Tri Lanka | A Little Piece of Heaven on Sri Lanka

When we heard about Tri Lanka – Sri Lanka’s first contemporary sustainable luxury design hotel – we wanted to see what all the fuss was about. Tri Lanka is located near Galle Fort, next to Sri Lanka’s largest natural lake Koggala. It’s safe to say it has been one of our best hotel stays so far and this is why.

It’s the perfect place for relaxation and a memory for the rest of your life.

After a 30-minute ride you arrive at this absolutely magical sustainable hotel set by the serene lake Koggala. A natural scenery awaits you at arrival. The hotel is within close reach of the best beaches in the south, 11 amazing suites spiral over a six-acre hill of outstanding natural beauty. Wait when you see their amazing infinity pool overlooking the lake, (which is also known as one of the most popular Instagram spot of the hotel) I couldn’t resist of course, and jumped in to take tons of pictures! 

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Our lake villa at Tri Lanka

Tri Lanka bedroom
Waking up to the best view

The natural escape that everyone should experience

The villa is designed to fit between two sets of trees – (no trees were hurt during this process) – overlooking the Koggala lake and surrounded by wild flora and fauna. We’re a big interior design fan and this villa with its natural wood and furniture sits in harmony with the landscape around you. 

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Koggola Lake
Tri Lanka Hotel is situated right next to and overlooking the stunning Koggala lake. This area is well known for its diverse and rich wildlife, especially the variety of the birds living here. On the island you can see around 250 birds during summer and 450 birds during winter. You can also spot purple faced leaf monkeys swinging through the trees and bats flying by in the evening. General manager Oliver invited us for the Dhoni boat excursion to spot all of these magnificent creatures along with local boat driver Douglas (who is a great spotter by the way). It was truly a wonderful trip which I can highly recommend.

Tri Lanka lake

You can’t leave Tri Lanka before checking out the glass-wall library where you can enjoy reading the many books they have on display. Tri also offers Yoga classes in a shala floating above the library. Imagine this: After a yoga class, a dive in the pool, or a boat tour and then return to your amazing private villa. GOALS. Enjoy a fresh cocktail on your garden terrace while beautiful birds are flying around with calming sounds of the jungle in the background. Total Bliss.

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Library Tri Lanka

Tri Lanka accommodation

Ecotourism has never been so inspiring

Tri Lanka room view

All rooms rates are based on half board. In the morning and evening Tri Lanka serves a daily changing multi-course, made mostly with ingredients from Tri’s own garden. Private dining is also available at the lake edge for that ultimate dining experience. For breakfast we really enjoyed the fresh fruits bowl, ice cream and homemade granola. Rooms are available from €272,- per night for a Water Tower room and €381,- per night for a Lake Villa which we stayed in. 

We can truly say that this was the perfect place to end our trip in Sri Lanka. After trains, safari and bus rides, TRI is a magical place to unwind.

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Koggala, Sri Lanka
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These are the best hotels in The Netherlands

Oh, how we love these Tripadvisor lists that they give us on a yearly basis.
This time, they have asked their loyal “travelers” to vote for the best hotels in The Netherlands when it comes to service. This must have been a difficult task as The Netherlands has so many amazing hotels on offer. They did managed to narrow it down to a top 25 and this is the top 5 result:

1. The Toren, Amsterdam
Apart from the amazing decor and ambiance, this hotel scores extremely high on service.
When you arrive you might be asked if you are staying for a special occasion and if so, they will pamper you!
They think of everything and do everything to make their guest feel at home. Proud to have this hotel in our hometown!


2. Vesper, Noordwijk
This hotel is right at the beach so that’s already a bonus. You get a welcome drink upon arrival and they score high on Food & Drinks.
If we must believe all the guest, this hotel does everything right. What a place to spend your summer nights.
Started in 2014, this hotel is doing a great job by making it into the list of best hotels in The Netherlands

second best hotel

3. Hotel Sebastian’s, Amsterdam
Described as affordable luxury, this hotel in Amsterdam is located in the heart of the city.
Everything is close by so tourist love this place. It’s a small hotel but nobody complains about it. With good reason because the rooms are greatly designed, the staff is extremely friendly and scores high on all bookings sites.

Purple rain at Sebastian’s

4. Banks Mansion
Another Amsterdam based hotel which scores extremely high on all fronts. This upscale boutique hotel is a minute’s walk from the nearest tram stop and near all the tourist attractions.  IPads, Nespresso machines, flat-screen TVs and rainfall showerheads are all standard in the rooms here.
Freebies include drinks and appetizers served in a fireplace included lounge and you can enjoy a cooked-to-order breakfast in the morning.

You can’t miss this impressive hotel in Amsterdam

5. Hotel Fita, Amsterdam
Yes, yes, we know (amsterdam again) but sorry not sorry. Our hometown has a shitload of awesome hotels.

Take hotel Fita for example. This cute hotel is situated near the museum district and that’s a very good place to stay indeed.
Breakfast is always included and the rooms are simple but elegant. And of course, they score high on service!
One guest told said that because it rained outside, the hotel staff put an umbrella outside their room just in case. How sweet!

Simple but amazing service made Hotel Fita come in at nr. 5.

Click here for the full list!