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“Superb setting with ultra luxurious accommodation.”
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Uga Ulagalla
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Thirappane
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“Superb setting with ultra luxurious accommodation.”
Reviewed January 27, 2014

A luxurious collection of individual chalets set in extensive grounds. Our chalet had a sitting/dining room, large bedroom, big bathroom and our own plunge pool in delightful, peaceful surroundings. There is an over-complicated lighting system! Staff were friendly and helpful. Golf buggies ferry you to and from the main hotel complex or if you feel inclined bicycles are also provided. Loved the place and were sorry to leave.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 24, 2014

This place is so special you cannot believe you are on planet earth! The whole complex is simply stunning. Your every need is accommodated, nothing is too much trouble. Our chalet had 2 huge rooms, a bathroom , our own plunge pool and terrace with sunbeds, tables and chairs. Little buggy's come to ferry you from your chalet to the main house where breakfast and dinner are served. The food for us was superb, truly delicious - our only small issue was like said in a previous review, a little dark in the main dressing area - a very small issue that is easily forgotten! Evidence suggests from the comments book that guests previous suggestions have been put in place, which is very refreshing in this industry. We wanted particularly to mention Radika, who stands out amongst excellent staff for her charm and helpfulness. A truly memorable experience.

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Kandy, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed January 19, 2014 via mobile

We stayed in a lovely two room chalet with a big bathroom. The staff couldn't have more accommodating. I'd highly recommend it even though it has a few flaws. The food, while elaborately prepared just wasn't up to top standards. Also the rooms could use more light. Minor quibbles, we loved the place.

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Blairgowrie, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 10, 2014

We had 3 nights here at the start of our honeymoon and it was the most wonderful way to begin the holiday. The weather was pretty shocking, and it rained heavily for most of our time here, but the property was so lovely and the staff so friendly that we soon didn't really notice the weather. There was enough to keep us occupied regardless. We had a wonderful yoga class, that left us refreshed, and a cooking class with the fantastic chef that we collected ingredients for from the hotel garden before hand. There is a small gym and a large swimming pool, as well as a plunge pool at each room.
The food was wonderful, breakfast through to dinner were all totally delicious and there is a wide choice of foods so there is something for all tastes. I highly recommend trying the local dishes, they are wonderful.
The suite was large, with a separate dining area and sofa, as well as a big bedroom area and superb bathroom. I think the only thing that was wrong was that we had to leave so soon.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 8, 2014

This is heaven in Sri Lanka. In a remote location with substantial grounds for getting away from it all. We received excellent service, toured the food gardens with the chef who than provided a lesson in curry cooking. For bird watchers this would be paradise, for others a great place to get away from it all. Our room had a private plunges pool, but the main pool was equally impressive. On the negative side, they need to work on their in room air con that is attached to the hot water system. It's noisy but switch it off and you lose the hot water.......This is a destination resort recommended..

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 7, 2014

We had two gorgeous nights at Ulagalla on our recent honeymoon and although a long drive from Colombo the location was pretty breathtaking when we arrived in the blissful surroundings. We got a lovely welcome from the fantastic staff and we immediately felt at home and rather happy. We had a gorgeous room, loved riding around the property on the bikes and it's a pretty impressive pool! We generally put our feet up and did very little - which was the plan. The food was good, not the best we had in SL by some way, but breakfast was delicious and the restaurant setting is very nice. I would definitely recommend to those wanting to get away from it all and relax!!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 3, 2014

Our second visit to Ulagalla in 12 months, due to the fact that the accommodation, location and staff were so good. This area is great for Elephant safari and this trip did not disappoint once again, but as many others mention there is so much to do around the hotel such as cycling around the tank that you quickly lose 4 days and can’t believe it is time to leave! The locals are also very friendly and you are greeted with huge smiles everywhere you go and this is a credit to Lalil and the team for ensuring both hotel and local community live in harmony together. Our second stay lived up to expectations and we had a great time, I would highly recommend Ulagalla if you like to escape and wildlife while having creature comforts!
If I were to be critical I would agree that the food here does not match the high standards of the hotel generally and other establishments of a similar level in Sri Lanka and after 16 days of touring SL we did try many once again. Also the furnishings are showing signs of general wear and tear, and the management need to ensure standards are maintained through replacement / refurbishment. Lalil and the team are one of the main assets and I will be sorry to see Lalil retire in March but wish him every happiness in his next chapter in life!

We look forward to returning again!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Uga Ulagalla
Address: | Anuradhapura, Thirappane 50072, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > North Central Province > Thirappane
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Thirappane
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Uga Ulagalla 5*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Luxury boutique hotel and spa located in Anuradhapura, North Central of Sri Lanka. Built on 58 lush acres bordering two ancient reservoirs, surrounded by unspoilt nature and tucked away in complete privacy, the resort offers 20 spacious and luxurious chalets, 19 stand alone chalets and one suite, each with its own private plunge pool with all modern amenities. Ulagalla Resort is the perfect base for travelers with a thirst for adventure and a passion for wildlife. But we understand that great adventures are also about elegant simplicity – to return to a cool dip in the pool, rejuvenate in the spa or sip a sundowner on a private deck.Located at the center of the Cultural Triangle and close to national parks, Ulagalla is the perfect base for travelers with a thirst for adventure and passion for wildlife. The resort offers many excursions and guided tours: A cycling tour can be taken to explore the ancient capital of Anuradhapura in a novel way. Exciting wildlife safaris to the plains of Minneriya National Park to watch the elephants or further West to Wilpattu National Park – the realm of leopards - are organized with all the necessary permits.Witness the wonder of Kalawewa – a giant reservoir and a proud feat of engineering of an ancient kingdom, or visit the ancient ruins of Ritigala. Explore the marvels of Sigiriya, Dambulla, Polonnaruwa and other sites of archaeological and historical significance on a day trip. ... more   less 
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Uga Ulagalla Sri Lanka/Thirappane

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