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Tissa Wewa Rest House, Anuradhapura

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

Tissa Wewa Rest House is located at Anuradhapura 206km from Colomboin the north central dry plains of  Sri Lanka.

Tissawewa Rest House, Anuradhapura

Tissawewa Rest House, Anuradhapura

Tissawewa Rest House Dry Zone Garden

Tissawewa Rest House Dry Zone Garden

Located with grand views of the ancient renovated Tissa Wewa Rainwater Reservoir and ancient renovated Mirisavatiya Dagaba, Tissa Wewa Rest House, a two-storied, tiled-roofed building, a budget Sri Lanka Hotel stands in 11 acres of wooded parkland of north central dry plains (the ancient kingdom of reservoirs) of  Sri Lanka. The waters of the ancient rainwater reservoir fan gentle breeze into Tissa Wewa Rest House to ease the effects of hot and dry climate of Anuradhapura.

Ancient Splendor Vs. Colonial Mediocrity
Tissa Wewa Rest House or The Grand Hotel, as it was known in the British Colonial era at once brings in a bewildering contradiction and contrast: the building is simply another remnant of the British Colonial administration in Ceylon; yet it is located in the ancient Sinhalese Royal Pleasure Gardens of the Anuradhapura, the greatest monastic city (438 BC – 845 AD) of the ancient world.
The British rediscovered the lost city; renovated some of the cultural monuments; rebuilt the some of the ancient rainwater reservoir; and then thrust the mediocre colonial architecture into midst of the stupendous ancient edifices of the ancient city.


St. Andrews Hotel, Nuwara Eliya

Sunday, May 3rd, 2009
St. Andrews Hotel, Sri Lanka Holidays

St. Andrews Hotel, Sri Lanka Holidays

St. Andrews Hotel, Sri Lanka Holidays

St. Andrews Hotel, Sri Lanka Holidays

St. Andres Hotel, Sri Lanka Holidays

St. Andrews Hotel, Sri Lanka Holidays

St. Andrews Hotel, Sri Lanka Holidays

St. Andrews Hotel, Sri Lanka Holidays

Sri Lanka Holidays Sustainable tourism (Green i.e., eco) credentials of the hotel: To be edited.

Location:  St. Andrew’s Hotel is located in Nuwara Eliya (6100 ft above the sea level) the prime highland retreat of Sri Lanka’s Central Highlands of salubrious climate.

Setting: you will be arriving from the bustling city of Nuwara Eliya, the prime highland retreat, colonial sanitarium of Central Highlands of Sri Lanka Holidays, winding up the hill & then passing the immaculately maintained golf course & take a turn & all of a sudden, you are at a stately Tudor style colonial mansion. It is Ceylon tea time in the lovely garden amidst the flowers, birds & breeze. What else would you like? Did I hear Wine? You many name it, the hotel would serve you all. The hotel in Nuwara Eliya Little England of Sri Lanka Holidays serves over a hundred wines exclusively imported for it from the northern hemisphere as well as southern hemisphere of the planet.

Ambience:  colonial residence, which is over a hundred years old, retains the pace, class & tradition of the colonial era of Ceylon. Added to the colonial tradition four poster beds & open wood fires are comforts of modern conveniences.

Accommodation: St. Andrews Hotel consists of 40 spacious standard rooms spread over two wings, 7 family attic rooms and 5 suites.

Restaurants and Bars: ‘Old Course’ – a fine dining restaurant, featuring a show kitchen and a walk in wine cellar. ‘Road Hole Bar’ – a typical colonial styled bar over looking the lush gardens.

Experiencing nature: Trekking, guided nature walks with Sri Lanka Holidays St. Andrews Hotel resident naturalist.


Amaya Lake

Friday, May 1st, 2009

Location of Amaya Lake Hotel
Kandalama Lake, Kandalama, Dambulla, Matale District, Central Province of Sri Lanka
Amaya Lake is located at Kandalama, Dambulla 102 km away from Colombo. The eco-oriented hotel is an ideal base for those looking to experience nature attractions as well as cultural attractions of Sri Lanka Holidays Cultural Triangle. The World Heritage sites Golden Dambulla Rock Temple & Sigiriya Lion Rock Citadel are within the distances of easy access.

Amaya lake, Cultural Triangle, Sri Lanka Holidays

Setting of Amaya Lake, Kandalama, Dambulla
The eco-oriented Amaya Lake hotel sits on the banks of ancient Kandalama man made rainwater reservoir that irrigate the agricultural zone of Dambulla. The 40-acre wooded sanctuary of the Amaya Lake hotel takes you closer to the nature.

Amaya Lake, Dambulla, Cultural triangle, Sri Lanka

Star Rating & Type of hotel: 4 star luxury chalet style hotel

Sri Lanka Holidays Sustainable tourism (Green i.e., eco) credentials of Amaya Lake, Kandalama: to be edited

Amaya-lake-dambulla, Sri Lanka

Architecture and Interior Décor of Amaya Lake, KandalamaAmaya Lake resort is built in traditional Sinhalese architecture and interior decor.

Accommodation at Amaya Lake, Kandalama, Dambulla
40-acre wooded sanctuary is home to ninety-two elegantly furnished Sinhalese chalets scattered amongst the trees. Each chalet consists of a bedroom, a spacious bathroom with shower & bathtub. Lounge area is provided with sofa & plasma screen TV. Rooms are decorated with local murals and sculptures and are furnished to a high standard. A small sitting area is separated from the bedroom, which is slightly raised, and each chalet features a terrace with a traditional long seat for relaxing.

Amaya Lake, Dambulla, Sri Lanka Holidays.


Dining at Amaya Lake, Kandalama, Dambulla
High wooden ceilings of the open-air restaurant surrounded by the nature, lays out buffet of Sinhalese & international cuisine.
Bars: Two bars of Amaya Lake provide grand views of Kandalama Lake. The open-air bar is located in the lower deck of the lobby. The nearby pool serves a full range of tropical juices, cocktails, beers & spirits.

Amaya Lake, Sri Lanka Holidays

Nature activities at Amaya Lake, Kandalama, Dambulla
Jeep driven safaris to Minneriya National Park & Kaudulla National Park
Bird watching, jungle treks, elephant safari in the surrounding areas.

Amaya Lake Dambulla Cultural Triangle Sri_Lanka Holidays

Excursions off Amaya Lake, Kandalama, Dambulla
UNESCO World Heritage site of Rangiri Dambulu Rajamaha Viharaya (Sinhala: Golden Dambulla Rock Cave Temple) at Dambulla.
& UNESCO World Heritage site Sigiriya Lion Rock Citadel located within Sri Lanka Holidays Cultural Triangle.



Thursday, April 16th, 2009
Amangalle, Galle, Sri Lanka Holidays

Amangalle, Galle, Sri Lanka Holidays

Amangalle, Galle, Sri Lanka Holidays

Amangalle, Galle, Sri Lanka Holidays

Sri Lanka Holidays Sustainable tourism (i.e., Green, eco) credentials of the hotel
To be edited. Link to the hotel website still to be provided.

Amangalle of  Sri Lanka Holidays is located 116 km south of Colombo within the VOC Galle Dutch Fort (a World Heritage Site) at the sea-port of Galle.

Sri Lanka Holidays Amangalle is set within the massive fortress ramparts, Amangalla is an integral part of the 400 year old Galle Fort. If the VOC Galle Dutch Fort is the heart of the south western coastal city of Galle, Amangalle Hotel with floorboards that retain shine after 300 years & that had traded by the name New Orient Hotel for 140 years is the heart of Dutch Fort itself.

The combination of Dutch architectural splendor & colonial-inspired contemporary furniture & décor set up a genteel turn-of-the-century ambience. You are surrounded by pristine walls, rich mahogany, wood and rattan planters chairs, antiques, old prints, writing desks, dining tables, polished aged-floors, crisp white linens, what’nots & a team of gracious, welcoming and warm hotel staff.

5 star luxury boutique hotel of Sri Lanka Holidays provide accommodation in rooms, chambers, suits & two storey garden house.
Seven bedrooms are located adjacent to Amangalla’s reception, on the ground level of the Middle Street Wing.
Six chambers are located within the Church Street Wing and face the Fort ramparts.
Of the four Garden Wing Chambers, three with balconies and one with a twin porch – all over-looking the treetops of the resort garden.
Of the eight suites, six are located in the Church Street Wing and two in the Middle Street Wing.
Nestles within the resort gardens is the two-storey house features a private terrace and balcony offering leafy, treetop view.

Tatler Hot Spa GuideUK 2008
Gallivanters Guide Readers Awards for Excellence Best Resort in India & Indian Ocean
UK 2006
Conde Nast Traveler Hot List – 3 flames US 2005
Zagat Survey Top International Hotels, Resorts & Spas Listed in Sri Lanka Notable Newcomers
USA 2006
Conde Nast Traveler Hot New Spas USA 2006
Diavaram Best Hotel in Sri Lanka – No. 1 Spain 2006
Conde Nast Traveller 1 of 60 Coolest Hotels UK 2006
Robb Report Best of the Best 2006 One of the Best of the Best Resorts USA 2006
Luxury Travel Magazine 2005 A List of Travel The World’s Best New Hotels Top New Hotel in Sri Lanka


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