With views of Sigiriya Rock, excellent facilities and a fine forested setting, Aliya Resort is a peaceful base from which to explore the Cultural Triangle.
Vil Uyana is a luxurious place to stay in a fantastic wild location, offering accommodation in comfortable stilted wooden dwellings scattered across the gardens, paddy fields, forest and over water. Inspired by the habitats created at the WWT London Wetland Centre, the property is surrounded by nature, with the reedbeds, forest and man-made lake attracting an array of wildlife. It has a modern Thai/Balinese feel, with an emphasis on open spaces, and with your own private deck you can sit out and take in your surroundings in peace. The hotel's restaurant overlooks the large communal pool, serving both Eastern and Western dishes.
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The resort has four different room categories, all of which combine a traditional rustic style with modern amenities such as individually-controlled air conditioning, satellite TVs, minibars, hairdryers and electronic safes. The en suite bathrooms are modern, with large baths, and each dwelling has its own balcony on which you can dine, sunbathe and look out for wildlife.
The split-level Paddy/Marsh Dwellings are on stilts set amongst the paddy fields or marshland, with some boasting private plunge pools. The stilted Water Dwellings are also split-level and have been constructed over the lake for wonderful views, while the Forest Dwellings are duplex and have their own plunge pools. There are also a handful of Garden Dwellings, which are on one level surrounded by trees and nature, making them perfect for wildlife enthusiasts.
Surrounded by deserted paddy fields, Vil Uyana is located only a few minutes from the impressive Sigiriya Rock, and just a short drive from the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Dambulla Caves, as well as Sri Lanka’s second former capital, Polonnaruwa. Also within easy reach are Anuradhapura and Mihintale, while a safari drive in Minneriya or Kaudulla National Park can also be enjoyed during your stay here.
Food and drink
The Apsara restaurant provides views over the lake and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner from an a la carte menu, with a separate Go Sri Lankan menu offering delicious local dishes for the adventurous. More casual dining options, snacks and drinks can be enjoyed at The Sulang Cafe, while The Graffiti Bar is the place to go for cocktails, wines, spirits and Sri Lankan beers
Facilities and activities
Facilities at Vil Uyana include a communal swimming pool, a gym and a spa offering Ayurveda treatments. Yoga sessions are held by the property's own yoga instructor, and bicycles are available to hire. There's also a cozy library and a souvenir shop on site.
This is a popular choice and receives fantastic feedback thanks to its prime position and charming stilted accommodation. It makes a luxurious base from which to explore Sri Lanka's fascinating cultural region, while its beautiful natural surroundings make it ideal for wildlife enthusiasts.
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Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favorite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
You will start your day by visiting the mighty Sigiriya Rock Fortress which dominates the surrounding landscape. For many visitors, this is the most impressive site in Sri Lanka with stunning views from the top.