Cape Weligama, Sri Lanka

This tropical island is becoming the honeymoon destination for those who crave something different from the Maldives' flashiness.

Offering far-flung sunshine, as well as a fascinating diversity of cuisine and landscape (not to mention Zen vibes), Sri Lanka is one chilled-out, spiritual country. It also has the perfect away-from-it-all retreat where you can restore your mind, and balance all of your senses. Cape Weligama has 40 low-lying villas across 12 acres on the southern coast.

Spot lizards wander between palm trees, giant butterflies hover in the dawn light, as the Indian Ocean laps away. The spa here is all about healing, utilising the antioxidant, calming anti-ageing properties of the island's tea and cinnamon.


WOW FACTOR: There isn't a better place to do yoga than on this spectacular headland as the sun rises over the Indian Ocean.

GO: Cox & Kings ( offers seven nights from £2,375 per person, half board. Includes flights and transfers.

FLIGHT TIME: 11 hours