- 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.
- Phenomenal Sirigiya views
- 96 rooms and 18 luxury tents
- Superb facilities
- Large, but good value
- Peaceful, high-end resort
- Close to Minneriya National Park
- Superb elephant encounters
- Tennis courts, large pool and spa
- Spacious accommodations
- Swimming pool, gym and spa
- Nature reserve style surroundings
Dear Lisa. On behalf of the three generations of the Rowland family. Thank you, so much, for organising our wonderful holiday to Botswana and the Victoria Falls. The trip of a lifetime. The week mobile camping in the bush, with our guide Nandos and his crew was a fantastic adventure. How they manage to cook such wonderful food on an open fire is amazing. The sites were constantly visited by monkeys and once by elephants. We were even lucky enough to see two packs of wild dogs, once with a kill. Waterberry Lodge on the Zambezi River is a wonderfully tranquil place. Ideal to relax after the adventures of our safari and visiting Victoria Falls. Very many thanks once again
Godfrey R reviewing Private Mobile Family Safari in Botswana on 25 September 2023
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