Rather than spend our first night in Sri Lanka at one of the dubious chain hotels in Ngombo, we elected to move inland to Polonnaruwa. Despite the long drive from the airport, we were not dissapointed. The Lake Hotel is a small intimate boutique hotel that has a special location that sets you at ease as soon as you walk through the front door. The Lake is modern but has character and is situated on the edge of Parakrama Samudra lake. The view from the pool deck is stunning with local boats fishing and an assortment of Birds wading in the shallows (Herons, Ibis, Egrets and Bittern).
The pool is tiled in a gorgeous dark blue colour that enhances the setting. The rooms are clean, tidy and modern with an excellent shower. The restaurant menu is varied and extremely good value. The staff are first class and make you feel special. Overall, if you choose the Lake, it will not dissapoint. Whether it's your first or last port of call in Sri Lanka, it willl leave you with a special memory of your visit.More