• Water Garden Hotel, Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

Water Garden

A collection of dream-like villas perched on the fringes of a peaceful rice paddy.

If you seek the best accommodation in the cultural triangle, you can stop searching. The Water Garden is about as good as it gets. Laid out over a water garden and rice paddies, beautifully appointed individual villas are your home for the night.

Each spacious villa offers luxurious amenities, inviting and contemporary interiors, and floor-to-ceiling windows. Relax on the sun deck, and if you have chosen to have your very own plunge pool, it doesn’t get much better than that. Duplex villas with two bedrooms are available for families, and come with a private dining and BBQ area on the roof.

Looking down the garden from the open reception area, you are treated to a fabulous view of Sigiriya’s Lion Rock. Wildlife often strolls through here, and you are always treated to the sound of peacocks in the background. Dine indoors or al fresco at the main restaurant, or lounge in the bar with exquisite vistas of the surrounding countryside. Cool off in the swimming pool where attentive service is always on hand, treat yourself to an ayurvedic massage in the spa, or take a nature trek around the gardens.

Further afield, the historic sights of the cultural triangle are nearby, or venture out on a guided safari tour of Minneriya National Park.

 

Hayes & Jarvis Rating
Hotel Category
Luxury
Location Type
Away from it all
TripAdvisor Review
Tripadvisor rating 526 Reviews
Beach, Chena Huts

Hotel highlights

  • Stunning, modern individual villas with private terraces
  • Upgrade to a plunge pool villa for ultimate luxury
  • Magical gardens and alfresco dining with a view of Lion’s Rock
  • Plenty of bird life on site – a bird watcher’s haven
  • The best, authentic Sri Lankan hoppers for breakfast

Hotel Features

General Information

  • 30 rooms

Main Facilities

  • Fitness facilities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Spa facilities
  • Wifi

Accommodation Type

  • Boutique
  • Eco-friendly
  • Luxury Collection

Board Basis Options

  • Bed & Breakfast

For Families

  • Family Rooms
  • Kid's Pool

Hotel Location

Location Highlights

Water Garden

  • Away from it all
  • Approx. 4 hours from Colombo and close to central Sigiriya
  • The perfect base to explore the cultural triangle
  • A peaceful, open garden setting
526 Reviews % of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 468
  • Very Good 45
  • Average 8
  • Poor 2
  • Terrible 3

What to Expect

  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness

Reviews

Mar 31, 2020

Stunning Hotel with fabulous views of Sigiriya Rock

kingston

My husband and I were lucky enough to spend 4 nights at this stunning hotel recently. The grounds are absolutely beautiful with water features everywhere, an abundance of birdlife, monitor lizards and turtles. The many peacocks can be incredibly noisy but this only adds to the atmosphere. We loved seeing them before breakfast every morning, perched on top of the buildings. Our room was excellent - very clean - with a large bathroom, a very large sitting room and an outdoor plunge pool and deck area for sunbathing. There were fresh cookies every day, as well as fresh milk for making tea and always a homemade sweet treat at turn down. The staff were very professional but also incredibly friendly and welcoming. Nothing was too much trouble. We had all our meals here and the food was excellent - particularly the Vegetable Biriyani (the best I've ever had) - and we can both recommend the Arrack cocktails - perfect to drink at sunset whilst watching the sun set on Sigiriya Rock. The hotel is perfectly located for day trips to all the Cultural Triangle has to offer. We cannot recommend it highly enough and would definitely return.
Mar 23, 2020

Great location, wonderful food, amazing service

London, United Kingdom

My husband and I decided to transfer straight here from Colombo airport. What a fantastic start to the holiday to arrive at such a haven of tranquillity - especially after a long journey. The hotel is made up of small villas, which made us feel as though we were one of only a few guests and we were surrounded by nature. Walking around the grounds we often saw peacocks and other birds and animals- but rarely any people, which was lovely. The service was fantastic and the food was wonderful. It's in a remote location so we ate there both nights and had delicious meals on both occasions. There's a great selection of wines and cocktails and you can't beat the beautiful a la carte breakfast overlooking Sigiriya Rock. We only stayed two nights but wish we had longer as it's a great base for exploring the cultural triangle.
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Water Garden

Facilities

Swimming pool, Water Garden, Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

Swimming pool

With glorious weather all year round, you'll definitely want to spend time lounging by the pool or cooling off in the water. Surrounded by the garden's serene waterways, lush foliage and wild visitors, attentive service is always on hand.

Spa, Water Garden, Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

Spa

Offering a wide variety of holistic treatments, choose from Ayurvedic therapy or Balinese massages, carried out by attentive professionals in a peaceful setting.

Water Garden

Room Types

Deluxe Villa

Spacious, one bedroom deluxe villas enjoy peaceful views over the lake or the waterways, have beautifully appointed separate living areas, and big bathrooms with double sinks, freestanding baths, and rain showers. 

  • Air Conditioning
  • Bath
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Fridge
  • In Room WiFi
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Separate Shower
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Towels included
  • TV

Superior Deluxe Plunge Pool Villa

Each contemporary superior deluxe villa comes with its very own plunge pool and sundeck, with views of Lion's Rock and the gardens. There's a modern, spacious living room to stretch out in, a beautifully appointed bedroom with a king sized bed to snooze in, and a huge bathroom with a freestanding bath and rain shower. You won't want to leave - these are some of the best rooms in all of Sri Lanka!

  • Air Conditioning
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Bath
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Fridge
  • Hairdryer
  • In Room WiFi
  • Minibar
  • MP3 dock
  • Private Pool
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Separate Shower
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
  • TV

Duplex Plunge Pool Villa

These chic, two-story villas come with a private plunge pool and sundeck, as well as a rooftop outdoor dining area - perfect for a private family escape. With one twin room and one king room (with it's own private balcony), there's space for everyone to relax. Treat this as your luxurious home away from home in the cultural triangle.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Bath
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Fridge
  • Hairdryer
  • In Room WiFi
  • Minibar
  • MP3 dock
  • Private Pool
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Separate Shower
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
  • TV
Water Garden

Food & Drink

Main Restaurant, Water Garden, Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

Main Restaurant

Choose from an extensive fine dining menu, created with carefully sourced ingredients from around the world and the finest local ingredients by skilled chefs. Dine indoors or al fresco and indulge in a selection of beverages from the well-stocked bar.

Twin level bar, Water Garden, Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

Twin-level bar

Enjoy a relaxing sundowner, an intimate glass of champagne, or a spirited time with family or friends in the twin level bar, with extraordinary vistas of the surrounding countryside.