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The hotel is only a short drive - or cycle - from the Dambulla cave temples and Sigiriya lion rock. The ruined cities of Anuradhapura, and Polonnaruwa and the Minneriya wildlife sanctuary are also within an easy drive.
Bawa's design allows magnificent views of the ancient Sigiriya Rock, the surrounding mountains and the reservoir. The hotel's immediate surroundings are home to numerous species of birds, butterflies, monkeys, spotted deer and wild boar.
The luxurious rooms and suites are housed in two wings: the Dambulla Wing with views of the surrounding mountains, forest and Kandalama reservoir; and the Sigiriya Wing which overlooks the Sigiriya Rock and the surrounding wilderness, mountains and lake.
The hotel is highly regarded for its cuisine and has three restaurants and a café, all with scenic views, offering a variety of Sri Lankan, western and eastern dishes. There are also several 'destination dining' options, from a picnic lunch to a traditional rice and curry meal with villagers in Puranagama.
There are three swimming pools, a gym, tennis courts, billiards table and a mini shopping arcade. The Six Senses Spa, with extensive treatments, overlooks the lake.