The Mud House
When it comes to experiential hotels, The Mud House deserves a spot at the top of the list. Deep in rural Sri Lanka, surrounded by lakes and blessed with abundant wildlife, this is a rustic retreat with enviable ecological credentials.
Staying here is an all-encompassing experience. It’s for those who have active minds and bodies. You can cycle along quiet rural lanes, walk through tiny villages, kayak on the lakes, or sit with your binoculars and bird book (both supplied) and soak up this ornithologist’s paradise.
The dining experience is no less exciting. There is no menu. All of the food comes from the extensive onsite organic gardens or from local farmers. It’s all cooked in traditional methods over an open fire, using clay pots. And if you want to try your hand, as we have, at Sri Lankan cooking, there is nowhere you’ll have a more authentic hands-on lesson.
The Mud House is a collection of huts, all individually designed, of varying sizes. They are all open-sided (although, don’t worry, you’ll be sleeping under mosquito nets) with simple but charming outdoor bathrooms.
The electricity can come and go, so if you are reliant on your Kindle it’s best to have a battery pack to hand.
On your doorstep
Take a guided bike ride around the local villages and surrounding area. This is a unique insight into genuine rural life in Sri Lanka that few get to witness.