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Amaya Lake
Ranked #3 of 15 Hotels in Dambulla
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Davao City, Philippines
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“highly recommended hotel!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2013

rooms were massive!!! we stayed at room 316 (executive suite) the bathroom had a bathtub, shower and toilet of the best and highest quality.

you can phone the operator for club car service to ring you to and from the rooms

only down side is the amount of bugs in the room since the property is built around a lake.

pool was superb, family atmoshphere was felt all around. lots of european foreigners as well as locals who stay here. would definitely come back, five stars!!

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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Keswick, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2013

Amaya lake is one of the best hotel I've been.the setting is stunning, built within the trees on the edge of the lake in a bungalow village.the rooms were comfortable and spacious.The food is good -The buffet had a good spread, with musicians entertaining dinners with local songs.The breakfast ,though good.The staff were really amazing.the service is discreet....it is an experience to stay at this property....
Highly Recommended ............

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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New Germany, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2013

Our experience in Amaya Lake was unique. Upon arrival we were greeted with a welcome drink. Our room was a inside the forest and just next to a lake.
Every room is a lovely cottage that is spread around this sprawling property. The set up is of a Sri Lankan village. The pool is amazing and the bar in the middle of the pool is outstanding.

In the evening a flute player sits atop a tree house and plays the flute to fill the atmosphere with a lovely music.

Dinner was brilliant - there was a grill at the buffet with seafood kebabs, various meats, tandoori chicken etc..best I had in Lanka.

I wish I had more time to stay at this location and enjoy the services but sadly ours was a short trip but if I ever go back this place would be our first choice. ENJOY!

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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Humble, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2013

I have been to few Hotels around Dambulla, but this place takes the cup. Beautifully located by Lake Kandalama and spread over a large area, sits the chalets surrounded by nature.

Chalets were clean and beautiful, with all amenities. The interior decor was splendid. All you needed was included in the room.

When it came to the Dinner buffet, I expected a better spread all together, and ultimately ended up ordering off the Menu which was disappointing. Breakfast on the other hand was good, so I guess it balanced things over.

Staff were always very professional, extremely friendly and would go out of the way to help you out.

The Ayurveda Spa offered so many different types of massage which I felt was little over prized, but still opted in for a massage, which was excellent having been to few in well known resorts.

Point to note.. do not use the mini bar unless absolutely necessary as even a small Cola can set you back about $3.

Room Tip: any chalets offered would be nice.
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2013

A special reward should be given to ‘AMAYA LAKE’ for its inestimable cleanliness maintained, especially in the garden area:

Spick and span ….not a single…drop of dirt on the floor….The Lush greenery….around the Garden….creates a soothing effect for your sight…and relaxes…your mind….blend with the cooling fresh breeze…from the Kandalama Lake….’AMAYA LAKE’ a spectacular….destination for your Holiday….

The smiling faces of the staff.. with their gentle hospitality…..allows you feel homely….
Thank you….for creating an amazing….venue for the holiday makers…..

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2013

I believe its one of the finest hotels in Dambulla which offers such peaceful, relaxing yet luxurious experience.

The hotel mainly consists of 70 odd chalets speciously built over a vast area of land guaranteeing its guests adequate privacy. The rooms were clean and well maintained.

Warm and friendly staff, would greet you with a smile anytime.

Food was delicious. Since we visited during the April New Year the hotel was fully packed, yet the management had done their homework well in advance to cater the large crowd during season.

The greenery separating the hotel and the lake is massive and makes one wonder whether your in a hotel or not when having a stroll down the lakeside.

Really looking forward to visit Amaya Lake again.. hopefully for a much longer stay

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
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Denmark, Maine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2013

A magical place…..serenity and calmness….. perfect place to relax and get away…Walking towards your cabana makes you feel like you are walking to your cottageIn a magical forest.

All the rooms are independent units surrounding by the tropical tree and plants.The rooms are spacious are well maintained and offers all facility such a minibar,Cable TV, and large bathroom.

I stayed here on the Christmas and the Christmas eve dinner buffet was excellent.Lanterns were set out next to the lake and even Santa made an appearance tradingIn his usual sled for an ox cart. Evening music was relay nice.
The evening ended with A beautiful fireworks display.

Excellent service & excellent staff.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled solo
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Property: Amaya Lake
Address: PO Box 12 Kandalama Dambulla | Cultural Triangle, Dambulla 21100, Sri Lanka
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Region: Sri Lanka > Central Province > Dambulla
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Dambulla
#3 Spa Hotel in Dambulla
#3 Family Hotel in Dambulla
#3 Romantic Hotel in Dambulla
#3 Luxury Hotel in Dambulla
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Amaya Lake 4*
Number of rooms: 125
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
On the shores of enchanting Kandalama Lake, discover a lifestyle defined by tradition and natural splendour. Nestled amid 40 acres of lush forest, Amaya Lake preserves the aura of local historical treasures, creating a feeling of old-world Sri Lankan charm matched with modern luxury. Located in the heart of Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle, the resort is the ideal base for exploring nearby wonders such as the ancient city of Anuradhapura and the Dambulla cave temples. ... more   less 
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