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The modern and chic Aliya Resort & Spa boasts panoramic views of the Sigiriya Rock Fortress and spectacular wildlife viewing, the highlight being elephant encounters.

The location of this elephant themed property is both spectacular and serene. Contemporary architecture blends with the simplicity of a rural lifestyle with one of Sri Lanka’s famous landmarks as a backdrop to the infinity pool, the centrepiece of the resort.

Unique in its style, this family friendly property features 96 rooms: a mix of deluxe twin and double rooms in a four unit chalet (some with additional attic space), two stand alone two bedroom suites and 18 luxury deluxe tents set out on wooden platforms. All room types are spacious and chic, yet simple in design. They feature air conditioning and en suite bathroom, desk and chair, TV, tea and coffee facilities and a safe. In addition, the suites feature a jacuzzi, private pool and sauna, as well as a home theatre system. The tents have a minibar and furnished verandah, with a wood cabin style bathroom to the rear, equipped with a shower and a bath.

Facilities include a choice of four restaurants, a gym, swimming pool, indoor badminton court, evening entertainment at the weekends, a spa with Ayurvedic treatments; yoga is also available on a daily basis. Complimentary WiFi internet access is available throughout the resort.

There are a variety of dining options. The main Alaka restaurant is airy and spacious, offering Sri Lankan dishes sourced from local ingredients. The Makara serves Chinese meals and the Migara is both a coffee shop and bar. Nagula is a speciality restaurant located on the verandah of the resort’s Paddy Museum and serves authentic cuisine from a traditional village kitchen.

Located in Sri Lanka's central province, Aliya Resort & Spa is a three and a half hour drive north of Colombo international airport.

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Key info

  • Ideal for:
    • Families
    • Honeymooners
    • Non-divers

Dive trips

This accommodation is featured in the following itinerary:

Discover Maldives & Sri Lanka

Designed to ensure a captivating mix of underwater highlights and enchanting topside experiences, discover the Maldives and Sri Lanka on a twin-centre holiday like no other, available throughout the year.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 16 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £3,625 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
This accommodation is located in:

Minneriya National Park

This small national park forms part of the elephant corridor in the north central plains of Sri Lanka and, with a wide range of habitat types, boasts a plethora of wildlife viewing opportunities.

  • Ideal for viewing: Asian elephant, purple-faced leaf monkey, Indian grey mongoose, Ceylon grey hornbill, rufous woodpecker
  • Excellent for: Diving & adventure