- Peaceful, high-end resort
- Close to Minneriya National Park
- Superb elephant encounters
- Tennis courts, large pool and spa
A top-class resort situated right in the centre of Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle, Cinnamon Lodge Habarana offers a luxurious retreat for those wanting to surround themselves with nature. It’s an ideal place to stay for anyone looking to get away from it all and take things easy for a while. Offering peace and tranquility, as well as gorgeous views of the surrounding area, the resort is nestled in an expansive forest some 37 acres in size that’s home to over 130 bird species. It’s right by Habarana Lake and the Minneriya National Park, which is known for its wide variety of habitats and its elephants. It’s one of several parks on an elephant migration route and at certain times of the year, you can see several hundred of them here eating, drinking and bathing - it’s called the ‘Gathering’ and is the largest gathering of Asian elephants in the world.
If not viewing elephants or visiting some of the many Cultural Triangle attractions that are within easy reach, there’s plenty to do at the resort. There’s a swimming pool with a separate smaller pool just for children, as well as a jogging track, a tennis court and many guided cycle trails. For an extra charge, there are indulgent treatments to enjoy at the spa. There’s also a bar serving a variety of refreshing drinks, as well as three restaurants in total; the variety of food available here ranges from international dishes and barbecue favourites to Sri Lankan specialties and light snacks.
As for accommodation, Cinnamon Lodge Habarana offers superior rooms, deluxe rooms, superior suites and deluxe suites. All types of accommodation offer generous amounts of space and are well designed with pleasant decor and a relaxing ambiance. Each room and suite comes with a range of top amenities, including complimentary toiletries, tea and coffee making facilities, cable TV, free Wi-Fi and hot and cold water. You’ll also find a safety deposit box, a dresser, a mirror, a hair dryer and towels. Beds are on raised podiums - a nod to ancient regal traditions - and come with extra comfortable luxurious bedding. All rooms and suites combine chic design with a rustic feel.
Children of 6 years and up are welcome. All four accommodation types are suitable for children, though families with three or more children are obliged to book two rooms. Parents are advised to supervise their younger ones at all times, especially since the resort is right beside an unfenced lake, and there’s a fair amount of wildlife in the surrounding area.
- Well appointed luxury villas
- Superb views of Sigiriya
- Gym, pool and spa
- Helicopter rides, archery, billiards, cycling
- Phenomenal Sirigiya views
- 96 rooms and 18 luxury tents
- Superb facilities
- Large, but good value
2 week holiday in Sri Lanka with a focus on the Cultural Triangle, the Tea County and the Galle Coast. Designed with a nice balance of guided activities and pool / beach time and perfect for families.
Tailor-made Classic 13 days
From $2,659 per person
14-day guided trip unveiling Sri Lanka’s fascinating ‘Cultural Triangle’, ‘Tea Country’, idyllic beaches and superb national parks.
Tailor-made Classic 2 weeks
From $3,375 per person
It was FANTASTIC! Beautifully organised, everything worked like clockwork. We agreed that we had the best support team ever (and we have experience) - all delightful, very professional and nothing was too much bother.
It clearly couldn't have been a better route, such a wonderful mix of landscapes. And plenty of acclimatisation time. Nonetheless, I was glad of my summit oxygen.
Kit excellent. Double good mattresses made for most comfortable trek camping ever. Tents v good. Mess tent pretty windproof, which was vital for enjoyment. Best camp loo ever!
My favourite day was Shira Cathedral. Amazing.
William M reviewing Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route on 15 April 2020
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
Driver-guide: Very punctual, except for pick up for airport when he was delayed by >30 mins due to road closures. Vehicle very clean and well maintained- plenty of water and supplies of clothing for religious sites, tissues, postcards etc. Very good at understanding what level of conversation we wanted. Happy to stop for paracetamol, supermarket etc. Took us to signal box at railway since we were early (which was very interesting)
The Walawwa: Lovely place to arrive at and get a bit of rest. Great pool, lovely rooms and food etc. Peaceful oasis so close to town.
Wilpattu Camp: Wonderful food- really enjoyed trying lots of new things in excellent surroundings.Felt like the place had not been visited much recently (which I don’t think it had due to the terrorist attacks) so our safari guide had been brought up from another park and did not know the park too well- it worked out well though and we saw all the animals we hoped to see so no complaints on that front. We did feel that we should have been told about extra things we could have done- when we commented on the great food on final day we were told that they could have done a cookery demo for us, but it was too late at that point. It worked well for us but clients should probably know that they are likely to have multiple wildlife in their tents (eg frogs)- didn’t bother us at all, but others it might do. We were given a questionnaire to fill in at the end whilst all the staff were standing around, which wasn’t ideal as you felt a bit of pressure! Felt really well looked after here!
Water Gardens Sigiriya: Beautiful suites with plunge pools- quiet and peaceful with lovely big swimming pool. Food good
Jungle Beach: Beautiful location on beach. Rooms good. Food a bit limited I would have liked a bit more variety ideally.
Camellia House: Lovely location- beautiful views. Food OK but service below average- our food orders were wrong a couple of times and even pre-ordered food was delayed. Tea factory tour was only an hour and that was the main reason to be here. It was interesting but quite brief seeing it was the main attraction according to our itinerary. Also, we were taken there in a minibus which didn’t have seatbelts on all seats and was quite smelly- not up to the standard of the usual transportation. Rooms were described as having panoramic views- one did have amazing views but the other one definitely didn’t.
Galle Face: Lovely old hotel- but it did have some problems (leaking ceiling and ‘smuts’ coming out of air conditioning.) Weather very bad (spectacular storms). It was a shame the street food tour couldn’t take place but totally understandable given the weather, however we enjoyed our dinner here and free drinks/canopes!). Good choice at breakfast.
Pippa R reviewing Sri Lanka Highlights - Classic on 30 September 2019