I want to give this place an excellent review but two things stop me from doing so - firstly, our room had a cockroach each night I was there, and secondly, the first night we waited more than an hour for the food, although the two breakfasts and other dinner we had here came quickly.
On the plus side - we had a huge and rather nice bathroom in our ground floor bedroom with a skylight that extended beyond the first floor. (I suppose our location on the ground floor was the reason for cockroaches and other insects, and thus we didn't make a fuss about the cockroaches.)
The location was also off the beaten track, so it is extremely tranquil and great for a relaxing stay.
The staff we interacted with also tried to be very helpful and accommodating.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Deviating from the long scenic route of the A9 road which connects Matale and Dambulla, one comes across a path surrounded by a wild, lush natural forest leading to one of the most unique and secluded getaway spots in the serenity of rural Sri Lanka. The Arika Luxury Villa, evocatively named after the intricate water lily; is located in a heavily landscaped area at the confluence where the stream meets the local river. With a part of the hotel facing the stream and merging with the tranquility of the natural surroundings, its strategic position in the remarkable location highlights its environmentally friendly ethos and makes it the perfect private hideaway. The alluring aura subtly brings you to an inviting stairway which leads to an age-old door from the culturally rich city of Jaffna; embedded on the seemingly raw, but environmentally friendly, brick wall which holds the key to your luxury stay within. Following the concept of the water lily; after which the hotel is named after; Arika is a complex two-floored architectural marvel that is built around an indoor swimming pool overlooking the passing stream beyond the open deck. The hotel boasts of facilities such as a glass-walled multi-cuisine restaurant to enhance a welcoming feel and a steam room for relaxation. Having avoided damage to the surrounding environment as much as possible, the hotel also has a local Karandha tree indoors emerging from the courtyard. Most of the furniture is purely cement based thus giving it a natural perspective. Going along the lines of a green concept; solar panels are used for water heating and recyclable materials for other aspects, thus making it a seamless eco-friendly experience. Yes ... Arika prides itself as the perfect secret escape for those who seek pure tranquillity. ... more less
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