Deep in the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka an ancient marvel stands proud – the world renowned rock fortress of Sigiriya. A hotel that pays homage to its beauty and uniqueness, also sits hidden quietly in the plains of its shadow. Here, turn back 2000 years and imagine life as it was.
With a deep satisfied sigh the dark cloak of night gives in to the break of day. In the distance a lone Nightjar bids a last farewell. The eastern sky brightens with a rosy blush as wispy swirls of blue mist lets go of the water and hangs still in the air. A gentle breeze parts its soft veil to offer a fleeting glimpse of dark steeped silhouettes rising up above the lake, the occasional glow of golden lamps still twinkle invitingly.
Has one come upon an enchanted world? Where man and nature were once one and lived unhindered in perfect companionship? Could such a haven still exist? Deep in the heart of our island paradise it hides amongst the reeds, revealing its rustic treasures to those who seek its serene beauty, offering untold comforts fit for ancient royalty and the requisite indulgences for everyone in the present.
Welcome to the matchless wonder of Jetwing Vil Uyana – the privilege is yours. And when you have enjoyed all we have for you, you will discover why we are a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World too.
In the heartland of Sri Lanka’s central plains and 163km from the capital Colombo, Jetwing Vil Uyana is a distinctively designed hotel in Sigiriya that offers you the best of rustic charms, modern comforts and an authentic glimpse at culture and traditions both old and new.
Heading inland North East from the Bandaranaike International Airport at Katunayake, the drive is spectacular and the scenery diverse with acres of paddy cultivation accompanying you most of the way, and then, through the shimmering haze a giant rock looms up high into the sky.
A cornerstone of the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka, Sigiriya – the majestic fortress of King Kassapa, is considered to be the 8th wonder of the world. The passion of artisans 2000 years before immortalised in its frescoes; magnificent feats of ancient engineering still inspire awe. The surrounding forest and the sprawling lake remains much unchanged – The water nymphs lounging in the sun today, however, take on a very different form: nature and her wildest creations having reclaimed their inheritance. Just 4km away and blending perfectly into the lush surrounds Jetwing Vil Uyana awaits to offer you refuge from the journey and welcomes you to experiences like no other.
Gleaming yellow, the sun bleached thatch roofs rise over the swaying fields of green paddy. Sturdy stilts lift spacious, open structures hovering above the water; the distinctive charms of Jetwing Vil Uyana set it apart in the historic locale of Sigiriya. Hotel accommodation that is sumptuous in both style and comfort will embrace you body, mind and soul.
Wilderness cohabits peacefully with the gentle bustle of humanity. Find here, a luxurious retreat blending in with a thriving eco-system of specially created wetland in the heart of the dry north central plains: following the lost traditions of ingenious rulers of our past who built great lakes and waterways to sustain their kingdom at Sigiriya: luxury accommodation at its most unique, a stay here is one you will find hard to forget.
What indeed should one wake up to? The gentle lapping of lake beneath you, the tender fronds of rice plants around you, the rustle of reed beds or the lush green curtain of woodland? What would your habitat be: Water, paddy, marsh or forest? Four exquisite forms of luxurious dwellings await your choice and 25 in all. Their native rural simplicity is deeply deceptive, for their inner sanctums are unspeakably lavish, sparing nothing by way of superior 21st century necessities.
The eco haven of Jetwing Vil Uyana is a beautifully serene retreat near the cultural hub of Dambulla. Hotels in the surrounds of this historic town cater to the needs of visitors in varied form, but as a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the world, Jetwing Vil Uyana is set apart as one of a kind.
Possibly one of the first in the world to construct a wetland system with lakes and reed beds to form a private nature reserve the Water Dwellings breathtaking habitats with the rooms built over the lake. Three very special havens that transport you to an ethereal world, cosy comforts await you within its fold too.
Woven ceilings reach high, wooden floors so cool to step on to, and space – a vast expanse of it, is yours to rule. Muted colours and white linen complement to perfection the tones of woven reed that form an essential part of the decor. Out on your private balcony watch the blue water lilies and pink lotuses float by as the herons perch unflappable on the long wooden walkways that lead to your room.
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One of the most unique hotels in Dambulla and in the cultural triangle, the paddy and marsh dwellings at Jetwing Vil Uyana offer a refreshingly different stay. Surrounded by the ever changing colours of paddy cultivations and the clear blue skies to go with them, you have twelve marsh or paddy dwellings to choose your haven from.
Blending perfectly with their respective habitats, each dwelling is built on stilts over marsh or paddy field giving you a sense of being at one with the natural environs that surround you so closely. All are equally expansive and creatively furnished in traditional rustic style with all the modern amenities you need as standard in each one.
Of the six marsh dwellings, two have a wide private deck overlooking the scrubland and the marshes, whilst four marsh dwellings and all paddy dwellings vary in basic design. . All paddy and marsh dwellings have their own deck with inspiring views across the scrubland or the paddy fields.
Two marsh dwellings and all paddy dwellings also have a private plunge pool set into the surroundings, where you may easily be tempted to enjoy an entire day of submerged leisure if you feel so.
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One of the most distinctive in the historic district of Dambulla, hotel accommodation that is heavenly in more ways than one is yours in the Forest dwellings at Jetwing Vil Uyana. Built from earth and stone to merge seamlessly into their forest habitat, these two story dwellings are delightfully rustic on the outside, yet sumptuously indulgent on the inside – and you have 10 to select yours from.
Each, an expansive refuge of absolute comfort with plenty of room to simply linger, laze around and enjoy at first hand, the wonderful stories Mother Nature unfolds at your very door, every minute of the day and night. Every modern facility one takes for granted, is tastefully concealed within, so you never have to miss out on any luxury. The decor is stylishly simple, with natural tones and crisp whites rhyming in harmony with the muted shades of woven reeds and rattan.
Built on two levels, every forest dwelling has a spacious bedroom with a lounge area. Downstairs, a dining room and a wonderfully tempting private swimming pool fuses perfectly with the surrounding forest backdrop – a place where you can dip in, close your eyes and imagine yourself completely at one with nature.
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A breath of night breeze drifts in. The candles flicker in protest and cast a fleeting glow on the cut-glass crystal. Lovingly prepared culinary masterpieces beg your appraisal. Fine dining at The Apsara is indeed a princely affair. With commanding views by day of the Lion’s Rock at Sigiriya, restaurants that offer such a stately atmosphere and variety of gourmet fare, is uncommon in the vicinity.
Prefer things less grand? The ‘Sulang’ will keep you replete all day long with light bites and refreshing drinks. For a stronger mix, the Graffiti Bar awaits, well stocked with an array of liquid treasures to impress the most discerning connoisseur – who may in fact, opt to dine in our splendid wine cellar itself.
Go traditional, experience an authentic Sri Lankan ‘harvesting’ feast on a ‘Kamatha’ or threshing ground. You can of course, dine anywhere you wish: choose your spot, tell us when, what and how – and it’s yours.
The best of fine dining awaits you at our beautifully designed main restaurant with inspiring views of Sigiriya. A hotel where dining is deemed an art form, culinary excellence is at its highest here at Jetwing Vil Uyana, and the divine delights that await you at the Apsara are as celestial as the name implies.
The views across the lake and into the distant hills with the magnificent rock of Sigiriya in the distance are yours to enjoy, wherever you choose to sit. Breakfast, lunch or dinner the menus are a la carte and the choice is as exotic as the view.
Finest favourites from the West and unusual delights from the East are yours to taste, but the range of unique dishes offered by the Go Sri Lankan menu however, is something one should not miss. Each dish is a carefully researched indigenous recipe unique to the area and is as authentically Sri Lankan as you can get.
One of the most unusual and unique bars in Sigiriya, the Sulang offers light snacks and refreshing drinks throughout the day and into the night. The name Sulang literally means breeze – and it certainly does live up to it with gentle gusts billowing in to keep you comfortably cool. The still waters of the lake surround and ripple gently below you as you lounge on the soft low cushions and be amazed at the utter sense of peace that pervades this little corner of relaxation.
The menu offers a wide selection of light meals and snacks and some deliciously different beverages – mocktails, cocktails, juices or smoothies, all made to perfection just the way you like them. If you wish for something more refined, you can pick your favourite from our wine cellar – where an impressive selection of wines and spirits, both old world and new await your choice.
The Graffiti Bar
Hiding serenely by a quiet pool filled with white lotus, the Graffiti bar is a little nook where good cheer awaits you by day and by night. Inspired by the ancient graffiti on the mirror wall at the historic rock of Sigiriya this hotel bar is respectfully stocked with an array of liquid treasures to lift the spirits of even the most discerning connoisseur.
The best of the best in wines and spirits and a tantalisingly named array of cocktails tempt you from the delightfully extensive bar menu. You can pick your firm favourites from around the world, brands known and loved or you can try some of the equally fine Sri Lankan beer and spirits too. A heady mix of unusual tipples is also yours to sample.
Try our signature cocktails and mocktails: Arrack Fruit Punch, Mango Vodka, Tea Breeze, Fruit Fantasy or an Elephant Safari; names as remarkable as their ingredients – and sure to tempt you to try more than one too. With the whole character and the decor inspired by the story of Sigiriya, the bar is adorned with striking replicas of the famous Sigiriya frescoes – even more inciting to raise your glass in yet another toast to their beauty.
Facilities at Jetwing Vil Uyana - Sigiriya
A uniquely designed and sumptuous hotel in Sigiriya in the cultural triangle, Jetwing Vil Uyana is a haven of peace and tranquillity. Enchantment will fill your senses: inspire your soul and leave you breathless wanting more. Tempting though it maybe to bask in the quietude of our abode, there is much to entice you away.
The beauty of the natural surrounds will make you want to venture and explore – and there is plenty of activity if you wish to pursue it. The infinity pool merging into the lake is large, and inviting enough to draw attention even from the rightful inhabitants of the water, who often hover in the vicinity unconcerned by your presence.
The acreage of the property is vast and plenty of treks and walks beg to be taken to investigate the lush natural habitat up close – the bird, and the beasts rarely raise a protest. You can venture further afield on a bike ride; why not take a picnic meal with you too.
If peaceful inaction is more your style our Yoga instructor will help you find inner solace through meditation. You can in fact, do nothing at all and laze all day on your terrace or plunge pool, or the incredibly snug library with a tranquil view across the lake and some inspiring volumes to interest you. You can wander into the little gift shop and discover some exquisite treasures to take home too.
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City - Sigiriya
Category - Boutique Hotels
Distance from Colombo - 169 Km (4.30 hour drive)
Distance from Airport - 155 Km (4 hour drive)
Price Guide - Rates on Request
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