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Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort

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Outdoor pool, open 8 AM to 8 PM, pool umbrellas, pool loungers
Luxury Suite | In-room safe, blackout curtains, iron/ironing board
International cuisine

Overview of Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort

Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort

5.0 star property
Luxury hotel with winery, near Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage
7.8 out of 10 Good
7.8/10 Good

61 verified guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Pool
  • Airport transfer
  • Free parking
  • Internet access
  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant
The price is £100
Price available on 11/6/2023
912, Thanamalwila Road, Udawalawa
Main amenities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Winery
  • Restaurants and bar/lounge
  • Outdoor pool
  • Breakfast available
  • Fitness centre
  • Children's pool
  • Pool bar
  • 24-hour room service
  • Airport pick-up service
  • Terrace
  • 24-hour front desk
For families
  • Free cots/infant beds
  • Children's pool
  • Playground on site
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available
  • Private bathroom
  • Television

Room options

About this area

What's nearby

  • In a national park

Getting around

  • Airport pickup service


  • Frozen Lemon - 11 min drive
  • Kottawaththa Village Inn - 2 min drive
  • Elephant Trail Restaurant - 7 min drive
  • Common Rose - 2 min drive
  • Bathgedara Restaurant - 14 min walk

About this property

Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort

A great choice for a stay in Udawalawa, Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort features a winery and offers an airport pick-up service (available 24 hours) for USD 150 per room. Guests can visit the fitness centre for a workout or grab a bite to eat at Una Sevana, which serves international cuisine. Other features of this luxurious hotel include an outdoor pool, a poolside bar and a children's pool. Fellow travellers like the helpful staff and location.


English, German, Japanese

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C or hotter

Social distancing

Guest rooms kept vacant for 72 hours between stays
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Temperature checks given to staff
Temperature checks available for guests
Hand sanitiser provided
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 79 rooms


  • Check-in time from 2 PM until noon
  • Late check-in subject to availability
  • Minimum check-in age – 18
  • Check-out time is noon

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • This property offers transfers from the airport (surcharges may apply); guests must contact the property with arrival details before travel, using the contact information on the booking confirmation
  • Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • No pets or service animals allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free wired Internet access in rooms


  • Free on-site self-parking


  • Airport pickup on request (available 24 hours a day)*

Other information

  • Designated smoking areas

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Buffet breakfast (surcharge) each morning 6:30 AM–10 AM
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Poolside bar
  • BBQs
  • Private dining
  • 24-hour room service

Travelling with children

  • Children's pool
  • Playground

What to do

  • Ecotours
  • Shopping

Working away

  • Meeting room


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Dry cleaning/laundry services
  • Free newspapers in reception
  • Luggage storage
  • Wedding services
  • Porter/bellhop
  • Bike hire
  • Pool loungers
  • Pool umbrellas
  • Romance packages


  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Garden
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace
  • Fitness centre
  • An outdoor pool
  • Arcade/games room
  • Winery on-site
  • Banquet hall


  • Accessible bathroom (selected rooms)
  • In-room accessibility (selected rooms)

Room amenities

Be entertained

  • Flat-screen television
  • Cable TV channels

Home comfort

  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Electric kettle
  • Dressing gowns and slippers
  • Iron/ironing board (on request)

Sleep well

  • Blackout curtains
  • Turndown service
  • Free cot/infant bed
  • Rollaway/extra bed (surcharge)
  • Bed sheets provided

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Bidet
  • Free toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Towels
  • Toilet paper

Stay connected

  • Free wired Internet
  • Phone

Food and drink

  • Champagne service
  • Free bottled water


  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available

Special features


Una Sevana – This restaurant specialises in international cuisine.

Fees & policies

Mandatory fees

You'll be asked to pay the following charges by the property at check-in or check-out:
  • Christmas Eve (24 December) gala dinner per adult: USD 60.00
  • Christmas Eve (24 December) gala dinner per child: USD 30 (from 5 to 12 years old)
  • New Year's Eve (31 December) gala dinner per adult: USD 60.00
  • New Year's Eve (31 December) gala dinner per child: USD 30 (from 5 to 12 years old)

Optional extras

  • Buffet breakfast is offered for an extra charge of approximately USD 10 for adults and USD 5 for children
  • Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge of USD 150 per room

Children & extra beds

  • Rollaway beds are available for USD 30.0 per night

Pool, spa, & gym (if applicable)

  • Pool access available from 8 AM to 8 PM

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitiser.

Each guestroom is kept vacant for a minimum of 72 hours between bookings.


The property has connecting/adjoining rooms. These are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.
This property does not have lifts.
Guests can rest easy knowing that there's a fire extinguisher and a smoke detector on site.
This property accepts credit cards, debit cards and cash.

Also known as

Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort Udawalawa
Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort Embilipitiya
Grand Udawalawe Safari Embilipitiya
Udawalawe Safari Embilipitiya
Udawalawe Safari Udawalawa
Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort Hotel
Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort Udawalawa
Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort Hotel Udawalawa

Frequently asked questions

Does Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in, depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure that you check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
How much does it cost to stay at Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort?
As of 10 Jun 2023, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort on 11 Jun 2023 start from £100, including taxes and fees. This price is based on the lowest nightly price found in the last 24 hours for stays in the next 30 days. Prices are subject to change. Choose your dates for more accurate prices.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitiser, social distancing measures are in place and staff are given personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Is there a pool at Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort?
Yes, there's an outdoor pool and a children's pool. Guests have pool access from 8 AM to 8 PM.
Are pets allowed at Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort?
Sorry, neither pets nor service animals are allowed.
Is parking offered on site at Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort?
Yes, there's free self parking.
Is an airport shuttle service offered by Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort?
Yes, a shuttle from the airport to the hotel is available. The charge is USD 150 per room.
What are the check-in and check-out times at Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort?
You can check in from 2 PM - noon. Check-out time is noon.
What is there to do at Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort and nearby?
On-site recreation at Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort includes ecotours. Enjoy a swim in the outdoor pool or use the hotel's other amenities, which include a winery and a fitness centre. Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort also has an arcade and a picnic area, as well as a garden.
Are there restaurants at or near Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort?
Yes, Una Sevana offers international cuisine.
What's the area around Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort like?
Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort is located a short 19-minute walk from Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage. Travellers say that this hotel is in a good location.







Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities




6/10 Good

The staff were pleasant. The room was large and comfortable. The bathroom was a bit gritty. The décor was gloomy. The food was good.
1-night trip with friends
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10/10 Exceptional

great stay in a great hotel
We had a fantastic time, the food was great - so many gluten free options, I’m coeliac so that made a huge difference. It was my 30th birthday when we arrived, they decorated my room, gave me a free drink and also made me a gluten free cake and sang to me - brilliant! This hotel was lovely, clean, had great pool and the staff were kind, attentive and always pleasant. we would definitely visit again :)
Jennifer, 1-night trip
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8/10 Very good

Corey, 1-night trip
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8/10 Very good

Good Spot
A great place to stay when planning a safari! Not much else to do in the area and hotel but perfect for a one night trip!
Murray, 1-night trip
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8/10 Very good

Good place but very average food
The hotel was nice and well kept. The room was really big and comfortable, the staff was helpful. The biggest issue that we faced was with the food. we are vegetarians so there were very limited choices to begin with (we are used to less options but this was abnormally low). Even the few options that were available tasted very bad. It was excessively salty and slightly under-cooked. The hotel’s safari jeep package was almost double of what we paid outside.
Sneha, 2-night trip
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6/10 Good

Good location as near to the park and it has a pleasant swimming pool and Deluxe rooms were nice (not as described on website but still ok). Food was very poor and catered for tour groups and very expensive for food and drinks. They have no tour desk or leaflets regarding tours for independent travellers, however they booked an excellent trip for 2 people. One night here is enough as tour leaves at either 0530 or 1430 so only trip is needed and then elephant orphanage / transit home, which was worth a visit and in walking distance. Only hotel like this in the area so if you want the facilities then book this but be aware not up to expected standards.
BRIAN, 2-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Nicklas Møller, 2-night family trip
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8/10 Very good

Excellent hotel - except for the food
Based on the hotel itself, we'd give this hotel a 5 star rating. The only reason we have to give it a 4 is that the food war really disappointing. We had been in Sri Lanka for about a week in various hotels and restaurants prior to this stay, and really love the food and have found the quality and flavor of food in this country to be very consistent. However, the food here was really rather bad. We ate dinner and breakfast here twice, and all meals were consistently poor. Even the papadums were kind of stale tasting - this is not that hard an item to cook well! Otherwise, the hotel was great - great rooms, great staff, excellent grounds, nice pool. But they really need to replace the food service manager or chef and upgrade their food.
Robert, 1-night trip
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4/10 Fair

Disappointing stay
Unfortunately we did not have a great stay at Udawalawe Safari Resort. The hotel is in definite need of an upgrade and is very dated. The price is definitely overpriced for what you get (especially for Sri Lanka). The reception staff were very friendly but we had a bad experience in the restaurant for dinner and then again the following morning for breakfast. I am vegetarian and was served bacon in my breakfast. The main issue we had was the language barrier and attitude of the staff in the restaurant.
James, 1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Jared, 2-night romance trip
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