We arrived at Chaaya Village after a week in (very good) guesthouses elsewhere in Sri Lanka. As soon as you arrive, it's such a great place to stay, the rooms are huge and the bathroom really good. Hardly anyone else seemed to go in the pool, so a lot of the time we had it to ourselves, and the service was fantastic. We had loved the food everywhere else we had been in Sri Lanka, and were reluctant about having an international buffet, so the first night we walked out of the hotel and up to the junction, having a meal there. the next night we were tired after all the day's activities, and one of the waiter's offered us a lower price for the buffet if we only ate the Sri Lankan food - this was perfect for us, and I have to say the quality was much higher than I was expecting - the spice levels didn't seem to have been dumbed down for westerners. Same with the breakfast, which was really good, and we filled up on this every morning. The hotel is well placed for public transport to all the sites around the area (Polonnaruwa, Minneriya, Dambulla etc), though I think most guests here have drivers, as the staff seemed quite surprised that we walked to the junction! Highly recommended hotel.
- 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