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Aarunya Nature Resort & Spa

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100 Malgamandeniya Road Alawatugoda, Kandy 20140 Sri Lanka
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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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Charuka Neththasinghe wrote a review Nov 1
Colombo, Sri Lanka20 contributions
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Aarunya Nature Resort is one of the loveliest resorts in Sri Lanka among the hotels that I have visited so far. For those who are looking for a relaxation from the busy schedule I think this resort is a brilliant choice. It is a both nature oriented and view oriented resort where we can feel nature, actually it’s like spending a vacation in a Bali resort due to its location and architecture. We stayed 3 nights and 4 days there and we experienced 2 villa categories. The Sky tented villa is very special since it has a plunge pool with a breathtaking view with a lovely interior. From the arrival to the departure we got a great hospitality service and it’s very worth the money. Villas - Big spaces. A wide range of quality amenities. Very clean. They have provided everything which needs to make our stay to the upper experience. For example they provide Bluetooth speakers and binoculars as villa amenities. Food & Beverage - Aahara Destination Restaurant is my favorite spot due to the restaurant environment and food are very tasty. To be honest the dinner which we had in the Aahara Destination Restaurant is one of the most delicious meals that I have ever had. Definitely I especially recommend this restaurant to have dinner, to anyone who is going to be staying at Aarunya. Overall, they have a better A’ la carte menu, you can have luscious meals in the veranda or as in room dining with stunning views. Service & Staff – They offer a very efficient service and always think about guest’s comfort. And also they are friendly and can trust without any hesitation. Activities – You can do cycling, yoga and hiking as well. They have a lovely spa with a nice surrounding and the treatments are perfect. At the Aahara Destination Restaurant you will be able to get a better idea about Sri Lankan village tradition and activities as well. I highly recommend this resort to anyone without any hesitation. Thanks a lot Aarunya instead of providing us a superb experience. We will definitely visit you again.
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Date of stay: September 2020
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Let’s Roam wrote a review Oct 2020
Colombo, Sri Lanka13 contributions
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Our stay at aarunya was literally perfect in every way. It was the perfect escape to a socially distanced luxury mountain hideaway with a spectacular view of the knuckles mountain range and conservation forest. Absolutely mind blowing .We stayed in the sky tented villa which had the best view. Woke up to the most incredible hotel room view We have ever seen. From food to Service everything was so great. The staff were so attentive especially Dinuka and indu. Always just one call away and they’ll be there. Also the hotel follows all the health guidelines and precautions very strictly Cz of the current pandemic so you don’t have to worry about anything which is a relief. We’ll definitely consider coming back again ❤️
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Chathuranga Warakapitiya wrote a review Oct 2020
Sri Jayawardenepura, Sri Lanka13 contributions
The road leading to the hotel was quite narrow but since it wasnt very busy we had not trouble getting there. Suranga and his staff was really supportive and kind. Pool area had a nice location and a telescope which can see the Hunnas Falls and the Hotel very clearly. Food was amazing although we had Sri Lankan stlye Lunch and Breakfast. Rooms were very spacious as well as the bathrooms. Airconditioning units were not adequate and we had to use the fans as well. Overall experiance was amazing.
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Date of stay: September 2020
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Ruwan A wrote a review Sep 2020
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One of the best experience we ever had during our stay. Luxury room and friendly staff Raveendra, Lakmal thank you. Dinuka was helpful too.Food was delicious and the environment wow extraordinary ..Thank you again.
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
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LakshithaS wrote a review Sep 2020
Nugegoda, Sri Lanka19 contributions
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We stayed at Aarunya during a weekend and the stay did not live up to our expectations. We got a warm welcome from the hotel staff and a quick check in to our room. After having a quick shower we went for lunch and asked for the menu but we were told that only chicken biriyani is available for lunch. We were told previously that they offer à la carte menu to choose from but NOPE. Good luck if you're a vegetarian and trying to have lunch at Aarunya. But the biriyani was nice, then again when you're paying a higher price, you need to have options to choose from. We stayed some time during the eve in the Jacuzzi which was the only luxurious thing that I can highlight during our stay, but being it an outdoor jacuzzi the magnificent view of the mountains were blocked by some trees in the garden. For dinner and for breakfast (no desserts were available for the breakfast) we had the à la carte menu (some satisfaction at least). The food is fine, but nothing really to highlight. The most frustrating thing was hot water was not available in the morning. At 7.00 am I called house keeping and informed, a person came and said he turned on the solar and in 5 min the hot water will be available. Waited 10 min, NOPE. Called again and another person came and said he routed the power back from generator and in 5 min it'll be available. Waited more than 15 min and no hot water and the water supply totally ran out, so no water at all. Called again and another new person came and did a fix saying they have two water lines and there is no water in the line routed to our room. Then it took another 10 min or so to get water back. So from 7.00 am to 8.00 am I was trying to wash myself. Such a disappointment. The staff was nice and have a nice view of the mountains for the main pool. But unfortunately it was a average stay for a higher price.
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Date of stay: September 2020
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Response from Alec van Cuylenburg, General Manager at Aarunya Nature Resort & Spa
Responded Sep 23, 2020
Dear Mr. Somasiri, We are indeed surprised with this review. With the exception of an issue with hot water, owing to us utilising solar energy for this purpose, we are disappointed with the outcome of your stay. This too was rectified after switching to regular electricity. The comfort and satisfaction of all our guests is important, so despite the negative review we appreciate your feedback. On the issue of price, since you have mentioned it 2 times, please note that the price you paid is certainly not higher. While you stayed on a heavily discounted rate, it certainly has no bearing to the high levels of service or product offering we strive to maintain. This is aptly made clear by the positive reviews by hundreds of guests who we have had the privilege to host in the past. Note for future guests : We do not serve buffet style meals, this is conveyed both at pre-booking as well as on arrival. Lunch is traditional Sri Lankan or an alternate depending on guest movement. Dinner is a 4 course international menu. Breakfast is a choice of Sri Lankan or Western, which is a fantastic spread. We do not offer dessert at breakfast. Fresh fruit is however served. We are in the mountains, we are a nature resort, and our focus is on lessening the impact on our environment. Our villas all offer varied and individual views overlooking the mountains. We don't intend on cutting down any trees in the immediate future. I will be in touch with you direct. Sincerely,
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PRICE RANGE
$209 - $453 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
Sri LankaCentral ProvinceKandy DistrictKandy
NUMBER OF ROOMS
9
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