Luxury resort brand Resplendent Ceylon has joined hands with Indian charter plane service Jetpooling to offer bespoke private jet vacations for Indian travellers to Sri Lanka.
COVID restrictions across domestic and international borders since March 2020 have created a pent-up demand for travel. With recovery indicators growing and special travels bubbles being established between countries, luxury travellers are turning to private flights to reduce the risk of contracting COVID, observes data and analytics company GlobalData. “This increase in demand spurred by leisure travellers may permanently change the business models of many private jet companies. The more purposeful targeting of leisure travellers may be undertaken in order to attract a more diverse customer base going forward, assisting to achieve a successful post-COVID-19 recovery,” says the company’s travel and tourism analyst Ralph Hollister.
While several countries are yet to welcome international travellers, Sri Lanka opened its borders in January, 10 months after they were sealed over the coronavirus pandemic, though with strict protocols. Operations have resumed in full at the country’s two international airports. To mark the revival of travel to Sri Lanka, luxury resort brand Resplendent Ceylon has partnered with Delhi-based Jetpooling to offer Indian guests bespoke experiential journeys via private jet.
Visitors can choose to charter a private jet from either Delhi or Mumbai to Colombo, with an option of a 12-seater Dassault Falcon or 13-seater Embraer Legacy. From Colombo, a helicopter ride will ferry you onwards to the lush Ceylon Tea Trails in the heart of Sri Lanka’s Ceylon tea region. Perched at an altitude of 1,250m, the luxury boutique resort comprises restored colonial-era planters’ bungalows. The package on offer includes an all-inclusive (meals, beverages and laundry), seven-night stay at one of three private bungalows—Summerville, Dunkeld or Castlereagh. For leisure, guests will be privy to indulgent dining experiences that include tea-infused dinners or a tea planter’s picnic lunch, scenic walking or biking trails, and a private tea tasting experience.
Resplendent Ceylon also offers similar private jet experiences at its other properties Cape Weligama, a resort 30 minutes east of Galle, and Wild Coast Tented Lounge that’s adjacent to Yala National Park.
Resplendent Ceylon’s properties have been certified as level 1 hotels under the Sri Lankan government’s Safe Travels initiative. As of February 25, there is no minimum duration of stay or quarantine restrictions at the resort. Guests can avail of all the resort’s facilities and visit approved tourist sites under the safety of a bio-bubble. However, travellers—including those who have been vaccinated—will be required to undergo self-paid PCR tests when applying for a visa and purchase insurance with a one-month cover of $50,000 according to government regulations. Prices start at Rs 17.5 lakhs per couple.
For more information, visit www.resplendentceylon.com.