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The Kandy House

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9/10

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Highlights

- Peaceful location just outside Kandy
- Superb views of surrounding hills
- Yoga sessions and bike hire

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Overview

A historic manor house set in a picturesque and secluded tropical garden a short distance from Kandy, the Kandy House dates back to the early 19th century when an aristocratic Sri Lankan family resided here. Today, however, it functions as a modern boutique hotel with contemporary furnishings and decor throughout. It blends traditional Dutch colonial antiques and historic architecture with contemporary furnishings and stylish decor. Its location just a few miles outside of Kandy makes it an ideal place to stay for those who want to do some sightseeing, but also want to stay somewhere a bit more peaceful away from all the hustle and bustle.

Each of the hotel’s nine air-conditioned rooms are uniquely decorated and named after different butterfly species common to Sri Lanka. There are two classes of accommodation: the five Deluxe Rooms offer plenty of space and amenities, whilst the four larger Ultra Rooms each have a private veranda and dedicated butler service, as well as more space. All rooms have an en-suite bathroom with complimentary bespoke toiletries and a mosquito net. Note that TVs aren’t available in any of the rooms. All nine rooms can be booked on an exclusive basis, though only a maximum of 20 guests can be accommodated at any one time. Families are welcome, although the minimum child age is 12 years. For families with older children, the double Black Rajah Room connects conveniently to the twin Monkey Puzzle Room, accommodating up to four.

The city of Kandy is replete with things to see and do. Known as the cultural capital and religious heart of Sri Lanka, it’s home to one of the most renowned shrines in Buddhism, the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. Nestled high up in the country’s mountainous centre, the city has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1998 thanks to its abundance of historically and culturally important buildings. Guests staying at The Kandy House need only travel some 20 minutes to reach the city.

One of the hotel’s highlights is undoubtedly its good-sized infinity pool, which offers captivating views of rice paddy fields and the surrounding hilly countryside. There’s plenty of other things to keep guests entertained during the day, with DVDs, board games and books available, as well as bicycles for those wanting to explore the nearby area a bit more. Those wanting to relax and unwind can arrange to have a massage or take part in a group yoga session in the Ambalama - Ambalamas are designated rest areas for weary travellers and pilgrims.

The restaurant offers a delectable range of Sri Lankan and western dishes, with a sumptuous feast of ten Sri Lankan curries served at least twice a week. Alternatively, it’s possible to dine by the pool or on private terraces. All food is freshly prepared with ingredients locally sourced.

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