Nestled in the heart of the Sri Lankan wilderness, is Water Garden Sigiriya, where classic luxury meets nature.
After a long 11 hour flight from London Heathrow, we escaped the heat by jumping straight in the (air-conditioned) car and driving towards Matale. Sri Lankan roads took some getting used to… so after an hour we both tried to sleep and not think about the bumpy roads, and ended up sleeping almost all the way to Sigiriya.
We arrived after sunset, and I woke to the sound of water falling to the ground. Not a waterfall, but the ‘water-logged’ driveway as we drove up to the hotel.
The road is wedged between two water banks, from which the water overflows onto the drive. Our car splashed through the puddles, with no other sound to be heard apart from the crickets. The reception stands alone in the distance, the golden light burning through the darkness of the surroundings.
A place that welcomes me with fresh watermelon juice is my kind of place.
It doesn’t seem right to call Water Garden Sigiriya a hotel. Encompassed by lakes, streams and wildlife, the design of this beautiful ‘hotel’ is inspired by the water harvesting design of the 2,000 year old water garden of Sigiriya Rock.
As one of the latest boutique resorts in Sigiriya, the villas really are something else. The entire property is located just 6KM from the Sigiriya Rock Fortress and there is no shortage of things to see in the neighbouring ancient cities in the Cultural Triangle like Dambulla, Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa.
The villas are perfectly placed within the landscape, with winding streams and an abundance of flora and wildlife at your doorstep, but there is no shortage of chic design either. Think secret gardens, private plunge pools, waterfall showers…
We ordered two fruit platters for breakfast (and all the tea and watermelon juice) which was pretty much our staple the whole time we were away. The food was good and fresh, though if you’re the sort of person who is looking for a true Full English whilst on holiday, get ready for chicken sausages in Sri Lanka…
The first of many infinity pools
We were spoilt for choice but stayed in one of the Superior Deluxe Villas. The interior was spacious, with an open plan lounge/dining area with doors to the wooden terrace and our private plunge pool. Our bedroom had almost floor-ceiling windows, meaning we woke up and looked out over marshland, the sundeck, and roaming wild peacocks.
After a long journey all the way from London to Sri Lanka (read about that here) we ordered some room service and decided we had to take advantage of the private pool, so had a midnight swim to the sounds of natural water flowing round our villa.
Is anyone else’s favourite part of staying in a hotel slipping into the bathrobes? Definitely mine.
How beautiful is this place?! I wish we had a chance to actually experience the spa because they specialize in traditional Balinese massages. Something I’ll have to wait for until Bali…
Staying at the Water Garden in Sigiriya was such a beautiful way to start our travels through Sri Lanka, and my only complaint is that we only stayed one night!
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With a big thank you to Water Garden Sigiriya for their amazing hospitality and Paradise Vacations for organising the trip.