We loved every element of our stay at Niyagama House. From the beautiful words carved into the wood over the main entrance to the infinity pool from which we watched black monkeys play in the trees and the 100s of fruit bats leaving their roost at dusk.
We were given a king coconut each on arrival which was much nicer than the sweetened fruit juice you get from most hotels we stayed in in Sri Lanka.
The house is surrounded by a tea plantation and we very much enjoyed the tour we were given where we were shown how tea, cinnamon and peppercorns are grown and harvested.
We had a couple of Ayurvedic massages which were out of this world and drank lots of the Ayurvedic tea concoctions which were delicious. The food was also amazing but if you are planning to stay for more than a few nights then it might get a bit repetitive as the menu didn’t change much. Nothing is too much trouble – even rescuing us at night when a ginormous bug found its way into our room!
We stayed in the Amethyst Room which was very clean, beautifully presented and had a four poster bed, safe, mossie net and big bathroom as well as stunning views from the window which you could see when lying on the bed.
The owners have a relationship with local tuk tuk drivers who will take you into Galle for a fixed price which is very reasonable (and they actually know where they are going – it’s worth ringing ahead when you arrive in Galle for a pick up)! The hotel is about 15/20 mins away from Galle but we only went into town once as we were enjoying ourselves at the hotel so much.
Excursions looked good. We did a walk through a national park to a pretty waterfall, it was lovely but probably a bit expensive for what it was once you factored in tips for the guide and the driver. Very comfortable car though and the owners obviously pay the local staff very well and in return expect a high level of service for their guests so the money is going to the right people.
The resident dogs are lovely, don't be put off by their barks when you arrive, they are all total puppy dogs who are very spoilt by Sri Lankan standards.
6am meditation and yoga on the roof terrace as the sun rose to the soundtrack of birdsong was out of this world.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Niyagama House is a retreat with seven luxury rooms in the middle of a tea plantation. Situated only 9 kilometer inland (a 20 minutes tuktuk drive) from the beaches at the Indian Ocean and the charming World Heritage Site Galle Fort, it is a perfect place for relaxation and rejuvenation. ... more less
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