- Well appointed luxury villas
- Superb views of Sigiriya
- Gym, pool and spa
- Helicopter rides, archery, billiards, cycling
Fashioned after ancient water gardens that once dominated the local landscape, Water Garden Sigiriya is a luxury resort designed to bring guests closer to nature. The property lies just 6km away from Sigiriya, a spectacular ancient rock fortress and UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s also conveniently located within Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle, a central part of the country that’s home to a wealth of culturally important sites and monuments. Water Garden Sigiriya is spread across 35 acres of beautifully manicured grounds and has captivating views of both Sigiriya and the gorgeous surrounding countryside.
There’s a total of 30 villas at Water Garden Sigiriya, each of which is tastefully decorated and well furnished with plenty of amenities to make for a comfortable stay. Accommodation is grouped into three categories, with 13 standard villas, 13 deluxe villas with plunge pools, and four duplex twin villas also with plunge pools to choose from. All of these come with air conditioning, satellite TV, Wi-Fi, tea and coffee making facilities, designer furniture, and en-suite bathrooms with separate bathtub and shower cubicle. All villas are chic and spacious, with lovely views of tranquil pools and streams.
Activities include a traditional buggy tour of the resort’s grounds to admire its abundant water features, or perhaps even a helicopter tour for a bird’s eye view of the area. Be sure to make use of the outdoor swimming pool and the well-equipped fitness centre, not to mention the dedicated butler service. Some of the many other activities available include archery, cycling and billiards. When it’s time to unwind after an active day, head to the spa, where fully qualified professionals offer a range of treatments using high quality, organic ingredients.
The main restaurant is open for three meals a day and offers both indoor and alfresco dining. On the menu is a tempting selection of international dishes, including many Sri Lankan specialties. All food is freshly prepared using locally sourced organic ingredients. One feature of the restaurant that’s sure to catch guests’ attention is its wonderfully ornate handcrafted chandelier, which adds a distinctive touch of class. For light snacks and drinks, there’s a two-level bar right by the pool.
Children of all ages are welcome, though parents are reminded to keep an eye on them at all times on account of the resort’s many waterways. The four spacious duplex villas with plunge pools sleep up to five and are therefore ideal for families. The duplex ground floor bedrooms have twin single beds and space for an extra bed and a baby cot, while the upstairs bedroom houses a king-size bed. These villas also come with comfortable living rooms with satellite TVs, and spacious pool decks with sunbeds and seating. While there are no specific child-oriented facilities or services on offer, children will doubtless be content using the pool and exploring the surrounding area with their families. The property is well located for exploring the famed Sigiriya rock fortress, as well as the Dambulla rock temple, the Minneriya National Park known for its abundant elephant population, and the many other rich attractions of Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle.
We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
Level of service, quality of food throughout
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019
We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!
The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).
A few points:
Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.
Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.
Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!
The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!
Katrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019
We had the most incredible time thank you. We loved Karen Blixen camp and felt part of a family there, it was incredibly special. And Breezes was very relaxing.
We can't fault all the transfers and the moment we were greeted on the tarmac at Nairobi airport we knew we were going to be well cared for.
Thank you so much to you and all the Tourdust team for making it such a happy and memorable trip.
Zoe A reviewing Masai Mara Safari & Beach on 27 August 2019