Arika Villa is a nine-bedroom holiday retreat in Dambulla, in the south of Sri Lanka's cultural triangle, set amidst lush tropical gardens edged by a tranquil river. A small tributary of this main river flows around the property and is frequented by numerous birds and monkeys. It offers well-appointed bedrooms, traditional Sri Lankan and western cuisine, and a peaceful holiday setting. Well-appointed rooms overlook a sizeable swimming pool for a hotel of this size.
Accommodation is in nine spacious bedrooms with king-size beds, wardrobe, writing desk and lounge chairs. Bedrooms open out to a private balcony or terrace overlooking the gardens and the stream that flows at the edge of the property. In-room facilities include a/c, overhead fans, satellite TV, tea/coffee facility, and internet connection with Wi-Fi, IDD telephone, electronic safe and room service. Ensuite bathrooms have h/w showers.
Dine on Sri Lankan and western cuisine at the main restaurant or in the privacy of your own balcony or verandah. Meals are prepared with fresh village vegetables and meats. Discuss your meal preferences with the chef ahead of time and he will prepare the meals to your liking. Guests are welcome to bring their own alcohol. There is a swimming pool and pool deck furnished with sun lounges. A team of helpful staff provides a personalised service.
Why we like it
The large rooms and the small river running alongside the hotel.
Arika Villa is set at the southern apex of the cultural triangle. Dambulla cave temple and Sigiriya are within easy reach and the ruined cities of Polonnuruwa and Anuradhapura comfortably within driving range. The journey from Colombo’s international airport will take about four hours.