(The following is an extract from the NatGeo Blog story titled ” World’s Best Ecolodges”. The article features one of Sri Lanka’s premier hospitality brands Jetwing and its world renown eco-resort: Jetwing Vil Uyana. Follow link for full article:http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/best-ecolodges-photos-traveler#/01-south-africa-bushmans-kloof_66860_600x450.jpg)
Built on man-made wetlands (above), this luxury hotel weaves culture and nature together into one seamless experience for travelers pining for both. Twenty-five earth-toned dwellings await in forest and marsh habitats, where more than a hundred wildlife species are found, including such rarities as the gray slender loris. “Ten years ago, this same area was a barren patch of slash-and-burn agriculture,” explains chairman of Jetwing Hotels Hiran Cooray. “We worked hard to nurture it back to nature.” Guests set out on foot to explore the ancient city of Sigiriya, a UNESCO World Heritage site just minutes away that rises 1,214 feet high. 27 rooms; from $150, including breakfast.