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Chaaya Village

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  • About this holiday

    Chaaya Village is a comfortable hotel recommended for those seeking authentic charm and an excellent location for exploring the sights of the Cultural Triangle. Explore nearby Dambulla and Sigiriya as well as Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa which are around an hour away. At the hotel guests can immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the surrounding area through nature walks and excursions to the lake and nearby caves. An excellent choice for a stop on one of our longer touring holidays to Sri Lanka.

    The journey and how you get there


    Included in your holiday

    Expressions Holidays includes scheduled flights with Sri Lankan or British Airways London to Colombo return in economy, private car transfers, bed and breakfast based on two people sharing a double or twin room. Half board and full board are available. Meal supplements apply to Christmas and New Year.

    Holiday prices

    Price guide per person based on sharing a Type A room.
    From £1,330 for 7 nights.
    These prices are a guide only and do not take into account any special offers or peak season supplements. The best possible price will be put together for you at the time of enquiry.

    Hotel code


    Our opinion

    A comfortable hotel set in harmony with its natural surroundings

    Hotel description

    Enjoying a rural location, Chaaya Village sits amidst 27 acres of lush vegetation bordering stunning Lake Habarana. The accommodation is to be found in cottages that nestle amongst the gardens of high-rise trees that provide fruit, medicinal properties and shade. The cottages have been inspired by the thatched roofed huts found locally and have an authentic feel. Other natural, local touches include bamboo and cloth window screens, cement floors and private open baths and showers. The open-air living allows for complete harmony with the setting, for listening to bird song and for enjoying the vista of the lake. An open lounge bar is just the place to enjoy a refreshing cocktail or fresh fruit juice throughout the day, whilst the Panthaliya coffee shop next door serves snacks and hot drinks. Dining is in the El Hena restaurant, which is spacious and open, with a view of the pool, garden and lake on one side and a view of the chefs at work in the kitchen on the other. Western and local dishes are served. Romantic dinners can be served by the lake, in a tree-hut, in the shade of a tree or in the privacy of the veranda. Your time here can be spent not just sight-seeing, but enjoying nature walks, Ayurvedic spa treatments, elephant riding and joining local fisherman.



    Official star rating

    no rating

    Annual opening

    Distance from airport

    About 5 hours drive

    Closest airport

    Colombo airport

    Room types

    Chaaya Village offers 108 rooms, all with air-conditioning, mini-bar, cable TV, complimentary tea/coffee making, complimentary toiletries
    Superior room located in clusters of cottages in the garden area. Queen bed.
    Deluxe room cottage-style, lake view, King sized four poster bed. These rooms also have DVD, safety locker, open-air bathroom with an indoor cement bath, outdoor shower, bathrobes and slippers, specially ordered herbal skin and body care products.
    Kingfisher Lodge situated above ground level to give lake views, private veranda, king sized bed, DVD, safety locker, his and hers outdoor showers, bathrobes and slippers, special ordered herbal skin and body care products, sewing kit, vanity kit.
    Eagle Lodge set in the middle of the garden with a view of the lake, with large sitting area. With king sized bed, DVD, safety locker, outdoor showers, garden cement jacuzzi, open air bathroom with an indoor cement bath, bathrobes and slippers, special ordered herbal skin and body care products, sewing kit, vanity kit.

    Hotel facilities and services

    Restaurant, bar, coffee shop, lounge, spa, excursions, resident naturalist, swimming pool, badminton, tennis and volleyball courts, kids play area, Azmaara Spa, laundry service, room service, WiFi.

    Water sports

    Land sports

    Out and aboutnearby/local interest

    Local interest: Resident naturalist, World Heritage sites of Sigiriya, Dambulla, Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa.
    Activities nearby: Nature walks, Lake Habarana, ‘Experiences’ including caves and caverns, spa, joining the local fishermen of the lake, hiking to nearby stone temple and returning by elephant.

    Sports nearby


    Minimum stays

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