Getting to Diyabubla Art and Jungle Boutique Hotel from the UK meant I endured a tumultuous journey involving two cars, one train and two planes, but all was instantly forgiven upon arriving at this enchanting rural retreat. As the name suggests, the resort is nestled in the middle of a jungle – a secluded paradise which I found hard to believe even existed. I have travelled the world, stayed in various hotels and villas, yet found this scenic home from home to be truly unique.
Diyabubla is made up of only five individual accommodations comprised of three water villas, a conservatory room and a treehouse. I stayed in Water Villa 02 and couldn’t have been more in awe with my very own jungle haven – a treehouse surrounded by water, yet with all the necessities needed to feel at home. There was a spacious balcony, an inviting double bed, wifi and hot running water to wash away the adventures of the day. The villa’s deliberately rustic look was perfectly synonymous with the lush jungle surroundings but also had a luxurious feel to make the whole experience even more special.
Elegantly placed around the property are sculptures made by Laki, the artist who designed and built Diyabubla. The name of the hotel itself means “bubbling fountain” and a noisy spring can be seen emanating crystal clear water – a pleasing sight on a sweltering hot Sri Lankan day.
Another major plus for me was how accessible so much of Sri Lanka was from the location of the hotel. You are close by to a variety of UNESCO world heritage sites, including the Dambulla cave temple, the ancient city of Polonnaruwa and Sigiriya – the massive rock on which King Kasyapa built his regal fortress and palace many years ago.
Diyabubla is run in accordance to the Barberyn principle of no meat or alcohol, so the generously portioned, colourful dishes presented to me at mealtimes were made up of exotic fruit, vegetables, seafood and healthy wholegrains.
The highlight of my eclectic jungle escape was the swing located on the bottom deck of my villa. Whilst swinging away, I would instantly feel more at peace, hidden from prying eyes, warm yet blissfuly shaded from the glaring sun. The epitome of pure serenity.
The staff were kind and attentive throughout my stay, and at times, due to the vast size of the place, I felt as if I had to all to myself. Couples in search of romance will also find this inimitable resort to be an ideal honeymoon destination.
My whirlwind of a trip was packed with endless sightseeing, rich culture, wholesome food and soul-soothing relaxation. I would recommend Diyabubla to all who seek the ultimate Sri Lankan jungle getaway where they can truly switch off from the world.
Just remember to leave your laptop at home…