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A lush botanical paradise that’s steeped in Buddhist history, Sri Lanka is beautifully reflected in this month’s birthstone.  A gem that radiates inspiration and wisdom, emerald’s tropical hue evokes the abundant landscapes of this evergreen island.  Following Wanderlust Life founder Georgie’s recent travels, here’s the inside scoop on what to see, eat and do.
Ceylon Slider Images (cafe & room) Image Credit | Mitch Fong


Ceylon Sliders is a laidback lifestyle hotel situated on the palm-speckled bay of Weligama.  With panoramic ocean views and spacious whitewashed rooms, this surfer’s paradise pays perfect homage to a nomadic lifestyle while keeping Sri Lanka’s rich heritage in mind.  After a stay in the Weligama Suite, here’s what Georgie had to say:

Delicious breakfasts, beautiful comfy beds, and a mutual appreciation of attention to detail & beautiful design. We wanted to take everything from our room back home (but didn’t….honest)

Surf packages and yoga classes are also on offer for a real taste of tropical island living, and the on-site cafe boasts some of the finest coffee around.


If you’re flying to Colombo pop into Ministry of Crab, where you can feast on succulent, fresh seafood prepared with beautiful local ingredients. With freshly caught crab the star of the show, try pairing with spicy ginger beer for a winning flavour combo.

When travelling further afield be sure to ask the local resident recommendations. There’s no shortage of low-key restaurants serving up delicious authentic cuisine, and word of mouth ensures uncovering some spectacular hidden gems.


Shirodhara is a unique oil treatment stemming from the ancient healing therapies of Ayurveda, practised in Sri Lanka for at least 2500 years. Said to relieve symptoms of stress and anxiety, a continuous flow of warm, aromatic oil is poured onto the forehead, soothing both the mind and body for instant relaxation. Yes, please. Georgie also LOVED the Spa Ceylon products - available in some of the spas in the larger towns, and also available in the airport (great for last minute airport treats & gifts).

Visit Ella, Sri Lanka's infamous hill country village


Tucked among the jungle on the eastern edge of Hill Country, the village of Ella is surrounded by tropical plants, sprawling rice fields and picturesque tumbling waterfalls. Scattered with traditional Sri Lankan tea plantations, don’t miss a guided tour, where you can sample the wide variety on offer and pick your favourite to take home. We loved the green jasmine and also the sapphire oolong...delicious.