“Amidst tranquil surroundings, a sanctuary for the senses” Tucked away in the historic city of Dambulla, within Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle, Thilanka Resort And Spa is the perfect balance between a holiday resort and a spiritual retreat. A garden of pleasures, a haven of peace. The 25 acre narrow land stretches almost 1 km from the busy Matale-Dambulla main road to the scenic Dambulu Oya. Follow the enchantingly beautiful brick paved pathway embraced by a lush canopy of full grown mango trees and one arrives at a bold statement in architecture that effectively combines minimalist structure with the sweeping pastoral landscape. The first glimpse of the resort one gets thru the mango trees is the bridge like dining pavilion which stretches across the land in dramatic contrast to the blue sky beyond, a 120ft long swimming pool running perpendicular to it below, with rice fields by the side. An elegant stairway in teak and steel leads the way up from the pool bar lounge to the restaurant above where one has the pleasure of enjoying a glorious view of the forest and the mountains while dining. 6 luxurious villas, each with 4 extremely comfortable suites with a Jacuzzi/plunge pool are nestled among a variety of trees. Inspired by the surrounding plantation each villa is named after a specific fruit which is reflected in the interior from a larger than life, brilliantly colored oil on canvas panels behind the bed to a bowl of delicious fresh fruit on the coffee table. Spacious beds with comfy mattresses, soft cotton sheets and plush silk covers complete the cozy interior. Warm shafts of sunlight and a cool gush of wind pour in thru the large glass sliding doors which open out on to a verandah on the ground level and a covered terrace on the upper level and gives one a magnificient view of the surroundings, and the many wonders of nature. The villas are located away from each other for privacy and keeping in mind the existing trees. The entire resort consists of polished cement floors and walls including the long, elevated pool with a touch of color on the recycled timber doors. Here nature is not conquered, it is befriended !