Residence By Uga Escapes | Colombo
Nestled between leafy Park Street and the lakeside Buddhist shrine of Gangarama, the Residence is a unique boutique hotel in Colombo, Sri Lanka’s capital city. Built in the nineteenth century by a wealthy barrister, Sheikh Salehboy Moosajee, its halls and ballrooms of this grand Victorian townhouse once welcomed British governors, Indian maharajas, European nobility and the cream of colonial Ceylon society.Its great halls, expansive gardens and stables were designed to host receptions and entertainments on a grand scale.
The Residence is a unique eleven-suite luxury hotel in Colombo, owned and managed by Uga Escapes. Despite its central location, its atmosphere of secluded peace and quiet is pure balm for the weary, the city-drained and travel-stained. Its appointments are elegant, contemporary and comfortable, yet pay tribute to its rich history and that of the neighbourhood.
The Park Suites at the Residence by Uga Escapes are furnished in an opulent style along with warm lighting, ornate furnishings and Belgian rugs. This luxury hotel in Colombo exudes a sense of serenity and ease that a few hotels in Colombo can match.
Every suite consists of a living room, bedroom, en suite bathroom and outdoor private courtyard for dining and relaxing. All suites at the Residence by Uga Escapes are equipped with 42” flat-screen TV, Wi-Fi, mini-bar and tea/coffee station. The spacious bathrooms feature rain showers and over sized vanity consoles.
The palatial Residence Suite, fit for royalty, offers gracious, exquisitely proportioned and detailed apartments filled with a range of amenities, standing out from many Colombo boutique hotels.
Evoking a long-vanished age of refinement and unforced elegance the Residence Suite with its large private courtyard artfully blends space with luxurious amenities. Here you’ll have room to be yourself, whilst enjoying just about every comfort and convenience human ingenuity can devise. A particular feature of the Residence Suite is its spacious private garden, a sylvan retreat just for you, your chosen partner or your guests.
24-hour Security, Bar, Business Centre, Gym, Internet Access (Complimentary), Laundry Service (Available), Library, Pool, Restaurant
Air Conditioning, Complementary Wi-Fi, En-Suite, Safe
Credit Card, Foreign Exchange, Room Service (24 hours)
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Regarded as one of the exclusive boutique hotels in Colombo, at Residence by Uga Escapes the approach of traditional haute cuisine is happily blended to a contemporary aesthetic based on unusual ingredients and imaginative preparation and presentation. Well-stored wines from our large, knowledgeably-stocked cellar complement the parade of chef’s specials, à la carte treats and irresistible desserts. This restaurant in Colombo along with a 100-seat space, overlooking the swimming pool, is designed to allow seating indoors or al fresco, according to the weather and your mood.
If you fancy a pre-dinner cocktail, the barman at the adjacent Residence Bar will mix you the perfect aperitif. The bar is also a great place for a between-meals or late-night snack.
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Spoken Languages: English
No. Rooms: 11
Jetwing Vil Uyana | Sigiriya
In a groundbreaking project, Jetwing Hotels created a private nature reserve consisting of a wetland system with lakes and reed beds. Jetwing Vil Uyana was built within these environs with rooms which have been placed within the paddy fields itself. Jetwing Vil Uyana is a lifestyle hotel that embodies Eco-friendly luxury. Inspired by local rural traditions, the buildings blend into the landscape and a ‘back to nature’ theme is instilled in every Jetwing Vil Uyana experience.
Garden Dwellings provide the perfect place for a budding naturalist or experienced explorer. Newer additions to Jetwing Vil Uyana are the five Garden Dwellings which seek to re-unite nature with man within an eco-friendly and harmonious backdrop. Rustic in appearance but modern in practice the Garden Dwellings come completely equipped with all the latest facilities and comforts to add to each guest's adventure.
Marsh Dwellings envelop guests into their natural habitat of paddy fields and scrubland. The creatively furnished habitats vary in basic design, but all the dwellings have their own deck with a view of the scrubland or the paddy fields. Luxurious bathrooms and mini-bars are just a few of the many modern amenities that are available.
Marsh Dwellings envelop guests into their natural habitat of paddy fields and scrubland. These creatively furnished habitats vary in basic design, but all the dwellings have their own deck with a view of the scrubland or the paddy fields. Each dwelling has its own private plunge pool. Luxurious bathrooms and mini-bars are just a few of the many modern amenities that are available.
12 Paddy Dwellings envelope guests into their natural habitat of paddy fields and scrubland. These creatively furnished habitats vary in basic design, but all the dwellings have their own deck with a view of the scrubland or the paddy fields. Each dwelling has its own private plunge pool. Luxurious bathrooms and mini-bars are just a few of the many modern amenities that are available.
The four Water Dwellings are breathtaking habitats with rooms which have been constructed over the lake. These four special havens have woven ceilings, high wooden floors, muted colours and white linen which complement the tones of woven reeds that form an essential part of the decor. A private balcony allows guests to enjoy the view of the lake while modern amenities provide them with every comfort they could wish for.
The ten Forest Dwellings are both delightfully rustic as well as indulgent and they offer a refreshingly different stay. Built from earth and stone, every dwelling has two levels with a spacious bedroom and a dining room as well as a private swimming pool downstairs. The decor is stylishly simple with natural tones and crisp whites harmonising with the muted shades of woven reeds and rattan.
Bar, Eco Friendly, Gym, Internet Access (Complimentary), Library, Restaurant, Spa
Air Conditioning, Balcony / Deck, Bath, Complementary Wi-Fi, Electrical Outlets, Hair Dryer, Iron / Ironing Board, Lounge Area, Mini Bar, Private Pool / Jacuzzi, Safe, Satellite / Cable Television, Shower, Tea / Coffee
The Loris, with its large bulging eyes and tiny limbs, is a nocturnal primate found in India, Sri Lanka and South East Asia. Hidden in the scrub forests, this mystical creature moves slowly through the trees after dusk to feed on insects and berries. At Jetwing Vil Uyana the conservation of the resident loris has been given much prominence and the Loris Information Centre which is near the Loris Conservation site provides information on these strange and fascinating creatures.
Jetwing Vil Uyana sits on its own man-made eco-reserve which boasts a wetland, secondary monsoon forests and paddy lands. What was formerly a barren patch of land has now emerged into a nature lover's paradise with more than a hundred varieties of wildlife inhabiting the area. Amongst the most eco-friendly hotels in Sigiriya, Sri Lanka, the property is surrounded by nature on all sides and a stroll through the premises will bring guests into close contact with the environment and the animals and birds that live there. The enhanced biodiversity of the environment enables the hotel to conduct wildlife watching tours on the premises itself, which means guests only have to step out of their room to experience the local wildlife.
The World Heritage Site of Sigiriya or Lion Mountain as it is also known holds the ruins of a rock fortress and palace. Constructed by King Kasyapa at the end of the 5th Century, it was built on the lines of an impenetrable fortress, ringed by a moat and ramparts and surrounded by dense forests. The rock which has a unique shape that is easily recognisable rises to a height of 200 metres and extends over an area of 1.6 hectares at its summit.
Listed sixth in the Lonely Planet's Guide to the Natural Wildlife Spectacles of the world, the Gathering is the largest assembling of Asian Elephants at any given time. Jetwing Vil Uyana offers guests the opportunity of witnessing this unique phenomenon by conducting elephant watching safaris into the Minneriya National Park. Situated in the Dry Zone of Sri Lanka, the centrepiece of the park is the Minneriya Tank which is surrounded by varied habitats of wetlands, grasslands and scrub jungle.
The Wilpattu National Park situated along the North Western coastal lowland of Sri Lanka is both the oldest and largest national park on the island. The many 'villus' or small lakes that dot the landscape of the park are responsible for its name ‘villu-pattu’ which means "Land of Lakes". These depressions which fill up with rainwater attract a wide range of water birds and wildlife. The park is also a prominent place in the island's history as, according to the records of the Mahavamsa, Prince Vijjaya from India landed at Kudiremalai Point in Wilpattu, married Kuveni a local princess and founded the Sinhala race.
The town of Dambulla which is located north of Kandy is considered to be the central point of Sri Lanka. Built around a vast isolated rock mass, the name Dambulla was derived from the words ‘Damba’ which means rock and ‘ulla’ meaning fountain. Comprising five caves which have been converted into shrine rooms, it is considered the best preserved and largest temple complex in Sri Lanka. Among the many improvements made to the complex over the centuries, one of the most spectacular is the gilding of the inside of the temple by King Nissankamalla, thereby earning it the name “Ran Giri” which means Golden Rock.
Sri Lanka, with its tropical climate and exotic landscape, has been described as a paradise for bird watchers. The varied habitats in the country which include lowland rainforests, montane forests and plains, wetlands and monsoon forests are home to 492 recorded species of birds. Of this large number of species, 272 are migratory from India, Siberia, Scandinavia and Western Europe, and 26 are known to be endemic to Sri Lanka. About 150 of the species are common to the Dry Zone and can be seen in the area around Sigiriya. Jetwing Vil Uyana is located in Rangirigama, an area which has become well known as a haven for birders, with over 120 recorded species.
Situated in the island’s central hills, Kandy was the last royal capital of Sri Lanka, bringing to an end 2500 years of royal rule. Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, this ancient kingdom and its kings warded off attempted invasions by the Portuguese and Dutch, but fell to the British at the beginning of the 19th century. A sacred pilgrimage site and amongst the most important places in Sri Lanka for Buddhists, it is the home of the Sri Dalada Maligawa - the Temple of the Tooth where the Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha is housed. The Royal Botanical Gardens of Peradeniya, which is close to Kandy, was a royal residence and park during the reign of the last king of Sri Lanka.
Anuradhapura, the most renowned of Sri Lanka's early cities and capitals, has also been called the cradle of Sinhalese Buddhist civilisation. The capital of the North Central Province of Sri Lanka, it is famous for its well-preserved ruins of ancient Sri Lankan civilisation. The city has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. With a history that dates back to 400 BC, Anuradhapura served as the capital city for 1400 years. During this period many stupas, palaces, hospitals and complex irrigation systems were built, and even today these palaces, monasteries and monuments draw many pilgrims and visitors to the sacred city.
Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the ancient city of Polonnaruwa was the capital of Sri Lanka between the 11th and 13th centuries AD. The kingdom contained royal palaces, bathing ponds, monasteries, and dagabas and owed most of its splendour to the three kings - King Vijayabahu I, Parakramabahu I, and Nissankamalla I. The sites in Polonnaruwa reflect a combination of Sinhalese and South Indian culture and architecture, and though it was ravaged by invasion in the centuries that followed, there is still evidence of its former grandeur. The ruins of the ancient city stand on the east shore of the Parakrama Samudraya (the Sea of Parakrama).
Located about a kilometre north of Sigiriya, the massive rock formation of Pidurangala has a history that is closely related to the rock fortress. Built by King Kasyapa, this rock served as the royal temple during his reign in the 5th Century AD and today is one of the main places to visit in Sigiriya. The Buddhist monastery which housed over 500 monks contains the Chapter House, Image House, a sacred Bo tree, a shrine and monks' dwellings. The climb to the summit can be divided into two stages, the first is up flights of irregular steps that lead to a landing, and the second stage starts at the far end of the landing past the reclining Buddha, and has no clearly defined path or steps. Reaching the summit of Pidurangala is like being on the rooftop of the world - it offers a magnificent view of the surrounding area which includes the Sigiriya Rock.
Considered a most exciting and enjoyable activity, whale and dolphin watching is fast becoming one of Sri Lanka's most popular attractions. One of the top locations for watching whales is the port city of Trincomalee which is situated on Sri Lanka's north-eastern coast. Witnessing these magnificent ocean giants in their natural habitat is a thrilling sight that is best seen when the northeast monsoon recedes. Trincomalee is the only place in the world which offers the sight of blue whales from land, and the vantage point at Swami Rock in Trincomalee provides views of whales passing the submarine canyon. When it comes to whale watching in Trincomalee most sightings occur between March or April and August or September when whales continue their migration around the island from the south coast where they are from December to April.
Guests can enjoy the cool breeze and casual fare at Sulang, where they can simply lay back and enjoy the luxury of watching nature perform, while they partake in some light refreshment.
With magnificent views of the lake of the Sigiriya rock, the best of fine dining and an extensive menu of Eastern and Western fare as well as the best of local cuisine are guests' to sample.
At Jetwing Vil Uyana guests will never be short of tantalizing dining options. From the formal to the casual there is something for everyone’s taste and each dish tells a story.
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Spoken Languages: English
No. Rooms: 36
Special Interests: Adventure, Gourmet, History & Culture, Leisure, Nature, Relaxation, Sports, Star Gazing, Watersports
Stone House Kandy | Kandy
Located on lush verdant land the Stone House transports guests back in time to when life was slower paced. Built around the 1940s, this colonial mansion was in the olden days referred to as ‘Gal Bangalawa’, which aptly translates to a house built of stone. The Stone House has a quiet and a completely private location which makes it hard to believe that it is just five minute drive away from the Kandy city centre and its attractions such as the Temple of the Tooth Relic. The pace is set by the guests as there are no set times for guests to abide by. The large and private garden is perfect for relaxing in the cool Kandy climate while feasting upon sights of the Hungasgiriya Mountain Range.
A private holiday home the Stone House offers a serene private getaway for discerning guests who are invited to come in and be pampered. The exclusive, warm and efficient service offered at the Stone House ensures that each moment is unforgettable and idyllic. With a breathtaking location, luxurious and inviting rooms and cuisine that is unique and exquisite in taste, a holiday spent at the Stone House is guaranteed to soothe the soul and uplift your spirits. The Stone House can be booked in its entirety or the rooms individually.
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Stafford Bungalow | Nuwara Eliya
Set amongst the stunning tea plantations in Sri Lanka, Stafford Bungalow is a family heritage holiday home located on the outskirts of the Hill Resort of Nuwara Eliya. The property offers 4 spacious bedrooms each with its own character and ensuite bathrooms. Other facilities offered include a living room, dining area, verandah, kitchen, satellite television and DVD.
Cinnamon Wild Yala | Yala National Park
Named as a tribute to the surrounding milieu of the Yala National Park, the Cinnamon Wild sits adjacent to the park boundary and could be considered an extension of the park. A property that was first established in 2002 as an Eco-friendly resort for wildlife enthusiasts visiting the Yala National Park, Cinnamon Wild Yala opened its doors after an extensive re-construction and refurbishment as a world-class game lodge, conceptualizing the unique architectural features of the 'wild' into its rustic exteriors and luxurious interiors.
The main restaurant offers a variety of both eastern and western delicacies. The main bar serves both local and international beverages as well as snacks and fresh fruit juices. The observation deck bar situated on the top floor of the hotel not only offers drinks but also a 360° view of the forest and the Indian Ocean.
The jungle chalets are an integrated part of the untamed resort, making it one of the most intimate of the Yala National Park hotels, and keeping guests close to the wild. Guests can look out for the odd elephant or wild boar that passes by. Preserving and living in harmony with the nature that surrounds the resort is a core value. The rooms feel both rustic and luxurious because opting to be in the jungle doesn’t mean guests need to forego the comforts that make their stay a pleasant one.
Wooden stairways lead to beach chalets, where guests can stand on their private terrace as they gaze out on the Indian Ocean. A great place to watch an elephant pass by, perched on stilts and made entirely of wood, these chalets are elevated but still remain very much a part of the wild. Air conditioning, a flat-screen cable TV, hairdryer, personal safe, minibar and tea and coffee facilities ensure that guests don’t feel too remote.
Bar, Business Centre, Disability Services, Pool, Restaurant, Spa
Air Conditioning, Complementary Wi-Fi, Disabled Rooms, Hair Dryer, Iron / Ironing Board, Laundry Service (Available), Mini Bar, Safe, Satellite / Cable Television, Tea / Coffee
A luxury 4x4 jeep or a super luxury 4x4 jeep can be arranged through Cinnamon Nature Trails while Canon telephoto lenses and other high-end camera gear can be hired if guests are keen photographers or would like to try their hand at wildlife photography. On availability, one of the in-house naturalists will play guide, accompanying guests to the park and away from the crowds. Guests will discover not only the elusive leopard but also be witness to the call of the wild. Full day safaris with packed meals can be arranged on request. The safari has a duration of a minimum of 3 hours.
The three largest lakes of Ruhuna — the ancient Kingdom of the South — are a vision of beauty, created by the Kings of the past. Guests will first stop at Debarawewa and meet the farmers and fisherman who sustain themselves with all that surrounds them. Next, move on to Tissa, where the water spreads for miles, bringing in a number of birds. Finally, arrive at Weerawila and hope for an encounter with a village boatman. This journey promises to be filled with a glimpse into rural village life, traditional cultivations, and even a visit to the local pottery manufacturer — where guests might try their hand at shaping some clay.
Using night vision goggles with infrared technology, the team at Nature Trails have created a ground-breaking excursion in Sri Lanka to offer guests an experience even late at night. The experience of conducting night safaris have been acquired by the work carried out by the team together with National Geographic in the recent past. The use of special infrared vision is to ensure that the wildlife will not be disturbed by the use of artificial lights, hence reducing our environmental footprint. This experience is a celebration of the nocturnal environment and its species trailing around the buffer zone of Yala National Park.
Guests will walk through a nature trail along the resort premises to observe all the mystical creatures and breathtaking views while they trek the unpaved paths and the scrub forest. During the excursion, a naturalist field guide will assist guests in discovering a variety of birds and animals and walk towards the beach by climbing down the great dunes that protected the location from the tsunami.
The Yala National Park is located amidst a rural village and its boundary has several hundred dairy farmers making a living. The craftiest predator, the leopard, often flicks young cattle and thus revenge attacks by farmers often create conflict. Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts together with its team of in-house field naturalists deployed a conservation initiative namely, Project Leopard, to mitigate the issue. Thus far, over 55 steel pens have been donated to dairy farmers so that they can keep their livestock safe at night. As part of the project, guests are taken to meet a dairy farmer over a cup of Ceylon tea, assist him in his morning chores, help with the collection of milk, and enjoy the time spent in the surrounding areas of the Yala National Park.
The five lagoons of Bundala National Park play host to about 324 species of creatures, great and small. This vast area is ripe for exploration and filled with surprising new discoveries on every journey. It is also the home of about 197 species of bird, of which 58 are migratory.
Climbing the stairs to the rooftop bar is really going to be worth every guests' while. With panoramic views of the wilderness, ocean and lagoon, this is the best vantage point in the entire premises. If it’s a Yala sunset guests are looking for, then the Peacock is a great place to sip on cocktails as night falls over the wilderness. And for the photography buff, a quick morning walk upstairs will give you a great view of the rising sun.
Tuskers, Cinnamon Wild Yala’s main restaurant is located a floor above the reception, just high enough to meet the gaze of a tusker as he passes by. The outer decks pour out into some of the high trees strewn across the premises, letting guests dine on an excellent spread of Sri Lankan and continental cuisine for breakfast, lunch or dinner in true wild fashion. Succulent dishes and the constant call of the wild accompany guests' dining experience – it really doesn’t get better than this for the wildlife enthusiast.
Pugmarks Bar is a seamless extension of the surrounding wilderness. Located close to the reception area, it becomes a great place to meet up with other guests who have been out on safari all day. Guests can throw themselves into a big armchair when they return and exchange animated stories of their day at the park. Every international sports event also becomes a celebration when fellow travellers get drawn into the action on the big screen. For those looking for a quieter time, the afternoons and late nights are a great time too.
Guests can enjoy location dining experiences in the bush, outdoor picnics, as well as dining by the lake.
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Spoken Languages: English
No. Rooms: 68
Special Interests: Adventure, Beach / Coastal, Gourmet, Hiking, History & Culture, Leisure, Nature, Relaxation, Sports, Star Gazing
The Fort Printers | Galle
The Fort Printers is an 18th century mansion which has been restored into an elegant small private hotel, originally comprising 5 suites but with the addition of two heritage villas in 2013 has 13 suites, offering understated elegance and personal service in an intimate, friendly atmosphere.
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