TRAVEL DIARIES . LONG HAUL |
I chose The Forest Rock Garden Resort for my last two days in Sri Lanka. It is a luxury retreat, built as a replica of the ancient Anuradhapura Kingdom and offers a sense of royalty and serenity.
Set amongst 50 acres, the entire resort has been built on raised walkways with minimum impact on the local environment and with greatest respect to the nature that surrounds.
There are 26 well-appointed Deluxe Rooms and Suites that are all elevated 20 ft. above ground and connected to the reception, restaurant, swimming pool and spa through a network of walkways.
Animals that inhabit this land, including deer and wild elephants can pass through below along their natural jungle corridors. Also, when you walk on the walkways at dawn you can hear giant squirrels running in trees, you cross path with monkeys, foxes and hear exotic birds moving around in the branches.
It is a little scary at the beginning as nights are pitch black and there is no lighting on the paths.
I had to use my iphone light to make my way to the restaurant and the whole 5 min trip to the restaurant felt like a scary jungle adventure.
Some staff are kindly proposing to escort guests to their chalet as they know how scary it can be for city people to come face to face with wild creature in the dark :-)
The deluxe room is actually an individual cabana furnished with a four poster king bed with mosquito net, a modern living area with mini bar, tea and coffee facilities and a bath tub.
Anecdote: At night, all sorts of bugs and mosquitos are making their appearance and you'd better close your net properly and tuck it under your mattress so no bugs are able to come through.
When you wake up in the morning you can see them all hanging on the net. For a city girl like me, that was pure horror! You also need to get used to the sound of wild animals at night who are living their best life at night!
The main restaurant offers vegetarian Sri Lankan and western cuisine and you can also eat in the privacy of your own room.
Meals are prepared with fresh vegetables and herbs purchased from the village market.
The in-house spa offers relaxing Ayurvedic massages and wellness therapies.
There is a serene open air meditation centre where a Buddhist monk from the nearby temple conducts guided meditation and discussions.
There is also a swimming pool with an ornate pool pavilion that is fit for a king;
I didn't have a chance to explore Anuradhapura as I was unfortunately feeling a bit feverish and poorly, but my stay at the Forest Rock Garden was a unique experience and an amazing place where I could relax and rejuvenate.
It is now time to pack and leave Sri Lanka.
Malinda is now waiting for me outside. Professional and on time, with a big smile on his face, as always.
"Hi m'am! How you feeling today?"
Me: "Well, I am a bit sad to leave"
Malinda: "Me too" M'am must come back again.
Me: "I will come back Malinda...someday I will"
I can't help feeling a bit emotional ending my Srilankan adventure. But my next destination is paradise and I cannot wait catching my flight to ....the Maldives!
See you all there!
THE GIRL NEXT DOOR