The Ultimate Luxury Escape: Aarunya Resort
We were taken to our villa (Villa Cinnamon) which was just breathtaking. It was so spacious, beautifully styled and best of all, we had our own jacuzzi overlooking coconut trees. It also had possibly the most comfortable bed I’ve ever slept on, where they had written “Welcome to Aarunya” in flower petals upon our arrival.
Our dinner was the most delectable Sri Lankan spread (possibly the best traditional food of our entire trip). In true Sri Lanka style there was a large selection of curries, a variety of roti bread and hoppers (egg and plain – if you’ve been to SL you’ll know what I’m talking about). We’re going to create a few recipes inspired by the trip which we’ll be sharing very soon!
We contemplated hitting the Aarunya gym which had beautiful panoramic views but decided we were a bit too zen. Instead we did some yoga on our terrace and went for a walk around the grounds (the villas are scattered over 7 acres of tea, fruit and spice plantation). What I loved most about the grounds was the fruit & vegetable garden which had everything from medicinal spices to tropical fruits. Their aim is to have the majority of ingredients used in the restaurant sourced from the Aarunya garderns.
If you have a few more days to spend here, you can also chat to the staff about organising day trips. They provide tailor made experiences and excursions from waterfall hikes, temple visits and trips to Kandy village/markets, to full day excursions to Sigiriya, National Parks and Sunrise over the famous Adam’s Peak.
I will be sharing another Sri Lanka blog post soon with some suggestions for where to go, where to stay and of course – where to eat!