In the heart of Sri Lanka's Cultural Triangle, Water Garden Sigiriya is a proud tribute to the country's artists past and present. Revered local architect (and Geoffrey Bawa protégé) Channa Daswatte is responsible for the design, which takes inspiration from the towering rock fortress and ancient water gardens that form the hotel's dramatic backdrop. In the restaurant hangs a monumental sculptural chandelier by renowned contemporary artist Laki Senanayake.
The villas themselves are dotted over 35 tranquil acres of abundant tropical vegetation and meticulously designed waterways, which attract peacocks and egrets aplenty. Spacious rooms boast elegant and contemporary interiors; some even benefit from private plunge pools.
For an uplifting start to the day, a sunrise hot air balloon ride over the plains and paddy fields is hard to beat. For those looking to further connect with Sri Lanka’s cultural heritage, the Dambulla Cave Temples can be discovered in addition to the magnificent Sigiriya rock fortress. Meanwhile, guests looking to get closer to the local wildlife can take a jeep safari in search of elephants in one of the nearby national parks. Back at the hotel, take a cooling dip in the expansive pool or indulge in a spot of pampering in the intimate spa.
Couples and romantics
Families with older children
THINGS TO DO AT THE HOTEL:
Enjoy the serenity of the water garden setting
Take to the lawn for a game of croquet
Learn the secrets of Sri Lankan cuisine with a cookery class
Explore the surrounding natural beauty on a lesiurely bike ride
THINGS TO DO NEARBY:
Marvel at the towering Sigiriya Lion Rock, one of Sri Lanka's most breathtaking monuments
Delve deeper into the riches of the Cultural Triangle with a visit to the Dambulla Cave Temples
Set out on a jeep safari in search of elephants in the nearby national parks
Take a day trip to magnificent ancient city of Polonnaruwa
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