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The Ark - Luxury holidays to Sri Lanka

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  • About this holiday

    The Ark is an exclusive jungle hideaway hotel, in the midst of a 40 acre estate in Mathugama just 11 miles inland from Bentota. Where the rubber plantations end and the rain forest begins, this boutique hotel is a magnificent construction above the treetops.

    The journey and how you get there

    Complimentary

    Included in your holiday

    Expressions Holidays includes scheduled flights with Sri Lankan London to Colombo in economy, private transfers and full board based on double occupancy of the whole property.

    Holiday prices

    Sample price for a luxury holiday to The Ark is per person based on two people sharing a Type A double or twin room.
    From £1,790 for 7 nights.
    The price displayed here is a guide only for this hotel and each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect the actual flight costs and all up-to-date special offers.

    Hotel code

    EXH1602J

    Our opinion

    The Ark is a superb hideaway, a contemporary structure nestled high in the treetops and offering unique and outstanding views over the surrounding rainforest.

    Hotel description

    Available on an exclusive basis for single parties, The Ark is an isolated jungle hideaway promising a one-of-a-kind experience of rural Sri Lanka, just 11 miles inland from Bentota. In the midst of a 40 acre estate in Mathugama, where the rubber plantations end and the rain forest begins, this boutique hotel is a magnificent construction above the treetops. The hotel’s design is asymmetrical and abstract, its contemporary structure an architectural feat, composed of wood and metal in a manner reminiscent of an elevated living platform raised high off the ground. Taking inspiration from ‘watch-huts’, which provide a look-out post for farmers to survey their livestock, The Ark inevitably possesses inspirational views over the terraced farmland and distant hills. The centre of life revolves around the open-air lounge area, which is decked out with cosy sofas and a dining table surrounded on three sides by the raw natural landscape. There are three guestrooms accessible from here, each of which is also partially exposed to the elements and provides a comfortable place to get a night’s rest. The property is capable of holding a party of up to six people with camper beds available for two additional guests. Meals are catered for by the chef, who creates feasts of local flavours using only the freshest produce from neighbouring the farmland and villages. During the day you can also opt to dine on the poolside terrace, which is just a stone’s throw away along timber pathways through the foliage. Please note that The Ark does not accommodate children under 10 years and it is not recommended for those with limited mobility.

    Location

    Matugama, 30 minutes' drive inland from Bentota.

    Official star rating

    no rating

    Annual opening

    All year

    Distance from airport

    Colombo Airport, 66 miles

    Closest airport

    Colombo Airport

    Room types

    The Ark offers three double bedrooms with attached bathrooms to accommodate up to 6 people. Two additional people can occupy camp beds if required. The Ark is available for exclusive use by a single party at a time and minimum occupancy is two adults.

    Hotel facilities and services

    Communal living and dining area, Outdoor swimming pool, Sundeck. 

    Water sports

    Land sports

    Out and aboutnearby/local interest

    Rubber plantations, terraced farmland, Sinharaja Forest. Bentota is a 30 minute drive away and Galle is a 45-minute drive south.

    Sports nearby

    Children

    Children under 10 years are not permitted to stay at The Ark.

    Minimum stays

    Minimum stay of one night required.

    Other information

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