These days, in our too-wired, frenetic-paced lives, Quality Time with your best friends & family is almost a luxury. What better way to find that time than to plan a getaway to a place that is exotic but welcoming, somewhere that rouses all your senses and yet feels like home?Small boutique hotels and private, serviced villas can provide the ideal setting for just such a vacation. These frequently charming alternatives offer a distinctly more guest-focused approach to holidaymaking, and are a far cry from bigger, impersonal hotels that appeal to a broader audience.
Culturally, Sri Lankans place great importance on time with loved ones. Along with an indescribably beautiful country to call their own, and a natural gift for hospitality, visitors to this Pearl of the Indian Ocean are bowled over by both the people and the land itself. Invoking the modern mantra of ‘Slow Travel’ are legions of fans who fall in love with the island and its easy pace, returning annually for their Christmas or Easter breaks ‘en famille’, or long lazy weeks in the summer, to truly relax and restore themselves, and reconnect with ‘their people’.
Famously boasting the worlds’ highest number of Public Holidays (and making good use of them!) Sri Lankans take their numerous multi-ethnic, multi-religious holidays, and their holidaying, seriously! Combining this “sacred” fact of Sri Lankan life with an uncommon flair for art & design and her Lankan heart for hospitality, in 2002, Nayantara ‘Taru’ Fonseka was inspired by a little corner of paradise, on a quiet beach in Bentota.
For weeks thereafter, every weekend saw her bring small groups of friends to rally round and help bring her Small Boutique Hotel concept to life; to critique and suggest, to taste the food and test the service; and then, finally, to bask in the result – intimate, stylish spaces in beautiful locations to give every guest of Taru Villas that elusive time to make memories with friends.
Now a well-recognized benchmark for boutique hotels and villas in Sri Lanka, Taru Villas has several charming mid to high-end options to choose from, accommodating 2 to 20 people in some of the island’s most idyllic destinations. Reclaim the word ‘Social’ from its ‘Media’ nemesis, gather your group, and have yourself a very Social Stay at any of the Taru Villas ‘ collection of unique boutique hotels and villas!