Engagements and honeymoons are especially special moments. Many couples have come to Waterland for their honeymoons. Waterland has also become a place for marriage proposals.
With so beautiful beaches, majestic rivers, mist-covered hills, a vibrant culture, exotic wildlife, lush tropical scenery, and a tropical climate, Sri Lanka has tremendous romantic appeal. Of course, a key part of the honeymoon experience is accommodation and Sri Lanka has many marvelous resorts, hotels, and villas. Waterland's appeal lies in part from its extraordinary location on the water, its breathtaking views, and the chance it offers to interact with the friendly neighbors.
Another part of Waterland's appeal is the allure of a private villa with a private infinity-edge plunge pool.
Usually, honeymoon vacations costs hundreds of dollars per night and Waterland has made a niche by offering a stylish villa with a private infinity-edge pool for far less than the price charged by...
In September, Waterland commissioned the construction of a large boat/barge. The photo below shows 2 of the craftsmen who built the boat.
On October 15, 2016, we had a party to launch the new boat.
Friends, guests, and members of the staff celebrated the launch of the boat together.
The boat's designer was on board for the occasion.
One of the fishermen from the neighborhood kindly captained our first voyage. Once we were in the river, he discovered that the bamboo pole he brought was too short. This caused much amusement. Within a few minutes, another neighbor used his boat to deliver a longer bamboo pole.
The barge provides a beautiful place for drinks and watching the sunset.
Blue lights around the property soften the angular architecture, fostering a sense of tranquility.
The lighting follows existing contours, providing viewing frames.
Blue and white lights combine with the moonlight to create dramatic highlights and shadows. The highlights and shadows create mystery.
During the nightly purification ceremony on the river, flickering oil lamps drift in the water.
The darkness heightens one's appreciation for the sounds of nature: the rippling of the river and canal, the chirping of crickets, the croaking of frogs, the whisp of the wind as it glides through palm fronds, ...
As with so many dining traditions, the story of napkin-folding begins in Renaissance Italy. There noble and merchant families in the 16th century began to incorporate elaborately folded pieces of cloth as centerpieces and into individual place settings. Napkin displays became symbols of the wealth and status.
At the French court in Versailles during the Baroque era, napkin-folding became even more elaborate. The influence of the court further popularized napkin-folding. The court's extravagance, though, ended up causing napkin-folding to be associated with aristocratic excess. After the French Revolution, napkin-folding went out of fashion.
With the growth of class divisions in the late 19th century, napkin-folding again came into fashion in aristocratic and bourgeois households. The new approach to napkin-folding was more restrained than it had been in the Renaissance and Baroque eras. 19th century napkin-folding seems to have been more a si...