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.
In the shadow of Sigiriya Rock, and described by Harper’s Bazaar as Sri Lanka’s best eco luxury hotel. Water, marsh, garden, paddy and forest room locations, some with private plunge pools. Thatched roofs, bamboo and teak effortlessly combine with modern comforts.
In the heart of Cultural Triangle and up close with nature: ecologically constructed villas spread across 58 acres where you can encounter monkeys, peacocks and lumbering elephants. Think sustainable luxury in paradise, with space, privacy and huge glass walls.
Top experiential hotel deep in rural SL, surrounded by lakes and untouched nature. Ornithologist’s paradise. Rooms are open-sided huts with mosquito nets and charming outdoor bathrooms. Organic food cooked over open fire in clay pots.