International sports tours are often associated with large, resort-like accommodation which has been bulk-bought by the supplier. However, at Experience Travel Group we believe in the importance of personalisation and comfort. As you may know, we are organising privately-guided cricket holidays for England’s tour to Sri Lanka this October and November, so I thought I’d share some of my favourite hotels and villas that are still available for you.
Hotel: Le Grand
I thought I’d kick off with a property which I’m hugely excited about. Le Grand is run by a highly respected hotel group called Asia Leisure and is opening in June/July. For those of you interested in the Galle test match, this is the perfect base for you. As you can see from the photos, Le Grand is located next to Galle Fort and the sea, meaning that it is only a short walk to the stadium. It is also where we will be providing a buffet lunch every day of the cricket, so if you happen to have forgotten anything in your room, you can run up and get it at lunch!
The rooms are spacious, and it boasts incredible views of the fort and ocean – what more could you want?!
Location: Just outside Galle
For those of you after ultimate privacy and relaxation, another great option that we have available are private villas located just outside of Galle. Villas are perfect if you would like to travel as a small group as you will have the privacy of your rooms, but also a great communal area overlooking the beach for those post-cricket BBQs. These villas often work out better value than hotels if you’re interested in going as a group of friends, so I’d definitely consider it. You will have the place to yourself!
Tea Tree Villa
Royal Indigo Villa
Hotel: Tea Trails
Location: The Hill Country
For those of you who would like to explore Sri Lanka after the Galle test match or would like to watch the Kandy test match as well, Ceylon Tea Trails is the perfect option for you. Ceylon Tea Trails offers a great mix of modern boutique luxury with the plantation bungalow experience. As you can see, the views are to die for, and the rooms are beautifully done. If you have the chance to spend two nights in the hills in between test matches, I would highly recommend staying here for the ultimate tea plantation experience.
And finally, my favourite property in Kandy, and potentially in Sri Lanka. Clingindal is located 20 minutes from Kandy and could not be further away from this busy city.
This luxury private house is located on a golf course which is a huge bonus in my opinion as if you wanted a day off from the cricket, you have a golf course on your doorstep, literally! It is also an extremely personal property, with service of the highest quality.
Kandy is certainly not my favourite city in Sri Lanka, which is why Clingindal is my favourite property for the Kandy test match as you’re close to the stadium, but also benefit from the serenity of the countryside as opposed to pollution and honking of cars!
If you’re interested in a cricket holiday to Sri Lanka, please get in touch ASAP – our tours are selling out fast! Click here to see our full list of cricket holidays. To enquire, call us now on 020 7924 7133 or submit an enquiry.