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“Amazing, luxurious getaway in beautiful surroundings.”
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Jetwing Vil Uyana
Ranked #1 of 20 Hotels in Sigiriya
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Fort Collins, Colorado
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“Amazing, luxurious getaway in beautiful surroundings.”
Reviewed October 30, 2012

I am living in Sri Lanka for over a year. I stayed here with a friend who was visiting. This was definitely one of the more expensive places we stayed but well worth it. We stayed in a "standard" room, which is anything but standard. The room was beautiful with a large outside bathroom with the bathtub flanked by two lily ponds! This room was smaller than some of the other cottages which had their own plunge pools. But the "standard" room is much more affordable and still very luxurious. Each room or set of 2 rooms is set on its own in a beautiful setting. Birds and animals can be easily seen. The food, pool, and spa services were also of superior quality. This is a great place to stay while visiting Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, and Kaudulla or Minneriya National Parks. Spend two nights so that you can take advantage of all the amenities.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
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Jetwinghotels, General Manager at Jetwing Vil Uyana, responded to this review, November 8, 2012
Dear Guest,

Thank you for posting a review on Trip Advisor. We are happy to know that you had a wonderful time at Jetwing Vil Uyana. We are grateful you believe us to be worthy of such high praise. Your kind words will go a long way in inspiring the team. As you have mentioned the hotel has been centrally located in the Cultural Triangle of Sri Lanka, where you can explore the whole area while rest and relaxing at Jetwing Vil Uyana.

Thank you for your patronage and we look forward to welcoming you again at Jetwing Vil Uyana during your next visit to Sigiriya.

Sincerely,

Priyanthika Wijenaike
General Manager
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Reviewed October 26, 2012

A charming eco resort built in the countryside around lakes and paddy fields, a man made water habitat ideal for the nature lover as the property boasts 80 species of birds, 17 species of mammals, 36 different types of butterflies and 21 different amphibians [including a resident crocodile]. There are 25 different bungalows spread across the property, most have their own plunge pool. The bungalows have different settings - water or lake side, paddy, marsh or forest.
We enjoyed a waterside bungalow overlooking the lagoon or lake. We were 50 metres from the main building but that was a world away. Like the whole resort, our bungalow was all earth, stone and natural colours. It looked rustic and was spacious. All the comforts were there and the 'rain' shower a joy. Very clean and comfortable but short on hanging and storage space for the long distance traveller. Wifi was available in the bungalow but it performed indifferently for us, 'this was the weather you know'. Good wifi was available in the main building, dining room and public areas.
Food and dining service was average. An extensive wine list is offered but value was hard to find. Although staff were friendly and courteous, they lacked polish, enthusiasm and coordination when compared with the other Sri Lankan resorts we stayed in during a ten day tour.
For the nature lover looking for tranquility, this resort is a great spot!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Jetwinghotels, General Manager at Jetwing Vil Uyana, responded to this review, November 8, 2012
Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for the detailed feedback of the hotel posted on Trip Advisor and your stay at Jetwing Vil Uyana. It was wonderful to know that you had a lovely time in our hotel. Each of the four dwellings, Paddy, Marsh, Water and Forest provides its own unique experience. As we are built in a manmade eco reserve, the environment is well settled for bird life, butterflies, wild animals and yes, our very own crocodile.

Although we trust that you have enjoyed our accommodation and facilities we were disappointed to hear that our food and dining service did not reach your expectations. Most of our feedback is greatly positive about our food, however our team takes all your comments constructively and will improve the areas you have mentioned.

Once again thank you for patronizing Jetwing Vil Uyana and we await your next visit to Sigiriya.

Sincerely,

Priyanthika Wijenaike
General Manager
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Reviewed October 19, 2012

We had a fabulous time. The staff was excellent. The room was gorgeous - totally huge. We even had our own private dipping pool. We ate dinner at the restaurant both nights and it was very good. Highly recommended. We hope to go back again.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Jetwinghotels, General Manager at Jetwing Vil Uyana, responded to this review, November 8, 2012
Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to write a review on Trip Advisor. We are thrilled to know that you had a wonderful time at Jetwing Vil Uyana.

We eagerly await your next visit to Jetwing Vil Uyana to host you in the Cultural Triangle of Sri Lanka once again.

Sincerely,

Priyanthika Wijanaike
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Beachmere, Australia
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Reviewed October 19, 2012

We stayed at Vil Uyana for two nights in one of the water dwellings (112) - we couldn't see any other houses from ours and might have been the only people in the world. The house was built on stilts over the lagoon with one whole end was glass from floor to ceiling so we could see the fruit bats roosting in the trees and the fish swimming in the lagoon, and everything else in between. It really was rather lovely. The inside of the house had wooden floors with woven matting lining the walls. The bed was large, super comfortable with the softest pillows and linens and a good mosquito net. There was a sitting area near the large windows, both inside and outside on the verandah perched out over the water. The bathroom had a rain shower that produced a huge flow of water and the bath was very large and would easily fit two people in style. Toiletries were provided, free WiFi, tea, coffee making facilities and a basket of fruit. Everything was very clean.

The main pavilion is open-sided with a library overlooking the lagoon where you can sit with an evening drink and watch the night-time animals come out to feed, the dining room is on a second level and has great views and delicious sri lankan food (didn't sample the western food). There is a small bar and a large wine cellar with a great variety of wines from many different countries kept at cool temperature.

Some of the houses have their own plunge pools but there is also a large infinity edge pool in the main pavilion area - the resident crocodile swims just the other side of the pool!

The staff were all very courteous and helpful, the atmosphere was serene and luxurious. The location is about 10km away from Sigiriya rock in the middle of the countryside away from any road noise - you will think you are in a nature reserve. I would thoroughly recommend a stay at this hotel.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Jetwinghotels, General Manager at Jetwing Vil Uyana, responded to this review, November 8, 2012
Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for posting such detailed feedback of your stay at Jetwing Vil Uyana on Trip Advisor . We are glad to know that you were happily surprised with your stay, observing your surroundings and enjoying the wildlife that is part of our nature. We believe Jetwing Vil Uyana is the kind of peace and serenity that is hard to find elsewhere and we are incredibly happy to hear your thoughts on our little paradise.

It was a pleasure having you here and we await your next visit to host you in Sigiriya once again.

Sincerely,

Priyanthika Wijenaike
General Manager
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 17, 2012

We stayed at Vil Uyana for 3 nights. We had a very memorable stay at the hotel and wished we'd had a couple of extra nights here. We had a half board booking at the hotel. The breakfasts and dinners were fabulous - the food was always to the highest standard.

The rooms were very spacious, clean and well maintained. The hot tub was definitely a welcome treat after a long day out in the sun.

The ambeince of the hotel in general was very natural. On our way from the room to the lobby, we came across seveal peacocks, a monitor lizard, plenty of different birds and there was a crocodile in the marsh right outside our room.

The staff were always very friendly and helpful.

Ofcourse the price of the hotel is higher but you get what you pay for.

This is the perfect place for romantic holidays.

Highly recommend this hotel.

Room Tip: The room overlooking the marsh is lovely (however you will need some insect repellent)!
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Jetwinghotels, General Manager at Jetwing Vil Uyana, responded to this review, November 8, 2012
Dear Guest,

We are happy to hear that you have enjoyed our food and the services provided during your stay as do most of our guests who strongly believe in Jetwing hospitality. Also our guests are true nature lovers as this location provides many opportunities for observing Sri Lanka’s diverse wildlife.

As you have mentioned this is an amazing hotel, as we are built in a man-made eco reserve and the environment has settled well for several species of wildlife to call it their home. We also arrange nature tours with our own Resident Naturalist such as bird watching tours, safari tours, village walks and the latest being Loris watching during the night which is only available at Jetwing Vil Uyana.

It was an absolute pleasure having you and we look forward to welcoming you once again to Jetwing Vil Uyana.

Sincerely,

Priyanthika Wijenaike
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 17, 2012 via mobile

If you plan to visit Sri Lanka then you must stay here for a few nights. The hotel is incredible and difficult to describe, it is peaceful, relaxing and high end accommodation. I would also highly recommend a trip to sigriya rock as this is one of those few places that I would describe as a hidden gem. Of all the places we stayed in Sri Lanka this hotel was without question head and shoulders above the others.

Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Jetwinghotels, General Manager at Jetwing Vil Uyana, responded to this review, November 8, 2012
Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for your feedback of your stay at Jetwing Vil Uyana. The hotel does offer a truly unique experience and it is quite easy to fall in love with it. One of the unique features of the hotel is our design and different categories of dwellings. Most of our guests are very much in love with this beautiful property as you have mentioned

Once again thank you for choosing Jetwing Vil Uyana and we hope to welcome you back on your next visit to this paradise isle.

Sincerely,

Priyanthika Wijenaike
General Manager
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San Francisco
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Reviewed October 16, 2012

Add this hotel to your itinerary of Sri Lanka, you will not be disappointed! The resort is like a National Park with various habitats (lake, paddy field, and grassland). We did not leave our room without our camera, and were glad we did so because we saw different wildlife each time (crocodile, land and water monitor lizards, giant fruit bats, birds galore, etc.). Across the board the service was delightful. I'd give the restaurant 4 stars as I would like to see more Sri Lankan dishes on the menu rather than standard fare.

We were upgraded to a Forest Room (#140, which was particularly secluded) and definitely recommend getting a room with a plunge pool which comes in very useful to cool off. The rooms are very luxurious with modern touches. Note that wifi is not available in every room, but there are various common areas in the main lodge where you can get online very easily.

For fellow travellers who share my phobia of legless friends: a cobra was sighted on the grounds while we were there, which made me tread extra carefully.

Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Jetwinghotels, General Manager at Jetwing Vil Uyana, responded to this review, November 8, 2012
Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to write your review of Jetwing Vil Uyana on Trip Advisor. We are an Eco-reserve in every sense of the word. One of the unique features we created is the wetland concept that is man-made, that also attracts quite an array of bird species.

Jetwing hospitality is renowned for its personalized touch and going the extra mile. I will share your compliments with our team. We too, are very proud of the cuisine we offer, the facilities, the services and of course the breathtaking surroundings.

Once again thank you for your kind words.

Sincerely,

Priyanthika Wijenaike
General Manager
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Property: Jetwing Vil Uyana
Address: Sigiriya 21120, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Central Province > Sigiriya
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection 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:
#1 Spa Hotel in Sigiriya
#1 Romantic Hotel in Sigiriya
#1 Family Hotel in Sigiriya
#1 Luxury Hotel in Sigiriya
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Jetwing Vil Uyana 4.5*
Number of rooms: 36
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Infused with eco friendly, sustainable modern design, Jetwing Vil Uyana is nestled deep in the heart of the island paradise of Sri Lanka incorporating five main ecological zones from forests to marshes. It is a retreat perfect for tranquility seekers or for those who wish to be close to the island's rich array of flora and fauna. The challenge of introducing a wetland system on reclaimed agricultural lands provides the unique backdrop for this exciting property. A strong 'back to nature' theme pervades your every moment at Jetwing Vil Uyana and the uniqueness of the experience is unforgettable. ... more   less 
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