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Water Garden Sigiriya

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

Highlights

- Well appointed luxury villas
- Superb views of Sigiriya
- Gym, pool and spa
- Helicopter rides, archery, billiards, cycling

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Overview

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.

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What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 504 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • Hi Lisa,

    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!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan 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.

    MissingPippa 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.

    MissingNatasha L reviewing Thailand Family Adventure on 24 September 2019

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