Cinnamon Lodge – a luxurious indulgence
What would you expect from a 5 star resort? Is it breathtaking
beautiful architectural creations, a dazzling spectacular landscape, its
scrumptious food, warm hospitality or a relaxing atmosphere?
Well, you would not have to compromise on any of these when you spend
time at Cinnamon Lodge Habarana which was elevated to the prestigious 5
star status recently.
The Lodge consists of 68 superior rooms, 63 deluxe rooms, 2 superior
suites and 4 deluxe suites. I had the privilege of staying in a newly
built Superior Suite - the Tamarind - thanks to the hospitable hotel
staff led by General Manager Ghazall Mohideen and Assistant Manager
Chaminda Samaranayake. There are only two superior suites at the Lodge
namely ‘The Tamarind’ and ‘The Banyan’.
Chef Mendis, Chef Nimal and the Thai Chef
The Tamarind which is an epitome of luxury, comfort and satisfaction,
is furnished with rare local crafts, elegant wooden floors and
custom-made furniture and is luxuriously spacious, consisting of one
bedroom equipped with all amenities of the most luxurious room, the
However, the bathroom adjoining the bedroom is a king size one and is
even bigger than the deluxe suite’s bathroom. It features a Jacuzzi, two
separate shower areas, double sinks and spacious dressing and storage
areas for that extra touch of luxury plus an LCD TV and a DVD player.
The four Deluxe Suites - Ebony, Ivy, Cedar and Satin - offer stunning
views of the gardens and the Habarana Lake. The Deluxe Suites are
complete self-contained units which take up the ground and first floor
levels of a cottage, with an exquisite master bedroom upstairs and a
second bedroom downstairs, as well as a lounge and dining area.
The deluxe suite is perfect for a family of four or for even two
couples with its separate dining area, three bathrooms and TV area. A
private butler is also available round the clock and in-room spa
treatments and in-villa dining can be arranged on request for deluxe
suite guests. According to Chaminda over 90 percent occupancy rate was
achieved at the Lodge and the weekends are generally very busy with full
A 5 star hotel without 5 star cuisines is like a cow without any
milk. The Cinnamon Lodge is fortunately blessed with wonderfully
talented and very creative chefs led by Regional Chef Jeevendra
Wijesinghe. The gala buffet at the ‘Ehela restaurant’ which is the main
restaurant at Lodge never ceased to amaze me with the range of
delicacies offered for every meal.
“We always give prominence and serve true authentic Sri Lankan
cuisine at the Lodge,” Assistant Manager Chaminda Samaranayake. That was
evident with the presence of traditional cuisine like Lotus leafs, Aguna
kola mallum, Lavulu curry, Sour sop curry and Pavatta kola mallum made
by the friendly and expert Sous Chef Indika Mendis. The international
buffet has an Italian, Chinese and Indian corner and Thai food is
prepared in an action station by the experienced lady Thai Chef.
According to the Assistant Restaurant and Bar Manager K Pushpabandu,
the buffet changes according to guest preferences and their nationality
but the chefs are always willing to adhere to custom made requests. You
can even opt to dine anywhere you want at anytime with fantastic options
such as a romantic dinner BBQ along with a boat ride on the small lake
which goes around Cinnamon Lodge.
The desserts for me was a winner. Pastry Chef Nimal Rajapaksha, a
creative genius is the man behind these sinful mouth watering cheese
cakes, paralines, mousses and cakes making you eat more and more.
His hand made special signature chocolates made out to his own secret
recipe were as good as any Belgian and Swiss chocolate that I have
Junior Suite - The Tamarind
Chef Jeeva, the Regional chef, is hoping to make history by
converting ‘Lotus’, the hotel’s elegant dining restaurant to Sri Lanka’s
first fully organic themed restaurant. The organic farm which is a part
of the hotel producing 100 percent chemical free organic vegetables and
fruits would provide the required vegetables, fruits and meat for Lotus.
The ‘Verandah’ which is the hotel’s 18 hour open pub style coffee shop
has an innovative ‘newspaper style menu’ and it serves snacks while you
can have a drink and relax at the ‘Tuskers’ bar.
Wonderful landscape and facilities
The 27 acre hotel is a separate world of its own with lush green
outfields, over 1,700 ancient trees and surrounded by thousands of
birds, monkeys and squirrels. There is a separate butterfly farm in the
organic garden where flowers are grown to attract butterflies as well as
bees that are used for pure bee honey production for in house guests.
Its unique architecture is so pleasing to the eye and in the evenings
you could just relax watching the glorious sun set by the Habarana Lake.
The guests can also experience a range of 5 star facilities including
laundry, world famous ‘Azmaara spa treatments’, sports such as cricket,
volleyball, football and rugby or you could just relax on a lazy
afternoon swimming in the sky blue hotel pool or engaging in an intense
Monopoly game. You could wake up in the morning and also have a small
jog around the hotel which is quite long. They also hope to start off a
hot air balloon project which would be novelty for all guests and a
first in Sri Lanka.