Adventures for all the family…

Sri Lanka might be well known as a dream holiday for honneymooners, but did you know that it will also knock the socks off the bored teen in your house? The island of serendipity is actually stuffed full of adventures and is ideal for a family holiday in Sri Lanka. This astounding island will have people of all ages wide-eyed with wonder.

Sri Lanka is known as the ‘Pearl of the Indian Ocean’, and travel experts say it is one of the easiest ways for families of all ages to experience South Asia for the first time. This tiny island is bursting at the seams with beautiful things to do and places to stay.

Olcote in Ceylon is a popular destination for Irish visitors, including Darren Kennedy and Alan Hughes, who both gave it their seal of approval. Olcote is a luxury villa hotel aimed at Irish adventures that want to experience the real Sri Lanka. This all inclusive five star home ensures there’s very little left for visitors to worry about, except what to ask the private chef to make for dinner! Villa rental is a practical and affordable solution when 2 – 3 families travel together. Splitting the costs can mean five star luxury is a fraction of the usual expense.

With so many things to do in Sri Lanka, from Buddhist temples, stunning beaches, incredible restaurants and astounding wildlife, it can be hard to know where to go first. Olcote in Ceylon has a set of tried and tested trips ideal for Irish families, including a UNESCO Heritage site, a visit to a turtle sanctuary, as well as an ethical elephant safari that will truly astound.

Despite being a long haul destination, it’s a doddle to get there. Both Emirates and Etihad fly daily to the bustling capital, Colombo. There are direct flights from the UK, or handy stop-overs in Dubai, where a little bit of shopping never goes amiss!

April and May are peak season, but you can still catch great deals at other times of the year. Flights can be picked up for as little as €500 return if you book in advance. Because the flights are comfortable, it’s possible to do a 7 or 10 day trip with ease. Young children stay at Olcote for free, with free nannies. A full games room and stunning pools will keep children happy all day long!

Known as the island of serendipity, Sri Lanka guarantees that visitors will find themselves surprised and delighted at each and every new experience. A real adventure for all ages.