A beautifully restored colonial mansion surrounded by gardens and paddy fields.
The traditional bell ringing ceremony as you arrive at the Ulagalla Resort sets the tone of the rest of your stay and there’s a real focus on providing both sublime service and a sense of destination here. Located approximately 40 minutes from the centre of Anuradhapura and the town’s famed ancient ruins, this hotel is something of a hidden gem; while you’ll be close enough to the main sights of the Cultural Triangle, including 45 minutes drive from Sigiriya, you can also relish in the sense of privacy and seclusion the resort provides. A favourite spot of ours to retreat to, following a day of exploration is the beautiful infinity pool which overlooks the extensive grounds. It’s either that or the tranquil and tucked-away spa.
There are just 25 chalet-style villas – each with its own plunge pool – located within the beautiful surroundings of the 58-acre estate of ponds, paddy fields and jungle. There are two bicycles in each chalet allowing you to make your way around the estate under your own steam; alternatively, there are buggies that will whisk you to where you wish to be.
Lakeside, approximately 40 minutes’ drive from the ruins at Anuradhapura
Good to know
Compulsory Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve gala dinners, supplements apply.
25 modern villas
• Explore the ruins of Anuradhapura by bicycle* • Join a nature walk in the resort’s grounds* • Explore the estate on horseback* • Take a guided tour of the organic garden*.
2 restaurants, private dining
Breakfast at Liyawela.
Meal upgrade options (per person per night)
Half Board from £51 • Breakfast and dinner at Liyawela
Full Board from £89 • Breakfast, lunch and dinner at Liyawela.
*Denotes local charge