If you’re looking for somewhere special to go this year, consider the new luxury, sustainable design hotel Tri in Sri Lanka. It’s hard for us to make promises since it’s not actually open yet, but a quick glance at this short film from the architects got us pretty excited: www.trilanka.com/video.html.
As you can see, Tri will be a combination of geometric ingenuity and incredible natural beauty, set around an island hill flanking Sri Lanka’s serene Lake Koggala, only 25 minutes from Galle Fort and 90 minutes from Colombo international airport.
What may not be fully conveyed are the brilliant facilities. The resort will host 11 suites, three of which have private pools tucked into the landscape and two of which are located in the water tower in the centre of the resort. There will also be a 21-metre cantilevered pool with multiple decks and terraces, a tree-top yoga ‘shala’ and a summit viewing deck complete with panoramic view.
If you can tear yourself away from the resort, which also features a library, an entertainment room and an art gallery, there’s lake kayaking, beach trips and exercise stations to enjoy nearby, along with organised talks, temple visits and whale watching.
Set to open in autumn 2015, Tri is being built by a visionary award-winning British architect, Rob Drummond, who specialises in contemporary designs and who has taken the spirals of the mathematical Fibonacci sequence as his inspiration for TRI. Not only is Drummond deeply committed to sustainability but he’s doing all he can to protect the site’s natural assets, both in terms of the environment and the local community. These include developing living walls, green roofs and solar arrays, and using recycled wood and local materials. The food is also organic, contemporary and locally sourced.
What’s not to love.