Active + Adventure

Paradise Unleashed

by Jeff Harris

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Recovering from the 2004 tsunami and 20 years of civil war, Sri Lanka is working hard to regain its title as the "Jewel of the Indian Ocean." The world-class beaches, ancient temples, and rugged landscape are still there. And if the Aman chain of ultraluxe retreats knows something the rest of us don't—they recently opened two resorts on the island—this place will be the next Thailand in a decade. For the best of both worlds, stay at the eco-conscious architectural landmark Kandalama Hotel, situated deep within Sri Lanka's interior. Flanked by two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the hotel offers all the usual diversions—hiking, boating, cycling, and horseback riding—plus the rare opportunity to tour the countryside on the back of an elephant. You'll feel like Hannibal crossing the Alps as you and your gentle giant traipse through some of the world's most biodiverse forests and explore the fifth-century mountaintop fortress.

Kandalama Hotel
Tel: 94 11 2308408
Doubles from $175

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