Amaya Lake in Dambulla is one of the resorts that I’ve seen in Sri Lanka which stuck in my memory. It’s a huge property and I love the fact that they have kept the natural landscape of the place. Trees, grass, the lake – everything about this property makes you feel so close to nature. I’d definitely recommend it to people who are more into active tourism as the resort offers a lot of outdoor activities too. Of course it’s also a good fit for those who’d like to commune with nature or those who’d like to have relaxing day by the lake.
The first room they showed us was their luxury room which took me by surprise. It was well-equipped with modern facilities which doesn’t really reflect to the overall appearance of the resort from the outside. Not that I’m saying it in a bad way, it’s actually the opposite. It’s a modern haven in the middle of this semi-jungle of a resort – definitely a good selling point. It gives you an experience of being in a natural landscape but not compromising your modern needs.
The Deluxe Room on the other hand was very basic and quite small, a huge difference from their Luxury room.
The only thing that I didn’t like about the property was the lack of their dining options. They only had one restaurant and one lobby bar. If you’re not going to stay for a long time then I think this should be fine. We had our lunch in the resort which was great. The buffet spread was extensive and I particularly loved the lake fish they served – which of course was caught from the lake in front of the hotel.
Also, there are no other areas in this property which is air conditioned apart from their rooms and during summer, this might be a problem. Unless you don’t mind sweating as you swim in their pool then it should be fine. 🙂
Note: My visit to Amaya Lake was part of a sponsored trip of our company. However as always, opinion and all photos above are my own.