An explorer's retreat buried deep within the Sri Lankan jungle
Nestled amongst a forest of tropical trees and home to a plethora of exotic birds and animals, the Cinnamon Lodge Habarana is an adventurer's paradise in the heart of Sri Lanka's cultural triangle. Designed to resemble the ruins of Ritigala, an ancient palace-turned-monastery, the lodge exudes tranquility. Its prime location on the edge of a lake provides a beautiful setting for romantic dinners and bird watching whilst scenic trails lead through the resort's grounds to hidden alcoves, tree houses and peaceful glades. Experienced guides offer guests the chance to dive further into the wilderness on safaris, treks and hot-air balloon rides.
HOTEL TYPENatural Retreat Adventurous Luxury Eco resort
- Join one of the resort's experienced naturalists for a night walk to spot rare sighted nocturnal animals such as the Ringtail Civet and the Fish Owl
- Soar into the sunset on a hot air balloon, admiring the stunning landscape far below
- Dine in the company of a troupe of monkeys on a wooden platform high amongst the tree tops, onboard a catamaran or on a secluded island with the resort's specialised destination dining experiences
A complimentary lunch for a couple
for a minimum stay of two nights.
"Cinnamon Lodge Habarana today stands under infinite canopies of leafy trees in acres of gardens. Fifty years ago, it looked very different: barren and dry, stripped of any green vegetation. Even though it was a wasteland, our hotel group saw its immense potential and decided to build there.
It is hard to imagine that the land, now blanketed under thousands of trees, was once bleak, stark and desolate, not to mention completely infertile due to the slash-and-burn agricultural practices used at that time. We hired specialist architects to transform the abandoned “chena” into a lush green, peaceful retreat.
The architects created a unique design using stone pathways and daises found in the ancient Ritigala monastery nearby. To replicate the tranquillity exuded by the trees at the monastery, they decided to reforest the area. When they heard over a thousand trees were earmarked for destruction to facilitate development in the plains of the Mahaweli River, they decided to save the trees from destruction, transported them over hundreds of kilometers to Habarana, and transplanted them for reforestation.
Given this eco heritage, we continue to focus on luxury but we never compromise on the eco aspects. Over the years, our conservation efforts have seen sustenance of small wildlife, species of birds, insects and butterfly and even water life in the surrounding Habarana tank. At the resort, we grow our own vegetables and herbs and we are 100% dairy sufficient. Besides, we recycle the water, run a bio-gas generator and use solar collectors.
We are pleased we are continuing the conservation heritage that was started by reforesting the “chena” cultivation land many years ago."
imagine a romantic day like this
As the sun rises, you wander down to the lakeside for a champagne breakfast accompanied by the morning song of the birds. After a refreshing dip in the swimming pool, you join one of the hotel's naturalists for the morning primate watch in which you get to observe the Grey Langur and Toque Macaque monkeys up close. A light lunch is served on the veranda where you have time to relax for a while before you hop into a jeep for a three hour safari in Minneriya National Park. You return to an already prepared bubble bath in your suite, followed by cocktails and an indulgent meal at Lotus.
The rooms and suites are all built on elevated foundations, mirroring those of the Ritigala monastery, and are rustically furnished to create a peaceful environment that's harmoniously balanced with the natural surroundings. Amenities include complimentary Wifi, cable TV, tea and coffee making facilities, mini bar, toiletries and a safety deposit box.
Located in the resort's sprawling gardens and connected by winding pathways, these rooms offer the perfect escape whilst still providing the highest level of luxury and comfort with a large living area and well-appointed bathroom. The warm, earthy colour palette and expansive windows looking out across the lake create a unique ambience of serenity.
These spacious rooms are each fitted with a plush, elevated king-sized bed recalling the customs of ancient Sri Lankan kings who raised their beds to reflect their position in society. Furnishings are elegant and refined with terracotta and timber floors. After a long day wandering through the wilderness, call ahead to have your bathtub filled ready for your return. In-room spa treatments and intimate dinners on your veranda can also be arranged.
All of the suites are designed as beautiful, private homes with stylish furnishings and artworks creating a space that's simultaneously bright and cosy. The two-storey suites feature a lounge, dining area and bathroom on the ground floor, and an exquisite master bedroom, dressing room and bathroom (complete with jacuzzi) on the top floor, whilst smaller suites flow across a single level.
Let the animal friends intrude your privacy as you wear the explorer’s hat and set out to enjoy this retreat. Starting from breakfast in bed to a private candle-lit dinner, and everything in between, this is an experience at its romantic best. Enjoy!
- Stay in a Superior room
- Breakfast in bed or at the main restaurant
- Private candle-lit dinner
- Special honeymoon room amenities
- Fruits and chocolates in the room
- 10% discount on spa
CINNAMON LODGE HABARANA P.O Box 02, Habarana, Sri Lanka
Centrally located in the cultural triangle for easy access to Polonnaruwa, about one hour from Sigiriya, 30 minutes from Dambulla and 2½ hours from Kandy. About 4 hours by road from Colombo airport
beyond the hotel
Located ten km from the resort, the Minneriya National Park is home to a wide range of wildlife including the purple-faced leaf monkey, the sambar deer, the toque macaque and a myriad of birds and reptiles. If you're travelling in late July, you'll have the chance to see over 300 elephants migrate to the park to feed on the lush grass. Slightly further afield is Kawudulla National Park centred around an ancient reservoir. Here you can spot elephants, leopards, sloth bears and if you're very lucky, the endangered rusty - spotted cats. Those interested in learning more about the local culture will enjoy the guided walks through the neighbouring villages and around the organic farms. There are plenty of historic sites also nearby including the mystical ruins of the Ritigala monastery and the ancient kingdoms of Sigiriya, Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa.
awards and accolades
International Hotel Awards, London - 2014; Award for the best sustainable hotel
International Hotel Awards, London - 2014; Award for the best resort in the country
International Hotel Awards, London - 2014; Best sustainable Hotel and the best resort in Sri Lanka - International Hotel Award
Certificate of Merit for Energy & Water Conservation and Waste Management in "Greening Awards 2014 from THASL