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Bougainvillea Retreat

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

Highlights

- Set in elegant golf course grounds
- Peaceful location near Kandy
- Great facilities

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Overview

The Tuscan-style Bougainvillea Retreat is a luxurious and secluded hotel surrounded by unspoiled countryside in the heart of Sri Lanka’s ‘Cultural Triangle’. It offers respite from the hustle and bustle of Kandy, as well as stunning panoramic views of the Victoria Reservoir and Knuckles Mountain Range. Golfers will be pleased to learn the retreat is actually situated within the grounds of the elegant Victoria Golf & Country Resort, whose course has been ranked amongst the world’s top 100 by Golf Digest.

There are eight guest rooms at Bougainvillea Retreat, as well as the larger Master Suite. Three of the guest rooms are located in the Main House, whereas the other five are set in cottages in the hotel’s tropical gardens. All of them are pleasantly decorated and handsomely furnished, with picturesque views of the garden and the unspoiled countryside. Facilities common to all the rooms include air conditioning and a built-in wardrobe, as well as hot water provided by solar heating, Wi-Fi and an en-suite bathroom with a hot water shower.

Guests staying here can make use of the infinity pool, as well as the Stone Garden, an open-air spa complete with steam bath and jacuzzi. The hotel’s spa therapist offers a range of indulgent treatments, from a deep tissue massage and reflex zone therapy, to coconut body scrubs and the Bougainvillea signature massage. There’s also a small cinema with over 1,000 DVDs to choose from, along with a well-stocked library and a billiards table.

All food served at Bougainvillea Retreat is freshly prepared and locally sourced ingredients are used whenever possible. The menus vary quite a lot depending on what food’s in season. A lot of the fruits and vegetables served are actually grown on-site. Guests can sample a range of specialty Sri Lankan dishes, as well as some international ones. The hotel even has a specially built wood-fired pizza oven, with pizzas available on request; the chefs will also bake cakes and ice-creams for guests to enjoy.

The villa welcomes children of all ages. Because there are quite a few steep staircases, parents should make sure to keep a close eye on their children. If given advance notice, the hotel can provide single beds and cots for younger ones. One of the garden cottages has two adjoining bedrooms, so it’s a good choice for families, especially since the two bedrooms each open out to a private veranda.

Guests will surely want to relax at the hotel and explore the golf course, but there’s also plenty to see in the city of Kandy. It’s about 45 minutes from the hotel and is known for its many Buddhist temples and other sites of religious and cultural importance. Closer to home, the Knuckles Mountain Range and the Victoria Reservoir, created by the largest dam in Sri Lanka, are definitely worth visiting.

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Suggested Itineraries for Bougainvillea Retreat

Our itineraries are carefully designed by our experienced travel designers based on years of experience and customer feedback. For a custom itinerary tailored to you, please enquire giving as much detail as possible on your brief.

Luxurious 15 day guided family trip exploring Sri Lanka’s treasures, including the ‘Cultural Triangle’, ‘Tea Country’, glorious beaches and ri Lanka's finest lodges.

Tailor-made Luxury 15 days

Adults from $6,626 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $998 per person economy class from London

Families from $5,926 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $998 per person economy class from London

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 506 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
    We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
    Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
    Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
    Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
    Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
    Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
    Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
    Level of service, quality of food throughout

    MissingCatherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019

  • We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!

    The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).

    A few points:
    Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.

    Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
    They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.

    Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!

    The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!

    MissingKatrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019

  • We had the most incredible time thank you. We loved Karen Blixen camp and felt part of a family there, it was incredibly special. And Breezes was very relaxing.
    We can't fault all the transfers and the moment we were greeted on the tarmac at Nairobi airport we knew we were going to be well cared for.

    Thank you so much to you and all the Tourdust team for making it such a happy and memorable trip.

    MissingZoe A reviewing Masai Mara Safari & Beach on 27 August 2019

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