Lying within the so-called Cultural Triangle brings Sri Lankan must-do sites, such as the famed rock cave temple of Dambulla and the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Anuradhapura & Polonnaruwa. 30 lavish villas are dotted throughout the grounds, reached by winding paths, and flanked by lush gardens, offering cool havens in which to relax after hot, steamy days climbing ancient rock formations, exploring Buddhist temples, and trekking with elephants. A number have private swimming pools. Dining is a pleasing fusion of Sri Lankan and western dishes served in the air-conditioned cool of the restaurant or on the balmy terrace, with hazy views of Sigiriya in the distance. There’s also a two-storey bar with equally wonderful views where you can relax with an icy cocktail and soak up the scenery. The serene, wicker sun-lounger lined swimming pool is a peaceful place to stop for a while, and after all the cultural excitement take time out to explore your beautiful surroundings by bicycle, buggy or on foot maybe enjoy a game of croquet on the manicured lawns.