant. Be aware that it will effectively takes a day to transfer from Sri Lanka to a resort in the Maldives. Be aware that Maldives use a reef time, which is one hour ahead of Male. Look carefully at the direction that the selected villa faces in terms of sun exposure time of day and likely cooling breeze direction. Be aware that All Inclusive on the Sun Aqua Villu Reef is not really 'all' inclusive and that you may have to pay a very high price for selected dining and drinks. Be sure to look at the view of any adjacent islands to your selected resort. This one overlooks an island on the reef side which has a communication antenna structure and storage buildings that are less idilic than you may expect.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

In Sri Lanka, yes. The April '19 bombings had clearly hurt the tourist trade and they are struggling to recover. It is perfectly safe now, at least as safe as any of us are in Europe, so we would encourage people to visit to experience this wonderful country. In the Maldives, there is clearly a plastic pollution issue and I suspect that our trip did not help the situation.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Fantastic, and unforgettable experience. It leaves us wanting to return as soon as possible!

review 2 Feb 2019

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Meeting the Sri Lankan people, seeing a leopard in Yala national park, staying in very interesting unusual accommodation.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Use a small tour operator like this one who can tailor your vacation to your requirements. Go early to busy tourist sites.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes, to an extent. The hotels were all very "green", reducing plastic waste, using local foodstuffs, employing local people etc. Our local guide was very good. Our only gripe really was with the bad management of the national parks, particularly Yala, which felt like an overcrowded theme park, with the wildlife being exploited for commercial profit.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Excellent.

review 23 Apr 2017

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Staying in Ella and walking in the hill country and snorkelling in the Maldives.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Be very specific in your requirements as we felt there was a limited amount of time we had to ourselves in certain locations e.g. Kandy. We asked if we could be met later and that did not happen. The planning and timing was too rigid.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes i believe so, although several large hotels were used, where a more local hotel or accommodation would have been more appropriate.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Very good, loved the Maldives.

review 19 May 2012

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

The most memorable part of our vacation was snorkelling in the Maldives. It was amazing to see sharks, fish and sea turtles on the reef. It was a surreal experience.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

I would suggest to try the local curries and road side stalls in Sri Lanka. The food was amazing. Also take a rain coat!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

The vacation benefited local people. Our guide, Kapila, was great. Very experienced and knowledgeable. He looked after us very well.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Overall, I would rate our vacation 10/10. We had a great time in all the countries we visited, the locals were very friendly and hospitable.

review 23 Sep 2011

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Flying in a seaplane over the Maldives and landing in the lagoon by Filitheyo Island where we spent an amazing week!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Make sure you book some days (ideally a week) at the end of the Sri Lanka tour to relax. The tour was amazing, but there was quite a lot of traveling by car which does wear you out. We had a week in the Maldives at the end which was amazing, but a few days on a beach in the South of Sri Lanka would also be a good option.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Well, our guide was local which was good. The hotels were generally part of large chains, but of course all employees were local and most food etc seemed to be locally sourced. Not so sure about minimising environmental impact, flying thousands of miles and staying on a desert island where everything has to be shipped in will never be the most environmentally friendly vacation!

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Amazing, wonderful - wish we could do it all again next year!

review 6 Sep 2011

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Maldives beach/food/diving - Ceylon tee trails - lavender house - Kalundewa retreat.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Do not underestimate the time needed to travel from 1 point to another in Sri Lanka. Do not book Serene Pavilions.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

I suppose it allows them to make a better living through work and tipping.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Very happy with our vacation, certainly related to the quality of the different guest houses.

review 16 Jan 2011

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Sri-Lanka - Being with our tour guide Niroshan who totally made our vacation because of his thoughtfulness and consideration to our needs. Maldives The beauty and serenity of the whole island.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Sri-Lanka. Ask for Niroshan as your guide. Maldives. Don't bother taking any shoes.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Yes.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

5 star.

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