Once the home of an aristocratic Sri Lankan family, Kandy House - at the edge of a forested hillside surrounded by verdant jungle - was the area's very first luxury boutique hotel. Each of the nine individually designed rooms is laid out around an open central courtyard, furnished with dark wood antiques, walls lined with vintage textiles and claw foot bathtubs.
Some come with the services of a personal butler who is only too happy to arrange details such as a candlelit dinner on your private verandah. After a day explorating the cultural attractions of Kandy, unwind with an arak sour in the serenity of the gardens, or cool down with a lap or two of the freshwater infinity pool. In-house massage treatments are also available, perfect for restoring aching limbs back to peak health. The food at Kandy is sensational, from the tastiest Sri Lankan hoppers for breakfast to the multi-course curry feasts, perhaps rounded off with a signature passion fruit maritni in the candle-lit gardens.
Just a tuk-tuk ride away from the historical city of Kandy, it is the perfect spot for a post-sightseeing recharge. Kandy offers plenty in the way of shops and eateries, as well as wealth of history and culture to become immersed in too. The Temple of the Scared Tooth relic, where the tooth of Lord Buddha resides, is a fascinating insight into Sri Lanka’s heritage. Further out, the impressive Ambuluwawa Tower nestled amongst the verdant countryside makes for an unforgettable photo opportunity.
- Couples and romantics
THINGS TO DO AT THE HOTEL:
- Unwind in the cooling freshwater infinity pool and tropical gardens
- Arrange a sumptuous private dining experience
- Allow the in-house massage therapists to work their magic on weary limbs
- Borrow one of the bicycles to explore your surroundings and work up an appetite for a multi-course dinner
THINGS TO DO NEARBY:
- Explore the cultural treasures of Kandy, Sri Lanka’s ‘capital of culture’, including a visit to the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
- Go hiking in the Knuckles mountain range
- Visit the workshop of a celebrated local artist