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100 Malgamandeniya Road, Kandy 20140 Sri Lanka
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  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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#4 of 186 hotels in Kandy
Location
4.8
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5.0
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4.9
Value
4.7
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In the central hills of the beautiful island of Sri Lanka, on the outskirts of Kandy City, overlooking the Knuckles Mountain Range, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, sits Aarunya Nature Resort & Spa. Aarunya, meaning first rays of the sun in the ancient language of Sanskrit, is a collection of nine modern luxury private villas set high in the central hills and surrounded by spice and tea gardens. In operation since June 2018, it is our special purpose to provide our guests with a truly bespoke hospitality experience that surpasses the expectations of the most discerning traveler. Boasting spectacular views over the Knuckles Mountain and Conservation Forest as you lounge by the pool, Aarunya, a winner of many international hotel awards, also offers a truly spectacular dining experience at Aahaara Restaurant which serves both traditional and contemporary Sri Lankan cuisine in an authentic village setting. Experience the most memorable sunrise while having an early breakfast in the Central Bungalow, located at the highest point of the estate while listening to the sounds of birds in the morning hours. For those looking to unplug from the rituals of daily life, bespoke wellness and rejuvenation programs are available with yoga, curated meal plans, and meditation. Unwind and relax your mind and body at Aarunya Luxury Spa with both traditional Ayurveda and international therapeutic rituals on offer. For the adventurous, Aarunya is centrally located with convenient access to the Historical Cultural Triangle, Sigiriya Lion Rock, and the cool climes of the Knuckles Mountains. Step into nature and experience the very heartbeat of Sri Lanka with guided mountain trekking, off the beaten path waterfalls, and cloud forests.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Bicycles available
Game room
Babysitting
Valet parking
Wifi
Hot tub
Pool / beach towels
Infinity pool
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Private pool
Plunge pool
Yoga classes
Yoga room
Sauna
Bar / lounge
Coffee shop
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Snack bar
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Poolside bar
Billiards
Evening entertainment
Patio
Table tennis
Walking tours
Children's television networks
Highchairs available
Airport transportation
Car hire
Photo copier / fax In business center
Spa
Body wrap
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot bath
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Light therapy
Makeup services
Manicure
Massage
Massage chair
Neck massage
Open-air bath
Pedicure
24-hour security
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Concierge
Currency exchange
Gift shop
Mosquito net
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
Butler service
First aid kit
Umbrella
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
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Blackout curtains
Soundproof rooms
Air conditioning
Desk
Dining area
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Bidet
Bathrobes
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Room service
Safe
Seating area
Sofa
Telephone
VIP room facilities
Wardrobe / closet
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Iron
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Minibar
Electric kettle
Flatscreen TV
Walk-in shower
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
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Languages Spoken
English, Indonesian, Sinhala, Tamil
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Hanson Harris wrote a review Jun 2022
Austin, Texas46 contributions
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We stayed for four nights in one of the villas with an infinity pool overlooking the valley. Breathtaking views, quiet, peaceful and deep in the jungle. One cool experience was listening to chanting from a temple in the valley as you watched the sun rise early each morning. We did have a few run ins with a crazy and aggressive monkey, however, that kept trying to get into our room! Although a bit scary, it was definitely one of the more memorable parts of our trip that we will never forget! Staff was professional for the most part, but they did continuously try to upsell us. We were understanding because of the economic conditions taking place in Sri Lanka at the time, but it did get old fairly quickly. Additionally, the all inclusive package we purchased included a private yoga session, free 30 minute massages, and daily yoga, but we did not receive any of these things. We reached out to management about them multiple times but never ended up hearing anything back. They also touted mountain bikes and hiking trails, but the resort was very small (thus no hiking or biking trails) and the hills way too steep for biking in circles. The food was fine, but they were out of many dishes on the menus or prepared them differently than what was described. They also did not have a full bar or could not make many drinks. Again, we had some understanding due to the economic and supply chain issues, but would have liked to be told about a few of these things upfront. Lastly, our package was to include food and non alcoholic beverages, but when we received our final bill, they had charged us for additional water bottles we asked for at the front bar. Apparently the two small bottles of water they put in your room each day is all that you get. I tried arguing this but the manager had some excuse as to why water wasn't include, I didn't feel like fighting further so just paid for them. Overall it was a positive experience, especially given the incredible views and serenity of the location, but there is definitely room for improvement when it comes to service. Go for the location, but don't expect the service of a true 5 star resort. If we were to do it again, we probably would only stay for 2 nights.
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Deema Abuzaid wrote a review Nov 2021
7 contributions2 helpful votes
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Where do I even begin! The hotel is in the middle of the jungle, surrounded by nature, beautiful trees and flowers everywhere. A simple reception and a main pool where we had our breakfast and dinner with spectacular view. We stayed for 3 nights at the sky tented villa with our own private pool. Exceptional view, pool and hot tub in the middle of the jungle ! The bathroom was also outside the room in the jungle which was a unique experience to be honest! One of the hotel staff was kind enough to walk us through the jungle surrounding the hotel showing us the cinnamon, coffee, avocado and many other trees that they use its produce in their kitchen. The food was also great the staff super friendly the hotel facilities were great as well. Only downside was getting there as the road is very narrow but its very much worth every single second we spent there! Highly recommended for couples and honeymooners it was the best part of our stay in Sri Lanka and we never wanted to leave the room and even cancelled a couple of city trips with our guide for it!
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Haneen M wrote a review May 2022
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia10 contributions
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We came for 2 days to aarunya and honestly never wanted to leave. The resort is very high end with professional staff and chefs and wonderful amenities. The Villa was amazing with a wonderful view and infinity pool that overlooked a picturesque view. It is very quiet and romantic - perfect honeymoon/couples getaway; there aren’t much villas which allows you to receive top notch treatment and attention from the staff. The spa was wonderful and the food was amazing - special thanks to chef Lale for making me love eating fish! Will definitely come back for a longer stay!
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Izzi wrote a review Apr 2022
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Amazing hotel and top class service. The tented sky villa was truly unique and had every amenity we could need. The stand out here was the views from the room - you could see all across the valley and it felt extremely peaceful. Food was great at every meal and the staff could not do enough for us. The hotel Is out of the city centre which was perfect for us to balance the sightseeing with relaxation. Highly recommended for a Kandy stay!
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Maria and Gianni wrote a review Apr 2022
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Me and my partner were staying in the Aarunya and we had some of our best days in Sri Lanka! The resort is located in the middle of the stunning jungle, not far from Kandy. Its a very private and luxury kind of glamping experience. The food is incredible and the view from our private villa with a pool was just perfect to enjoy some romantic days. Loved also the yoga session that you can do every morning with a experienced balines yoga teacher who also does the best massages there. The staff is very professional and super friendly. In total a very beautiful and unique experience that we can highly recommend!
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Ashkataria wrote a review Apr 2022
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Hello all..we had gone to srilanka for a holiday in April 2022...the hotel is beautiful..must stay place...der is a staff indu and Sanjeevan wer extremely helpful and courteous..they have made our stay even more amazing.. we had a major electricity issue one nigh and indu is the staff who helped us midnight at around 3...all the other housekeeping was not reachable...buy overall a wonderful property..
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Gert wrote a review Apr 2022
6 contributions2 helpful votes
This nature resort and spa is just amazing, the staff is friendly and very helpful. They have good knowledge. We had an all inclusive package the food was very tasty and we especially enjoyed the floating breakfast. We had monkeys playing in the trees right outside our room and could watch the from the pool. We can only give this place our highest recommendation!
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Steph wrote a review Apr 2022
Los Angeles, California30 contributions3 helpful votes
We ended our 10 day stay in Sri Lanka in March with a 4 night stay at Aarunya & it was just the relaxing stay we needed. We were in the Tented Sky Suite (Tamarind) and it was hard to leave! The bed was super comfy, the plunge pool and bath were amazing & the views could not be beat. We had so much fun watching monkeys eating jackfruit in the trees for hours a day. The breakfast delivery to the villa was a real treat as well. It's a beautiful property and we had a lovely stay.
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Date of stay: March 2022
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Room Tip: Sky Tented Villas (top unit) has the best view
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NorthStar536935 wrote a review Apr 2022
3 contributions1 helpful vote
We made a booking with Aarunya and then unfortunately had to cancel our whole trip to Sri Lanka due to the escalating political situation in the country. I have repeatedly requested to cancel the booking and have been ignored, although they have tried twice to take payment from me in advance. DO NOT BOOK! Unless you want to receive terrible service, be ignored and risk having your money taken without your consent.
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Nath Rankothge, Owner at Aarunya Nature Resort & Spa
Responded May 8, 2022
Dear Guest, We have received your review and would like to take this opportunity to clarify. We have no pending refunds on books. Please contact the hotel directly on the reservations email and/or contact numbers so we can clarify any issue as soon as possible. We wish to assure you that in no way do we hold onto our guests payments, especially when travel is cancelled under such conditions. We look forward to hearing back from you. Thank you. Alec van Cuylenburg General Manager
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cpascucci wrote a review Mar 2022
Los Angeles, California9 contributions22 helpful votes
The service was awesome, everyone was so kind and went above and beyond. I loved waking up to the monks chanting in the hills every morning. Such a beautiful property ❤️ I also loved our room which had an adjoining infinity pool and outdoor shower/bathtub which was awesome.
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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PRICE RANGE
$374 - $474 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
Sri LankaCentral ProvinceKandy DistrictKandy
NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about Aarunya Nature Resort & Spa
Which popular attractions are close to Aarunya Nature Resort & Spa?
Nearby attractions include Sri Muthumariamman Temple (4.8 miles), Riverstone Gap (4.2 miles), and Sembuwatta Reach (4.7 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Aarunya Nature Resort & Spa?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Aarunya Nature Resort & Spa?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Aarunya Nature Resort & Spa?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Aarunya Nature Resort & Spa?
Yes, free parking, secured parking, and valet parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Aarunya Nature Resort & Spa?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Paramount Restaurant (pvt) ltd, Gedarawage, and Amanda Rest.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Aarunya Nature Resort & Spa?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness center, and a sauna during their stay.
Does Aarunya Nature Resort & Spa have airport transportation?
Yes, Aarunya Nature Resort & Spa offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Aarunya Nature Resort & Spa?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Aarunya Nature Resort & Spa?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Indonesian, Tamil, and Sinhala.
Does Aarunya Nature Resort & Spa have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.