It was around this time last year that I packed my bags and headed off to Sri Lanka, ‘the finest island of its size in the world’ according to 13th century explorer Marco Polo. Needless to say, it didn’t disappoint: the climate, the wildlife, the people, the food, the beaches…I’d go again in a heartbeat.

I spent the first ten days at Villa de Zoysa, or ‘the White House’ as it’s affectionately known (it’s literally a huge colonial white house). This is a relaxed and affordable yoga retreat centre, and a great place to meet fellow travellers – I made some great friends during my stay. The yoga is very much optional, it’s not a strict programme; indeed, I had to take a few days off due to a surfing-related injury! The White House is situated on the south coast, a short tuk-tuk ride to the Dutch-colonial city of Galle. Here are my travel snaps of the coast, the retreat centre and Galle city.

After my stay at the White House, I took a taxi to the centre of the island, just north of Kandy. I heard some worrying things about the trains in Sri Lanka, and decided not to take the risk. I then spent a week at Ulpotha, a blissful eco-village in the heart of the Sri Lankan jungle. It was just magical. Read my full review for Queen of Retreats here.