Situated very close to Sigiriya Rock, Vil Uyana is Sri Lanka’s first stilted resort, set within abandoned paddy fields, forest and reedbeds teeming with wildlife. It's also well located for exploring Sri Lanka's Cultural Triangle.
Aliya Resort & Spa
Overlooking the forests to Sigiriya Rock, the contemporary Aliya Resort & Spa boasts a peaceful location within the heart of the cultural triangle, making it ideal for sightseeing. There are 96 rooms, suites and wooden chalets, all eco-friendly, spacious and with all the modern facilities you'd expect. Choose from three restaurants for your evening meal, enjoy a live cooking demonstration, relax by the infinity pool or have a traditional treatment in the Ayur Vie spa. To explore locally, hop on a bicycle or bullock cart.
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The hotel offers four room categories, with the spacious deluxe room as its entry level. These come in separate chalets of four rooms to maximise privacy, as do the deluxe rooms with attic, which is the next room category comprising of extra single beds. It's ideal for families. Slightly removed from the rest of the complex and lying among a small wooded enclave are a series of wooden chalets, which feature as the third category of room. Aliya also has the option of suite rooms, which feature two large bedrooms, a private pool, Jacuzzi, and sauna.
With 'Lion's Rock' visible from the hotel, this is one of the most conveniently located properties in the area for exploring Sigiriya's ancient fortress. Other highlights of the Cultural Triangle, including Polonnaruwa, Anuradhapura and the Dambulla caves, are also all possible day-trips from Aliya.
Food and drink
Aliya's three restaurants offer its guests plenty of scope for choice. Chinese cuisine is the focus in one restaurant. There's also the Migara bar and café, which enjoys panoramic views and provides a relaxing jazz soundtrack for pre-dinner drinks or mid-morning pick-me-ups.
This property is one of the best in the region. It's modern, comfortable and well-located, with lots of activities and facilities on hand, and a great panoramic view from the infinity pool.
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Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite 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.