Water Garden Sigiriya
With Sigiriya Rock Fortress looming in the distance, Water Garden, a beautifully landscaped resort brings a majestic touch to its natural surroundings. Set in the heart of Sri Lanka’s ‘cultural triangle’, in the central Matale district, the expansive property comprises 30 stylish ground level villas dispersed amongst elegant waterways, pools and lush green meadows. The design draws inspiration from the nearby ancient water gardens of Sigiriya, creating a natural sense of seclusion and serenity.
There are three categories of villa, the Deluxe Villas, Superior Deluxe Villas, and Duplex Twin Villas. Both the Superior Deluxe Villas and the Duplex Twin Villas come with a private plunge pool and outside decking which we highly recommend. All three villas have spacious interiors and a range of luxurious amenities. The design of the rooms is light and airy, drawing the outside in, and tastefully chic and yet homey. The style of the resort encourages guests to settle in straight away and the ambience is all about relaxing into the natural environment. It is hard not to succumb to the calmness of this resort with the sounds of water trickling, birdlife at dusk and the quiet stillness this part of Sri Lanka's countryside provides. Those who are there to brave the Sigiriya Rock climb will be grateful to return to the Water Garden for rest and recuperation, and a well-earned beverage!
Guests can choose to dine either in the main pavilion restaurant, which serves both traditional and international cuisine, or in an intimate outdoor setting by candlelight. The split-level bar boasts panoramic views of the surrounding landscape and so is the perfect place to view Sigiriya Rock at sunset with a cooling Arak Sour. The spa offers a range of treatments, including world-renowned Balinese massage, and all using quality organic ingredients so that you may truly indulge in the tranquillity of this tropical oasis.
The resort has a swimming pool and well-equipped fitness centre, as well as heli-pad should guests want to book a helicopter tour of the surrounding landscape. In addition to the on-site facilities, the staff here can arrange a variety of excursions to the nearby cultural and natural attractions, and a range of recreational activities such as billiards, cycling and archery.
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