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Kalundewa Retreat - Luxury holidays to Sri Lanka

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  • About this holiday

    In the village of Kalundewa in historic Dambulla, the Kalundewa Retreat offers a unique experience peace, tranquillity and raw natural beauty in the cultural triangle. Modern chalets stand on stilts atop the lake’s waters, providing a nature and wildlife experience not far from the cultural sights of Sri Lanka’s central region. 

    The journey and how you get there

    Complimentary

    Included in your holiday

    Expressions Holidays includes scheduled flights with Sri Lankan London to Colombo return in economy, private transfers and bed and breakfast based on two people sharing a double or twin room.

    Holiday prices

    Sample price for a luxury holiday to Kalundewa Retreat is per person based on two people sharing a Type A double or twin room.
    From £1,820 for 7 nights
    The price displayed here is a guide only for this hotel and each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect the actual flight costs and all up-to-date special offers.

    Special Offers

    • Sri Lanka 2019 autumn early booking offer
      Book a holiday of at least 7 nights to Sri Lanka by 31 August 2019 for stays between now and 30 November 2019 and receive a reduction of £100 per person.
    • Sri Lanka 2020 early booking offer
      Book a holiday of at least 7 nights to Sri Lanka by 30 September 2019 for stays between 1 December 2019 and 31 March 2020 and receive a reduction of £150 per person.

    Hotel code

    EXH1612

    Our opinion

    The Kalundewa Retreat is a unique hotel that blends a modern minimalist style with natural beauty, perfect for a tranquil stay near the sights of the Cultural Triangle.

    Hotel description

    In the village of Kalundewa in historic Dambulla, the Kalundewa Retreat offers a unique experience peace, tranquillity and raw natural beauty in the cultural triangle. The development began as an agricultural initiative, with the 100 acres of land being chosen for paddy fields, fruit cultivation and herb gardens. In this jungle wilderness, the terrain of marsh land, fields, lakes and orchards made way for one-of-a-kind luxury accommodation. Your first sign of Kalundewa Retreat’s minimalist architecture will be witnessed upon arrival at the lobby, which occupies a structure reminiscent of a tree house, built around an age-old kumbuk tree. Teak wood flooring and sheer glass panes decorate this open-air pavilion, which is set up for dining and lounging within full sight of the luscious green farmland. The 40 foot observation deck, however, is the spot for the property’s most beautiful panoramic views. Accommodation is based in two chalets and a three-bedroom bungalow within the grounds, and the former are accessible via wooden rafts or a wander through the orchard. On wooden pillars above the lake’s surface, these structures are a masterpiece of construction, where the use of glass, metal and wood is an inoffensive presence among the submerged trees and glassy waters. Interiors combine organic materials and fabrics with a true minimalist style. There are six master bedrooms overall, and living spaces include a kitchen with pantry, open air bathtub, large living/dining areas, a plunge pool and barbeque. Kalundewa Retreat offers yoga and meditation sessions under the guidance of a professional teacher, you can swim in the freshwater spring or embark on a number of excursions in the local area.

    Location

    Kalundewa Village, about 20 minutes' drive from Dambulla

    Official star rating

    no rating

    Annual opening

    All year

    Distance from airport

    Colombo Airport, 90 miles

    Closest airport

    Colombo Airport

    Room types

    Two chalets and one three-bedroom bungalow with minibar, safe, balcony/terrace, hairdryer, air conditioning, coffee and tea facilities, WiFi.
    Deluxe Bungalow Room
    Deluxe Chalet
    Grand Deluxe Chalet Room with Jacuzzi
    Deluxe Bungalow Suite
    Romantic Lake Chalet with plunge pool
    Luxury Chalet – for four occupants
    Luxury Bungalow – for six occupants

    Hotel facilities and services

    Private dining, Outdoor swimming pool, Room service, Excursion assistance, Bicycle rental, 24-hour front desk, Daily housekeeping, Laundry, Parking, Doctor on call.

    Water sports

    Land sports

    Out and aboutnearby/local interest

    Dambulla, Heritance Kandalama, Kandalama Reservoir, Dambulla Rajamaha Viharaya, Minneriya and Kaudulla National Parks, Anuradhapura, Polonnanuwa, Sigiriya.

    Sports nearby

    Children

    Minimum stays

    Other information

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