Aliya Resort & Spa – Sigiriya

General Overview

‘Aliya’ meaning elephant in Sinhala, is an apt name for this luxurious resort immersed in lush wilderness where wild elephants roam. The Aliya Resort is a blend of modern minimalism with Sri Lanka’s simple and unhurried rural lifestyle. Enter through a series of steps into the vast, gleaming white lounge and instantly, the mesmerizing views of the infinity pool and the gigantic twin rocks – Pidurangala and Sigiriya comes into focus. Aliya resort offers luxurious rooms or tents immersed in the wilderness; international as well as traditional Sri Lankan cuisine served at their wattle & daub restaurant overlooking the paddy fields. There is an interesting Paddy Museum that recounts the history of paddy cultivation on the island that dates back to over 2,500 years. After a long day of sight-seeing, relax with an Ayurvedic massage at the tranquil spa. Aliya Resort follows strict eco-friendly policies and complies with GREEN building guidelines on energy and the environment.

Accommodation

Accommodation is in 96 deluxe rooms and suites and 18 comfortable tents. All rooms open out to gardens views; some have views of Sigiriya rock. An elephant-inspired theme runs through the spacious bedrooms, which are equipped with a/c, overhead fans, a mini-bar, tea/coffee facility, an LCD TV with satellite channels, Wi-Fi and an electronic safe. Each room has an ensuite bathroom with bath tub and h/w rain shower.

Deluxe Rooms (52 sq. meters): The 66 Deluxe Rooms are housed in two-storey chalets (four bedrooms in each chalet) and have private balconies with garden views.

Deluxe Rooms with Attic (74 sq. meters): These 10 rooms are ideal for families and have an attic room furnished with two single beds.

Suites (142 sq. meters): The two luxurious suites are secluded and can accommodate up to four guests. Interiors consist of a living and dining area, a pantry, two bedrooms, a private plunge pool, a sauna and a home-theatre system. The ensuite bathrooms have twin vanities, a bath tub and a h/w rain shower.

Tents (98 sq. metres): The 18 tents are located in the lush wilderness towards the front of the property and provide a camping experience that will be appreciated by nature lovers. This rustic experience comes with comforts. Each tent is set on a wooden platform and has a thatched roof that comes over the tent. The rear exit to the tent is annexed to a small wooden cabin that houses a well-designed bathroom with a bath tub and h/w shower. The tent houses the bedroom equipped with custom made queen-size bed, clothes rack, electronic safe, a/c and fan, tea/coffee facility. The tent opens out to s verandah furnished with lounge chairs. There are well lit pathways that lead to each tent. Children below 12 years are not permitted in the tents.

Facilities

Swimming pool   Cable TV   DVD library   Internet   Gym   Ayurveda   Restaurant   Licensed bar   Business centre   Room service   Laundry service   Child friendly   Eco friendly   Bird Watching

Dine at the Alaka restaurant that serves international dishes; Makara for a taste of authentic Chinese cuisine or Nagula – the wattle and daub Sri Lankan specialty restaurant. Adjoining is the well presented Paddy Museum that highlights traditional cultivation and harvesting methods. Other resort facilities include two bars, a night club, fully equipped gym, indoor badminton court, and conference and business centre facilities. Cool off with a dip in the infinity swimming pool looking across to the magnificent Pidurangala and Sigiriya rocks. Relax and rejuvenate at the Ayur Vie Spa that offers traditional Ayurvedic massages and other treatments.

Excursions

The Cultural Triangle lies in close proximity to the Aliya Resort, which includes the Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Dambulla Cave Temple, Ritigala and the ancient sites of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa. The Cultural Triangle consists of extensive forest cover which is home to large herds of wild elephants, deer, wild buffalo and numerous species of dry zone birds. The jungles extend seamlessly across the Minnerirya and Kaudulla National Parks to the Hurulu Eco Park. During the dry season – July to September – elephant herds migrate freely from one park to another in search of water. The receding shores of the Minneriya tank is a particular attraction for the elephants. They converge in their hundreds, an awesome sight famously known as the `elephant gathering’ which has been ranked 6th by Lonely Planet in the list of ‘greatest wildlife spectacles in the world’.

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