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CUURATE SRI LANKA

 

CUURATE crafts bespoke travel experiences with an inaugural portfolio consisting of two unique destinations Maldives and Sri Lanka, with an extension of services in Seychelles, Mauritius and other islands of the Indian Ocean coming soon.

With a focus on individuality and depth, CUURATE's travel designers are insightful individuals with years of experience in personalized service and attention. With offices currently based in Sri Lanka, CUURATE offers real-time and experience-led with truly dedicated end-to-end service.

Proud in local identity, fiercely distinct in culture and history, experience the breadth and variety of what the Indian Ocean has to offer with CUURATE.

First stop: Sri Lanka.

With a history spanning over 3,000 years, this small tear-shaped island formerly known as Ceylon dispels a rich multi-cultural heritage woven together with Buddhist and Hindu traditions entwined with areas of stunning natural beauty in its enormously varied landscape.

Embracing the art of travel through culture and style, Wanderlista shares with us her experiences visiting Sri Lanka for the first time, from Colombo to Galle to Kandy, the last royal capital of Sri Lanka, thanks to an itinerary perfectly curated by CUURATE

  

GALLE

Situated on the southwestern tip, Galle has become renowned for its thriving port long before colonial times and governed by the Portuguese, Dutch and the British at various periods. Today, inside the town of the fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the best preserved colonial sea fortress in Asia, is bristling with boutique hotels, art galleries, tiny shops, cafes and restaurants. A montage of historical periods, cultures and styles, Galle stands as a fine illustration of European and traditional juxtaposition.

Looking up in #Galle 🌴 

Fairy tale @taruvillas#rampartstreet Thanks @cuurate

Back to pool pics 💚 @taruvillas And yes I’m the only guest in this four room beauty. 

A pause from pools to bathtubs at the stunningly chic @taruvillas

Morning hike at Galle Dutch Fort 💪🏽

COLOMBO

Ceded as the capital of the island by the British Empire in 1815, the largest city of Sri Lanka thrives with many points of interest from museums to templates, lakes, open-air markets and colonial buildings.

Hello #Colombo

This tiled bar last night at @botanikbistrobar now has my eyes wide open to the Portuguese influence here in #SriLanka

Fairy tale @taruvillas #rampartstreet Thanks @cuurate

Touring the home of the father of Tropical Modernism, the late, famed Sri Lankan architect #GeoffreyBawa. Doors painted by Aussie artist Donald Friend. #Chettinad columns he shipped from India. My kind of guy. Thanks @cuurate for the inside view! 

KANDY

Attracting thousands of pilgrims from across the world to the gold-roofed sacred Temple of the Tooth; Kandy was the last royal capital of Sri Lanka.

Jungle life suits me 🌴 

These chairs. This space. This hotel. 💕 Designed by Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa’s protégé @channadas, every turn here is an inspiration. Or an encouragement to never, ever leave. Thanks @cuurate for bringing me here! 

Monkey Puzzle, my romantic sleeping spot 🐒 #thekandyhouse

Banner designed by the late, legendary batik artist Ena da Silva, who is credited with re-establishing the country’s batik industry. She did loads of work with Geoffrey Bawa and they were grand friends. Something tells me I would have loved being around them both, too. Another life. Another time. But travel brings you to places that perhaps you were meant to see. Does it not? @manor_house_concepts @cuurate

Cane, cane and more cane. Thanks, I’ll take all of it. Thanks Claude my driver @cuurate for stopping along the way! Wearing @buddhibatiks dress. Patterns are hand drawn with wax (using a tool/ brush depending on the size).

Batik obsession is real, thanks to @cuurate for introducing me to the gorgeous Darshi, creative director of @buddhibatiks here in #Colombo. 🌺 I bought the red and want everything else and then some. Schooled in the UK, she took over the family’s textile business and is making waves in the South Asia fashion scene thanks to her incredible saris. Watch this space as her bags, dresses and a new collection that I had a sneak peek of yesterday will be available internationally soon. 

It’s OK to leave when you know you will be back. This jungle. This pool. This everything. Thanks @cuurate for introducing me this magical place. 

CUURATE

315, Vauxhall Street, Colombo 2

T: +94112499777

E: designed@cuurate.xyz

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Header images and details provided by CUURATE. All other images courtesy of @wanderlista Andria Mitsakos.

 

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