Our popular book about India has now been expanded to also include Sri Lanka. This trusted guide is essential reading for the independent traveler interested in culture, style and people. The variety of places is rich and astonishing. You can stay in an old Portuguese church and dine on the roof, explore an organic farm and its spice garden, or live on the edge of the desert. We look for owners, homes and hotels that we like - and we are fiercely subjective in our choices. 'Special' for us is not about the number of creature comforts, but relates to many elements that make a place 'work'. Certainly, the way guests are treated comes as high on our list as the setting, the architecture and the food.