A hotel fit for royalty, which is hardly surprising given that the Cinnamon Lodge is modelled on the ancient ruins of the Ritigala monastery complex, turned royal palace. This is a truly remarkable place that will rejuvenate the soul. Spread across 37 acres and home to more than 138 species of birds, two species of primates and over 2,000 trees, this hotel boasts an enviable list of ecological credentials.
With over 70 rooms Cinnamon Lodge is a big hotel, but it is the little touches that make it so special. Each of the rooms is tastefully decorated with assorted colourful rough cotton scatter cushions that contrast with the liberal use of ebony wood in the bungalow style construction. The rooms are large and look out onto vast, verdant gardens.
As with all Cinnamon hotels, the service is superb, the food is excellent and you can be sure that everything will be just so. There is a sizable pool and a reliably good spa, both of which are blissful after a day marching around the ruins at Anuradhapura or Polonnaruwa.
RATING: Big thumbs up
Thoughts on a postcard
We were delighted to see that sound environmental policies really are put into practice. They even make their own eco-friendly soap!