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A hotel built in - and above - a man-made nature reserve, and within view of the spectacular rock fortress of Sigiriya.
This is something of an original concept. Many of the rooms at Vil Uyana are built over reed beds and paddy fields created on reclaimed agricultural land. Accommodation is in elegant minimalist thatched cabanas, many with their own pools or within the forest. The grounds can be explored via wooden walkways or by boat or ferry in search of rare birds and wildlife.
There are two restaurants, The Sulang for light meals and drinks while watching birdlife on the lake, and Winds and the teak furnished Apsara serving local specialities and with a spectacular view for all day dining. The Graffiti Bar in the library has a selection of cigars and cocktails.
Inactivities include relaxing by your private pool, or passing the time in the spa enjoying a soothing Ayurvedic massage. The more active should under no circumstances miss climbing to the top of the Sigiriya rock fortress to see its beautiful frescoes and the ruins of the 5th century palace.
In creating the lakes at Vil Uyana it was the first time anyone had dug lakes in the area since the wonderfully named King Parakramabahu in the 11th century.
Rosie, Original Traveller