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Cinnamon Lodge

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

Highlights

- Peaceful, high-end resort
- Close to Minneriya National Park
- Superb elephant encounters
- Tennis courts, large pool and spa

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Overview

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. 

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Suggested Itineraries for Cinnamon Lodge

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

Families from $2,755 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 $1,047 per person economy class from London

15-day guided trip unveiling Sri Lanka’s fascinating ‘Cultural Triangle’, ‘Tea Country’, idyllic beaches and superb national parks.

Tailor-made Classic 15 days

Families from $2,898 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 $1,047 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

Families from $3,750 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 $1,570 per person economy class from London

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

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    MissingLaura L reviewing South Africa Safari and Mauritius on 12 December 2018

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    Here are a few things we wanted to pass on:

    Dar Housnia was absolutely delightful. It was like an entire wing of a house to ourselves with perfect Moroccan decor. The private area where we ate was so cute, the riad staff so accommodating. I loved waking in the cozy space with our family and hearing both call to prayer as well as roosters. Just perfect.

    I was a little unclear how to ask what time we were being picked up etc, but your office promptly replied to my emails - even on weekends- when we had these questions about transport times. Once, we met our guide in Imlil these details we not problematic as our guide “Abraham” totally took care of us. Abraham was awesome. You should definitely request him again in the future. He was young (29)and energetic. He had a ton of hiking experience in Imlil as he was from there. He also seemed to know everything else about morocco, the desert, the culture, etc, etc. He was approachable, kind, patient, great with our kids and answered SO MANY of our questions.

    The hike was lovely - after rain the day prior in Marrakech - there was snow in the mountains. It was gorgeous. We may have been up for a longer hike up Mt Taboukel if I had known this was a realistic option for families ( I thought from reading that it was too technical for us). Yet not sure we had enough days for all these things always since getting in the desert was a priority.

    The mountain house, Dar adar, was just as described… very basic. The wifi was broken (which was a nice break when you have pre-teens addicted to phones, plus my husband called no wifi an amenity to not be available by email for his work!)). There was no heat and the fireplace helped a tad - but was so very cold in the rooms. My husband loved the rustic space, I may have gone up one step in niceness of mountain accommodation if I had to do it over again. Yet, meeting the other families in this Dar Adar (including another Tourdust family from England) made this house very memorable.

    We were then joined by our driver for the next several days, Jamal. What a fun guy and a perfect driver. He could joke with my kids, he had a fun smile, and he had worked with Abraham before so they were a great team. The drive to desert was long as I knew it would be. It was nice to have the stop on way there near Ait Ben Haddu. The drive back from desert was long. It was more near 10 hours of driving (plus 1 hour at lunch = 11 hours) but I wouldn’t have made any different choices.

    The luxury desert camp was far and away the highlight of our trip. The tents were adorable, I was sufficiently warm even at night inside the tent. We loved the camel riding, the ATV vehicles at a nearby camp, sunsets on the dunes, music around the camp fire, meals with others at the camp and more.

    The last night was at Riad Jona. This was so very very lovely. The food was amazing - such a good idea to eat here after our long drive back to Marrakech. They had a small dining pool plus a hot tub which was delightful. It was almost more of a boutique hotel as it had several rooms.

    MissingGwyneth R reviewing Luxury Family Desert Holiday on 11 December 2018

  • The trip was amazing everything was better than we could have imagined.
    There was a moment climbing the mount Kenya where my wife accused me of tricking her into doing this (half kidding) as some of the nights got pretty cold, but we were dressed well and the sunrise at the peak was astonishing.
    Safari was spectacular, Ben who was our main guide and driver was awesome! We saw everything excepts rhinos which were more of a hope than a reality. We also were able to watch a rock python eat a Thompson gazel live. It was one of the most interesting and unsettling things I have ever seen.
    Just overall, so many moments that make you think wow or I can't believe I am here. Thank you for your help in getting everything set up. I don't believe I could have booked the trip without your help and guidance. It was an amazing way to start our marriage and truly the trip of a lifetime!

    MissingWilliam K reviewing 11 Day Mount Kenya Trek and Masai Mara Safari Combined on 29 October 2018

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