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“A Hotel with huge garden + Lake”
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Amaya Lake
Ranked #4 of 15 Hotels in Dambulla
Certificate of Excellence
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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“A Hotel with huge garden + Lake”
Reviewed October 27, 2013

This is located in Dambulla (Sigiriya) If you are visiting Sigiriya then this is one of the hotel which located in the area. This has a very nice garden where you could have a walk in the morning or evening. Hotel is located next to Kandalama Lake. If you traveling with a group then ask the hotel to organize a BBQ night next to the lake, they have a beautiful place for the same. Rooms are individual chalets. They are beautifully designed and constructed. No complains about food too. I have attached good amount of photo here for anyone to get an idea about this property. There are lots of attraction close by to this property, so speak to your travel agent and get most out of this place. One important advice, never swim in the lake !!! you mist have to have life guards. Do not take that chance.

Room Tip: Get individual chalets, some has 4 rooms in one (good for a group), if you are a couple get individu...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed October 27, 2013 via mobile

I think Amaya hotel management has to redo all their rooms , old wash rooms not even a proper shower hard to take bath and room facilities can't believe that no flat tv evn , but the room price is expensive as a five star hotel .we expected a GOOD room but it was not good at all , food ok but range is limited . For the price and the distance not worth it at all !!!!

Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 23, 2013

Stayed in this hotel two nights over the weekend in October.

The hotel is a nice, modern asian style place, really liked the reception and bar layout and there are nice touches everywhere. We had our own bungalow with an entrance area, an elevated bedroom and a bathroom.

Upon arrival we were greeted with a nice welcome drink. check in was fine, the room clean and up to the hotel's star rating. The lake and the estate is amazingly beautiful, it's like a little oasis, well kept grounds, nice clean pool and generally pleasant atmosphere.

The problem with this hotel is the small things: for example, we asked for a mosquito repellent plug and were told 3 times that we would get one right away, it never came. (But every time they smiled and said "yes of course"...). Or at checkout, we had to call reception 4 times to get someone to pick up our bags (it's a large estate and we were far), before someone came. also, we didnt have a plug in the bath, so couldn't take a bath, only a shower. n the plus side, bathroom cosmetics were lovely.

The bar was very nice, reasonably priced, albeit quite boring food - croque monsieur and chips, plus some samosas, nothing interesting or local. The restaurant was a mixture of experience, the food was nice although the flying insects weren't managed well and sometimes they ended up on the breakfast food. Dinner was a buffet as well with very nice selection, especially around desserts. We had a bad experience here though - we were on B&B, and in the evening when we were dining, three people came to ask separately how we are paying for our meal, and insisted on paying cash, instead of putting it on the room. They actually shoved a cash bill under our noses when we were still eating dessert. We ddn't pay cash and escalated it up t the management - what were they thinking, that we sneak out at the middle of the night with our 3 huge suitcases? Reception had our cards pre-authorised anyhow. Very poor experience and not a good reflection on sri lankan attitude.

And why did I say two nights, two completely different experiences? Because of the crowd. First night it was full of european tourists, mostly adults - the atmosphere was lovely, relaxed. Second day a large (70+!!) asian (indian) group checked in with about 30 children amongst them. The evening and the following breakfast was noise, kids were splashing around in the pool in a very unruly manner and we could hardly fit into the restauraNT for breakfast from all the people running around and shouting loudly. Probably a cultural difference, but based on the second night's crowd, i would not come back to this hotel. Based on the first night, anytime, even with the mistakes, as it was a pleasant enough place.

They also have driver accomodation if you come with a private driver, so that came in handy, it was even free, including food, but according to our driver, not the highest standard. .

Room Tip: Rooms to the left of the reception building tend to be nicer, as there are less of them. We had 92...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 21, 2013

Amazing property... the grounds take your breath away! The gardens where spotless, staff where friendly, food was fantastic and over all it was a great experience. Just loved it! We only managed to stay one night but wished we could have been there longer. It really is one of the most beautiful properties in Sri Lanka!

Thank you Amaya Lake.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 21, 2013

This was a magnificent hotel - especially if you travel solo - you can do lots of things just staying in the hotel. The spa is great, pool is nice, food is ok - a bit on the pricey side but nice. Staff very very helpful and ready to please. I extended for one night (first they said they did not have any rooms available) - so I booked on Agoda another night - Agoda had availability - maybe hotel did not know. For that I was upgraded at no cost to a semi-luxury room! simply awesome. I did all my history sightseeing and nature from here: safari, village safari (quite cool), Sighiriya Rock, Rock Temple and Poulonnaruwa- which is about 60 km away - or so. If you have more time you can take a bike available at the hotel too. Would highly recommend this hotel to anyone. Also, Agoda had great deals for this hotel - much cheaper than booking through the hotel. Rooms are spacious, with a living room and bedroom area - all in one - but a bit separated. Bathroom is like another room with shower and Jacuzzi. I stayed in superior and semi-luxury

Room Tip: Use this hotel for your visits to Sighiria rock but also to go to Polonnaruwa
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed October 21, 2013

We stayed 2 nights in Amaya Lake hotel, but we felt like at home. Facilities are great, and staff is friendly and very nice. All in all a fantastic holiday experience. No doubt we'll go back there when we visit Sri Lanka again.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 20, 2013

Having read some of the other comments I cannot believe that they are speaking of the same place.

Our room was cleaned daily, any requests dealt with promptly, food was varied and well-cooked and the waiting staff were very friendly,chatty, attentive and efficient. The pool was constantly being cleaned and the pool staff always friendly and attentive. Sometimes I think staff respond to people being nice to them too!

A great place for relaxing and seeing the many natural wonders of Sri Lanka.

It was our second stay and I would happily book to go there again.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Amaya Lake
Address: PO Box 12 Kandalama Dambulla | Cultural Triangle, Dambulla 21100, Sri Lanka
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Location: Sri Lanka > Central Province > Dambulla
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Dambulla
#3 Luxury Hotel in Dambulla
#3 Family Hotel in Dambulla
#3 Spa Hotel in Dambulla
#3 Romantic Hotel in Dambulla
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Amaya Lake 4*
Number of rooms: 125
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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