By and large we had a happy time at the Amaya Lake, staying four days at New Year. The waterside location was a huge plus, it's a bit of a trek outside Dambulla but you come here for relaxation rather than encountering local culture. Unlike other hotels of this class, we were pleased to notice that this was not just a Western tourist enclave but had several Sri Lankan families. We mostly lazed around in the pool, but the hotel also organised a very good day safari to the Hurulla Eco-Park where we saw a herd of elephants up close, a highlight of our holiday. Plus points - the breakfast buffet is excellent, plenty of options from curries, hoppers etc to standard bacon, beans & eggs if that's your thing - we often went the whole day without feeling hungry again. Some quibbles: lighting in all the lobby/seating areas is too low to read properly in the evening. The in-house massage was rather a disappointment and you need to be very clear which treatment you have booked before they start or you will get the full works. Service was however generally very friendly and we left relaxed and happy.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- On the shores of enchanting Kandalama Lake, discover a lifestyle defined by tradition and natural splendour. Nestled amid 40 acres of lush forest, Amaya Lake preserves the aura of local historical treasures, creating a feeling of old-world Sri Lankan charm matched with modern luxury. Located in the heart of Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle, the resort is the ideal base for exploring nearby wonders such as the ancient city of Anuradhapura and the Dambulla cave temples. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Amaya Lake Dambulla
- Amaya Lake Hotel Dambulla