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Arika Villa

Puwakattawala Road, 40th mile post off Matale Road, Dambulla 21100 Sri Lanka
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#13 of 51 hotels in Dambulla
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Deviating from the long scenic route of the A9 road which connects Matale and Dambulla, one comes across a path surrounded by a wild, lush natural forest leading to one of the most unique and secluded getaway spots in the serenity of rural Sri Lanka. The Arika Luxury Villa, evocatively named after the intricate water lily; is located in a heavily landscaped area at the confluence where the stream meets the local river. With a part of the hotel facing the stream and merging with the tranquility of the natural surroundings, its strategic position in the remarkable location highlights its environmentally friendly ethos and makes it the perfect private hideaway. Arika is a two-floored architectural marvel that is built around an indoor swimming pool overlooking the stream beyond the open deck. Having avoided damage to the surrounding environment as much as possible, the hotel also has a local Karandha tree indoors emerging from the courtyard.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bicycle rental
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Car hire
24-hour security
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Breakfast available
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
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Air conditioning
Private balcony
Room service
Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Seating area
Bottled water
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Non-smoking rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Sinhala, Tamil
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Priscilla Outschoorn wrote a review Aug 2020
Colombo, Sri Lanka19 contributions
From the moment you enter the property you're in awe of the beauty and the interior of the location. We had the entire boutique hotel to ourselves and we just loved it. From the interior and the ambiance of the entire property was on point. The staff was so courteous and accommodating, and the food was so good as well. Good location for a group of friends or family and if you just ask the staff you’d even be able to find a secret bathing spot too. Absolutely will return.!!
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Traveled with friends
farah s wrote a review Feb 2020
Lahore, Pakistan36 contributions11 helpful votes
The villa is way in from the main road.Had a wonderful start, we’re greeted with garlands and papaya drinks. Room was spacious with a small sitting area right in front of a small stream. Bathroom was huge and clean. Small cozy dining area over looking a small pool. Staff is really sweet . Perfect place to stay for 2-3days far from hustle bustle. I have to add our experience regarding a small mishap.... The next day after our long day excursions... when we were returning to the villa .... it became impossible to reach the place due to flash flooding... ( as it rained previous night and on and off the whole day) ...the reason was, one has to cross a small bridge to reach the villa. Well all thanks to our driver Saman from SLE ... he tried to contact the property but to no avail .... at last he took as to some nearby hotel ... where we spent the night. The next day my hubby along with Mr. Saman went to Arika villa to collect our stuff and to get refund of one night dues as we had to travel to Kandy that day . I want to say my special thanks to Arika villas stuff and administration ... all our stuff was save including Mac book ,iPhone and camera lens. Regarding one night refund they said we should contact the booking company... that was agoda in our case. We contacted agoda but according to them it was non refundable booking so only if Arika villas adm is ok with it ... so we contacted Villas again and long story short, we got the refund. Once again a big thanks to Arika Villas Admn....for this deed.
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Traveled with family
Xante wrote a review Feb 2020
Sheffield, United Kingdom889 contributions238 helpful votes
Arika Villa is a modern boutique hotel with a small number of rooms. The rooms are spacious and well appointed. The hotel backs on to a river and then forest so we sprayed regularly with mosquito repellant which proved to be effective. The housekeeping was extremely good and each day when we returned from our excursions the room was immaculately clean with fresh towels and toiletries topped up. There is a swimming pool which we used for a refreshing dip when we returned from our excursions. The staff were incredibly helpful and friendly, they simply couldn’t do enough to make our stay a pleasant one. There isn’t much in the immediate vicinity so unless your driver takes you somewhere they know you are limited to the hotel restaurant. We ate a mixture of Sri Lankan meals and western, alternating breakfast and dinner. The Sri Lankan food was always outstanding whilst the western food was not quite of the same standard. Had we been able to manage the SL breakfast and dinner each day, this would have been the answer but it would simply have been too much food. I can strongly recommend the Sri Lankan breakfast with hoppers. This hotel does not have a licence to serve alcohol although they will sell you a can of Lion beer. If you want wine or a G&T then you need to provide your own as we did. The hotel is happy to open these without a corkage charge. There is a mini fridge to keep drinks cold. Simply don’t expect cocktails, wine list or spirits etc. On one of our three nights we were the only couple in the hotel. On the other two nights there was one other couple. As a consequence the dining room did not exude any atmosphere and the attentive service was so fast that dinner was over and done within an hour. We did not see anyone else use the lovely pool in the three days we were there. Sri Lanka has still not recovered from the Easter bombings of 2019 and it is a shame to see such lovely boutique hotels in the main season with very few clients. We wish the hotel all the best for the future and thank the staff for their attentive service.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
murray31 wrote a review Jan 2020
Woking, United Kingdom34 contributions33 helpful votes
Stunning hotel in peaceful setting by small stream. This hotel is exactly the small boutique hotel we love. Everything was beautifully presented. The room and bathroom was and spacious clean. We are lunch breakfast and evening meal and all was reasonably priced and very very good. Highly recommended
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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geoblis wrote a review Jan 2020
Milan, Italy75 contributions40 helpful votes
This hotel is a good deal! Our room was large, as was our bathroom. The staff was very, very nice and always helpful. The level of comfort should satisfy any picky person. Breakfast is good. We were happy with the facility. I recommend the hotel.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
$98 - $159 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Sri LankaCentral ProvinceDambulla
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Frequently Asked Questions about Arika Villa
Which popular attractions are close to Arika Villa?
Nearby attractions include Popham's Arboretum (4.5 miles), Rangiri Dambullu Maha Viharaya (4.4 miles), and Sath Paththini Devalaya (4.4 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Arika Villa?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Arika Villa?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Arika Villa?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, breakfast, and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Arika Villa?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Arika Villa?
Conveniently located restaurants include Golden Palace Restaurant, Athula Restaurant, and Sandra Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Arika Villa?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at Arika Villa?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Arika Villa?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Tamil, and Sinhala.
Are there any historical sites close to Arika Villa?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Rangiri Dambullu Maha Viharaya (4.4 miles).