Water Garden Sigiriya 

Soak up the scenic vistas

This boutique hotel has villa accommodation, picture-perfect gardens and Sigiriya views.

This beautiful hotel has one of the best settings on the island. The iconic Sigiriya Rock appears as an ever-present backdrop that’s beautifully framed by mature trees and pathways, and the thoughtfully landscaped grounds have been inspired by the ancient fortress’s own water gardens. We love that you can return to your hotel and continue to enjoy the region’s landscapes following a day of exploring the Cultural Triangle. And if that’s not enough, there’s also the exceptional service, the feeling of exclusivity – there are just 30 standalone villas – and the unfussy, yet high-quality interiors that don’t distract you from the natural beauty outside. We particularly love the hotel’s infinity pool which overlooks the gardens towards the rock and the overwater spa which is in a beautifully secluded spot.

Why we love Water Garden Sigiriya

  • The setting is sublime, with lush meadows edged by mature trees and dotted with ponds and lakes – and Sigiriya in the background

  • It’s a boutique gem designed by one of Sri Lanka’s most highly regarded architects, a former assistant to Geoffrey Bawa

  • At the small-but-perfectly-formed overwater spa, the therapies unite Asian techniques and local natural products

  • There’s a cultured, leisurely feel to the hotel activities, from stargazing and village visits to archery and cookery classes

5 stars
Dec - Mar
Colombo 10½ hours
In a rural setting just a few miles and 20 minutes to the north of Sigiriya Rock Fortress
Approx. 4 hours by road from Colombo airport
Luxury, Honeymoon



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There may be a single restaurant and bar, but the chefs go out of their way to cater to their guests’ tastes, with both global and local favourites on offer.

Enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner in the dining room under a statement chandelier or al fresco overlooking the pool, surrounding countryside and Sigiriya Rock. Local and international cuisine is served and most of the produce used is organic and locally sourced where possible.

The Twin Level Bar\  The same views can be enjoyed from a slightly more elevated position and with a refreshing cocktail in hand from the upper floor of the bar.

Feast on what you make on one of the resort’s superb Sri Lankan cooking classes – there’s even one just for children.

What's included

Half Board • Breakfast and dinner at the main restaurant.

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Full Board • Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the main restaurant
All Inclusive • Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the main restaurant • High tea served in a setting of your choice Selected beer, wine by the glass and premium brand spirits (imported and local; 10am-10pm) • Bottled soft drinks, juices and table water (10am-10pm) • Sparkling picnic breakfast and destination themed dinner on the first full day of your stay.

Peace reigns at the Le Lily spa, set over the water in one of the quietest corners of the grounds. The carefully crafted list of treatments is based on techniques from around Asia and natural, organic Sri Lankan ingredients. Try the Le Lily Signature, which combines holistic, Balinese, Vietnamese and Japanese Shiatsu massages with Thai stretching to wonderfully restorative effect.

There is a small but well-equipped fitness centre, but the outdoor activities are on the gentle side, with guided cycle rides around the grounds, croquet and archery on offer.

Compulsory Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve gala dinners, supplements apply.

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