Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
Vil Uyana offers spacious luxury dwellings, built over a wetlands area just a few kilometers from Sigiriya. The perfect destination as part of a wider Sri Lankan itinerary, this is a place to relax, unwind, pamper yourself and get back to nature.
At a Glance
Few other hotels can boast a wild but friendly crocodile who comes for breakfast each morning
During the harvest season, the village farmers carefully tend to the paddy fields surrounding the hotel
Vil Uyana's tranquil library is filled with numerous titles including books on Sri Lanka and has the most relaxing position, with a lotus-filled pond on one side and a waterway on the other
Consider the property more of an exclusive rural vacation village than a hotel
Transportation within the hotel is through electronic buggy carts, which is recharged partly using wind power
Dwellings are dotted around the property, some with plunge pools and some without
Beautiful, traditional rooms with modern amenities, lots of hidden surprises and artistic twists add to the character of the property.
For ultimate romance opt for a forest or paddy dwelling with your own private poolEmma Mark
The rooms are surrounded by nature so don't be surprised if you come across some unusual animals and insects during your stay.Emma Mark
It's well worth renting bikes as the property is quite extensive so can take a while to walk aroundScott Dunn team
Look out for the friendly crocodile in the lagoon that surrounds the restaurant area!Jessica Campbell
There are 116 species of birds around the hotel grounds - see how many you can spot during your stay!Lucy Bailey
Wine lovers can ask to venture through the tiny door to their wine cellar to choose your bottle for the evening.Amber Hopkins
Children can share their animal sightings on the blackboard in the main entrance - see how many different creatures you can spot by the end of your trip!Amber Hopkins
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Vil Uyana is a member of the Leading Small Hotels of the World. Drawing from the local, rural traditions, the sumptuous dwellings are at one with the surrounding landscape, offering wonderful views of the abundant wildlife from your own balcony.
The property is sprawled over a large area of land and as such you can use buddies or bikes to get around. In your room you have ultimate privacy but the hotel also caters for people who are keen to be in a communal vibe as well. The main restaurant is very welcoming and the staff are all on hand to help at any time of the day.
If you want to get even closer to nature, take an early morning stroll with one of the excellent resident naturalists who will bring the forest to life. Vil Uyana has a variety of dining locations including Sulang, Apsara, Graffiti, the Mandhiya Library, in-room dining or even paddy field dining. Sulang features casual dining while Apsara is the property’s fine dining restaurant. Mandhiya Library is the perfect place to relax with your favorite drink and enjoy the perfect surroundings.
The hotel will be happy to arrange cultural tours and activities in the local area and beyond. You can climb the Sigiriya Rock Fortress located 5 km away, visit Polonnaruwa and Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka’s cultural cities, visit the village temple and learn about Buddhism from the head monk of the temple, visit the craft village and learn about traditional Sri Lankan crafts. You could also enjoy a picturesque cycling or walking trail and the Loris watching tour to catch a glimpse of these adorable little creatures is a must.
Vil Uyana offers 25 spacious dwellings on four habitats; 10 within the forest each with sizeable plunge pools, 6 over the paddy fields with plunge pools, 5 over marsh lands and 3 over water. The paddy, marsh and water dwellings are all identical inside, while the forest dwellings are more spacious, set on two levels with the large bathrooms downstairs. Rooms feature air-conditioning, telephone and IDD facility, internet access, mini bar, tea and coffee making facilities, private balcony or terrace, safety locker, cable TV with Bose entertainment system, shower and bath and there are private pools/plunge pools in certain dwellings. In room dining is also available on request.
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 colors 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.
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 colors 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.
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.
Rustic, quaint, and close to nature. Jetwing Vil Uyana is indeed a Lost World, perfect for the budding naturalist or the experienced explorer. Set apart, and yet within, the two standard rooms offer comfort in its simple décor, and massive open air bathrooms. Experience the marvel that is Jetwing Vil Uyana, only 3 km away from the wonder of Sigiriya, easily affordable and yet a class ahead.
Children are welcome to come and stay at Vil Uyana. However, there are no specific facilities available for them. Children will love the many cultural activities in the local area and beyond particularly the cycling, visits to the craft village, and the loris watching tour to catch a glimpse of the cute grey animal.
Facilities at the hotel include a fitness center, library, lounge, bar, restaurants, spa and outdoor swimming pool.
The Aspara is the resort's main restaurant offering Eastern and Western cuisine as well as the best of the local delicacies. You can enjoy your meal and take in the wonderful views across the lake of the Sigiriya rock. The Sulang is a casual restaurant serving light bites and the Graffiti Bar serves the best of spirits and other refreshments. There is also a wine cellar where guests can dine in privacy.
Vil Uyana offers complimentary bird watching and walking. The wetlands are home to some spectacular species of birds including lily trotters, jacanas, coots, white breasted water hens, herons, egrets, cormorants, the white bellied and grey headed fish eagles and four different species of kingfishers. The hotel has its own naturalist who can answer any questions guests might have, and takes a tour at 7pm to try and spot a loris. Activities at an additional cost include cookery lessons, tea tasting ceremonies, spa treatments, excursions and cycling.
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. 5 km from the Sigiriya Rock Fortress.
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.