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Tanzania vies for world tourism awards

According to TTB statement released in Dar es Salaam today, under the Africa nominations 2016, a total of 32 entries for Tanzania have been recorded under 17 categories.

This comes five months after Mount Kilimanjaro which is the highest mountain in Africa, and the highest free-standing mountain in the world, being declared Africa’s leading tourist attraction in 2016 during the World Travel Awards Africa and Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony held in Zanzibar Tanzania on 9th April 2016.

Entries from Tanzania and their categories are Tanzania (World’s Leading Safari Destination 2016), Zanzibar-Tanzania (World’s Leading Dive Destination 2016), Zanzibar- Tanzania (World Leading Island Destination); and Mt. Kilimanjaro-Tanzania (World’s Leading tourist attraction).

Others Diamond La Gemma dell’Est Zanzibar -Tanzania (World’s Leading Beach resorts 2016) Essque Zalu Zanzibar – Tanzania (World’s Honeymoon Resort 2016), Beyond Mnemba Island Lodge-Tanzania and Singita Sasakwa Lodge – Tanzania (World’s Leading Luxury Lodge 2016), Beyond Mnembo Island Lodge Zanzibar – Tanzania (World’s Leading Private Island Resort 2016) and Chumbe Island Coral Park – Tanzania (World’s Leading Conservation Company).

According to the statement, winners of this competition will be decided by votes where with a vote cast by qualifying travel professionals and consumers.

Voting for the World and Travel Technology nominations was opened on September 23, this year and voting exercise is set to end on October, 24 this year.

“We are delighted to inform you of your nomination in the 23rd annual World Travel Awards and I congratulate your achievement”,” the statement quoted the World Travel Awards President Graham Cooke as saying.

Honeymoon in Sri Lanka?

Sri Lanka is becoming one of our most popular honeymoon destinations, with its blend of culture, natural scenery, beaches, sunshine and luxury hotels a winner for lovebirds seeking an exotic all-rounder.  But where exactly to stay?

Here are five of our firm favourites:

1. Chena Huts 

Right beside Yala National Park and its superb leopard – and elephant, and sloth bear – spotting safaris, Chena consists of palm-thatched pavillions scattered across dense jungle and facing the seaside or a lagoon. Each domed den boasts a plunge pool and bathtub, plus there’s a main pool whose waterfall hides a bar, and two treatment rooms for any post Jeep-ride kinks. The elevated restaurants serves coconut curries and sea-facing sundowners.

2. Kandy House  

Kandy is a conveniently-situated city close to the Temple of the Tooth, but we recommend staying just outside in the name of quietude. Positioned above dazzlingly-green paddy valleys, Kandy House is a perfect 20 minutes away. This historic manor house’s perks include a jungle infinity pool and tropical gardens while, crucially, under-12s aren’t accepted. All nine rooms have four-poster beds and private suites, but only the Black Rajah has a private massage area.

3. Aditya 

Love to be beachside? One of Sri Lanka's finest boutiques, Aditya sits by a secluded, golden cove on the south-east coast near Galle. Genre-defying, it offers villa-like privacy combined with all the amenities and service of a luxury hotel. Every suite features a private plunge pool, while two enviable Pool Villas throw in sea-facing rooftop Jacuzzis for good measure. Spa treatments, yoga sessions and meals? They all happen at a time of your choosing.

4. Jetwing Vil Uyana 

Vil Uyana is a clump of luxury Cultural Triangle houses stilted atop beautiful wetlands and traditional paddy fields, all boasting incredible views of Sigiriya, aka Lion Rock. Relaxation’s the name of the game here: hence the private plunge pools or hot tubs, and possibility of dining on your own terrace or under the stars. Sigirya’s magical caves, ruins and fortresses are a pleasant three-mile walk away.

5. Ceylon Tea Trails  

Five bungalows, converted from colonial planters’ housing and dreamily situated around a still-working, lush tea plantation. Most amorous of Ceylon Tea Trails' cosy hideaways is Owner’s Cottage, set in perfect seclusion and attended by a chef, butler and houseboys. Activities? You can hike through the cool hills, 1,220m above sea level, to pilgrimage site Adam’s Peak, cycle across forests and past reservoirs, kayak along local rivers or play tennis. Phew!

Call 0207 359 3938 or contact us to speak to us about planning your own trip to Sri Lanka.