Sri Lanka, Cultural Triangle
Info : Vil Uyana
Vil Uyana, near Sigiriya, has raised the standard of hotels on offer in the 'Cultural Triangle'. The eco-themed hotel and spa has been built on land formerly used for 'slash and burn' agriculture. This land has been transformed into a seasonal wetland linking lakes and paddy fields - a haven for wildlife.
The 25 luxury villas that make up Vil Uyana are built around the parameter of the main lake. There are four categories of room - Paddy Chalets, Water Chalets, Marsh Pavilions and Forest Villas all differing slightly in form and design. Most come with a private plunge pool and all are a kind of hybrid between traditional eco methods and sleek, modern design. Some are raised on stilts others are spread over two floors, with bathroom, showers and plunge pool on the ground level and the bedroom and balcony above. The assortment of thatched roofs, matted fibre walls, crystal clear glass, waxed woods and polished cement are used to create a unique property. Raised wooden walkways link the villas around the paddy fields, which are harvesting traditional grains with traditional methods.
Upon arrival at Vil Uyana, guests can chose their mode of transport to the room - walking on foot, electric buggy or by boat along the waterways. A library, information centre and fine dining restaurants are located around a large swimming pool in the centre. There is also a fitness centre and an excellent spa complex offering a variety of treatments. The fine food can be served anywhere - from in your room to out under the stars.
The ancient rock fortress of Sigiriya can be seen on the horizon, providing a splendid backdrop to this elegant, luxurious resort. Service is first-rate at Vil Uyana, with an excellent staff to guest ratio and dedicated butlers for each cluster of villas. All the remarkable sights of the Cultural Triangle are within easy reach.
There are plans to monitor and research the development of wildlife and ecosystems through a research centre, integrated into Vil Uyana.
Luxury - Luxury hotels would have a superb level of service, very comfortable and usually spacious bedrooms, excellent food, great design and character. For us, when we visited, these places all had the 'wow factor'. A luxury hotel should satisfy the criteria of the most discerning clients.
- 24 Hour Room Service
- Ayurvedic Centre
- Bicycles available
- Butler Service
- International 5* Facilities
- Laundry Service
- National Park safari
- Wine Cellar
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