- Set in elegant golf course grounds
- Peaceful location near Kandy
- Great facilities
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.
- Contemporary boutique hotel
- Picturesque and peaceful hillside location
- Tennis court, badminton, croquet, billiards
- Lovely infinity pool
- Peaceful location just outside Kandy
- Superb views of surrounding hills
- Yoga sessions and bike hire
- Historic property with colonial feel
- Temple visits in nearby Kandy
- Picturesque train journeys
- Lovely infinity pool
- Family Run Guesthouse
- 15 mins drive from Kandy
- Authentic local food
- 7 Bedrooms
- Tranquil spot near central Kandy
- Immaculate rooms with great views
- Stunning infinity pool
- Spa, sauna
- Characterful, historic property
- Scenic mountainside setting
- Lovely pool & cuisine
- 45mins drive from Kandy
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
Driver-guide: Very punctual, except for pick up for airport when he was delayed by >30 mins due to road closures. Vehicle very clean and well maintained- plenty of water and supplies of clothing for religious sites, tissues, postcards etc. Very good at understanding what level of conversation we wanted. Happy to stop for paracetamol, supermarket etc. Took us to signal box at railway since we were early (which was very interesting)
The Walawwa: Lovely place to arrive at and get a bit of rest. Great pool, lovely rooms and food etc. Peaceful oasis so close to town.
Wilpattu Camp: Wonderful food- really enjoyed trying lots of new things in excellent surroundings.Felt like the place had not been visited much recently (which I don’t think it had due to the terrorist attacks) so our safari guide had been brought up from another park and did not know the park too well- it worked out well though and we saw all the animals we hoped to see so no complaints on that front. We did feel that we should have been told about extra things we could have done- when we commented on the great food on final day we were told that they could have done a cookery demo for us, but it was too late at that point. It worked well for us but clients should probably know that they are likely to have multiple wildlife in their tents (eg frogs)- didn’t bother us at all, but others it might do. We were given a questionnaire to fill in at the end whilst all the staff were standing around, which wasn’t ideal as you felt a bit of pressure! Felt really well looked after here!
Water Gardens Sigiriya: Beautiful suites with plunge pools- quiet and peaceful with lovely big swimming pool. Food good
Jungle Beach: Beautiful location on beach. Rooms good. Food a bit limited I would have liked a bit more variety ideally.
Camellia House: Lovely location- beautiful views. Food OK but service below average- our food orders were wrong a couple of times and even pre-ordered food was delayed. Tea factory tour was only an hour and that was the main reason to be here. It was interesting but quite brief seeing it was the main attraction according to our itinerary. Also, we were taken there in a minibus which didn’t have seatbelts on all seats and was quite smelly- not up to the standard of the usual transportation. Rooms were described as having panoramic views- one did have amazing views but the other one definitely didn’t.
Galle Face: Lovely old hotel- but it did have some problems (leaking ceiling and ‘smuts’ coming out of air conditioning.) Weather very bad (spectacular storms). It was a shame the street food tour couldn’t take place but totally understandable given the weather, however we enjoyed our dinner here and free drinks/canopes!). Good choice at breakfast.
Pippa R reviewing Sri Lanka Highlights - Classic on 30 September 2019
Once again you organised a really good holiday for us.
If there was one criticism it was that there were too many flights. I don’t know whether you could do Bangkok first, Chiang Mai, then fly down South?
Your drivers and Guides - all really good. The variety of transport on the tours in Bangkok and Chiang Mai; we all loved.
Tamarind Village - Our room was a bit of a squeeze, with the 3 of us and 3 big suitcases.
Lisu Lodge- I enjoyed our time here. Going forward I would suggest only 1 night or they need to have some more activities. I liked how we ate on the floor, the food was really good. Staff very friendly. We liked the cycling, tea plantation, trekking and white water rafting.
Riva Surya- good location.
Elephant Hills- we loved looking after the elephants, the lake was also a really good experience. The guides were informative and looked after us well. The resort locations and tents were perfect.
Santiburi - amazing; we upgraded to a beach bungalow which was fantastic. The hotel is in a stunning location, the facilities and the service was impeccable. Sam has some private Thai boxing lessons, which he loved. We had cookery lessons and used the paddle boards. A perfect end to quite a busy holiday.
Natasha L reviewing Thailand Family Adventure on 24 September 2019