Testimonials

 Overall fantastic. Thank you!
Julian Rowley & Katherine Sharples – Reading, Berkshire – (Revised 17 Day Off the Beaten Track Tour – April 2017)


 We would definitely recommend The Unique Travel Company to others. Our tailor-made trip was exactly what we were after with a mix of culture, adventure and relaxation. Our driver was fantastic and very knowledgeable! The bus was also great and comfortable for our long drives. The additional activity of the 4x4 mud safari was very much appreciated, thanks to our driver’s recommendation. Thanks for an amazing trip!!
Rhiannon Tomlinson, Alice Kingsnorth, Charleena Trowse, Florence Turner, Fiona Brown, Elizabeth Glover, Jessica Theaker - Woodford Green , Essex  (13 Day Tailor-made tour April 2017)


 Our holiday to Sri Lanka was fantastic and memorable in every way. Unique Travel organised a fabulous and imaginative itinerary, including the combination of “Off the Beaten Track” and Luxury accommodation fascinating cultural sites, spectacular hiking in remote areas, wonderful safari and down-time too! Our driver/guide, Paul, was fantastic too and really made the holiday for us.
Bridget & David Gray – Edinburgh, Scotland (16 Day Tailor-made tour - April 2017)


Both my partner and I had a fantastic 2 weeks on this tour. Overall, it is a great way to see so much of this beautiful country in such a short space of time. There were so many new experiences to take home. Being on a tour, makes you feel safe and relaxed and it would have been a different story doing it alone! I would recommend my friends to do a tour of this country! Thanks for a great time!
Emily Holmes & Bryan Ralph – Hamilton, New Zealand (15 Day Group Discover Sri Lanka Tour – February 2017)


The Unique Travel Company delivered on all promises and expectations. The Off the Beaten Path trip in Sri Lanka proved to be a wonderful escape and insight into the Sri Lankan countryside. The travel was effortless due to the attentive services provided by our guide/driver.
Bette-Ann Macintosh & John Gill - Springfield, Illinois, USA (18 Day Amended Off the Beaten Track Tour – February 2017)


Four of us travelled for 18 days on the “Off the Beaten Track” itinerary. It was perfect. There was a lot of diversity in the balance of cultural and outdoor activities. The Sri Lankan people are very gracious and welcoming. We were thrilled with our driver/guide, Anton. He took excellent care of us and happily adapted a couple of our activities when we wanted. We highly recommend Unique Travel!
Karen & Doug Millen – Victoria, BC, Canada (18 Day Amended Off the Beaten Track Tour – February 2017)


We all had high expectations for our holiday in Sri Lanka which have been reached and surpassed. Each and every day has been a fabulous experience. Your island is so diverse and your scenery is stunning. From beginning to end, our experience with Unique Travel has been very positive – all our queries and questions have been dealt with quickly and efficiently. Sue could not have been more helpful and mindful of our needs. This enabled us to have a holiday tailor-made to our requirements. Our driver/guide, Chanaka, has been excellent in every way and has made our holiday very special. We have enjoyed his company very much and have learned a lot about Sri Lanka from him. It really has been the holiday of a lifetime. Thank you very much!
David & Jennifer Milns & Jane Speed - Great Abington, Cambridge – 17 Day Tailor-made tour – February 2017


 

Excellent. Reliable, informative and knowledgeable local staff. Great recommendations of boutique hotels. Puts enjoyable into experience.
David & Catherine Ebbs – Bradford On Avon, Wilts (15 Day Tailor-made tour Jan 2017)


We did the Group Discover Sri Lanka trip in January 2017. It was arranged for us by Sue in the UK office. We wanted a couple of extra days in Negombo at the start which we really enjoyed. Our driver on the trip, Paul, was excellent often going beyond what was expected of him to ensure we had an enjoyable experience. The accommodation was varied but always of a good standard and the food in the hotels was mostly excellent. The trip is very varied and we like seeing both the tourist areas likely temples but also some of the real Sri Lanka in the hills.

What were the best bits?? Seeing a Leopard and sloth bears in Wilpattu; watching the ceremony at the Temple of the tooth in Kandy; seeing the elephant bathe and being fed at the orphanage; visiting the Dambulla cave temples with their amazing with frescoes and finally being so close to 2 blue whales on the whale watching we could have touched them!

Thank you Unique for giving us an excellent insight into Sri Lanka, so much so that we really want to come back.
Andy Thompson & Vale Dempsey – Bream, Gloucestershire (15 day Group Discover Sri Lanka tour -Jan 2017)


We have really enjoyed a lot during these days. Everything has been great (mainly the stays at the Rosyth and the Reef... amazing places to be!!)…..

Well, as a summary, thank you very much for helping us to organise this amazing trip. We will strongly recommend your services to our colleagues for travelling to Sri Lanka!
Rafael Moran & family – Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (8 Day Tailor-made Tour November 2016)


Very impressed with uniqueness of the country and the company was excellent.
Roger Scammell, Fiona Brooymans & party – Muscat, Oman (13 Day Tailor-made Tour Nov 2016)


It is clear that the Company has a very large experience and good knowledge of the country. The hotels proposed originally were all good and the tour was well organised. The driver was very good and kind and we enjoyed the travel very much. We are happy with the experience and the country.
Rafael Llamuza & Marie Jose Holand Cazelle & 2 children aged 8 & 5yrs – Cordoba, Spain (9 Day Tailor-made tour - September 2016


Many thanks to Sue, Roshan and the team for organising an amazing trip.   You really listened to what we were interested in doing, and created a tailor-made experience that was perfect.  We very much enjoyed the mix of cultural sites, cycling, trekking, wildlife safaris and meeting local people, as well as time at the beach.  Our driver Namal was fantastic: a fount of local knowledge, very flexible in making adjustments to our itinerary, and also very helpful in suggesting great places to eat or visit.  Sri Lanka is a beautiful country and we will definitely visit again.
Victoria & Justinian Ash & family - Blackford, Somerset (15 Day Tailormade Tour- July 2016)



Thank you to all the team at The Unique Travel Company for making our 1st long haul holiday so memorable. Not an easy challenge putting together a tour that offers 3 teenagers culture and fun!  We challenged Sue to show us the 'real' Sri Lanka and this she managed. We had lunch with locals and met families, we really feel like we saw Sri Lanka not just visited the place on holiday. Being practical we also know that using The Unique Travel Company and their knowledge of local deals saved us a considerable sum over other travel agents. We would go so far as to say that if it hadn't been for The Unique Travel Company it unlikely we could have afforded to go to Sri Lanka. Beautiful country, beautiful people and amazing animals everywhere. A memorable holiday, thank you.
John McAdams & family - Cardiff, Wales (17 Day Tailormade tour - July 2016)


We have loved every minute of our trip and the sights and people we’ve seen have been amazing. It’s hard to say which of the days/trips with our favourite because they have all been special. Although seeing wild elephants at the side of the road is right up there! Paul, our driver was excellent and has added to our special trip. All we can say is thank you so very much for organising for us there will be tears as we take off tomorrow!
Peta & Jon Bean - Wheldrake, York (Personal 15 Day Discover Sri Lanka Tour – June 2016

 

We went to Sri Lanka looking for a max of the sightseeing, nature and sports – the children usually don’t enjoy monuments and cultural activities. We discovered and experimented many things for first time and the vision in my kids eyes had no price…. We bring with us unforgettable moments.
Adolfo Moro & family- Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (Tailor-made Tour – April 2016)


 

We had a wonderful time – can’t fault the organisation everything went very smoothly. This is our second tour with “Unique”. Our driver, Chaminda, really helped to make the holiday special.
George and Margaret Berg- Strenshall, York (15 day Tailor-made tour – April 2016)


 

Wow! What a fantastic holiday we have had through Unique Travel. Lalendra, our driver and guide was a superb source of information, historical knowledge and such a careful driver. We had an extremely well organised and diverse itinerary arranged by Sue but were able to adapt this while on the road through the Lalendra. He was able to accommodate our wishes with ease. Sri Lanka is a truly wonderful country, so diverse with such friendly people. We have stayed in so many wonderful unique places – we love St John’s Bungalow and Polwaththa Eco-lodges and Yala. In fact all the accommodation has been fantastic. We were travelling with a child who particularly enjoyed the pools at Jays Holiday Resort and the Okrin Hotel. We have cycled, hiked and were hosted by Sri Lankan families for lunch and dinner – a wonderful 12 days of touring. We are now ready for six nights chilling and surfing on the beach. Thank you Unique Travel for a truly wonderful experience.
Kerri, Ian Wilkes & a child aged 13yrs-Liphook, Hants (12 day Tailor-made tour – April 2016)


 

I couldn’t have asked for more from Sue and Pradeep (my driver). Sue put my fears at ease before my arrival and Pradeep has a great warm and welcoming face to make me safe and at home in Sri Lanka. Unique Travel offer many options for all different experiences and trips and I will definitely use them again when I return. Great value for money and service. Dawn Williams - Altrincham, Lancs (Tailor-made Tour – April 2016)


 

UTC compiled an itinerary tailor-made for our needs and offered excellent accommodation. We experienced a slight difficulty and the company resolved our issue swiftly and satisfactorily. We will revisit Sri Lanka and would definitely use Sue and her team again. Paul our driver was really great, friendly and informative and made sure we saw everything and looked after at all times. 10/10 !
Graham and Kim Slade – Wotton, Beds (14 day Tailor-made Tour – March 2016)


 

Many thanks to you and your excellent team. We had an incredible three weeks, which we will treasure forever. It was a truly wonderful experience and Namal was an outstanding guide and driver. He looked after us very well. Thanks again!
Sean & Tammy Furey and child (7 yrs) -St Gallen, Switzerland (15 Day Group Family Tour and beach stay – July 2015)


 

The company was recommended by a friend. We requested their help for the middle seven days of our holiday, arranging the remaining days ourselves. Following email discussions about where we wanted to visit and what we wanted to do they produced an itinerary that resulted in a stress-free very enjoyable experience.
Jen & Bill Bramwell – Sheffield (7 Day Tailor-made tour - July 2015)


 Just completed our second family trip to Sri Lanka with The Unique Travel Company and our guide/driver – Paul – another amazing adventure and experience in such a diverse island with numerous highlights i.e. sloth bears, elephants, food, tuk-tuks, trains boats and the friendliest people on the planet!
Nicola & Stephen Kay and 2 children aged 7 & 5yrs – Haddington, East Lothian (15 Day Tailor-made tour - July 2015)


 

We have found “Unique Travel” exceptionally good from start to finish. Booking the holiday with Sue was easy and Sue’s knowledge of Sri Lanka is amazing and even tailored our holiday for the time of year. Our guide/driver, Namal, was exceptional and added extra value to our honeymoon -  superb local knowledge, always smiling and very friendly, nothing was ever too much trouble for him. When we come back to Sri Lanka we will be coming back with Unique Travel and hopefully Namal. Would 100% recommended to friends and family.
Andrew and Becky Sharpe - West Bridgford, Notts (18 day Honeymoon Tour – July 2015)


 

We had a fantastic holiday in Sri Lanka and would recommend your company for touring the island. Every day we had different experiences, they were enjoyed by all of us. No two days with the same. I would highly recommend your company,. Nothing was too much trouble from the beginning to the end. Thank you.
Christine, Anthony and Samantha Duckworth - Blackburn, Lancs (24 Day Tailor-made Tour – June 2015)


 

I was very impressed with the service starting with my first contact with Sue on the telephone to leaving Sri Lanka having spent nine days in the company of my driver/tour guide, Paul. I came away feeling like I had a truly personalised tour of Sri Lanka and would not hesitate to do another “solo” adventure with The Unique Travel Company during off peak season. Thank you very much.
Janice Nam – Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey (9 Day Tailor-made tour – May 2015)


 

A fantastic tour from start to finish! So much to enjoy every day with new things to see and experience. The children had a great time too. Couldn’t recommend it enough. Amazing experience the whole family.
David & Jackie Grimes and two children aged 12 years - Kings Lynn, Norfolk (15 day family tour of Sri Lanka – April 2015)


 

“The Unique Travel Company” provided us with an excellent and varied trip in Sri Lanka. We were able to adapt the itinerary to our own needs and interests and information and responses to our questions were answered promptly. Our guide/driver was exceptional and took every effort to ensure we had a fantastic holiday. A stunningly, beautiful country of rich diversity from beaches to the Hill country to the National Parks. However the most amazing thing was the warm welcome we received from the Sri Lankan people :-) 
Ian & Yvonne Rowlinson - Kendal, Cumbria (16 Day tour based on Highlights of Sri Lanka – February 2015)


 

Sue was very helpful and patient when organising our holiday as we had a lot of special needs. A really good variety of accommodation with good rooms with views – thank you so much to Sue and Roshan! The holiday was just what we wanted – not to touristy and expensive. We would definitely recommend anyone to use Unique Travel.  
Alison & Colin – Maidstone, Kent (15 Day Tailor-made Tour - February 2015)


 

We would thoroughly recommend the Unique Travel Company. From beginning to end everything went well and all the hotels were varied as we ask for but all were of good standard. The driver, Huddah was very professional and friendly and helpful at all times. We would certainly use Unique Travel again and recommend them to friends. Thank you so much! Vicki  & Rhys Hamilton and Liz & David Malcolmson- Woodcote, Reading, UK (17 Day Tailor-made tour – January 2015)


 

We found that throughout our travels in Sri Lanka “The Unique Travel Company” has been extremely well organised and had a backup plan for any situation we found ourselves in. We had a vast variety of great experiences including the beautiful wildlife and nature, and the incredibly different environment that we found ourselves in. We found that the destinations of our travels proved to teach us an immense amount of cultural context and historical information about the island. The entire experience has been both surprising, and absolutely amazing. Thank you very much.
Bertil & Karin Rydevik & Family- Old Greenwich, Connecticut, USA (16 Day Tailor-made tour– December 2014)


 

Our family of four spent two weeks on tour in Sri Lanka. Unique Travel arranged everything for us. Our guide, Huddah, was fantastic and really helped show us the natural wonders of the island. Bring your binoculars and enjoy!
Lauren Mehrbach & Paul Welsh & 2 children aged 12 & 10yrs – Singapore (17 Day Tailor-made Tour – December 2014


 

For us, “The Unique” experience was truly exceptional, tailor-made to suit our preferences. Our driver, Paul was helpful and cheerful, steering us safely through some difficult conditions. Even the usual “monsoon” weather couldn’t spoil our enjoyment of the trip. We would definitely recommend The Unique Travel to anyone thinking of visiting Sri Lanka.
Erica and Malcolm Lee - Tadworth, Surrey, UK (18 Day Tailor-made Tour – December 2014)


 

Hi Sue, hope you are well and Ayubowan to you and yours. We had the most fantastic adventure thanks to you. Every aspect of our Sri Lankan experience was better than we could have expected. Unfortunately you were not able to bless us with great weather but cloud forests, landslips and floods even added something to the atmosphere. Accommodation all good with some very nice surprises the final chill at Palagama Beach being just one of them. Damion was the jewel in the crown… how lucky were we to have such a lovely man for our guide.. It’s impossible to explain how comfortable we felt with him from the word go. Safe and sound top local knowledge, local history, spicy buns, we all miss him a lot. Please give him our regards and send his email address if you can. Anuradhapura trip was not possible due to flooding so we had an Ajurvedic experience instead which was fantastic, I expect you have tried it. I might come back just to spend sometime there. We saw a whale, a leopard and a bear...tick, spent loads of elephant time....tick,...got fat on fabulous cuisine...tick. Thanks again Sue I will recommend you to anyone. From the happy Harveys.
Dominic, Helen and Ruby Harvey- Southampton, UK (15 Day Tailor-made tour - December 2014)


 

This is our second trip with “Unique”. Well-planned by Sue and very well driven by Namal. Great experience for the whole family. Accommodation was well chosen to suit our needs. Thank you!
Gillian & Graham Wilson & children – Libby (12yrs) & Murray (10yrs)- Dubai, UAE (8 Day Tailor-made Tour – October 2014)


 

Having visited Sri Lanka before we asked Sue to provide us with an itinerary that included our “must sees” plus some recommendations based on her expertise. We got everything we wish for and so much more, including a driver who went out of his way to make sure we were satisfied with every aspect of our holiday, and that we didn’t miss a thing. Our accommodation range from the most basic to the height of luxury, enabling us to experience a true taste of the diversity that this beautiful country has to offer. We will be back for our third visit and will most definitely use The Unique Travel Company to help make that experience as wonderful as this has been.
Veronica & Ray Mills- Warminster, Wilts (14 Day Tailor-made Tour – September 2014)


 

Hello Miss Sue and Mr. Roshan (as Chanaka refers to you), I want to tell you that Helen and I think this is one of the best trips we have ever done. We have each been to over 30 countries and combined have probably done over 100 overseas trips and I think both of us would put this trip in our top five. I can think of several primary reasons:   Sri Lanka:  Of course you can't take credit for this! Sri Lanka is far more beautiful and unspoiled and natural than I expected. We saw water monitors, wild boars, colourful birds, mongooses and over 100 wild elephants. The food is fantastic. The people are friendly and genuine. The Itinerary: You can take credit for this! You gave us great variety from day to day, starting with a safari day 1, then a visit to a remarkable secret monastery the next day etc, etc. There was a beautiful combination of culture, nature and adventure. And on many occasions, indeed, we were off the beaten path. Accommodation: This aspect fitted the name of your company like a glove. We stayed in some truly unique places. I would say the only ordinary places we stayed were Carolina Beach and the place in Anuradhapura and I'm not criticizing them, I'm just saying they weren't as amazing as, say, St Johns Lodge or the Eco-Lodge or Landa House. Thank-you so much for putting us in places that we really would be unlikely to find or try on our own. Chanaka: What can we say about this man?! He was one of the most personable guides we've ever had and he gave the impression he would have sacrificed his own life for ours if need be!! He gave us insight into the Sri Lankan culture that we would not have got on a group tour. He opened his heart to us. He made us feel like we were the only people in the world. And he was funny and charming too! ……. I think we will do another trip with you (and Chanaka!!) within the next 2 years. We've got to see the east and north......we've got to see a leopard...........and we need to eat more dahl.
Ian & Helen Ballam – Burnaby, British Colombia, Canada (21 Day Personalised Off the Beaten Track Tour- August 2014)

I will remember many brilliant experiences of from this trip – riding Rani the elephant, holding a two-day old turtle, the festival in Kandy, Safari and cycling through the beautiful countryside. Chaminda was lovely and we will be emailing him some pictures on our return. The hotels were a much higher quality than we expected – Hotel Thilanka being our favourite. The people of Sri Lanka are very friendly and we never felt badgered with goods or for money as you are in other countries.
Sue & Sarah Clough – Bath, Wilts (15 Day Group Discover Sri Lanka Tour - August 2014)


 

“Unique Travel Company” put together a fantastic holiday for us encompassing all the areas we wanted to see. We were driven by an excellent, helpful and well-informed driver to the various sites, e.g. temples, ancient monuments, local beauty spots as well as the beaches, elephant transit camp and best of all the game drives. I have fallen in love with the wonderful Sri Lankan people and their beautiful country and would love to come back and visit again.
Vivien Sheehan and Phil Elwell - Monks Risborough, Bucks, UK (16 Day Tailor-made tour - July 2014)


 

We’ve had a wonderful couple of weeks – Sri Lanka is amazing and so varied. Each day we thought we’d struck lucky – and the next day felt it again – never a dull moment – always enriching! A fascinating country and culture, so beautiful, such kind people and I think we probably spent two weeks with the best guide and driver in Sri Lanka! Lucky Us! Thanks Huddah!
Isobel & Adam Paul and 2 children aged 10 & 7yrs (15 Day Family Tour – April 2014)


 

Wonderful trip, wonderful island and people. Ajith our guide, the best guide we have ever had.
Michael & Margaret Sweeney - Cheltenham, Gloucs (18 day Tailormade Tour - February 2014)

Unique put together a superb tour for the eight of us and topped it with a truly excellent team of driver, assistant and guide. Because the guide spoke excellent English, he was able to act as a bridge to help us understand many aspects of the culture and bring us the extra experiences that make a special trip special – a meal in a local family's house; eating beautiful curries off Lotus leaves with our hands: a walk around a village getting glimpses of what people grow in their gardens. All this on top of flexing the itinerary when rain, heat or tiredness made a change of plan necessary. We had lessons in Singhalese every day so that we could at least greet and thank people properly. Thank you to all who made our trip so special.
John & Margaret McArthur - Ross-on Wye, Herefordshire (18 day Tailormade Tour - February 2014)

We would highly recommend this tour to those wishing to experience a varied mix of Sri Lankan life, culture and history. All dealings with this company were undertaken to an excellent standard as well as providing very good value for money. Paul, our driver, has been very professional and made our holiday perfect.
Linda & Jeremy Pilling - Wakefield (15 Day Discover Sri Lanka Tour - December 2013)

Thanks for organising an amazing trip for us! We had a fantastic adventure - everything went so smoothly from pick up at the airport right through to the end of our trip. Paul was great - brilliant with the kids and always made sure we had everything we needed. We loved the variety of hotels and homestays - they all had something different about them and the people were lovely (as was the food!). Loads of exciting and different things to do and see as well which kept us all happy. All in all it was an amazing first adventure holiday for our family - hopefully the first of many......
Carol Graham & Geoff Cattini & Alex & Charlie (21 Day Tailor-made tour - September 2013)

We would like to thank you for organising our trip to Sri Lanka, it was truly amazing. The hotels were stunning and each day was an adventure. What made it an extra special trip was the care and attention given to us by our driver, Dulanthe. It felt as if we were on holiday with a friend. We would love to return to Sri Lanka one day, and will be using your company again.
Amanda and Paul Vincent - UK (14 Day Tailor-made tour - August 2013)

Right from the start, all of our queries were dealt with promptly, any of our suggestions were looked into thoroughly and all of our requirments were met. Our driver, Dulantha, was fantastic - he was very knowledgeable and interesting. All of the sights that we saw and activities we went on were brilliant. We wouldn't have changed anything! We particularly enjoyed our guided walk through the paddy fields, seeing local villages and eating traditional Sri Lankan meals cooked by villagers. Other highlights were seeing 100 elephants in Minneriya, white water rafting at Kithulgala and the train ride from Ella to Horton Plains. We would thoroughly recommend The Unique Travel Company.
Fiona + Pratik Shah, Brentwood (15 day tailor-made honeymoon tour - August 2013)

 

We have just got back from a most amazing holiday. We can’t thank you enough for organising a fabulous trip especially for us. We could not fault anything from start to finish we would give it 11/10!! The driver Paul was so good and looked after us so well. We loved all the itinerary you arranged for us and the animals and birds were fabulous. Can we just say that the Yala National Park Safari was wonderful especially the guide who was so knowledgeable I think his name was Suluto, he survived the tsunami (Paul knows him) and we would like to recommend him for other people’s trips. We were so fortunate to see a leopard too. The butterfly bridge was so memorable for us and Paul was so sweet and knew it was going to be quite moving for us allowing us time to take photographs and meet the guy who looks after the bridge. The train journey through the mountains was breath taking. The hotels were excellent and the food amazing. At the Ficus Grove the lady cooked Sri Lankan food for our evening meals – delicious, and we enjoyed her swimming pool every evening which was very welcoming after a very hot days sightseeing. We really enjoyed the Kingfisher at Unawantuna especially being right on the beach. We learnt so much from our trip to Sri Lanka and hopefully we will return in the future. I will certainly recommend your Sri Lankan tours to our friends. It is taking us time to get back to everyday life at the moment with so many wonderful memories to think about.Thank you so much Sue for everything.

Celia & Henry Simon and Louise Parrish - Yeovil, Somerset (8 day Highlights Tour and beach stay- April 2013)


 

It was our first visit to Sri Lanka, although we have it travelled extensively throughout Asia and India. Sri Lanka is an amazing place and Sue put together the ideal trip to experience some of the highlights. The service was great and very personal and our guide/driver really made a special three weeks. We will be returning soon.
Mark Tomlinson & Suzanne Bettley – London (21 Day Tailor-made Tour – January 2009)


 

 

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