You don't have to leave every retreat feeling a great spiritual awakening.
Colourful concrete houses and cheering children make their mark on the heart of a traveller.
Two teens and a wild elephant: a family meets adventure in Sri Lanka.
An egg roll or a crispy pancake from a street vendor is not to be missed.
An 18th-century manor house used by Lord Mountbatten has had an extensive yet graceful renovation.
One was hedonistic and social, the other a more solitary modernist, and you can see it when touring their respective homes.
Fair's fair when it comes to the perfect cup of tea.
It's also elegant, with excellent staff and moreish meals.
Mysteriously untouched by tourism, Sri Lanka ticks all boxes on a traveller's checklist. Picture riding ruby-red trains that chug through luminescent-green tea plantations; palm trees jutting over dazzling white beaches while stilt fisherman ply their trade undisturbed from the shallows; magnificent 2000-plus years UNESCO ruins begging exploration, and a singular, spectacular cuisine. Don't think. Just go.