- 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.
Our itineraries are carefully designed by our experienced travel designers based on years of experience and customer feedback. For a custom itinerary tailored to you, please enquire giving as much detail as possible on your brief.
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
14-day guided trip unveiling Sri Lanka’s fascinating ‘Cultural Triangle’, ‘Tea Country’, idyllic beaches and superb national parks.
Tailor-made Classic 2 weeks
Adults from $3,596 pp plus flights
'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.
Flights are typically an additional $1,051 per person economy class from London
Families from $2,760 pp plus flights
'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).
Flights are typically an additional $1,051 per person economy class from London
Combine the best of both worlds with a week exploring adventurous Sri Lanka and a week relaxing in a family friendly resort in the Maldives.
Tailor-made Classic 15 days
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
Once again you organised a really good holiday for us.
If there was one criticism it was that there were too many flights. I don’t know whether you could do Bangkok first, Chiang Mai, then fly down South?
Your drivers and Guides - all really good. The variety of transport on the tours in Bangkok and Chiang Mai; we all loved.
Tamarind Village - Our room was a bit of a squeeze, with the 3 of us and 3 big suitcases.
Lisu Lodge- I enjoyed our time here. Going forward I would suggest only 1 night or they need to have some more activities. I liked how we ate on the floor, the food was really good. Staff very friendly. We liked the cycling, tea plantation, trekking and white water rafting.
Riva Surya- good location.
Elephant Hills- we loved looking after the elephants, the lake was also a really good experience. The guides were informative and looked after us well. The resort locations and tents were perfect.
Santiburi - amazing; we upgraded to a beach bungalow which was fantastic. The hotel is in a stunning location, the facilities and the service was impeccable. Sam has some private Thai boxing lessons, which he loved. We had cookery lessons and used the paddle boards. A perfect end to quite a busy holiday.
Natasha L reviewing Thailand Family Adventure on 24 September 2019