Garden themed travel ideas for the plant obsessed

19-11-2020    07:58   |    Hong Kong Tatler

Why not use your newfound love of plants as inspiration for your next holiday? The extended time at home has resulted in an explosion of interest in gardening, with many of us filling our interiors with houseplants or tending to our outdoor patches.

While majority of us remain grounded, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t start planning for a soothing trip in the near future. As we’ve all benefited from the company of plants, we’ve rounded up travel ideas that will help nurture your garden-loving self. 

The Destination: Sri Lanka

Architect Geoffrey Bawa’s Lunuganga Estate in Sri Lanka (Photo: Courtesy of Teardrop Hotels)

While it’s been a trending destination over the past few years, there’s still a lot to discover in Sri Lanka—a place that Marco Polo is claimed to have described as the “best island of its size in the world”. Whether you plan to visit the coast or to take it slow in the inland tea country, this island nation is blessed with verdant surroundings that will entrance gardening enthusiasts.

One of the best ways to get to know the country is to immerse oneself in the legacy of Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa. A pioneer of tropical modernism, the essence of Bawa’s work is to embrace and enhance nature, an ethos exemplified in Lunuganga Estate, his country home that features “elements of Italian Renaissance gardens, English landscaping and Japanese garden art”, according to its custodians.

Guests can stay at the nine-bedroom property, now under the charge of Teardrop Hotels, and take tours within the six-hectare gardens.

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The Hotel: Babylonstoren in South Africa

Newly built in the Cape Dutch style, Babylonstoren’s Fynbos Cottages are near vineyards and orchards (Photo: Courtesy of Babylonstoren)


Source: Hong Kong Tatler

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