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 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 Duplex Twin, the Superior Deluxe and the Deluxe. Both the Duplex Twin and the Superior Deluxe comprise a private plunge pool and decking (which we highly recommend), and all three are decorated with chic and spacious interiors, and have a range of luxurious amenities. 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, the perfect place to view Sigiriya Rock at sunset with a cooling Arak Sour. The spa offers a range of treatments, using quality organic ingredients, allowing you to truly immerse yourself in the tranquillity of this tropical oasis.
In addition to the on-site facilities, the hotel arranges 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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