Hip & Hot – The Insider’s Guide to the
Best Chill-out Spots
Ulpotha, nestling at the foot of the Galgiriyawa Mountains, occupies
one of the most beautiful spots on Sri Lanka and offers a spectacular
freshwater tank in which to swim. With enormous foresight, Giles
Scott and his local partner, Viren Perera, have turned an abandoned
village into a true paradise.
Guests, who come for a minimum of two weeks, sleep in wattle-and-daub
huts without electricity and eat traditionally prepared food.
There are excellent teachers for those who are attracted to yoga,
but there is no pressure to join classes. Guests range from burnt-out
City execs to partied-out Notting Hill trustafarians to writers
seeking solace, but all share a desire for more holistic pursuits
than simply frying themselves on a beach. Although, after a few
days of relaxing in such harmonious surroundings, evenings invariably
end in spontaneous party mode.