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Ulagalla Resort

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9/10

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Highlights

- Luxurious, eco-friendly resort 
- Access to Cultural Triangle
- Wide range of hotel-based activities

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Overview

An expansive resort set around a tastefully preserved chieftain’s mansion over 150 years old, Ulagalla Resort has an excellent reputation as one of Sri Lanka's top boutique hotels. Located in Anuradhapura, the centre of the Cultural Triangle, it offers quick and easy access to a delightful range of beautifully preserved ancient monuments. It’s set within 58 acres of mostly undisturbed wilderness, offering spectacular views of verdant paddy fields, wild scrubland and of course, the local wildlife. There are over 100 butterfly species and 100 bird species in the area - and guests may also be lucky enough to see peacocks and monkeys. Scattered across the resort’s grounds are 20 eco-friendly villas designed to offer visitors the highest level of comfort.

Ulagalla Resort certainly has some excellent eco-friendly credentials. The walls of its villas are made from recycled rice paddy. There’s an organic garden with over 40 edible fruits and vegetables. The resort itself has Sri Lanka’s largest solar farm, which provides half of the resort’s energy requirements.

Days can easily be filled visiting the Cultural Triangle's ancient cities, temples and holy places, but there's plenty to do on site as well. The resort offers activities such as guided nature walks, a guided village bicycle excursion, jungle kayaking, horseback tours, archery sessions and tours of the organic garden complete with cooking session. All of these activities are available for an extra charge, though any one of them is sure to be a worthwhile addition to a stay at the resort.

When it comes to dining, guests are spoiled for choice. Private dining can be arranged on guest verandas or out on the paddy fields. These exclusive dining experiences are most popular with couples seeking a cosy and intimate meal together, complete with delicious, authentic food and excellent service. There’s also the Liyawela restaurant, which serves a range of Sri Lankan cuisine that can be enjoyed in the open air complete with views of the surrounding scenery.

The villas are tastefully decorated with a chic and minimalistic feel. Each one is a hidden and secluded sanctuary with floor-to-ceiling glass panelled windows offering panoramic views. Visitors can relax in gorgeous surroundings and enjoy some restful peace and quiet. Of the villas, 19 of them have just one bedroom with a kingsize four-poster bed - these ones are perhaps best suited to couples, though you can request a cot or an extra bed for a child. The final one, Nikawewa Villa, has two bedrooms and is suitable for families of up to four, with two interconnected bedrooms. The resort is set in open wilderness with local wildlife free to roam, and while it's highly unlikely that animals will approach humans, parents are advised to keep an eye on their children at all times, plus there’s the main swimming pool and a plunge pool at all but two of the villas to bear in mind.

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