- 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
- Spacious accommodations
- Swimming pool, gym and spa
- Nature reserve style surroundings
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 $2,695 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 $3,420 per person
We had a great time - even with the flight between Governors and the coast being two flights and a car! We also experienced a power cut At Nairobi airport on the way home so 2+ hours late taking off. Governors. Wonderful people and dealt with the flight delay very well - taking us back and letting us know that we could stay there if the flight was delayed overnight. The game drives were excellent and our guide (Erick) obviously very experienced and managed to find all the key animals - no rhino in that part of the Masai Mara but everything else in abundance - never seen so many herbivores (many many elephants as well as all the others) as well as two prides of lions. Could not have asked for more. The ‘tent’ was excellent and comfortable and well serviced. The only ‘complaint’ would be that the food - especially dinner - could be improved (I think we got a bit bored of soup as a starter for every meal bar one) and the main courses were not at the same level as Kinondo Kwetu and while all were explained there was no choice offered. The breakfasts were just what was needed after an early game drive. Kinondo Kwetu. What a great location and the welcome when we arrived at just gone 11.00pm was better than you could have ever thought possible - they we’re disappointed that we did not at that time want the full dinner experience! The rooms we’re comfortable. The food was excellent but again no choice was offered - other than for allergy reasons (which we do not have). May be some choice would be nice. Having said that the food we did have was excellent as were the wines (albeit a short list!) and other drinks. There were (as you know) lots of facilities/sports options - but we spent our time relaxing which was exactly what we needed and there were lots of places to do that. Overall. We would go back to both places - perhaps a few more nights at Kinondo Kwetu next time but 3 nights at Governors was perfect for us. Thank you for organising and recommending both places. That you and your colleague for trying to find out about the plane (flat tyre) but communication by the flight company left a lot to be desired (Governors were furious that they were not told and had taken us to the airstrip). Phil
Philip R reviewing Masai Mara Safari & Kenya Beach on 01 September 2023
It was certainly a holiday of a lifetime for us and we loved every minute!! The standard and location of each accommodation was excellent, as was the variety of each different accommodation type. Our schedule was perfect and we managed to achieve everything on our to-do task list. Your documents were also really helpful, as were the driving directions. We all thank you for making this such a wonderful holiday. Happy to leave a review publicly if you point me the right way. Best Steve
Stephen H reviewing Classic Garden Route & Eastern Cape Safari on 01 September 2023
Hi Lisa, Holiday has been a huge success and we have thoroughly enjoyed it all, such a wonderful experience. Many thanks for all your help. Best wishes, Leona
Leona L reviewing Family Holiday: Inca Trail and Amazon on 18 August 2023