Water Gardens Sigiriya
The clue’s in the name: Water Gardens Sigiriya is a watery wonderland with serene green grounds in the Cultural Triangle. Its liquid elements are inspired by the famous water gardens at nearby heritage heavyweight, Sigiriya Rock (home to the remains of an ancient fortress), which you can spy on throughout your stay here. If you’re feeling sufficiently lively, leave the hotel behind, albeit briefly, in order to go and climb it. The award-winning sleeping-quarters are stylish and spacious, set in standalone villa-style buildings, some with a private pool. There’s an excellent, Rock-spying restaurant where traditional Sri Lankan cuisine is served alongside Western options, plus a view-toting bar. The hotel has a wealth of wildlife; go out with one of the expert naturalists to get better acquainted with the resident flora and fauna. You’re likely to bump into a preening peacock or two en route to the gorgeous swimming pool and soothing spa, which occupies its own building in the emerald grounds.