The Paradise Resort & Spa, Dambulla Review

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The Paradise Resort and Spa Dambulla Sri Lanka (formerly Green Paradise), was my personal favourite of all the large luxury hotels we tried during our Sri Lanka tours, it was also my favourite location, sitting in the green heart of Sri Lanka, equidistant between the beautiful and fascinating Dambulla cave temples and ancient, historic Sigiriya rock fortress. This is a luxury destination and the hotel gives you spacious, well appointed rooms to relax in and enjoy after visiting nearby cultural highlights.

Scroll on down to see just how beautiful the rooms are. The hotel was visually stunning, a glorious design that showcased the natural surroundings to great effect.

Spacious rooms featuring natural wood paneling were luxurious and restful, with outdoor areas to sit in the peace of nature. The food was good, the hotel facilities were above average and it made an interesting and worthwhile change to stay in this part of Sri Lanka rather than visiting the cultural triangle on day trips.

It was lovely to be able to relax in our chalet or by the pool after the Sigiriya or Dambulla climb, rather than have to face hours on the road. Read more on the Paradise Resort & Spa below.

Paradise Resort and Spa Dambulla

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The Paradise Resort and Spa Location, Near Dambulla and Sigyria

Paradise Resort and Spa Dining and Reception

Located 14km outside the town of Dambulla and its magnificent cave temples, The Paradise Resort and Spa is also a short 15 minute ride away from Sigiriya Rock Fortress ( post to come on visiting this highlight), one of Sri Lanka’s most popular and visited attractions.

Dambulla Caves Sri Lanka

Set not far from the beautiful Kandalama Lake, The Paradise lies secluded from the usual hustle and bustle of modern Sri Lanka in a serene jungle setting.

With Sygiria being so close this is the perfect base from which to explore and climb the famous rock fortress.

Sigiriya Rock Fortress SriLanka

In fact, after a leisurely breakfast you can still be back by mid afternoon to enjoy cooling off in the huge pool and make use of the pool bar and spa.

Dambulla is almost in the middle of Sri Lanka and as such you can catch a bus or hire a vehicle to just about anywhere in the country from here.

The Paradise Resort is not far from Minneriya National Park where wild elephants still roam. You can organise a safari tour to spot wildlife or simple drive through the area, we saw elephants each time we passed through by road.

The Paradise Resort and Spa Food Experience

The food and beverage experience at the resort is based around the breakfast and dinner buffets.

Both featured live cooking stations with an assortment of dishes being prepared by the chefs. Omelettes, eggs and real ( not chicken!) bacon were on offer in the morning and, on our stay, a pasta station was open at dinner.

The Paradise Resort and Spa Food and Dining
Chef in action at The Paradise Resort and Spa. There are nightly live cooking stations, this chef was busy with Italian dishes.

Both buffets showcase a mix of western and Sri Lankan food. Chef and I always head to local Sri Lankan food choices and here they didn’t disappoint. Both breakfast and lunch were varied, fresh and full of flavour. Local fruits took centre stage which was great to see, but for the less health-conscious, deserts were superb.

The Paradise Resort and Spa Dambulla SriLanka food
Deserts at the Paradise Resort and Spa Dambulla ( Kandalama lake) were something to look forward to!

We didn’t get a chance to sample the lunch menu as we were out exploring.

Another on-site dining option is the wood fired pizza restaurant. Unfortunately we didn’t get a chance to try their Italian-style pizzas.

Paradise Resort and Spa Pool Table and Bar

After dinner the bar became the place to be. Set high up in the stunning reception and dining building, it featured a full size pool table and plenty of seating to while away the evening.

The Accommodation and Facilities at Paradise Resort and Spa

Paradise Resort and Spa Dambulla Garden Suites

Our room was a Garden Suite, a beautiful, spacious two-story chalet, the top-end accommodation point at The Paradise.

paradise resort and spa garden room

Downstairs we had a huge double bed, wardrobes, mini bar, safe, seating and of course tea and coffee making facilities were downstairs. The bathroom was big and full of natural light. The shower was a lovely mix of rain shower and normal shower with matching his and hers sinks to complete the room.

Upstairs was a mezzanine level with another tv and seating.

An extra child bed could easily be fitted either upstairs or down.

paradise resort and spa family room
So much space! The view from our private Mezzanine area at The Paradise. A really unique, special place.

All the lights and tv/radio could be controlled from the bed if you so wished. Both A/C and fan kept things at a comfortable temperature right through the day and the night.

Wifi was good.

The outdoor seating, relaxing and dining areas of the Garden Suites were vast, a wide verandah provided easy chairs, to the rear we even had a jacuzzi, which unfortunately we didn’t get to try.

Other room styles are also available, check the Paradise website ( link below) for special offers.

paradise Resort and Spa Poo

The Resort features a spa, gym and a huge pool in a beautiful natural setting.

Why Choose Paradise Resort & Spa?

Everyone visiting Sri Lanka should leave the beaches and see some of the interior. Kandy is an absolute must, and even if you only manage one of the big cultural attractions, it’s worth staying up north to experience something completely different. The location of Paradise sets it apart from the other hotels in Sri Lanka. Close enough to all the attractions of the Cultural Triangle but private enough to enjoy even the most intimate relaxing holiday.

The design and beautiful accommodation, along with the resident wildlife, make this place very special.

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A beautiful hotel in Sri Lanka's Cultural Triangle, The Paradise Resort and Spa, near Dambulla makes a great base for exploring hisorical and wildlife highlights of Sri Lanka,


Book The Paradise Here or Check Other Special Sigiriya Deals

Go directly to the Paradise Resort and Spa to book or

Look for other hotels in Dambulla, Sigiriya or on Kandalama Lake and compare prices and deals using our orange search box, top of the page.

Contact The Paradise Resort and Spa

Visit The Paradise Resort and Spa website or find them on Facebook. They currently have no other social media accounts.

You can also view their Trip Advisor profile above and their Agoda listing here to book direct.

Address:  Kubukkadanwala, Dambulla 21100, Sri Lanka

Telephone number: (+94) 662 286300

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We were delighted to be guests of Paradise Resort and Spa during our stay. All views are 100% honest and our own, as always.

We often use Agoda to book in Asia as they are local specialists. You could also use the Hotels Combined search box at the top of the page to find the best prices and deals available on the Paradise Resort & Spa. Want more information on travel in this country? Visit our Sri Lanka travel page.

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About the author
Alyson Long
Alyson Long is a British medical scientist who jumped ship to chase dreams. A former Chief Biomedical Scientist at London's West Middlesex Hospital she started in website creation and travel writing in 2011. Alyson is a full-time blogger and travel writer, a published author, and owns several websites. World Travel Family is the biggest. A lifetime of wanderlust and over 6 years of full-time travel, plus a separate 12 month gap year, has given Alyson and the family some travel expert smarts to share with you on this world travel site. Today Alyson still travels extensively to update this site and continue her mission to visit every country, but she's often at home on her farm in Australia.

15 thoughts on “The Paradise Resort & Spa, Dambulla Review”

  1. Everything luxury over there in budget and no words to describe the beauty. Sri Lanka is amazing and so is your blog. Thanks For Sharing

  2. Love this part of Sri Lanka will share with friends going over Christmas as sounds like the sort of place they’d like!

  3. You had me at “you can control the lights and TV/radio from bed.” Just kidding. This looks like it was a splendid place to base yourselves during your explorations.

  4. Well, we don’t usually do luxury travel. We’re budget people at heart and like to do our own thing but having read so much about Sri Lanka on the WorldTravelFamily site were enthusiastic about going and may just try this hotel – it sounds wonderful. Keep up the blogging – we really enjoy your posts.

  5. Wow, that is beautiful, Alyson!!! My family and I haven’t made it to Sri Lanka yet, but between this and your Sri Lankan brekkie posts, you’ve just pushed me over the edge. That early-bird price seems like great deal for such a beautiful hotel, am I right about that?

  6. This looks amazing, and since we’ve been thinking about Sri Lanka lately this would be on our list!

  7. Looks absolutely stunning! Will be looking at this place for sure and almost certainly be making a booking


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