Of the world's top 100 airlines, SriLankan came 95th - but that doesn't show in the passenger experience.
'The youngest elephant being fed is just two weeks old, and naturally leads to the most oohs and ahhs.'
This is Tamil Sri Lanka, the top of this teardrop-shaped island that has been blighted by war, and off-limits to travellers for so long.
Bringing Sri Lankan gin, gracious service and nifty pod design to the in-flight table.
It may a faded gem, but Galle Fort is a gem nonetheless.
Maniumpathy is magnificent - a fine, rewarding alternative to a stay in a larger hotel.
It's home to a total of 44 mammals and boasts one of the highest-density leopard populations on the planet.
Sri Lanka has been left with a collection of magnificent colonial-style villas and mansions.
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.