Where to go now: The Marina, Lake Bolgoda, Sri Lanka

You’d have to agree that the hottest destination on the Asian continent at the moment is undoubtedly Sri Lanka. So of course we had to make a few inquiries and find out more about this little paradise on the Indian Ocean. And guess what? We’ve scoured the best of it and bring you The Marina on Lake Bolgoda. We can’t believe that it’s just 27km west out of the commercial city Colombo.

What’s so special about it? Well, to start with you’ll get away from the mega crowds that are currently flocking to the beaches. The Marina sits on the shores of Lake Bolgoda in the small village of the same name. It’s the only fresh water lake on the island and measures a staggering 374 square kilometres. Expect to be surrounded by beautiful mangroves, water lillies and incredible wildlife that live in and around the lake.

This private members’ club offers adrenaline-pumping activities like jet skiing, tube rides, water skiing and fishing. They are now opening their exclusive member benefits to visitors with a Day Pass. For just £20 (paid in LKR) pass-holders can enjoy the gourmet restaurant, private lounge, pool, jacuzzi and water sports. Best of all, the cost of the pass is redeemable against any food, drink or activities you choose.

You can lounge around the pool or kick back in a jacuzzi all day. For a little more privacy request your own cabana; each one has its own entertainment system. There’s a juice bar serving up sun-ripened seasonal fruit smoothies on site. If you get a little peckish the gourmet dining menu should suffice. The produce is all local and comes alive under the direction of The Marina’s Head Chef. Nature lovers can work up an appetite by catching their own lunch with a local fisherman. Just ask the staff and they’ll be happy to arrange this for you.

So if you have 24 hours in Colombo this is our number one tip on how to spend it. Get out of the city and get back in under an hour each way. Spend your day on Lake Bolgoda surrounded by luxury and nature. We’re certain it will be the best £20 you’ll spend in Sri Lanka.

Address: The Marina, No. 131A Thotagahawatta Road, Madapatha, Sri Lanka.
WhatsApp: +94 763 652 456
Email : info@themarina.lk