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Anina Heé in Sri Lanka

Last year we featured Net-a-porter's London-based merchandise editor Anina Heé's wanderlust-inducing Turks and Caicos travel diary. We are delighted that she offered to share more of her travel tips with us after her recent trip to Sri Lanka. Read on for some major #borntovacay inspiration!

xo Marysia




 What should you pack for a getaway to Sri Lanka?

I always pack a variety of swimwear. As on a beach holiday, bikinis and one-pieces are the things I wear most. I like to pack plenty to alternate. Sri Lanka is an amazing destination for surfing, so be sure to pack a wetsuit or a one-piece! Climate is humid, and unlike other tropical destinations, it does not get cold at night - I never used any of the sweaters I packed. Also don't go without some cotton cover-ups- something that feels light and breezy in the heat.




Favorite piece to wear for a day at Amanwella?

Amanwella is one of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen. It is very wavy, which I love but it also means you need to wear swimwear that fits perfectly. I spent my days in the Newport ruffle bikini, which is the perfect combination of chic and practical.
By the pool I wore the Sardinia Maillot - as mentioned before I love to alternate and change my swimwear as often as possible.
When heading for lunch I loved wearing the Sicily smocked dress, as breezy cottons are the only thing I could bear in the heat. This piece is close to my heart because it's made of Swiss Plumetis, a fabric quality that reminds me of my childhood (my parents are run a textile business in Switzerland).




What were the highlights of your trip to Sri Lanka? 

Staying at Amanwella was definitely the highlight of our trip. It's the perfect hideaway to relax and get to know the country through the many experiences they offer. We loved surfing in Weligama as well, followed by a lunch at Ceylon Sliders.
Another highlight was definitely the famous Palm swing at Beach Cabanas in Unawatuna - but be warned it's pretty high! 




Any tips or recommendations for someone traveling there?

We went for ten days to discover the Southern Coast line from Tangalle to Galle. We started at Amanwella in Tangalle, which was perfect as we needed a few days after our trip - and the hectic life in London - to relax. Afterwards we travelled North. I'd recommend staying at Ceylon Sliders, a cute yoga and surf retreat in Weligama with a courtyard Cafe serving healthy and delicious meals!
Visit Galle Fort, the historic part of Galle with cute shops and delicious restaurants. I'd recommend staying at Amangalla, as temperatures rise during the day you will want to relax at the stunning garden pool and head out later to discover the town and see the sunset. Have a traditional Sri Lankan curry at Fort Bazaar and treat yourself to the Tumeric ice cream called Golden Milk at Isle of Gelato - I was obsessed and had to have one every day. It's also worth visiting Galle's food market. I bought local spices and curry mixtures. We ended our trip with a stay at Tri Lanka, a boutique hotel in the jungle at Lake Koggala. An amazing place to discover another area of Sri Lanka and explore the countries flavourful cuisine and an Instagram-worthy pool!



Best way to unwind at Amanwella? 

For me this is at the beach. The hotel has a private access to a beautiful one. You will relax in the palm shade - no umbrellas needed - and have fun in the waves. Afterwards we would enjoy time at the private pool and have a massage on the balcony of our room to the sound of the ocean.


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