Vil Uyana, meaning
‘garden of pools’ is an admirable effort by the Jetwing Group to create a truly
eco friendly hotel. Built as a lifestyle hotel and intended to elicit an
experience of rural living, Vil Uyana is located in close proximity to the
sites of Sigiriya, Anuradhapura and Pollonnaruwa. The drive from Colombo will
take approximately four and half hours.
Vil Uyana stands as
an illustration of the greatness exhibited by Sri Lankan kings, as they built
the reservoirs and tanks that still stand today which house a delicate balance
of eco systems within. With that tribute in mind, the Jetwing Group embarked on
the laborious endeavor to introduce a wetland system into the dry zone, where
Vil Uyana is located. Drawing from ancient Sri Lankan traditions, the dwellings
grew out of and not into the surroundings and are amidst marshes, ponds and
delicate paddy fields. Thus, the experience of living in a paddy field, where
villagers actually harvest the paddy during season, is delivered. The prolific
nature of the landscape makes it a natural haunt for many species of birds and
butterflies. However, despite the rural interface of the place, every
imaginable comfort can be found within its walls, or in your individual
dwellings, even spa treatments.
There are 25 spacious
dwellings that come with a choice of three habitats; paddy, forest and water.
All of them come with private decks that have charming views. The bathrooms
have rain showers and sunken in tubs. These expansive dwellings are connected
via a series of wooden walkways which traverse the property and the interiors
consist of timber flooring, thatched roofs of coconut palms, bamboo and rattan
ceilings. Other facilities include king size beds, flat screen TVs, satellite
channels, DVD and CD players, IDD phone, a/c, tea coffee making facilities,
safe, reed slippers and sarong.
There are three Jala
Mandapas, which are 1030 sq ft in size and feature private decks. They are
built over delightful lotus ponds and have a separate deck for dining.
Paddy Field Dwellings
Paddy Field Dwellings are 1030 sq ft in size and feature decks and plunge
pools. They are set in the paddy fields.
The ten Forest Dwellings are the most luxurious and are 2100 sq ft in size.
They feature private pools and are two storey villas. The ground floor features
an open cement lounge area with floor cushions and an indoor courtyard. The
bathroom has a cement tub and rain shower. The bedroom occupies the entire top
There are two restaurants, the Apsara for all day dining and
the Sulang, for drinks and snacks. There is both local and international
cuisine. You can also opt for spa dining at the Island Spa, signature dining on
the deck of your room and outdoor dining in the paddy fields where traditional
Sri Lankan rice and curry is served on a banana leaf.The library has a range of
books which you can browse and the Graffiti Bar has a great selection of
imported and local spirits. The well stocked wine cellar also offers a cellar
dining option, where you can sample some of these vintages.The Island Spa
offers a range of rejuvenating treatments from body wraps, to massage and
aromatherapy. The treatment rooms are surrounded by water and incorporate
nature into their regiment with the gentle sound of birds. There is also an in
house naturalist who will take you on a guided birding tour.