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Our Story

Sri Lanka In Style was born in 2004 as a loose association for small luxury hotels, villas and service operators in Sri Lanka. Its aim was to provide a central platform from which we could all share resources, information and ideas, and market ourselves together as luxury travel specialists. In 2005 we set up a travel arm to handle incoming travellers to Sri Lanka. Today Sri Lanka In Style is firmly established as one of the leading travel companies in Sri Lanka. We are the local partner for some of the worlds top travel specialists and private travel designers. We are also proud to be the exclusive Virtuoso On-Site for Sri Lanka.

Our Philosophy

The company’s philosophy revolves around the concept of “traveling in style” which for us primarily means helping our clients connect with Sri Lanka in interesting and insightful ways. Style shouldn’t be confused with luxury although they often go hand in hand. Sometimes we consider a grounding, earthy experience such as camping or staying in a mud hut as ‘in style’ because it helps you connect with what is “different”, “real” and “true” about Sri Lanka. Our goal is that you return from your journey feeling rested, relaxed and pampered if that is what you seek, but also fulfilled and stimulated, with stories to tell friends and family of the wonderful things that you have seen, the people you’ve met along the way, and the experiences that you’ve had in Sri Lanka.

Consulting in Your Own Language

Sri Lanka In Style has specialist consultants for Australia and New Zealand, France, UK, Netherlands, Russia, Spain and Latin America, North America and a consultant dedicated exclusively to expats based in South Asia, South East Asia and the Middle East. Your enquiry will be attended to (in your local language) by one of our specialists.

Meet us at Travel Shows Around the World

Sri Lanka In Style participates in a few, carefully selected, travel shows where we meet and mingle with likeminded individuals and companies. Meeting the ‘gurus’ of travel is always inspiring, and it allows us to better understand and anticipate our guests needs and desires.

We are the proud Virtuoso On-Site for Sri Lanka
Virtuoso is a network of the world’s finest travel agencies with knowledgeable advisors who draw upon first-hand experience to craft the perfect vacation for you. The Virtuoso Travel Mart is held every year in the USA in August.
http://www.virtuoso.com/

We are also a proud member of PURE Life Experiences.
Operating strictly on a by invitation only basis, PURE Life Experiences is the world’s leading networking platform and market place for the Experiential and Transformational Travel economy. PURE Life Experiences takes place every November in Morrocco.
http://www.purelifeexperiences.com/

If you are attending these shows and would like to schedule an appointment with us please contact Eleanor Milner on eleanor@srilankainstyle.com.

Sri Lanka In Style Team

 

The team


What our clients have to say...

"Outstanding. A beautiful country and a great tailor made holiday. The helicopter transfer was perfectly organised and very smooth"

"I was very impressed with your company. I dont normally pre book my holiday but glad I did this time! You were fantastic and I will certainly be spreading the word!"

"I have to tell you in all my years of travel I've never ever had such fabulous service"

"We are missing swimming in your lovely warm sea, eating your wonderfully ripe fruit, staying in all the gorgeous places you found for us..."

"Sri Lanka In Style must have worked really hard getting it all together for us and there is absolutely no doubt that we will come back to you for the next trip"

"Probably the most pleasurable and relaxing travel planning experience I have ever had..."

"We all truly loved it and Sri Lanka now has a special place in all our hearts"

"So happy to have used Sri Lanka In Style. The properties were amazing, we could not have imagined a nicer honeymoon"

"I’d like to commend Sri Lanka in Style for their professionalism and the manner in which they addressed two problems with our booking. The problems were acknowledged and solved with minimum impact to ourselves as clients and visitors to Sri Lanka."
We are a small team of people with a passion for travel. We love lounging around in our office in Colombo (with a steaming cup of pure Ceylon tea) and bouncing ideas off each other. Sri Lanka is so beautiful it blows people away - we don’t take credit for the natural beauty of the country and the genuine hospitality of its people.

We try to help you connect with everything we love about the country….

Miguel Cunat – Managing DirectorMiguel Cunat
A team of 16 is headed by founder and managing director Miguel Cunat. Miguel grew up crisscrossing the globe between Spain and Australia and he has lived in London, Bangkok and Singapore. In Sri Lanka most of his adventures have been walking, or on the back of a motorbike or a mountain bike. Miguel has lived with his family in Sri Lanka since 2003, is a founding partner and has been managing Sri Lanka In Style since its inception in 2005. As tourism in Sri Lanka develops he is passionate about preserving the islands environment and culture. Miguel has been listed as one of the world’s Top Travel Specialists by Conde Nast Traveler for 2013. Go here to learn why: http://cntrvlr.com/miguel
Irstel Jansen – Head of Product Development and Branding Irstel
Dutch born Irstel has been travelling since she was six months old and her thirst for travel has never ended. Her journeys around the globe have taken her to countries such as Iran, Pakistan, India, Turkey, Nepal and her search for unusual places led her to discover Sri Lanka. Her renowned eye for beauty and attention to detail reminds us every day that the pursuit of beauty is as important as the pursuit of excellence.
Eleanor Milner – Head of MarketingEleanor
Eleanor has more than 15 years’ experience working in the travel industry. Her career began at Swan Hellenic cruises, from where she moved to Cox & Kings Travel where she worked for 10 years – firstly in marketing for the UK Tour Operator and then as Head of European Sales and Marketing for the Indian Destination Management Company. Before moving to Sri Lanka in early 2013, Eleanor worked for a high end Scottish inbound travel company. Through work and for pleasure, Eleanor has been lucky enough to have travelled extensively throughout Asia and the rest of the world. Eleanor recently moved to Sri Lanka where she lives in Galle with her partner and young daughter – she is delighted to have made the move to Sri Lanka and is very excited about exploring the country
Udaya Wickremage – Sales Manager Udaya
As Sales Manager Udaya is known in the company for his energy and innovatism, as well as his drumming skills. Previously working in banking, he relishes the move to the world of travel, enjoying the sense of freedom and the opportunity to connect, experience and absorb the differences of cultures, people and even nature. His favourite area of Sri Lanka is the southern coast.
Chandana Gamage – QVR Manager Chandana GamageChandana is a whizz with figures, numbers and rates. His background is in finance and he is soon to become a chartered accountant. He enjoys the travel industry because of the opportunity to meet different people, fulfill their requirements and to travel widely. His favourite part of the island is his native town of Galle. Chandana is a proud father of a baby daughter and enjoys drinking cinnamon tea in the office.
Shehantha Fernando – Manager Customer CareShehantha
Shehantha has 10 years of customer service experience and says he joined SLIS to learn for the experience of working with a team, whose job it is to make people from all parts of the world, happy. His favorite part of the island is Galle and his idea of a holiday is one where he would like to cut himself off from the rest of the world. In his spare time he, plays the position of goal keeper for the Colombo Lions.
Camilla Johnpillai – Senior Consultant Camilla
Camilla has worked in the travel industry for over thirteen years. She began her career handling French nationals. She loves the fact that her position allows her to meet new people everyday and as a result she has made great friends around the world. She has a strong family background in travel and her father worked at the prestigious Mount Lavinia hotel for over 25 years. Now as well as juggling two energetic children, Camilla specialises in sales and the American market. Camilla’s favourite experience in Sri Lanka is taking the train through the lush tea plantations and admiring the stunning waterfalls.
Emma – EditorEmma Boyle
Sri Lanka was Emma’s last destination on a round-the-world trip and after eight years, it’s become her final port of call. Over the years, she’s written many articles on Sri Lanka and covered much of the country in the process. Whether its canoeing down the Kalu Ganga river, camping in Yala National Park or floating in a hot air balloon high in the sky above Galle,Emma’s been there, done that and written it up. She loves to entice people to experience Sri Lanka’s diversity, its scenery and of course, its amazing cuisine. As editor for Sri Lanka In Style, Emma writes up the new member hotels and villas.

 

SLIS in Spain


What our clients have to say...

"Outstanding. A beautiful country and a great tailor made holiday. The helicopter transfer was perfectly organised and very smooth"

"I was very impressed with your company. I dont normally pre book my holiday but glad I did this time! You were fantastic and I will certainly be spreading the word!"

"I have to tell you in all my years of travel I've never ever had such fabulous service"

"We are missing swimming in your lovely warm sea, eating your wonderfully ripe fruit, staying in all the gorgeous places you found for us..."

"Sri Lanka In Style must have worked really hard getting it all together for us and there is absolutely no doubt that we will come back to you for the next trip"

"Probably the most pleasurable and relaxing travel planning experience I have ever had..."

"We all truly loved it and Sri Lanka now has a special place in all our hearts"

"So happy to have used Sri Lanka In Style. The properties were amazing, we could not have imagined a nicer honeymoon"

"I’d like to commend Sri Lanka in Style for their professionalism and the manner in which they addressed two problems with our booking. The problems were acknowledged and solved with minimum impact to ourselves as clients and visitors to Sri Lanka."
Rafa de la Torre – Travel Consultant (Spain)

Rafa

Rafa has always had an adventurous spirit – from a young age he used to spend most of his weekends travelling around Spain and Europe, with nothing but his judo suit and backpack, attending competitions and later becoming a coach. This awakened in him a curiosity to discover new places, cultures and ways of life. An important judo tournament brought him to Asia for the first time, and it was then he realised that this was a continent he was fascinated by. It didn’t stop here – he then proceeded to seek out beautiful, hidden spots in Thailand, Cambodia, Lao, Myanmar and Malaysia, to name a few.

He was working in Bangkok writing travel articles for a newspaper based in his hometown of Granada when he met Miguel who inspired him to visit Sri Lanka. From the first day of being on the island, Rafa was “captivated” and realised there was so much to explore. His favourite area is the south, around Galle and Tangalle, and he is never happier than when enjoying dinner at the Sun House or Kahanda Kanda. He also loves taking walks through valleys, past waterfalls and lakes in the Hill Country which he considers to be “one of the most beautiful landscapes in Asia”.

Raphaelle Bronchart – Travel Consultant (Spain)

Raphaelle

Born in in Lille, Northern France, the close proximity to Paris, London and Amsterdam quickly turned Raphaelle into an explorer. At 25, she decided to move to Reunion Island between Mautirius and Madagascar. She spent nearly seven years working at restaurants, in event management and real estate. She returned to France and took on a Master’s Degree in Tourism and has worked in the industry for over 10 years now. Raphaelle loves discovering new people and cultures and has worked in Sri Lanka for two years. She can speak four languages and has friends all over the world. She loves the beaches, especially between Galle and Mirissa and Kalpitiya and Trincomalee.

 

SLIS in France


What our clients have to say...

"Outstanding. A beautiful country and a great tailor made holiday. The helicopter transfer was perfectly organised and very smooth"

"I was very impressed with your company. I dont normally pre book my holiday but glad I did this time! You were fantastic and I will certainly be spreading the word!"

"I have to tell you in all my years of travel I've never ever had such fabulous service"

"We are missing swimming in your lovely warm sea, eating your wonderfully ripe fruit, staying in all the gorgeous places you found for us..."

"Sri Lanka In Style must have worked really hard getting it all together for us and there is absolutely no doubt that we will come back to you for the next trip"

"Probably the most pleasurable and relaxing travel planning experience I have ever had..."

"We all truly loved it and Sri Lanka now has a special place in all our hearts"

"So happy to have used Sri Lanka In Style. The properties were amazing, we could not have imagined a nicer honeymoon"

"I’d like to commend Sri Lanka in Style for their professionalism and the manner in which they addressed two problems with our booking. The problems were acknowledged and solved with minimum impact to ourselves as clients and visitors to Sri Lanka."
Ashleigh Ogier- Travel Consultant (France)

Ashleigh

Ashleigh started a love affair with Sri Lanka in the early 90s when she introduced the first credit card terminals to the Sri Lankan banks.  Australian born and growing up in Hong Kong, Asia has always felt most like home. After living and working out of Hong Kong, Singapore and London finally Ashleigh got to live in Sri Lanka managing the beautiful Kandy House luxury boutique hotel in Kandy and working with their wonderful team as well as having her third child there. Since then she has also managed the very remote Malikha Lodge at the foot of the Himalaya mountains in Norther Kachin State, Myanmar which is another story! Married to a Frenchman with 3 daughters, recently her path has led to living in Lyon, France. From there Ashleigh is delighted to promote Sri Lanka in Style’s services as our France representative, sharing her love of all things Sri Lankan and her indepth knowledge of traveling sur mesure in this still well kept secret of an island. For Ashleigh Sri Lanka offers the ideal destination with something to satisfy every traveler – wildlife  with the greatest concentrations of leopard and elephant in the world, whalewatching and birdwatching, gorgeous beaches, ancient civilisations with UNESCO World Heritage Sites, great golf, everchanging scenery and good weather, uniquely hospitable people,  an amazing mixture of cultures and religions, tea plantations, local festivals, fabulous food… If you are passing through Lyon join her for rice and curry or give Ashleigh a call/email to discuss your holiday plans!

Raphaelle Bronchart – Travel Consultant (France)

Raphaelle

Born in in Lille, Northern France, the close proximity to Paris, London and Amsterdam quickly turned Raphaelle into an explorer. At 25, she decided to move to Reunion Island between Mautirius and Madagascar. She spent nearly seven years working at restaurants, in event management and real estate. She returned to France and took on a Master’s Degree in Tourism and has worked in the industry for over 10 years now. Raphaelle loves discovering new people and cultures and has worked in Sri Lanka for two years. She can speak four languages and has friends all over the world. She loves the beaches, especially between Galle and Mirissa and Kalpitiya and Trincomalee.

 

SLIS in Netherlands


What our clients have to say...

"Outstanding. A beautiful country and a great tailor made holiday. The helicopter transfer was perfectly organised and very smooth"

"I was very impressed with your company. I dont normally pre book my holiday but glad I did this time! You were fantastic and I will certainly be spreading the word!"

"I have to tell you in all my years of travel I've never ever had such fabulous service"

"We are missing swimming in your lovely warm sea, eating your wonderfully ripe fruit, staying in all the gorgeous places you found for us..."

"Sri Lanka In Style must have worked really hard getting it all together for us and there is absolutely no doubt that we will come back to you for the next trip"

"Probably the most pleasurable and relaxing travel planning experience I have ever had..."

"We all truly loved it and Sri Lanka now has a special place in all our hearts"

"So happy to have used Sri Lanka In Style. The properties were amazing, we could not have imagined a nicer honeymoon"

"I’d like to commend Sri Lanka in Style for their professionalism and the manner in which they addressed two problems with our booking. The problems were acknowledged and solved with minimum impact to ourselves as clients and visitors to Sri Lanka."
Irstel Jansen – Travel Consultant (Netherlands)

Irstel

Dutch born Irstel has been travelling since she was six months old and her thirst for travel has never ended. Her journeys around the globe have taken her to countries such as Iran, Pakistan, India, Turkey, Nepal and her search for unusual places led her to discover Sri Lanka. Her renowned eye for beauty and attention to detail reminds us every day that the pursuit of beauty is as important as the pursuit of excellence.