Is it a chartered flight for aerial photographs or a trek up an unknown mountain with views over endless Sri Lankan rice paddies? Is it 5 stars of a small luxury boutique hotel or alfresco dining under a night sky of a million stars?
When we launched Ayu in the Wild many, many moons ago, we set out to redefine luxury travel in Sri Lanka. Our boundaries were the unusual and off beat. The authentic and life enriching. Connecting the inner you with our beautiful outdoors.
The luxury of cooking and tasting typical Sri Lankan sambols made in the home of a rural farming family after an incredible walk through their farm. A look into a whole new world you never knew existed.
ONION FARM VISIT – PART II After our jaunt around the farm we were invited back for lunch. We were shown how to make 3 sambols from scratch using the biggest pestle and mortar I have ever seen. Master 3 helped grate the coconut, I helped a tiny bit with the milk rice and Hubby was our chief taste tester because he can cope with the chilli heat. Miss 2 made herself at home and found some toys to amuse herself and the family with. It is such an honour to be invited into strangers' homes. Even though we didn't speak the same language we were able to share smiles and laughter over some delicious food.
Trek through a barely trodden path up a mountain with absolutely no one in sight, help out the mountain farmers to till the soil and then enjoy the most sumptuous meal ever. Local flavours, crisp air, just you up a mountain with simple farmers. You could even do a night of fly camping if that’s your style. Luxury outdoors!
We do love the luxury of putting our feet up in some beautiful hotels that dot the landscapes of our island but just for a few nights try waking up to the sounds of the untouched wilderness. Camping deep inside one of Sri Lanka’s best wildlife parks, bathe in a river flowing with fresh water. The safari drives are as equally exciting as watching the wildlife that lap up the waters on the river bank. Luxury wildlife!
Get creative! Learn the colours of Sri Lanka while painting masks that are traditional to the island or be a part of Sri Lanka’s rhythm from its native dance to the beat of its drums. Get closer to the islands craft and livelihoods – from pottery to a household brass foundry to a cottage industry rubber factory. Luxury Experiential travel!
Explore the island’s iconic cultural sites – Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Dambulla and Anuradhapura, with locals who will take you back in time thousands of years when Kings and their Kingdoms etched an indelible mark on our history. Luxury in the Cultural Triangle!
Look beyond the thread count of luxury linen and scented baths. Immerse yourself with the people, places and experiences that makes Sri Lanka so unique. So authentic. So luxuriously real.