Set on tropical gardens with views of the Lion Rock, this polished hotel is a 12-minute walk from the ancient Sigiriya palace and archaeological site, and 24 km from the scenic Kandalama Reservoir. The colourful rooms offer French doors leading to patios, plus sitting areas, flat-screen TVs and minibars. They also offer bottled water, and tea and coffeemaking facilities. Complimentary breakfast is served in the open-air restaurant, and there’s a rustic, convivial bar. Other amenities include 2 outdoor pools and an Ayurvedic spa, as well as tennis courts, traditional live music and event space.