Making winter shorter is something that is very important to me. I’m not made for the cold British winter where it mizzles with force from November through to April. My hands seize up, my mood flip-flops between miserable and nasty; I need heat on my skin and warm beer in my hand.

This year, we’ve all but booked ourselves on a flight to Sri Lanka to burn the winter blues away. It’s all about beaches and jungles and elephants, and nothing to do with the damp Devon weather.

Why Sri Lanka?

Marco Polo described Sri Lanka as the “greatest island of its size in the world,” and it’s easy to see why. Dripping off the south of India, Sri Lanka is a vibrant mix of Arab influence, European traders and Indian culture. It is filled like a Cadbury’s Cream Egg with rugged jungle, forests and mountains, with a wonderful casing of stunning beaches around the edges.

There is wildlife and a calming atmosphere that stems from its Buddhist roots – you can visit ruins and temples, ancient cities and traditional villages. Basically, Sri Lanka has it all.

There are also so many beautifully luxurious villas and apartments to stay in that I’m lost for words. You can even rent out an entire island, with nothing ahead of you but the South Pole. Look at it.



You can book a stay at Taprobane Island through Villa Getaways here and it sleeps up to 10 people. Did someone say group holiday?

If hiring a whole island is a bit far beyond your budget, just Google “Beach shack Sri Lanka” and you’ll be spoilt beyond belief for where to stay.

For the first time in a decade, Sri Lanka is seeing a period of peace. As a result of this, the towns and beaches are rapidly changing to keep with the tourism demand. The advice I’ve heard is, “Go now,” before it’s too late.

Need more persuading? Watch this 4 minute beaut of a video by Sebastian Linda, it’s pretty darn inspiring.