- Phenomenal Sirigiya views
- 96 rooms and 18 luxury tents
- Superb facilities
- Large, but good value
The Aliya Resort and Spa is a good value, slick and modern hotel right in the heart of Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle. Whilst we would usually prefer small character properties, these are sadly lacking in this price category in the Cultural Triangle, making The Aliya one of the best options in the area.
The resort offers breathtaking views of both Pidurangala Vihara, a Buddhist temple constructed on a large rock, and the Sigiriya, an ancient rock fortress and UNESCO World Heritage Site. The resort is very eco-friendly throughout and is modern and minimalist in design.
When it comes to dining, guests staying at this contemporary resort can choose from a total of three restaurants. Alaka offers a sumptuous range of regional and national cuisine, while Makara has lots of tempting Chinese dishes on the menu. Over at Nagula, delicious Sri Lankan cuisine that’s prepared in clay pots and served in a traditional way can be enjoyed. For a light snack or hot coffee, there’s Migara, which also functions as a bar.
The Resort features an infinity pool set against the backdrop of the Sigiriya and the Pidurangala Vihara, gym and Spa offering traditional Ayurvedic treatments, yoga and meditation. There’s also an on-site Paddy Museum. The resort is well placed for visiting many of the Cultural Triangle’s top attractions.
The accommodation at Aliya Resort and Spa consists of 96 deluxe en-suite rooms and suites, as well as 18 luxury tents set in clearings in the wilderness. All the accommodation is spacious and plenty of amenities make for a comfortable, relaxing and convenient stay. The deluxe rooms and suites are characterised by pleasant elephant theming and offer wonderful views of the resort’s gardens - some of them even have views of Sigiriya. As for the tents, each one is set on a wooden platform covered by a thatched roof, complete with a shaded veranda area.
Some of the many amenities available in all the accommodation types include tea and coffee making facilities, Wi-Fi, an LCD TV with satellite channels, an electronic safe, a minibar and air conditioning. In the bathroom there's a bathtub and a separate shower with a rainfall showerhead. Note that for the tents, there’s a small wooden cabin attached to the rear with private bathroom facilities.
Children are very welcome, however they must be aged 12 or over to stay in the luxury tents.
- Well appointed luxury villas
- Superb views of Sigiriya
- Gym, pool and spa
- Helicopter rides, archery, billiards, cycling
- Peaceful, high-end resort
- Close to Minneriya National Park
- Superb elephant encounters
- Tennis courts, large pool and spa
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