- Peaceful location just outside Kandy
- Superb views of surrounding hills
- Yoga sessions and bike hire
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.
- Tranquil spot near central Kandy
- Immaculate rooms with great views
- Stunning infinity pool
- Spa, sauna
- Family Run Guesthouse
- 15 mins drive from Kandy
- Authentic local food
- 7 Bedrooms
- Historic property with colonial feel
- Temple visits in nearby Kandy
- Picturesque train journeys
- Lovely infinity pool
- Characterful, historic property
- Scenic mountainside setting
- Lovely pool & cuisine
- 45mins drive from Kandy
- Contemporary boutique hotel
- Picturesque and peaceful hillside location
- Tennis court, badminton, croquet, billiards
- Lovely infinity pool
- Set in elegant golf course grounds
- Peaceful location near Kandy
- Great facilities
It was FANTASTIC! Beautifully organised, everything worked like clockwork. We agreed that we had the best support team ever (and we have experience) - all delightful, very professional and nothing was too much bother.
It clearly couldn't have been a better route, such a wonderful mix of landscapes. And plenty of acclimatisation time. Nonetheless, I was glad of my summit oxygen.
Kit excellent. Double good mattresses made for most comfortable trek camping ever. Tents v good. Mess tent pretty windproof, which was vital for enjoyment. Best camp loo ever!
My favourite day was Shira Cathedral. Amazing.
William M reviewing Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route on 15 April 2020
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