We splashed out on this hotel (rather than a guesthouse) and it was definitely worth the money. It's quite a distance from dambulla town but the view over the lake is superb, made even better by the infinity pool! The buffet breakfast was great, as was the buffet evening meal was at 15 pounds sterling was relatively expensive but tasty.
The one major problem with this hotel was getting around. We took a tuk tuk there but when we tried to hire one from reception the next day we were told that they couldnt phone one for us because of "health and safety reasons". And the cost of their car to take us into dambulla was 3000 rupees!! (The tuk tuk is 600). This really felt a bit like being held to ransom given how far it was from anywhere.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Heritance Kandalama is shaped like the outspread wings of a bird, following the line of the cliff from which it seems to emerge. The hotel is a staggering 1km from end to end, and rises up seven floors, yet appears to be a perfectly natural extension of the mountainside. The flat roof and timber pillars support a screen of vegetation that attracts local wildlife. The abundance of real-life animals around the hotel is complemented by wonderful large-scale sculptures within it. A metal owl is suspended outside the main restaurant; wooden elephants inhabit the lounge; a stone cobra uncoils along the terrace overlooking the infinity pool. However, while focusing on highlighting its enchanting natural surroundings, our luxury resort in Sri Lanka gives priority to providing its guests with the finest comforts and service. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kandalama Hotel Sri Lanka
- Hotel Heritance Kandalama
- Heritance Kandalama Dambulla
- Kandalama Hotel Dambulla