Recently, I visited Cinnamon Lodge, Habarana situated along the Kurunegala- Polonnaruwa highway. We arrived there around 12.30 p.m, sweating and puffing from the scorched heat of the Sun. As soon as we entered the hotel premises, cool breeze welcomed us hinting the nature of the surroundings we are going to witness. A warm welcome, in the form of a cool cinnamon tea and a refreshingly cinnamon scented wet face towel, was offered by a hostess in the hotel.
Then we were led to our rooms. We walked along winding footpaths, leading to various lodges and finally wound up at ours. A lodge, which reminded me of a house in Portuguese era stood up in front of me. The key was turned on and we were allowed inside. At once soothing orange and white dominated twin bed welcomed me effortlessly alluring me to dug into pillows and enjoy the soft touch of cotton feathers.
After a shower, we headed to the dinning lounge.
There were local and continental cuisine and a variety of food to choose from. I tried some new dishes with hilarious results and finally contended with not so new dishes.
Though there were number of dishes, they were arranged in such a way, even a newcomer can select what he or she wants without any fuss!
It was a novel experience for a house wife like me, who used to wait at the table, and serve every other member of the family, before partaking my meal. The waiters hower above us, waiting to pick up an empty plate as soon as we finish one portion and going for another.At first, I hesitated to try out another new dish, once I finished my first food portion, but my son assured me not to.
It was fun to roam around the room, peeping and observing all the food in dishes, and selecting a food which delights all the sensory organs, yet bumping into another similar tasty dish knowing that I can have some from that too! (Greedy, Ain't, I?)
Once you finish your meals and think how to return to the room with so full stomach, you see the 'ROOM FULL OF SINS'.
Vast array of sweets,yogurts, ice-creams; home-made and othervise, whole and sliced fruits,cheeses, tarts and other numerous desserts were there ready for us to be indulged.
Though you have enough, I bet, you won't be able to leave the dinning room without giving a try to one or two in that room.
Then we had a leisurely walk in the premises of the hotel, which occupies a tank and a marshy land with big trees. Those, who were strong enough, climbed them up, as we old folk just sat on the Green.
I don't want to tire you with all the tiny and lengthy details of my trip but it is suffice to say, I enjoyed my stay at Cinnamon Lodge, and if you are hoping to visit it one day, you won't be disapointed, if you are a house wife like me as I am unable to compare it to other hotels like globe trotters do.
I like to thank the staff at Cinnamon Lodge, for making it a home like place for simple folk like me and my husband.
[😨 I owe an apology to Food and Beverages Manager there, for not being wise enough to take photos before guests starting the meals. What you see here is not the correct picture but only some shots of food, what is left at the tail end of the two and half hour duration meal.}