Heritance Kandalama is celebrated for its green philosophy and is widely recognised as the five-star resort that put eco tourism on the map in Sri Lanka. Considering the resort and adjoining Six Senses Spa is perched on a rock overlooking a world heritage site – the rock fortress of Sigiriya – it’s no wonder sustainability is its foremost responsibility. Its ecofeatures cleverly let the environment do most of the work, so by day not a single light needs to be flicked on in the resort; instead natural sunlight floods through windows and doors. The hot water system relies on the sun for its power and rainwater is drawn from deep wells. State-of-the-art recycling facilities ensure not a skerrick of pollution escapes into the ancient lake and virgin rainforest surrounding the resort. To witness the area’s pristine beauty, join a bird and butterfly watching tour or lake safari.
Awards – 13 January 2010