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Place: Taj Exotica, Bentota, Sri Lanka. A spa and beach resort that's a three-hour drive from Colombo. Attractions: With elegant décor and red-tiled roofs the resort is a symbol of colonial architecture, surrounded by lush greenery and the sea. One can choose rooms with private balconies or terraces offering panoramic views of the ocean. At the Jiva Spa, one can indulge in holistic Indian therapies. Sample sea food and exotic cocktails at S.H.A.C.K, a new restaurant. Guests can relax at Palms Restaurant, the 24-hour coffee shop which serves a variety of cuisines.The resort also offers a range of recreational activities such as beach volleyball, water skiing, snorkelling, diving and wind surfing. Other facilities include a library, asphalt tennis courts, gym and a discotheque. The resort also organises theme weddings, Sri Lankan style, complete with traditional rituals and colourful dances. One can enjoy theme parties such as Beach Party Parade and Sri Lankan Shri Rathriya. One can visit the Dutch Fort of Galle, which was built in 1663, or the Spice Gardens where the scent of cinnamon surrounds you. Then there's the coastal resort of Hikkaduwa, where you take a ride on a glass bottom boat to discover the wealth of exotic marine life and corals. You can also go bird watching in the wetlands surrounding Bentota or go shopping for Meetiyagoda moonstone, a gem that's found only in Situ, Sri Lanka. Contact: Taj Reservation Network on toll free number 1600-111-825 or 022-55011825 or email >

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