TRIPADVISOR TRAVELERS’ CHOICE AWARDS – 2018
Uga Escapes is a fully owned subsidiary of the Finco Group. Incorporated in 1963, the group comprises several companies recording success in diverse fields. The company owns boutique properties offering unique experiences across the island that include- the 20 luxury villa Ulagalla in Anuradhapura, Jungle Beach, Trincomalee, and Uga Bay Pasikudah, Residence by Uga Escapes in the heart of Colombo, and the latest addition, Chena Huts in Yala.
Over the years, Uga Escapes has secured several globally and locally recognised awards, steadily elevating them to exceptional standards bringing them to the world-renowned status Uga is known for today. This year too, 4 of the properties were adjudged winners of the Trip Advisor Traveler’s Choice Awards 2018. These are Jungle Beach, Ulagalla, Residence and Uga Bay. Additionally, under the Sub-Award category featuring the Top 25 Hotels in Sri Lanka, Jungle Beach Trincomalee was placed at #4, whilst Uga Bay in Passikudah was placed at #5. Under Top 25 Small Hotels in Sri Lanka, Ulagalla Anuradhapura came in at #3, with Residence by Uga Escapes Colombo securing #12. Ulagalla was also placed at #2 under Top 10 Luxury Hotels in Sri Lanka, whilst Jungle Beach Trincomalee was awarded #7 under the same category.
Last but not least, the final two categories awarded included Top 25 Hotels for Service and Top 25 Hotels for Romance in Sri Lanka, where under the former, Ulagalla cinched #3. Jungle Beach #15, Residence #20, and Uga Bay #24. Under the latter, Ulagalla once again was amongst the top 5 placed at #4, and Jungle Beach was positioned at #24.
CELEBRATE LOVE AND ESCAPE THE WORLD WITH UGA ESCAPES
Uga Escapes does not merely represent luxury, it embodies luxury in every aspect. From design to architecture, environment and exceptional customer services, our presence is unparalleled. Choose from Ulagalla (Anuradhapura), Uga Bay (Pasikudah), Jungle Beach (Trincomalee), Residence (Colombo) and Chena Huts (Yala) to celebrate love, each other and everything in-between with a romantic getaway to the Pearl of the Indian Ocean this Valentine’s Day. Perched in close proximity to spectacular beaches and offering a plethora of outdoor activities, sumptuous cuisine and superior services, each of Uga Escapes’ properties are poised to present you with the very art of romancing.
With contemporary facilities blended into the surroundings, it is easy to sink into the indulgent setting, each of which is uniquely laid out according to the style, personality and character of each property. Guests are at liberty to pick as they will, without worrying about compromising on quality of services or facilities as consistency is unwavering at Uga. Depending on where guests choose to stay, they can look forward to embarking on a range of activities including hot air ballooning, candlelight dinners on the beach, luxury camping under the stars, and endless, secluded strolls on one of the many close-by beaches. Or if they are feeling upto something more, safaris, diving and more can be arranged as requested. Whether mingling with wildlife, exploring new territories or simply dipping your toes in the cool ocean water with the ripple of the evening sunset over them is what you are after, Uga Escapes can bring your holiday to life.
DIVING IN PASIKUDAH
Paskikudah, Sri Lanka’s current coastal capital and best-loved beach stretch, joining many others in the area. Pasikudah Bay itself extends for upto 2km, and is home to a vibrant array of tropical flora and fauna, particularly fish. Visiting Pasikudah is best recommended from May- September, as the water is calm and clear, though May-June is ideal for diving in particular. The spectacular curved bay is also known for having one of the longest stretches of shallow coastline globally, allowing you to wade for upto 0.5 kilometres into the ocean. The shallow depth and comparatively weak current makes this a safe and undoubtedly uniquely memorable experience altogether.
Aside from lazy days on the beach, snorkelling and whale watching expeditions from Trincomalee harbour to name a few, guests can look forward to booking exotic diving trips in Pasikudah. Both beginners and more experienced divers can be accommodated, and the surrounding diving sites are especially suited for beginners as they are shallow and therefore safe for introductory diving. Explore intriguing and haunting wrecks including the WWII tanker British Sergeant and the aircraft carrier HMS Hermes amongst others, whilst studying their morbid yet captivating history. Follow up with a frolick in the coral reefs where vibrant fish life can be spotted, ranging from yellow striped goatfish, blue lined snappers and bigeye snappers and clownfish to name a few. All dives will be accompanied by professionals in the area, complete with reliable diving equipment and gear for assistance.