Sri Lanka was recently named the best-value destination in the Post Office's Long Haul Report, and with British Airways launching a new route to Colombo in 2013, there could hardly be a better time to go. So we were pleased to spot this deal for a week on the beach next June, including daily breakfast and direct flights, for £699 per person -- a £230 saving on the original price.
The 4-star Eden Resort & Spa offers direct access to Beruwala's "golden mile" of beach on the island's tropical southwest coast. There is an outdoor pool, two bars and restaurants serving Sri Lankan, Indian and western food. Eden rooms have wooden floors and a private balcony overlooking the gardens. There's also a spa specialising Ayurvedic treatments and body wraps (additional charges apply).
This offer is valid for departures from London Gatwick on 5, 12, 19, 26 June, 2013 and is part of a wider Indian Ocean sale.
Beruwala is about two hours' drive from Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport. Transfers are not included, but can be added for £72.86 per person, return.
Nearby attractions include the Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project, the traditional Buddhist temple at Kalutara and the Sinharaja Forest Reserve, a wildlife-rich national park that is home to leopards, monkeys and elephants. You are also less than an hour's drive from the UNESCO World Heritage site of Galle -- a city that Lonely Planet calls "a living time capsule" and home to a 300-year-old Dutch fort.
Book by 22 November.
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