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The Ultimate Escape: A Journey in Dubai, Sri Lanka & the Maldives

The Experience

This is a comprehensive journey designed for travelers who seek a balance of desert of desert tranquility, rich culture, and isolated island bliss. Your journey begins in Dubai where you will spend two nights relaxing in a desert oasis. A short thirty miles south of Dubai and framed by the Hajar Mountains, Al Maha is the first eco-tourism resort in Dubai, and it offers a perfect combination of privacy, tranquility, and luxury. Built in the style of a traditional Bedouin encampment but with a luxury hotel ratio of three staff to each guest, the Arabian hospitality is unrivaled and the service impeccable. You can choose to spend your days at leisure, embark on a desert safari, or relax at the spa. Whatever you end up choosing to do during the day, the night will allow you to observe the vast canopy of stars that hang above the desert and get a taste of what it feels like to live in the dunes like the Bedouins! Continue to glittering Dubai for some shopping, culture, ancient traditions, and zip into the future! Continue on, with a short flight to Colombo and a 4-hour drive takes you to Kandalama, where you will begin your adventure in Sri Lanka. Kandalama is your base for exploring the second capital city of Sri Lanka, Polonnaruwa, and the ruins at Sigiriya, including the famous “Lion Rock,” frescoes, and water gardens. Proceed overland to Kandy, the cultural capital of the hill country, with a visit to the Dambulla rock temples and a spice garden and cooking demonstration en route. Upon arrival in Kandy, enjoy an introductory city tour featuring Kandy Lake, the downtown bazaar, a gem lapidary, a cultural dance performance, and the Temple of the Tooth Relic. On day two in Kandy, enjoy a visit to the Pinnawella elephant orphanage where wildlife professionals are dedicated to providing loving care to these gentle giants. In the afternoon, enjoy a stroll in Kandy’s lush Peradeniya Botanical Garden, the largest botanical garden in Sri Lanka. Then set off for the Golden Valley of Tea, where you will settle into your hotel located in the spectacularly beautiful region of Hatton. Enjoy a tour led by a local planter and learn how to pluck tea like a local! Then head down to Tangalle, located on Sri Lanka’s pristine South East Coast. Enjoy two days of complete relaxation before heading to Galle; a pleasant port city surrounded by a magnificent Dutch Fort that has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. Enjoy an introductory tour of the fort and nearby attractions such as Unawatuna Beach and the Peace Pagoda. On your last day in Sri Lanka, enjoy a visit to a Turtle Conservatory in Kosgoda before continuing to Colombo where you will connect to your flight to Male in the Maldives. Your final days are spent relaxing on one of the world’s most beautiful beaches. Spend your days indulging in the tranquil island spa, elegant restaurants, incredible views of the turquoise-blue ocean and white sand beaches, and the many activities the resort has to offer. Enjoy a Dhoni excursion, a traditional wooden sailboat, to a tiny desert island for a picnic and snorkeling adventure. Or enjoy an evening cruise to learn old fishing methods, and have a private chef to prepare the days catch. Big game fishing, superb diving, water skiing, and island hopping aboard a seaplane is also available. It is a true tropical paradise.

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