Kandalama Hotel has one of Ampersand's Top 10 Swimming Pools.
This iconic hotel was designed by Sri Lanka's most famous architect, Geoffrey Bawa. The hotel, seemingly blending in with the jungle and set against the cliffs of a huge granite outcrop overlooks a huge, ancient man-made lake. From the roof gardens and the bedroom balconies, stunning views can be enjoyed for miles around, including out to Sigiriya Rock in the distance. The swimming pools are sensational, particularly the horizon pool overlooking the lake. Located in the centre of the Cultural Triangle, this hotel provides the perfect base from which to explore the ancient cities, palaces and temples of the surrounding area at a relaxed and leisurely pace.
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I can't think of anything that excites a greater sense of childlike wonder than to be in a country where you are ignorant of almost everything.Bill Bryson