Aliya Resort & Spa

Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

At a Glance

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

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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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Insider's View

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

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

Marvel at the incredible Sigiriya rock whilst having an afternoon sun downer, the views are epic!

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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.

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 metres 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.

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There are 96 rooms and suites at Aliya Resort & Spa. Each is spacious and minimal in design. 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.


  • Anuradhapura Ancient City

    Anuradhapura dates from the sixth century BC and is one of Buddhism's holiest sites, containing the 2,200 year old Sri Maha Bodhi tree, grown from a cutting of the Indian tree beneath which Buddha found Enlightenment.

  • Anuradhapura Cycling Tour

    This bicycle tour of Anuradhapura, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, brings you to the stupas of Ruwanweliseya, Abayagirl, Jethavana and Samadhi Buddha statue.

  • Dambulla Buddhist Caves

    Dambulla is an ancient historical site set on a large granite outcrop. The caves at Dambulla are famous for their temples and have been repainted several times in the 11th, 12th and 18th centuries with secular and Buddhist scenes.

  • Dambulla Cave Temples

    Visit the Dambulla Cave Temples, conveniently located between Sigiriya and Kandy making them easy to reach and explore.

  • Hot Air Balloon at Sunrise

    Take a spectacular hot air ballon ride at sunrise, with beautiful views of Sigiriya Rock and surrounding countryside.

  • Jeep Safari at Yala National Park

    Enjoy a jeep safari to Yala National Park, the most famous National Park in Sri Lanka.

  • Minneriya National Park

    The amazing Minneriya National Park is renowned for its elephant populations and beautiful scenery. Enjoy a safari drive in search of the Asian elephant, a highlight for many during their tour through this fascinating teardrop isle.

  • Polonnaruwa - Meet the Monkeys

    Visit the ancient city of Polonnaruwa and the monkeys that occupy the area. These impressive ruins have been carefully preserved and have attracted groups of three diurnal primates. Get up close with these cheeky animals and learn about their behaviour.

  • Polonnaruwa Ancient City

    The ancient city of Polonnaruwa dates from the 10th century AD. Originally planned as an expression and statement of imperial power, the city was eventually abandoned in 1288. Many of the remains are still in excellent condition.

  • Polonnaruwa Half-Day tour

    Visit Polonnaruwa, part of the ancient cities of Sri Lanka.

  • Safari in Wilpattu National Park

    Head into Wilpattu National Park for a morning or evening safari to marvel at the range of wildlife.

  • Safari Jeep to Minneriya National Park

    Enjoy a jeep safari to Minneriya Nataional Park , famous for its wild elephants.

  • Sigiriya Rock

    The Sigiriya rock rises majestically from the jungle floor. It is famous for its ‘mirror wall’, so called because of its highly polished surface. Half-way up there are galleries with frescoes in brilliant tempera. Sigirya dates from the 5th century AD.

  • Temple of the Tooth

    This evening you will visit The Temple of the Tooth. The stunning 17th-century Temple of the Tooth (Sri Dalada Maligawa) is believed to house the left upper canine tooth of the Lord Buddha himself.

  • Visit Sigiriya Rock Fortress

    Visit Sigiriya Rock Fortress, the most famous heritage site in Sri Lanka.

Holiday Ideas

  • Imagine Sri Lanka

    Colombo, Ancient Cities, Kandy, Hatton, Yala National Park, Tangalle, Galle

    from £2900 pp inc flights & transfers for 13 nights

    • An immersive tour taking in the highlights of Sri Lanka with some of the country’s most beautiful landscapes
    • Submerge into the cultural triangle and abundance of Sri Lankan wildlife throughout Sigiriya
    • Trek jungles and soak up the bountiful landscape as you travel through Kandy to Koslanda

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.

How to get there

10-hour 45-minute direct flight to Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo. It takes 4-hours to drive from Colombo and the international airport to Aliya Resort & Spa.

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