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Arika Boutique Villa
Ranked #12 of 18 Hotels in Dambulla
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 1 January 2014 via mobile

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.

  • Stayed: December 2013
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Reviewed 4 November 2013

My two daughters (23ys & 2yrs), housemaid, my wife and myself checked in to Arika Boutique Villa, Dambulla, Srilanka on 11th October 2013 for 02nights but loved our experience that we cancelled our visit to Nuwara Eliya and stayed an extra night at Arika.

Arika Boutique Villa is an hideout, hidden in greenery, in a village. Staying at Arika will give you a quite, serene, peaceful and relaxing stay at an affordable price. A river stream passes one side of Arika and water from four rivers flow here.

The Architecture, colours both exterior and interior are amazing. The rooms that we stayed in and the bathrooms were excellent . The bathroom was the best . I have never stayed anywhere where the bathroom is so big and gives you a view of the trees and the sky. Staying on the ground floor, we had the swimming pool in front of our main door and the garden at the back door.

From the time we entered we were pampered by the staff; each of them very professional and would cater to our every need and were very friendly. They made the atmosphere so homely that I sometimes felt that I was staying in my own villa. I knew each of them by their names.

The food was excellent. The Chef who has international experience cooked anything that we asked him. He was excellent. Most of the other staff too have worked outside Srilanka in various hotels.

In a few months fruits and vegetables will be available from Arika’s own organic farm.

I highly recommend Arika Boutique Villa for families, honeymooners, and anyone who is looking for peace and quietness.


Freddy D'Cruz
Dubai.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 19 August 2013

I booked for two nights here but ending up staying for four! I was lucky to be one of their first guests and was warmly welcomed. The hotel is in a quiet location and surrounded by nature and wildlife which makes for a very relaxing and peaceful stay. The pool is lovely for a proper swim and right in the middle of the hotel so it's nice to get pop out of the room.The staff are wonderful: very professional and cater for your every need along with being geninuely friendly. The food was great and the chef has worked abroad so can cook you both Sri Lankan and European dishes - I was very impressed by all of it.
I would recommend this hotel for couples and families. I would also recommend it for people, like me, who are on their own and want some peace and quiet for a few days.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled solo
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Room Tip: Cenate nella struttura e prenotate direttamente
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  • Stayed: January 2018, travelled as a couple
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Thank Federico A
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Reviewed 11 December 2017
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  • Stayed: December 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 December 2017
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Reviewed 3 November 2017
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  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled with family
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Thank Jacques B
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Address: Puwakattawala Road, 40th mile post | off Matale Road, Dambulla 21100, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Central Province > Dambulla
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #12 of 18 Hotels in Dambulla
Price Range: £78 - £134 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Arika Boutique Villa 3.5*
Number of rooms: 9
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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