Lunuganga is a very special place, and was the highlight of our trip to Sri Lanka. We were seeking an escape from city life, and found that at Lunuganga. The gardens are incredibly beautiful; we spent much of our time walking and exploring. We had the chance to spot a troop of purple-faced leaf monkeys, who took us by surprise!
We went on the boat tour on the lake, and had the experience of seeing young Brahminy kites practicing their diving under the watchful eye of their mother. Damien was a wonderful guide, and he showed us so many things we would not have noticed otherwise, like the rare dragonflies in the gardens. We also highly recommend the garden tour with Asha, who shared so much with us about the design and architecture of Lunuganga.
The room we stayed in, and all the common areas of Lunuganga are quite unique. There are antiques and art works you might otherwise only see in a museum. But despite the luxurious feel of the place, it was not intimidating; we felt very welcomed and it was like staying in the home of a friend or family. The rooms are light-filled, and a pack of friendly dogs roam the property.
All the meals we had were something special; the ingredients are locally-sourced. Rice grown on the property, and shrimp from the lake. Some of the best curries we had in Sri Lanka.
I should say that as much as my husband and I enjoyed our stay, I can imagine some people who would not. If you need connectivity - there is no TV or wi-fi, but for us that was a blessing. If you have young children, a Bentota beach place might be better option; too many precious, breakable items here that they might run into. Also, if you like the commodified luxury of a big-name hotel, then this is not for you. This is something more magical!
- Also Known As:
- Lunuganga Hotel Bentota