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8.4

Excellent
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Highly rated by guests – 100% would recommend
Housekeeping6
Food & Dining5
Breakfast3
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8.7

Excellent

Location rating score

Excellent location
Parking
FREE
Popular landmarks
Dambulla Cave Temple 5.0 km
Kimbissa Buddhist Temple 8.8 km
Pidurangala Temple 10.9 km
Sigiriya Temple 11.7 km
Sigiri Art Gallery 11.9 km
Archaeological Museum 12.0 km
Citadel of Sigiriya - Lion Rock 12.4 km
Pidurangala Rock 13.3 km
Minneriya National Park 25.9 km
Nearby landmarks
Kandalama Super 1.3 km
Suwapiyasa Medical Centre 3.1 km
Medical centre 3.5 km
NIV Pharmacy 3.9 km
Sri Gunanandaramaya Temple 4.5 km
Dambulla Main Bus Station 4.6 km
Main vehicle yard 4.6 km
Sugath Pharmacy 4.6 km
Mahajana Pharmacy 4.6 km
Golden Temple Car Park 4.7 km
Amaya Lake Dambulla

"We really enjoyed our stay at Amaya Lake."

Shayda - April 12, 2022
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Amaya Lake Dambulla

Kap Ela, Kandalama, Kandalama Lake Front, Sigiriya, Sri Lanka, 21100 - See map

The car parking and the Wi-Fi are always free, so you can stay in touch and come and go as you please. Conveniently situated in the Kandalama Lake Front part of Sigiriya, this property puts you close to attractions and interesting dining options. Don't leave before paying a visit to the famous Minneriya National Park. Rated with 5 stars, this high-quality property provides guests with access to massage, restaurant and indoor pool on-site.

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Hygiene Plus
Wellness
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Safety Features
Staff trained in safety protocol
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Preventative Equipment
Hand sanitizer
Free face masks
Health and Medical
First aid kit
Important announcement -- "As part of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions, the property may request additional documentation from guests to validate identification, travel itinerary, and other relevant information. Please contact the property for more details."
  • Airport transfer

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

  • Currency exchange

  • Sauna

  • Daily housekeeping

Value for money8.0
Distance to city center10 km
Location rating8.7
Nearest airportSigiriya Airport (GIU)
Distance to airport10.6 km

Rooms available at Amaya Lake Dambulla

Excellent
Room comfort & quality

8.4

Deluxe Suite with Plunge Pool
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  • Room size: 89 m²/958 ft²
  • Lake view
  • 1 king bed
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Deluxe Villa
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  • Room size: 44 m²/474 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 1 queen bed or 2 single bed...
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Standard Villa
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  • Room size: 30 m²/323 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 2 single beds or 1 queen be...
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Family Villa
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  • Room size: 40 m²/431 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 2 single beds or 1 double b...
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Family Suite
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  • Room size: 72 m²/775 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 1 king bed
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Suite
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  • Garden view
  • Balcony/terrace
  • 1 sofa bed & 1 queen bed
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Signature Suite
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  • Room size: 72 m²/775 ft²
  • Partial lake view
  • 1 king bed
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Standard Double Room
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  • Room size: 23 m²/248 ft²
  • Shower
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Luxury Room
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  • Room size: 71 m²/764 ft²
  • Shower
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Club Lodge Room
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  • Room size: 40 m²/431 ft²
  • Shower and bathtub
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Frequently asked questions

What time is check-in and check-out at Amaya Lake Dambulla?

Check-in is from 02:00 PM, and check-out is until 12:00 PM. You may request early check-in or late check-out during booking, subject to availability. Guests checking in or out before or after the designated periods may be charged an additional fee. The resort offers luggage storage to guests for before check-in and after check-out. The front desk is always open, day or night.

How do I get to Amaya Lake Dambulla?

Amaya Lake Dambulla is easy to access from the airport. In fact, you can even book your airport transfer in advance for greater peace of mind with the additional charge of 100 LKR. Just use the "Let us know what you need" section of the booking page to let the resort know you want a ride, and they will contact you via the Agoda messaging service. A stay at Amaya Lake Dambulla also comes with easy access to the neighborhoods around the hotel through the convenient shuttle service offered at the resort. For those who wish to drive their own cars, Amaya Lake Dambulla has a car park right on site for maximum convenience. Parking is free for guests. Parking options include a full-service valet for total ease.

Is breakfast offered at Amaya Lake Dambulla?

Wake up to a great buffet breakfast at Amaya Lake Dambulla. Adults can enjoy breakfast offered with an additional charge of 2500 LKR if not included in the room rate. You may save on breakfast costs with Agoda by booking a room with breakfast, which is often included for less than buying it at the resort.

What are my dining options at Amaya Lake Dambulla?

Amaya Lake Dambulla features an on-site restaurant for your dining convenience.

What is the smoking policy at Amaya Lake Dambulla?

Amaya Lake Dambulla does not permit smoking in any of its rooms, but allows smoking in designated areas.

What are popular attractions near Amaya Lake Dambulla?

Amaya Lake Dambulla is located in Kandalama Lake Front area, which is famous for attractions such as Polonnaruwa Museum, Sri Gunanandaramaya Temple and The Forgotten Temple Kaludiya Pokuna.

What popular natural sightseeing spots are close to Amaya Lake Dambulla?

Amaya Lake Dambulla is located in the Kandalama Lake Front area, which is famous for natural sightseeing destinations such as Rose quartz  Mountain and Wasgamuwa National Park.

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What people love about Amaya Lake Dambulla

  • 9.6

    Exceptional

    "We really enjoyed our stay at Amaya Lake."

    Shayda

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    April 12, 2022

  • 9.6

    Exceptional
    Staff 

    "The staff were all super friendly and attentive and the food was great with lots of choice and variety."

    Shayda

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    April 12, 2022

  • 8.8

    Excellent
    Spaciousness

    "The hotel compound is really big and blended with jungle."

    Charitha

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    February 26, 2022

Property ranking|Compared to 554 Sigiriya properties
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Room comfort score
8.4/10
Room size
58 sqm.
Location score
8.7/10
Cleanliness score
8.6/10
Better than
96
%
of Sigiriya properties
Bigger than
95
%
of Sigiriya properties
Better than
94
%
of Sigiriya properties
Better than
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Overall rating:

8.4

Excellent
851 reviews
Cleanliness
8.6
Facilities
8.3
Location
8.7
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What travelers say they love:
Being an eco resort, you do live very close to the nature.
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Amaya Lake Dambulla

Treat yourself to a relaxing stay and all that Sigiriya has to offer with a stay at Amaya Lake Dambulla.
Take advantage of a wealth of unrivaled services and amenities at Amaya Lake Dambulla. Stay connected throughout your stay with free internet access provided. To help pre-arrange your arrival and departure, airport transfer services can be booked before you even check in. Your explorations of Sigiriya can be assisted with the shuttle services available here.
Parking is provided free of charge for guests. You'll have no problem planning out your days and transportation needs with front desk services including concierge service, express check-in or check-out, luggage storage and safety deposit boxes. The resort's tours can even help you book tickets and reservations for entertainment and explorations. While lodging at this wonderful resort, a charming and cozy on-site fireplace will keep you warm on cold days and nights.
Wear your favorite outfits again and again thanks to the dry cleaning service and laundry service offered at Amaya Lake Dambulla. In-room conveniences such as 24-hour room service, room service and daily housekeeping will make staying in a great choice. The resort is entirely non-smoking. Smoking may only take place in restricted designated areas.
Guestrooms are fitted with all the amenities you need for a good night's sleep. To enhance your stay, some rooms at the resort come with blackout curtains and air conditioning. The specially-designed rooms at Amaya Lake Dambulla offer a layout option like a balcony or terrace. The resort's in-room entertainment is second to none, with daily newspaper, television, in-room video streaming and cable TV provided to guests in select rooms.
You may be assured to know that a refrigerator, a coffee or tea maker, bottled water and mini bar are available in some select rooms. You can stay fresh and clean with a hair dryer, toiletries, bathrobes and towels provided in some of the guest bathrooms.


Dining and things to do

Wake up with no worries at Amaya Lake Dambulla, where breakfast can be provided in house. Throughout your stay, choose from a variety of delicious dining options at the resort. Once there, be sure to check out bar for some in-house nighttime fun. The resort even has in-house cooking amenities such as BBQ facilities for its most selective guests.
Throughout the day, you can enjoy the activities offered at Amaya Lake Dambulla. While you're there, be sure to take some time to explore the easily accessible beach. Warm up at the end of the day with a visit to the massage, spa and sauna. The resort's on-site pool invites you every day for a cooling dip or a few refreshing laps.
The resort's the poolside bar allows you to have the most casual of cocktail times with a mellow drink. Test your skills! Get competitive with your travel group or other guests, at the resort's tennis court and hiking trails. No need to go anywhere after dinner -- play with friends or family at the games room and shared lounge and TV area. You can find a perfect memento of your trip, or grab some simple travel supplies at the shops and souvenir shops.


Around the property

Venture outside Amaya Lake Dambulla and explore Sigiriya during your stay. Tourists travel from around the world to see Pidurangala Rock, which is an easy visit just 13.3 km away. You're sure to want to visit Citadel of Sigiriya - Lion Rock located 12.4 km away, among the most sought-after photographs for anyone visiting Sigiriya.


Reasons to stay here

This resort's facilities score higher than 94% of accommodations in the city.
Travelers who stayed here really appreciated the location, scoring it better than 94% of the city's other options.
This accommodation beats more than 95% of competition in the city on room comfort.

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Amenities and facilities
Excellent
Facilities

8.3

Most talked about facilities

Food & Dining

46 mentions

Swimming Pool

36 mentions

Breakfast

17 mentions

View

11 mentions

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Sinhala
  • Tamil

Outdoor

  • Bicycles

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible

Internet access

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
  • Internet services
  • Wi-Fi in public areas

Things to do, ways to relax

  • Billiards
  • Canoeing
  • Game room
  • Garden
  • Hiking
  • Massage
  • Nightclub
  • On-site entertainment
  • Pool with view
  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Swimming pool [indoor]
  • Swimming pool [outdoor]
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis court
  • Tours

Cleanliness and safety

  • Anti-viral cleaning products
  • Breakfast in room
  • Cashless payment service
  • Daily disinfection in all rooms
  • Daily disinfection in common areas
  • Face coverings on staff
  • First aid kit
  • Free face masks
  • Guest rooms seal after sanitization
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Hot water linen and laundry washing
  • Individually-wrapped food options
  • Physical distancing of at least 1 meter
  • Rooms sanitized between stays
  • Safe dining setup
  • Sanitized kitchen and tableware items
  • Shared stationery removed
  • Staff trained in safety protocol
  • Temperature check for guests and staff

Dining, drinking, and snacking

  • Alternative meal arrangement
  • Bar
  • BBQ facilities
  • Kitchen
  • Poolside bar
  • Restaurants
  • Room service [24-hour]

Services and conveniences

  • Air conditioning in public area
  • Concierge
  • Contactless check-in/out
  • Currency exchange
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Dry cleaning
  • Elevator
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Fireplace
  • Food delivery
  • Gift/souvenir shop
  • Grooming service
  • Ironing service
  • Laundry service
  • Luggage storage
  • Meeting/banquet facilities
  • Safety deposit boxes
  • Shops
  • Smoke-free property
  • Smoking area
  • Terrace

For the kids

  • Babysitting service
  • Family room
  • Kids club
  • Kids meal
  • Playground

Access

  • Check-in/out [express]
  • Check-in/out [private]
  • Front desk [24-hour]
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Pets allowed
  • Soundproof rooms

Getting around

  • Airport transfer
  • Car park [free of charge]
  • Car park [on-site]
  • Rental car
  • Shuttle service
  • Valet parking

Available in all rooms

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Bathtub
  • Free bottled water
  • Towels
  • Wi-Fi [free]
Food and dining
Breakfast options
  • Asian
  • Buffet
Restaurants on site

Samara Restaurant

  • Cuisine: American, Asian, European
  • Menu: Buffet, A-la-carte
Location
Kap Ela, Kandalama, Kandalama Lake Front, Sigiriya, Sri Lanka, 21100
Excellent
Location

8.7

Airports

  • Sigiriya Airport (GIU)
    10.6 km
  • Anuradhapura Airport (ACJ)
    56.6 km

Public transportation

  • Dambulla Main Bus Station
    4.6 km

Hospital or clinic

  • Suwapiyasa Medical Centre
    3.1 km
What's nearby

Popular landmarks

  • Dambulla Cave Temple
    5.0 km
  • Kimbissa Buddhist Temple
    8.8 km
  • Pidurangala Temple
    10.9 km
  • Sigiriya Temple
    11.7 km
  • Sigiri Art Gallery
    11.9 km
  • Archaeological Museum
    12.0 km
  • Citadel of Sigiriya - Lion Rock
    12.4 km
  • Pidurangala Rock
    13.3 km
  • Minneriya National Park
    25.9 km

Nearby landmarks

  • Kandalama Super
    1.3 km
  • Suwapiyasa Medical Centre
    3.1 km
  • Medical centre
    3.5 km
  • NIV Pharmacy
    3.9 km
  • Sri Gunanandaramaya Temple
    4.5 km
  • Dambulla Main Bus Station
    4.6 km
  • Main vehicle yard
    4.6 km
  • Sugath Pharmacy
    4.6 km
  • Mahajana Pharmacy
    4.6 km
  • Golden Temple Car Park
    4.7 km
Distances shown are straight-line distances on the map. Actual travel distances may vary.
Property policies
Children and extra beds

Extra beds are dependent on the room you choose. Please check the individual room capacity for more details.

All children are welcome.

Infant 0-3 year(s)
Stay for free if using existing bedding.
Baby cot/crib available upon request
Children 4-12 year(s)
Must use an extra bed
If you need an extra bed, it will incur an additional charge.
Guests 13 years and older are considered as adults
Must use an extra bed which will incur an additional charge.
Others
  • When booking more than 5 rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply.
Some helpful facts

Check-in/Check-out

  • Check-in from14:00
  • Check-in until18:00
  • Check-out until12:00

Getting around

  • Airport transfer fee100 LKR
  • Distance from city center10 km
  • Travel time to airport (minutes)210

Extras

  • Breakfast charge (unless included in room price)2500 LKR
  • Daily Internet/Wi-Fi fee0 USD

The property

  • Non-smoking rooms/floorsYes
  • Number of bars/lounges1
  • Number of floors1
  • Number of restaurants1
  • Number of rooms 101
  • Room voltage240
  • Year property opened1995
  • Most recent renovation2014

Parking

  • Daily parking fee0 USD
Property announcements

As part of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions, the property may request additional documentation from guests to validate identification, travel itinerary, and other relevant information. Please contact the property for more details.

Reviews of Amaya Lake Dambulla from real guests

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8.3
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Cleanliness8.6
Facilities8.3
Location8.7
Room comfort and quality8.4
Service8.4
Value for money8.0
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9.3
Exceptional
Allen from Sri Lanka
Family with young children
Stayed 2 nights in July 2015

Amaya Lake hotel stay ”

Enjoyed the food, facilities was good with friendly staff

It was a good stay even though it was generally at nights and then for breakfast, we were out the whole day practically. Even though its considered an Echo friendly resort I was not too happy at having insects crawling out the space where the bathtup tap was fixed (there is space as it was not properly closed) while my daughter of 9 was having a bath. it was pretty scary for my daughter, who is not used to such insects nor the ants we found in the toilets and in the room. The outdoor lighting too is not sufficient at nights for travel from one area of the hotel to the other and in this case from the dining area, or the swimming pool to the rooms along the paths and we ended using the lights from our mobiles. I later found out that we could have used the buggies for transfer. Other than that, we enjoyed the trip and the two nights stay at the Amaya Lake hotel was very enjoyable, as from the hotel we travelled to Dambulla town, Sigiriya rock area, we also hired a jeep and travelled to Minneriya national park to see the elephants. It was an awesome experience watching around 100 elephants at the park.

Reviewed August 03, 2015

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10.0
Exceptional
Bikash
Couple
Standard Villa
Stayed 1 night in October 2018

Connect with Nature”

Being a Honeymoon Trip, privacy, calm and serenity were our top priorities in Sri Lanka and Amaya Lake Hotel, Kandalama fit the bill perfectly. It is luxury coupled with tranquility and serenity and can definitely lead one to a state of meditative trance. The cottages were placed quite decently at sufficient distance from one another with affluent interiors and wood paneling. bathrooms were clean and the Jacuzzi was quite big. The biggest positive is early morning or evening walk by the Amaya Lake. The only downside shall be the food which even though had multiple options, but was a bit bland in taste.

Reviewed August 02, 2019

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Dear Bikash Greetings from Amaya Resorts and Spas We are so happy to hear that you had a memorable experience with us. The team members will be extremely delighted to hear that they made such a positive and lasting impression on your honeymoon visit. However regret to note that food fell below your expectation and apologize for same. Hope it will not deter you form visiting us again and hope to see you once again. Warmest regards Deepika Dissanayake

Responded August 05, 2019
Amaya Lake Dambulla
10.0
Exceptional
Viroonrat from Thailand
Group
Standard Villa
Stayed 1 night in April 2012

Beautiflu landscape hotel with comfortable bedroom”

Very nice surrounding environment with excellent services

The hotel located on Kandalama lake front...opposite of Heritance Kandalama Hotel. It is not too far from Sigiriya Rock. You will find an excellent and helpful service of hotel staffs over there. Breakfast was excellent with a variaty of choices and the price is so reasonable. You will find a lot of photo spots which you will enjoy it very much.

Reviewed April 27, 2012

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10.0
Exceptional
Viroonrat from Thailand
Group
Standard Villa
Stayed 1 night in April 2012

Romantic Hotel with excellent hospitality”

A lot of photo spots ....beautiful scenery of the lake and green land scape

the hotel located on kandalama lake front...opposite of heritance kandalama hotel. it is not too far from sigiriya rock. you will find an excellent and helpful service of hotel staffs over there. breakfast was excellent with a variaty of choices and the price is so reasonable. you will find a lot of photo spots which you will enjoy it very much.

Reviewed April 27, 2012

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9.3
Exceptional
Patricia from United States
Solo traveler
Standard Villa
Stayed 1 night in April 2012

Quality hotel in serene environment”

Clean rooms and quiet setting

i stayed less than 24 hours at amaya lake, as a stopover between sigiriya and travel to the south. i wish i had longer. for those who are light sleepers, you will find the amaya lake very quiet. the room was very comfortable, and clean. a very large pool. seemed like a great place to relax. the one downside i found was the spa. there was no ac in the spa, and the massage beds were wooden slabs - i wound up canceling my appointment, as lying on a wooden slab in the heat did not sound very relaxing and soothing.

Reviewed April 08, 2012

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9.7
Exceptional
Lilia from Romania
Solo traveler
Stayed 2 nights in October 2013

Amaya Lake hotel is simply perfect”

The hotel location is excellent - in the forest, with acres and acres of land to walk, by the lake and simply nice. Love it that it is a combination of luxury and eco friendliness.

I had a fantastic stay at Amaya Lake. When you travel solo - one might want to have space to wander, spa, pool - view and a friendly atmosphere. The chelles are scattered through the woods, and you might think is just a chelle - it is a luxury chelle with a jacuzzi decorated with rose petals (staff did a great job) - nice little living and your bedroom. Staff could not have been more attentive and friendlier. Food is ok - good variety - nothing sticks in my mind as WOW - but overall I enjoyed. You can walk through the park and see little animals - like lizards, squirrels, monkeys - you feel in the nature. But then you enter the spa - and you are in luxury. Overall I would recommend this hotel as a must! I got great deals on Agoda - about 50% and paid around 90 USD including tax for a villa to myself! Bravo Amaya - you rock by the Sighiriya Rock! By the way - use this as a base if you want to do the Rock and temples around and even Polonarruwa: it only takes about 1 hr to drive to the ancient city. One tip: you can only stay in Amaya if you travel by car - it is quite isolated.

Reviewed October 19, 2013

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8.7
Excellent
Ai from Singapore
Group
Standard Villa
Stayed 1 night in July 2012

Absolutely lovely hotel with great ambience”

Great amenities!

My friends and I have travelled to Sri Lanka for a 8D7N trip, and had stayed 1 night at Amaya Lake Hotel. This hotel was the best amongst all the hotels we had stayed throughout the journey. The room was very clean with comfortable beds, and the breakfast was extremely nice. The hotel even has a very big and nice pool. Unfortunately, due to time constraint, we were unable to use the facilities. The hotel offers free wifi but during our stay, there was some problem with their wifi. However, the staff were very professional and polite when we enquired about the wifi problem. Overall, we were very happy with our stay at Amaya Lake Hotel. Well done!

Reviewed July 22, 2012

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10.0
Exceptional
Stephen from United Kingdom
Couple
Standard Villa
Stayed 4 nights in August 2012

Outstanding location”

Great place with good size rooms

Our stay at Amaya Lake hotel was outstanding. Set in incredible grounds overlooking Amaya Lake, all sights are a short tuk tuk drive away. Our Deluxe room was large, newly decorated with a beautiful bathroom and large bath tub. The large pool area is stunning and the grounds are fantastic for those who like to walk and explore. The buffet was very good value for money and we enjoyed our 4 day stay here. Great value for money. Excellent for both couples and families.

Reviewed August 24, 2012

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9.7
Exceptional
Vanessa from Australia
Couple
Standard Villa
Stayed 1 night in June 2012

Delightful lakeside spot”

Fantastic breakfast buffet

We stayed here on our first night in Sri Lanka and after a long and hot day of travelling it was an absolute delight to be able to have our first night in such a lovely spot on the lake with lots of wildlife. We enjoyed the pool and the rooms were great with an enormous bed, seperate lounge area and big bathroom. We were exhausted so had room service for dinner which was tasty but could not compare to the amazing breakfast buffet. We stuck to the Sri Lankan food and it was a great introduction to the tasty food we had to look forward to during our trip. The location was perfect too as it was close to Dambulla and Sigiriya.

Reviewed June 30, 2012

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8.3
Excellent
Classic from Sri Lanka
Family with young children
Deluxe Villa
Stayed 1 night in January 2013

good”

lovely surrounding

A tropical haven complete with sweeping views of Kandalama Lake, Amaya Lake surrounds you with natural beauty. Choose your oasis from one of our 95 guest rooms and suites, designed in harmony with the unspoilt environs of the resort. Enjoy waking up each morning to the humming of birds and let the airy breeze and quiet whispers of rustling trees enliven your senses. Each room resonates a home-away-from-home impression, with soft, earthy tones to let your mind escape from the cares of the world.

Reviewed January 24, 2013

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9.7
Exceptional
Andrew from United Kingdom
Couple
Standard Villa
Stayed 3 nights in January 2014

A great stay”

stylish, great pool and good food

Amaya Lake is situated in a beautiful area with views of the lake. The staff were friendly and helpful and supplied us with the hotel minibus for a day trip. The driver was excellent and planned the day very well and made sure we saw all the important sites.We stayed for 3 nights but could have easily stayed for more. It is a very relaxing hotel and you couldn't want for more. The breakfast is buffet style and very good with good choices and the restaurant has a good menu and not expensive for dinner.

Reviewed February 02, 2014

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9.7
Exceptional
Laura from United Kingdom
Couple
Standard Villa
Stayed 3 nights in July 2013

Great hotel to use as a base for cultural triangle”

staff, luxurious, great base

This is a lovely hotel. The staff were brilliant, room was cleaned twice a day, nice big pool, nice buffet etc. i would recommend this hotel. We used it as a base for the cultural triangle and it was an excellent spot for that. There is not much around the hotel, but Kandalama lake is very peaceful and we found that being busy with activites during the day meant we were happy to have a quiet night in the hotel bar/restaurant. The only downside is that transport is overpriced if arranged through the hotel. we paid mich more for cars to the attractions than we had for much further distances. overall, a great hotel, but its worth arranging a driver for a few days before you get there.

Reviewed August 09, 2013

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8.0
Excellent
Julie from Canada
Family with teens
Standard Villa
Stayed 2 nights in December 2012

Open and pleasant lakeside retreat”

Nice big villas, beautiful open restaurant and bar area, nice pool, good food, nice hotel

this hotel was great value for money. it is a lovely hotel at a decent price with huge villas with nice bathrooms and sitting room (though the 'couches' are just hard benches). the bar area was really nice and had intermittent wi fi. the restaurant buffet was good (though don't even think about trying to go a la carte -- there is a reason everyone eats from the buffet we discovered after our first bad experience). the breakfast was good and varied. the lake area is beautiful. much better value than some of the other hotels in the area. we went for lunch at the heritance kandalama which is a beautiful place and worth going for lunch, but amaya was a lot cheaper and really nice too. definitely the best deal we had in sri lanka. it is a bit out of town so you need some transportation. i think they put the drivers up somewhere decent though so they like to take you there.

Reviewed January 06, 2013

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9.3
Exceptional
Michael from United Kingdom
Family with young children
Standard Villa
Stayed 5 nights in August 2015

Holiday stay at Amaya August 15”

The location is quiet/secluded, away from howling dogs & car horns, but close to attractions. The woodland and lake are full of wildlife. The staff and facilities were excellent.

Quite honestly the best hotel I think we've ever stayed at. Lovely staff, not pushy, presumptuous or anything like that, just very good at their jobs. This is a seriously good hotel, it achieves the balance of being classy without any snobbery. Our children loved it... we loved it. The grounds teem with wildlife - the birdlife is great, from eagles and kites soaring over the lake, to countless colourful birds in the trees around the pool (orioles, minivets, babblers, mynas, sunbirds etc...). The food is excellent, lots of choice, great ice and fruit sculptures. The rooms are superb, it felt like home. If I come back to Sri Lanka, I'd try to stay at Amaya in every location.

Reviewed September 04, 2015

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8.0
Excellent
Hazel from Singapore
Family with teens
Stayed 3 nights in December 2014

Tranquil Retreat”

Sprawling & tranquil surroundings, lake view & comfortable luxury chalet

I was debating whether to book the standard/deluxe chalets or splurge on the luxury chalet. In the end, I booked the Luxury Chalet and it was worth every penny. The bath room is as big as the bedroom and the design of the whole chalet is very modern with nice wooden flooring and a big flat screen TV. The HBO reception was good and we caught up with a lot of movies. The resort has a sprawling ground and nested among trees. It is really peaceful and tranquil and has a nice view of the lake. If you are looking for a quiet retreat, this is definitely the place. It also has a nice pool and it was good to go for a dip after climbing the nearby cave temple or the Lion Rock. The only complaints I had were I got lots of mosquitos or insects bites as the repellents & patches did not seem to work; and the food was expensive and not very good. We stayed 3 nights at the resort and 2 of the days, we asked our driver to drive us to Heritance Kandalama Hotel to have lunch & dinner there. On the whole, it was a nice stay at Amaya Resort.

Reviewed December 17, 2014

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8.3
Excellent
Mohanlal from Sri Lanka
Family with young children
Standard Villa
Stayed 2 nights in December 2012

Superb location overlooking the Kandalama Weva ”

Location and spacious rooms

We used this hotel as a base to catch a balloon ride in the area. Unfortunately due to sudden adverse weather conditions this was cancelled. Having stayed in other hotels in the area and from reports of others my expectations were quite high. The layout and location of the hotel was superlative. This is a hotel for the nature lover who wants a to be as close to nature as one can get [other than camping]. If I was to mention a definite plus it would be the ultra friendly staff. One problem we faced was renovations to main reception and dining area's. The flooring was being re-laid and the management obviously thought pre Christmas was good time as any. The months after April would have been a better time for major renovation in my opinion. The buffets seemed to have a great spread but the "quality" of food wasn't on par with its competition across the other side of the lake. Overall all standards expected by a traveller with a child was met and exceeded in most cases. I highly recommend Amaya Lake to any traveller who wants a slice of nature with the mundane mix of pools and concrete.

Reviewed December 26, 2012

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8.0
Excellent
KASUN from United Kingdom
Couple
Family Villa
Stayed 2 nights in November 2011

Lovely hotel we enjoy very much”

Nice relax atmosphere also lovely people.

We went on our honeymoon to amaya lake hotel. Food was fantastic also this hotel locate on cultural heritage triangle in Sri Lanka. So it is very convenient to stay in this hotel we look so many heritage sites such as sigiriya,dambulla and polonnaruwa. Also friendly nice staff in this hotel makes you feel happy and relax. I will go back and stay in this hotel to relax my busy life soon as I get my next long holiday.

Reviewed November 19, 2011

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7.2
Very good
Yvonne from United States
Group
Standard Villa
Stayed 1 night in April 2019

Beautiful setting, but missing the details”

Ok- the Amaya Lake Hotel is located between Dambulla & Sigiriya, so we liked the location. The hotel grounds were also beautiful- pool, landscaping & main gathering area. The rooms are all (or most) little duplex bungalows, which have good layouts. Overall, this hotel is a good value, but there were a few drawbacks that made me wish I booked a different property. First, the staff’s attention to detail could be better. It took a long time to check in, then we were taken to a king room when we booked a twin. Usually not a big deal, but it was very late, it took several minutes to sort the issue & our replacement room seemed to be half a mile away. Wine selection at dinner was expensive and they only offer one wine by the glass. The buffet dinner was crowded, not very good & service was slow & unpleasant. I will admit breakfast was much better. Probably my biggest issue was the bathroom- not very clean. Anyhow, details were not quite up to par, but a good price.

Reviewed April 19, 2019

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8.3
Excellent
Wang from China
Solo traveler
Deluxe Villa
Stayed 1 night in February 2016

good location, not so friendly staff”

the location, the restaurant, the swimming pool

The hotel is located right besides Kandalama lake, which gives it a spectacular view. A walk around the hotel is highly recommended. We also enjoyed the a la carte restaurant. It was one of the best meal we had compared to the other hotel food we had in Sri Lanka. However, the staff in the hotel is not so friendly especially the bellman. we didn't feel the warm welcome from the hotel.

Reviewed February 16, 2016

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8.3
Excellent
Adna from Bosnia Herzegovina
Family with teens
Standard Villa
Stayed 1 night in August 2011

beautiful property ”

close to sigiriya rock - a must-see when in sri lanka

i stayed in this hotel only for one night, but would have stayed much longer if i had the time. great property and value for money. rooms are actually small houses, beautifully decorated. if you are looking for a place to relax, this hotel will definitely do. you can take a walk within the property, all the way to amaya lake. food was fantastic - buffet breakfast included. it is located very close to the sigiriya rock.

Reviewed August 17, 2011

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