- 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.
- Peaceful location just outside Kandy
- Superb views of surrounding hills
- Yoga sessions and bike hire
- 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
- Fabulous mountain setting
- Set in a 100-acre tea estate
- Waterfall swims, tea picking, cycling, hiking
- Characterful, historic property
- Scenic mountainside setting
- Lovely pool & cuisine
- 45mins drive from Kandy
- Set in elegant golf course grounds
- Peaceful location near Kandy
- Great facilities
2 week holiday in Sri Lanka with a focus on the Cultural Triangle, the Tea County and the Galle Coast. Designed with a nice balance of guided activities and pool / beach time and perfect for families.
Tailor-made Classic 13 days
From $2,816 per person
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