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Aliya Resort & Spa

Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

Aliya Resort and Spa is a modern property with stunning views of the majestic Sigiriya Rock Fortress, one of the most important landmarks in the Cultural Triangle. Aliya is surrounded by greenery and the design is inspired by the Asian elephant.

At a Glance

  • Aliya means elephant in Sinhala, and the animal is featured in much of the design of the resort, including colors and art work

  • The Sri Lankan restaurant Nagula uses local cooking methods with clay stoves and pots, serving the dishes in a traditional style

  • The lobby and pool area offer breathtaking views of the Sigiriya Rock Fortress and lush countryside

  • The Suites have two bedrooms and two bathrooms, as well as the luxury of a private pool

  • For those looking to really unwind, there are complimentary group yoga sessions each morning

Culture, Couples, Family

Insider's View

Suites are perfect for families, with two bedrooms and bathrooms, a kitchenette and even a private pool.

Lucy Bailey

Insider's View

Have a look at the traditional kitchen by the Sri Lankan restaurant Nagula, and then enjoy the local cuisine.

Lucy Bailey

Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Aliya Resort & Spa or take a look at our itineraries to Ancient Cities


Aliya is the Sinhala word for elephant, and this is the recurring theme of the resort, present in the polished grey concrete and the artwork dotted throughout the hotel and rooms.

The decor in the rooms is simple, contemporary and fresh, with lovely local flourishes such as pictures with Sinhalese writing and cushions with elephant designs.

Deluxe Rooms measure at 52 square meters and offer Queen size beds. Attic Rooms consist of a Deluxe Room with a small second bedroom up a spiral staircase. It is worth noting that the spiral staircase is steep and so would not be suitable for younger children.

The two Suites at the resort also boast two bedrooms, which are both on the ground floor and so more suitable for younger families. The spacious master bedroom has its own en-suite bathroom and King size bed. The second bedroom has a Queen size bed and also has its own bathroom. There is a small kitchenette and as an added luxury, guests can enjoy their own private pool.

There are three restaurants to choose from. Alaka is in the main hotel building and offers a buffet of Sri Lankan dishes. Nagula is set on the veranda of the resort's paddy museum and also serves Sri Lankan cuisine, prepared in a traditional village kitchen in clay pots. Makala is a Chinese restaurant, featuring a range of dishes from the Orient.

One of the highlights of Aliya is its beautiful infinity pool which has spectacular views towards the famous Sigiriya Rock Fortress and surrounding countryside. There is also a separate children's pool. The gym is complimentary and the resort also offers free group yoga sessions every morning.

There is a wonderful spa with eight treatment rooms. There are a range of treatments available including massages, facials and foot reflexology.


There are 66 Deluxe Rooms with either a Queen size bed or twin beds if required. There are 10 Attic Rooms which have a small second bedroom in the attic with twin beds. There are two Suites which have two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchenette and a private pool.

All rooms have a TV, air conditioning, tea and coffee making facilities and a safe.


There are three restaurants to choose from, including Sri Lankan and Chinese cuisine.

Alaka offers a diverse buffet of Sri Lankan cuisine. It is set in the main building of the hotel and the terrace has wonderful views out over the resort and countryside.

Nagula also serves Sri Lankan dishes but in a more natural and authentic environment on the veranda of the paddy museum in the gardens. Food is cooked using traditional methods on a clay stove and in clay pots.

Makara is a Chinese restaurant underneath the swimming pool. The decor is festive with red fringe hanging from the ceiling and golden dragons on the walls. Guests can either dine at tables or in a sunken kiosk.


The resort offers complimentary group yoga sessions and the gym is also free to use. There is a wonderful spa featuring a range of Ayurvedic treatments.

Aliya is well placed to explore highlights of the area, including the Sigiriya Rock Fortress, ancient city of Polonnaruwa and Minneriya National Park, which is famous for its gatherings of wild elephants.

Location & Directions

Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

Located in Sigiriya, within the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka 153 km from the Colombo International Airport. 169 km from Colombo.

When to go

The Maha monsoon blows from October to January, bringing rain to the North and East, while the dry season is from May to September. The North and East are comparatively dry, with around 1000mm of rain annually. There is also an inter-monsoonal period in October and November when rain can occur in many parts of the island. Out-of-season travel has its advantages – not only do the crowds go away but many airfares and accommodation prices drop right down. Nor does it rain all the time during the low season.

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Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Aliya Resort & Spa or take a look at our itineraries to Ancient Cities

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