Gal Oya Lodge
Gal Oya Lodge is more than just eco friendly boutique hotel. It’s a philosophy that percolates through the veins of this very special rustic retreat. Contained within 20 acres of private forest, this luxury hotel has triumphed with its delicate combination of creature comforts including a beautiful swimming pool and a ludicrously well stocked bar, combined with its overriding principles of sustainability.
Inspiration for the pavilions and 10 bungalow suites is drawn from the local villages. Natural materials, including wood and swordgrass, have been used throughout and construction techniques perfected over generations have been used to ensure authenticity and harmony within its wilderness environment.
In the restaurant, the furniture is made by local artisans from teak and mara wood and many of the ever friendly staff come from the surrounding area.
A streak of rustic luxury runs throughout the bungalow bedrooms each nestled in a quiet part of the jungle. You’ll get four posters draped in white mosquito nets, huge floor-to-ceiling windows so that you can look out over the stunning views and alfresco bathrooms complete with rain showers and homemade soaps.
The dining experience is no less impressive. Sri Lankan and Western cuisine is dished up with considerable skill. Vegetables and herbs are picked from the organic gardens and other produce is sourced directly from local farmers. Sri Lankan classics such as egg hoppers, brinjal moju and an array of sambols are served up with passion and pride.
Sustainability is the core value at Gal Oya Lodge. It is a true Sri Lankan eco lodge. Recycling of waste materials and preservation of natural resources such as water are carefully managed. The hotel has established its own foundation dedicated to ensuring the preservation of the animals and their habitat.
PRICE: Punchy but doesn’t blow the budget
RATING: Wow factor
Thoughts on a postcard
Our expert naturalist, told us there were 32 species of mammals and more than 150 species of birds. We may not have seen them all but we did see more than we could remember!