Water Garden Sigiriya Hotel – Sri Lanka
The first thing you notice when you arrive, is Sigiriya Rock – it dominates the horizon. Then, it’s the Zen-like architecture. The villas and restaurant sit around lakes, paddy fields and watery gardens – a design based on the original water garden on the rock itself. Lush vegetation – ponds full of lilies – and wonderful bird life – peacocks roaming freely – it feels like a beautifully designed nature reserve.
It’s a welcoming retreat, off the beaten track, but within easy reach of some of the country’s most spectacular and ancient sites. On check in, you’re given your own butler, and nothing is too much trouble.
At A Glance
Style:Modern minimalist luxe.
Location:In the Cultural Triangle, close to Dambulla, and just 6km from Sigiriya Rock.
Rooms:30 spacious villas.
Swimming:Large pool, a children’s pool and private plunge pools.
Children:Families are exceptionally welcome.
Accessibility:There is very good access for guests with reduced mobility, with golf buggies and single level accommodation.
Price from:On Request.
Exceptionally roomy and minimalist in design, some over water, and others tucked away amongst the reeds the villas are supremely inviting. French doors open out onto large terraces, some with plunge pools, and the bathrooms are vast. Views are of paddy fields and forest, with some looking up to Sigiriya Rock.
The high-ceilinged, glass-walled restaurant with wrap around views and large terrace for al fresco dining, serves creative Sri Lankan and international cuisine. Guests can also dine in the garden – a popular option with honeymooners. Much of the produce is local and the chefs are also on hand for cookery demonstrations.
Water Garden Sigiriya has one of the best locations for exploring some of the country’s richest historical and cultural sites. With Sigiriya Rock being the main focus – just a 20 minute drive away – a guided tour is not to be missed. For the energetic, there are also bike tours there, taking up most of the day. The exquisitely painted cave temples of Dambulla are only 20km away, whilst both Polonnaruwa and Anuradhapura are a day trip.
The wildlife in Sri Lanka is diverse, and we recommend taking a jeep safari to Minneriya to see the large herds of elephant. There’s also plenty to keep you occupied within the large grounds of the hotel. If you’re looking for a day or two of relaxation, the gardens are an ideal place. There are cookery classes, where you’ll learn the secrets of Sri Lankan spices; guests can borrow the resort bikes to cycle the many trails around the lakes and there’s croquet and archery. And of course, if you need a bit more relaxation, there’s the very tranquil, overwater Spa.
The space at Water Garden Sigiriya is undoubtedly a bonus for families – there’s lots to explore and all kinds of traditional Sri Lankan games to play. The Duplex Twin Villas can sleep up to five and cots are provided free of charge.
Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
In the Cultural Triangle, close to Dambulla, and just 6km from Sigiriya Rock.