Good morning from one of my favorite hotels in the world, in Sri Lanka living a Travelife.
Yesterday, it took a maddening 5.5 hours to get here on the slow road from Colombo.
During this time, everyone exhibited wonderful patience. Not only did it seem like a never-ending drive, but we were all hungry as well. We'd stopped by roadside stalls to buy cashew nuts and mangosteen, but that was about it in terms of nutrition.
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WAXING RHAPSODIC ABOUT THIS HOTEL
But on the way over, to boost everyone's spirits, I described this lovely hotel we were to stay at, and why it's worth this very long drive. I've done this drive about four times by now, after all.
I said: "It's not overly luxurious or glamorous, but it's simple and simply lovely. Most people I've taken here have fallen in love with it by the minute."
A HOTEL WITH DEPTH
Yes, this hotel is not the type that wows you at first glance, and then it's steady or even downhill from there. This hotel starts out unassuming and straightforward, and before you know it, you're hooked by its style and one-ness with nature.
I myself never ever get tired of the views, even after seeing it so many times.
In fact, just today, while I was having lunch, I kept looking at the panoramic vista outside and thinking how surreal it looked. It truly is quite unlike anything anywhere in the world, even in a never-ending Travelife.
The views are truly amazing.
Even the most jaded of my friends have been simply disarmed by the views from this hotel. And this hotel design is just perfect for the location.
A CORNER SUITE WITH A VIEW
And right now I'm typing this from my corner suite, which has a 180-degree view of lakes and forests that seems simply Out of Africa, if not out of this world.
And even in Africa, I've never seen views like this yet.
So everyone was in awe of the views and the impact of the whole hotel as soon as we arrived. We could not have come on a finer day, when the sun was shining down on everything as far as the eye could see.
A HOTEL THAT'S A DESTINATION
Someone said to me earlier: "No wonder you kept talking about this hotel. It's a destination in itself."
It most certainly is, especially in a Travelife.
Another person said to me: "This was so worth the drive. And the trip. I am so glad we came on this trip."
That certainly brought more sunshine into my already never-endingly sunny Travelife.
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