Venture deep into the jungle for Mahagedara, near the town of Sigiriya: home to the famous Sigiriya Rock. This ravishing retreat is surrounded by wilderness, plus a few tiny villages. ‘Mahagedara’ means ‘family home’ – and this friendly spa-stay over-delivers on its title, thanks to its relaxed owner, Lakmali. Sustainability lies at the core of this holistic hotel, which sources produce from its onside gardens, scorns chemicals and features an earth-kind design: buildings were constructed around the trees in the forest, and nothing was cut down during construction. The staff are local villagers – and men and women are paid equal wages. There’s a peaceful pool set in jungle greenery; guests are invited to try meditation, yoga, Ayurvedic treatments, detoxing rituals and more.