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Bougainvillea Retreat

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

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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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