The Ark Sri Lanka,
Sri Lanka, South West Beaches
Info : The Ark Sri Lanka
Overlooking some serious Sri Lankan jungle, this hilltop villa halfway between Bentota and Sinharaja is certainly off the beaten track. If you can handle the turbulent narrow path leading to the Ark, you will arrive and time will stand still.
The Ark’s 40 acres of private forest reserve are truly spectacular. Perched at the highest point, the villa stands alone in a sea of immense green. You can sit on the open terrace, relax by the infinity pool, or explore the wilderness: walk on the nature trails, spot exotic birds, or head straight to the wonderful beaches. For a bit of Sri Lankan culture and history, learn about the ancient art of rubber tapping and tea plucking.
Accommodating 6 – 8 guests, the three double rooms are beautifully furnished with wood and warm colours, and all have ensuite bathrooms. A wide and wonderful terrace is perfect for outdoor lounging or dining, and the view from the pool is just extraordinary.
This isn’t the place to take very young children (though it’s great for adventurous older children and teenagers who’ll love the uniqueness), and it’s hard to get to: the road is narrow, long and windy. The lodge doesn’t serve alcohol either, although you are welcome to bring your own. Come here with your closest friends to forget about the rest of the world and bask in the superb natural beauty of Sri Lankan wilderness.
Superior - This is what we would describe as our standard category. These will be decent 3/4* hotels providing a really good level of service. We would generally expect them to be providing a little something extra, in terms of character, guest experience or facilities too.
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