Heritance Kandalama was built to overlook the famous rock fortress of Sigiriya, built in the 5th century by King Kashyapa. It’s one of Sri Lanka’s most famous cultural sites. Deep into the Sri Lankan jungle here, you're close to five UNESCO World Heritage Sites and the hotel even has its own eco wildlife park and 200-acre forest on its doorsteps, perfect for any elephant lovers.
Built by Sri Lanka’s most famous architect Geoffrey Bowes (who also designed Sri Lanka’s Parliament buildings), the minimalist modern structure was designed to blend into the jungle scenery, its stark edges are hidden behind clever screens of vegetation.
Located in the island’s Central Province and at the heart of its cultural triangle, the landscape here is a tropical jungle. Situated high on a ridge, the hotel looks down to the fortress and the nearby Kandalama lake.
154 rooms and suites are spread over a seven-storey building that’s 1km in length, but you’d never guess it on arrival. With six room types and three kinds of suites, every guest can find the perfect stay.
The main restaurant, Kanchana, affords spectacular views from the sixth floor, over the lake. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner it has an international menu, as well as hosting sumptuous theme nights and barbeques.
Kachchan bar serves a mix of local and international drinks. Sample a local Sri Lankan beer, try the arrack, a clear spirit made from coconut juice, or order a signature cocktail.
You won't have to go far to find a pool. Infinity pool, Kachchan, is cleverly designed so you feel like you're actually in the lake. Or Kaludiya pool has a dark bedrock bottom and looks like part of the natural forest landscape.
PO Box 11
Dambulla - Sri Lanka
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