After a brief overnight stop at Negombo, this was the first proper taste of the high standard of the six hotels we were to experience during our visit to Sri Lanka.
We did not stop off anywhere en route from Negombo (apart from a few quick photo stops) and it took a good 4 hours or so to reach Habarana. The hotel was down a long track from the main road which also serves the sister hotel (Cinnamon Lodge) and reception was in the open air. Refreshing towels and fruit drinks were quickly served up and much appreciated. We were quickly assisted to our lake side deluxe chalet for the two night stay.
We fared better than some, as whilst there was rain around at times this tended to be mid afternoon and quite light. We were still able to use the inviting triangular pool which filled from a sort of cascade arrangement with what felt like hot water - like getting in a bath. It was fun to swim here after dark (pool open until 21.00) after a day out touring the sites.
Others have commented on the wildlife around Chaaya and we enjoyed it as well. Very endearing was the squirrel who would hang from the tree and stare at you with big eyes - all he wanted was a banana which on occasion guests or the pool staff would provide. It was quite entertaining also to witness our first group of monkeys in Sri Lanka as they tried to muscle in on the squirrels territory before racing off across the chalet rooftops/trees towards the lakes. These were different to the one's we met at Kandalama!
We endorse all the positive comments about this hotel that others have stated here and it was clean, the staff friendly and very peaceful. While we were there the gardeners were attempting to replant the muddy grass areas in front of the chalets which I guess had not benefited from the rains in February. March is supposed to be wetter than February by the way.
I went and 'did' Sigiriya rock one morning whilst my wife enjoyed a sunny relaxing time on a lounger by the pool. After lunch it was off to Polonnuwara, the second historic capital site for the afternoon. The road runs through a National Park and we saw a wild elephant on the roadside on the way back. I mention these things as it emphasises the hotels central location for the Cultural Triangle. Anuradhapura is also possible in a day from here - despite all the roads currently being replaced (no diversions in Sri Lanka).
Not sure if it was because of the lake but we did get many small bites here on the first night (not mosquito ones) and so we used the pink 'tablet' that is provided in the room - you plug the device into a power socket and it emits a smell for 12 hours - and this stopped a repeat on the second night!
Lovely Hotel, Lovely location - highly recommended.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Habarana Village by Cinnamon lies sprawled across 27 acres of luxuriant land bordering a stunning lake of Habarana. The hotel's cozy cottages, inspired by the typical thatched roof huts found locally, lie in clusters with low roofs and brownish yellow exteriors. Habarana Village by Cinnamon boasts of 94 Superior Rooms, 12 Deluxe Rooms and 2 Suites set in the middle of thousands of high-rise trees that provide fruit, medicinal properties and plenty of shade. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Chaaya Village Habarana Hotel Habarana
- Chaaya Village Hotel Habarana
- Chaaya Village Resort Habarana