- Historic property with colonial feel
- Temple visits in nearby Kandy
- Picturesque train journeys
- Lovely infinity pool
Elephant Stables is a grand, ex-colonial residence with an imposing façade located just outside the bustling and historic lake-side city of Kandy. The one-time owner Sir Cudah Ratwatte, head of the island’s leading aristocratic family, used to keep elephants in the grounds, hence the property’s name. Today, the residence features six elegant bedrooms and one luxurious suite, each boasting colonial inspired decor. The property enjoys stunning views over Kandy and the Knuckles Mountain range and there are tea plantations, rainforests and sacred Buddhist sites to visit nearby. There’s a lovely infinity pool, a living room with a DVD player and classic movies to choose from, and a reading room complete with books about local wildlife, history and architecture. In the early evening, everyone can relax with a drink at the bar. The bartender will happily recommend the hotel’s signature drink, the Elephant Unstable, or mix a cocktail or ‘mocktail’ of your choice.
There are six elegant ‘standard’ bedrooms, five of which are on the upper floor of the Main House, and the other, the Cottage Suite, is set apart in the gardens. This suite is ideal for a family since it has a separate bedroom and living room with two large beds, and it’s close to the pool and gardens. All rooms in the Main House include a four-poster bed, an en-suite bathroom, and modern amenities such as a 42 inch TV with satellite channels, Blue Ray DVD player, and film library. Wi-Fi is also available. The most recent addition to the hotel is the sumptuous Luxury Royal Tented Suite with two bedrooms, a living room, bathroom, and reception area, all of which are beautifully decorated.
Kandy is just ten minutes away by tuk tuk and there are some fascinating and picturesque religious sites to visit, with highlights including the famed Temple of the Tooth and the Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha statue. Scenic train rides to Nuwara Eliya to visit the tea plantations are also a delight, with expert guides on hand to explain the history of the plantations, explain the tea-making process and arrange tea-tastings.
Children of all ages are more than welcome at Elephant Stables. Two of the suites have adjoining rooms, and one has a bunk bed for children. The ample proportions of all rooms mean that family accommodation doesn’t feel overcrowded. Parents are reminded to keep an eye on their children at all times and the swimming pool is conveniently within view of the bar.
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The whole holiday start to finish was just fabulous, the accommodation was perfect and to a certain extent stunning at the Dar Hosnia in Marrakech.
The transport, guides and staff at both locations were wonderful with a special mention to the Douar Samra team in Imlill. They were more than a bit special.
The food at both locations was excellent and the ambience and fun we enjoyed in Douar Samra was beyond all expectations.
We made many new friends whom I am sure we will keep in touch with way beyond this holiday.
You put together a perfect package it was much more than just a great holiday it was a richly rewarding experience.
Just finally to say a big thank you to you for organising one of the best trips we have had.
stuart w reviewing Boutique Marrakech & Atlas Mountains on 15 April 2019
Everything was fab, I especially loved Tuningi such a special place and my son got to see his favourite animal the cheetah (after a bit of time hunting about on foot!). Mauritius is lovely we saw quite a bit of the island in the end.
Laura L reviewing South Africa Safari and Mauritius on 12 December 2018
We had a wonderful trip to Morocco. What a fascinating country. Thank you so much for all of your help making things smooth and less stressful!
Here are a few things we wanted to pass on:
Dar Housnia was absolutely delightful. It was like an entire wing of a house to ourselves with perfect Moroccan decor. The private area where we ate was so cute, the riad staff so accommodating. I loved waking in the cozy space with our family and hearing both call to prayer as well as roosters. Just perfect.
I was a little unclear how to ask what time we were being picked up etc, but your office promptly replied to my emails - even on weekends- when we had these questions about transport times. Once, we met our guide in Imlil these details we not problematic as our guide “Abraham” totally took care of us. Abraham was awesome. You should definitely request him again in the future. He was young (29)and energetic. He had a ton of hiking experience in Imlil as he was from there. He also seemed to know everything else about morocco, the desert, the culture, etc, etc. He was approachable, kind, patient, great with our kids and answered SO MANY of our questions.
The hike was lovely - after rain the day prior in Marrakech - there was snow in the mountains. It was gorgeous. We may have been up for a longer hike up Mt Taboukel if I had known this was a realistic option for families ( I thought from reading that it was too technical for us). Yet not sure we had enough days for all these things always since getting in the desert was a priority.
The mountain house, Dar adar, was just as described… very basic. The wifi was broken (which was a nice break when you have pre-teens addicted to phones, plus my husband called no wifi an amenity to not be available by email for his work!)). There was no heat and the fireplace helped a tad - but was so very cold in the rooms. My husband loved the rustic space, I may have gone up one step in niceness of mountain accommodation if I had to do it over again. Yet, meeting the other families in this Dar Adar (including another Tourdust family from England) made this house very memorable.
We were then joined by our driver for the next several days, Jamal. What a fun guy and a perfect driver. He could joke with my kids, he had a fun smile, and he had worked with Abraham before so they were a great team. The drive to desert was long as I knew it would be. It was nice to have the stop on way there near Ait Ben Haddu. The drive back from desert was long. It was more near 10 hours of driving (plus 1 hour at lunch = 11 hours) but I wouldn’t have made any different choices.
The luxury desert camp was far and away the highlight of our trip. The tents were adorable, I was sufficiently warm even at night inside the tent. We loved the camel riding, the ATV vehicles at a nearby camp, sunsets on the dunes, music around the camp fire, meals with others at the camp and more.
The last night was at Riad Jona. This was so very very lovely. The food was amazing - such a good idea to eat here after our long drive back to Marrakech. They had a small dining pool plus a hot tub which was delightful. It was almost more of a boutique hotel as it had several rooms.
Gwyneth R reviewing Luxury Family Desert Holiday on 11 December 2018