2017 the year for Spa holidays

2017 is almost here and with it comes the joy of starting to plan your holidays for the upcoming year. According to worldwide holiday experts 2017 will see an increase in wellness holidays, as more holiday goers look to use their holiday time as a means of rejuvenating their minds and bodies. Sri Lanka is a perfect choice for vacationers looking for spa holidays as it has many professional luxury spas that deliver far and above the expected, set in the midst of paradise.

Why should you opt for a spa holiday?

In a world where we literarily feel as though we are always on the go, a spa holiday makes us stop and slow down and de-stress. The treatments which include massages, deep tissue body scrubs and hot stone massages all have health benefits by helping increase flexibility and gently strengthening muscle tones. It can also help you enjoy better sleep cycles, as you experience complete relaxation. Further treatments such as facials, head massages, warm oil head massages and body wraps all aim to relax and cleanse for an overall feeling of wellbeing. Massages as a treatment have been around for thousands of years and are a completely natural way towards healing the body. As many of us have desk bound jobs, aches and pains along the spine and shoulders tend to be common. These can be treated and prevented with spa treatments.

Why a spa holiday in Sri Lanka?

Well Sri Lanka is a paradise island. Not only will you be reaping the benefits of being pampered with professional luxury spa treatments, but you will be also in an idyllic location. You can enjoy time on the beach, relaxing to the sound of the ocean as the sea breeze gently cools you down. It is a well-known fact that sea water is beneficial for the skin while an invigorating swim does wonders towards feeling good. There is something so therapeutic about the beach, that it is no wonder people travel the world over to spend time on Sri Lanka’s famous beaches for a dose of the sun, surf and sand. You can also combine your spa holiday with other activities such as exploring heritage sites, taking in the amazing wildlife or losing yourself in the scenic beauty of the island’s upcountry region.

Why not try Ayurveda?

Ayurveda is one of the oldest natural healing treatments in the world and Sri Lanka has a 2000 year old history with using this holistic method to heal the body, spirit and mind. These treatments too include massages, cleansing programs and herbal baths using all-natural products. Another element to Ayurveda are the meditation and yoga as well as special diets that all work together to help you feel like a new person by the end of your holiday. Also you can consult in house Ayurveda doctors to get personal fitness plans that include exercises both physical and breathing as well as diet plans that are easy to follow once back home from your holiday.

Why wait?

With so much to gain and absolutely nothing to lose why wait any longer to start planning your 2017 spa holiday? Make it a holiday all about yourself, where you take time to relax from the everyday world and spend time in paradise being pampered completely. To make it even better, you can opt for a couple’s package so that you and your better half can spend time together during treatments. What better way to bond and rejuvenate. Sri Lanka is perfect as your spa holiday destination as it has many luxury and Ayurveda spas to choose from, all providing professional treatments in a warm and inviting atmosphere.

Must try foods while touring Sri Lanka

For food lovers, Sri Lanka has cuisines that appeal to all senses, making Lankan food a feast for travelers! In addition to the natural landscape variety, the variety of authentic Lankan food is icing on the cake for making Sri Lankan holidays perfect.

Here are a few Sri Lankan foods you just cannot leave without trying.

1.  Dhal curry
Comfort food in Sri Lanka is the authentic rice and curry. Dhal is made from red lentils which are cooked in coconut milk. Initially, a sauté is done with onions, tomatoes and fresh green chilies and tempered spices are then mixed in. cumin seeds, fenugreek, mustard seeds, turmeric and curry leaves are the spices that go into the mix of onions and tomatoes. The soaked lentils and coconut milk is then added. Dhal curry turns out even more authentic when cooked in clay pots.

2.  Gotu Kola Salad
Mallung is the Sri Lankan style of green salads which are an important part of the Lankan diet. Gotu Kola is one type of a mallung salad along with Mukunuwenna, Kankun and other green leaves. These greens deliver a great dose of vitamins that add to a meal full of cars and protein. The gotu kola mallung, just like other mallungs is finely chopped and mixed with green chilies (also finely chopped), along with salt, pepper, lemon juice and a handful of fresh grated coconut.

3. Kottu Roti
Walk among the streets of a busy city or town during your tour in Sri Lanka and you are sure to come across the rhythmic clank of the kottu maker from one of the roadside hotels. This dish is the ultimate Sri Lankan street food. Paratha or roti is chopped into pieces and stir fried together with shredded vegetables, meat, a touch of soya sauce, ginger, garlic, and spices. All this is places on a flat iron skillet and roughly mixed with two metal cleavers attached to wooden handles. Found only and only in Sri Lanka, Kottu Roti is a must try!

4. Lamprais
The authentic flavor of Lamprais comes when cooked by the Burgher community in Sri Lanka, who descend from the colonial Europeans. Lamprais is a Dutch word for ‘parcel of food’ and it consists of a good portion of rice, boiled egg, eggplant curry, meat balls, and onion salad. These contents are organized onto a banana leaf, wrapped up and placed in an oven to be baked at low temperature for at least an hour.  The banana leaf aroma gets into the food, giving it a one of a kind flavor indeed.

5. Hoppers (Aappa) with sambol
Hoppers are the traditional version of thin pancakes which must have crispy edges. Produced in the shape of bowls, hoppers are made from fermented rice flour, sugar, coconut milk and coconut water. These crepes like Aappa can either be eaten plain with coconut or onion sambol or are also preferred with an egg in the middle, cooked while the hopper is being cooked.

6. Wood Apple Juice
Wood Apple is a very healthy South Asian fruit found in almost every fruits and vegetables market in Sri Lanka. The brown paste inside the hard shell of the wood apple is extracted and blended with jaggery and water to make a delicious juice.

7. Ambul Thiyal curry
This dish is created from Tuna fish and is a method of preserving fish in South Sri Lanka. Tuna fish is cut into cubes, sautéed with authentic Sri Lankan spices such as cinnamon, turmeric, garlic, black pepper and curry powder. An important ingredient that gives a unique taste to this curry is dried goraka, which is a tamarind-like like fruit that gives a distinctive tart flavor to the fish. The ingredients are then cooked in a little bit of water to make a dry curry.

8. Watalappan
Influenced from the Malaysian culture, Sri Lankan Muslims are very fond of Watalappan, often made during religious festivals. This pudding is made with a mixture of egg custard, jaggery, coconut milk, cinnamon and cardamom, and them steamed until the ingredients are cooked.

Our team at Blue Lanka Tours is dedicated towards providing tourists with the best possible memories of their holiday in Sri Lanka. We work hard in making sure our customers have a comfortable and luxurious holiday and do not leave without trying out these mouthwatering Lankan foods.