Luxury hotel holiday Amaya Lake Dambulla

The four-star Amaya Lake Resort is set back from the northern shores of Kandalama Lake, where it occupies a peaceful lakeside home just 15 minutes' drive from the centre of Dambulla. This is a tranquil setting from which to explore the local environment and get active, while your beautiful accommodation provides for active pursuits.
Included in your Expressions 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.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Amaya Lake, Dambulla

The Amaya Lake Resort is a tranquil hotel in a beautiful natural location. After exploring the nearby sights of Dambulla, guests enjoy extensive spa facilities, spectacular destination dining options and luxury hotel amenities.

Facts in brief

Official star rating 3

Location Dambulla, 15 minutes' drive from the centre

Annual opening All year

Closest airport Colombo Airport

Distance from airport Colombo Airport, 85 miles

Hotel facilities and services

Two restaurants, Bar, 24-hour in-room dining, Outdoor swimming pool, 24-hour front desk, Excursions, Bird watching sessions, Palm reading, Free WiFi, Tennis court, Table tennis, Carom, Snooker, Laundry, Babysitting service, Children's centre, Children's pool.

Land sports

Tennis, Volleyball, Cricket, Cycling 

Out and about nearby

Village visits, Cave temples of Dambulla, The Golden Temple of Dambulla, Dambulla International Cricket Stadium, Heritance Kandalama, Sigiriya.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Luxury villa room for 7 nights

From about

£1,420

Holiday Code EXH1611J

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Amaya Lake, Dambulla

The four-star Amaya Lake Resort is set back from the northern shores of Kandalama Lake, where it occupies a peaceful lakeside home just 15 minutes' drive from the centre of Dambulla. Pristine gardens exude an air of refinement, while the infringing jungle overgrowth gives a sense of the more rugged natural surrounds. The gardens slope towards the lakeside whose stillness enhances an aura of tranquillity that reverberates through the resort. Traditional village-style architecture is recreated on a grand scale at Amaya Lake Resort, with huge, open-air verandas sheltered by the lofty eaves of towering timber roofs supported by columns. Such oversized pavilion structures cause the seamless meeting of indoor and outdoor spaces. This is best seen in the Amaya Lake Bar and Semara Restaurant, which exploit this style of building in order to frame views of the swimming pool and welcome cooling breezes into dining areas. The former serves a menu of international cuisine infused with Sri Lankan flavours, the latter offers an intimate setting for relaxing cocktails. In both venues, live oriental music fills the air during the evening hours. Romantic dining experiences for two can also be had either beside the lake or in your own guestroom. Amaya Lake Resort offers 120 elegant guestrooms and suites, accommodating guests in the utmost style and luxury, with a neutral colour scheme complementing the vivid green hues of rural views. Unwind at the end of a day immersed in the natural setting with facial and body treatments at the spa, with its Ayurvedic practises and shirodhara facilities. Amaya Lake Resort is a tranquil lakeside hotel with excellent proximity to the sights and attractions of Dambulla.

Room descriptions

Amaya Lake Resort has 120 rooms and suites with private outdoor terrace, air conditioning, plasma TV with satellite channels, minibar, tea and coffee facilities, mineral water, hairdryer, digital safe, daily housekeeping service.

Luxury Villa Room
Deluxe Villa Room
Club Lodge Room
Superior Villa Room
Amaya Superior Suite

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Luxury villa room for 7 nights

From about

£1,420

Holiday Code EXH1611J

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Amaya Lake, Dambulla

Additional information

Children: Cribs and/or rollaway beds available at no extra charge.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Luxury villa room for 7 nights

From about

£1,420

Holiday Code EXH1611J

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Amaya Lake, Dambulla

About Cultural Triangle

An Expressions tailor-made holiday to the Sri Lanka's Cultural Triangle gives visitors the opportunity to experience a melting pot of heritage, culture and wildlife in the central dry, which is home to a wealth of UNESCO world heritage sites and beautiful landscapes, still rich in wildlife and natural habitats. It is essential to visit the Cultural Triangle during a holiday in Sri Lanka. Most visitors spend a day or two visiting the cultural sites as part of a touring holiday around Sri Lanka, yet we think this area is so rich in culture, local life and wildlife that it can also merit a week’s stay, discovering the culture and enjoying the natural environment. The local people here lead a largely agrarian life often centring round rice cultivation. Today’s landscape on these flat, dry, red earth plains is dotted with vast tracts of water - fields of rice paddies and water lilies and the ancient reservoirs known as ‘tanks’ - interspersed with forests and smallholdings, solitary rock mountains, temples and villages. Wild elephants are often sighted inside (and sometimes outside) the national parks, whilst monkeys, swamp hens, cormorants and mynah birds are commonly seen. This area is considered to be the cradle of Sri Lanka’s Buddhist civilisation as we know it today. It is also the epicentre of Sri Lankan Ayurveda, the science centrifugal to a healthy life – if you want to find a really authentic, traditional Ayurvedic doctor, this is the place to be. There is a great range of high-quality hotels in the Cultural Triangle - we have carefully selected hotels throughout the area which we believe to be the best at what they do. They all enjoy tranquil and beautiful rural settings and range from luxury boutique hotels such as Ulagalla Resort, to eco-friendly resorts such as Jetwing Vil Uyana. There are many highlights of Sri Lanka's Cultural Triangle including four UNESCO World Heritage Sites which between them telling the fascinating story of Sri Lanka's Civilisation. As well as Sigiriya Rock Fortress, the Cave Temples of Dambulla, the Mediaeval capital of Polonnaruwa and the sacred city of Anuradhapura there are numerous other places of interest which are well worth a visit.

Highlights of the Cultural Triangle

Sigiriya Rock Fortress; Dambulla Cave Temples; Polonnaruwa – ruins of the ancient capital; Anuradhapura – sacred city; Wildlife safari in Minneriya National Park (or Kaudulla National Park); Elephant rides/treks; Birdwatching on the ‘tanks’; Hot air balloon ride; Cycle ride – local village life; Ayurveda health treatments, massages, herbal steam beds and aromatic baths; Ritigala monastery ruins (walking required); Aukana Buddha; Mihintale; the story of Buddhism; the story of Ayurveda. Day trip or continue on to Kandy, visiting spice gardens, batik workshops, Temple of the Tooth, Kandy market, city centre, view from hills, workshops for woodcarving, brass and musical instruments.

Cultural highlights of the Cultural Triangle

Four of Sri Lanka's eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites are in what is popularly known as the Cultural Triangle. Between them they tell a fascinating story of Sri Lanka’s civilisation. The 5th century Sigiriya Rock Fortress is one of Sri Lanka’s most awe-inspiring archaeological sites and its prime tourist attraction, well worth climbing to see the majestic views from the summit. Nearby are the Dambulla Cave Temples, each cave filled with murals and gilded statues depicting the life of the Buddha. The well-preserved ruins of Polonnaruwa, the 12th century capital, tell a story of Buddhism, royalty, kinship, war and power. Highlights are the Royal Palace, Council Chamber and four graceful Buddha statues of Gal Vihara. The ancient city of Anuradhapura is a vast archaeological site of palaces, monasteries, temples and dagobas, mostly in ruins, although some have been resorted. This was one of the grandest monastic cities that the world has ever seen. Other sights worth seeing are Mihintale Sanctuary, known as the ‘cradle of Buddhism in Sri Lanka’; Ritigala, ruins of a 9th century monastery hidden amongst dense forest; and Minneriya National Park, a park filled with wildlife including elephants, buffalo, wild boar and crocodiles.

Festivals in the Cultural Triangle

The Buddhist festivals: monthly on Poya (full moon) days, especially Vesak (May) and Poson (June). Poson marks the introduction of Buddhism to Sri Lanka by Arahat Maha Mahinda, son of Asoka of India at Mihintale in 3rd century BC. July to October – the Elephant Gathering: during this season in the evenings, hundreds of wild elephants gather along the banks of the Minneriya Tank.

Climate in the Cultural Triangle

As the climate is very hot with an average temperature of 30° C, it is best to do sightseeing and activities in the early mornings and late afternoons, with time to relax at the hotel, eat or travel in air-conditioning at the height of the day. Average humidity is 60%, with very little rainfall most of the year - most of the rain falls between November and February when the North-east monsoon prevails.

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