Kandy House, which was built in 1823, started life as the residence of Sri Lanka’s last king. Now it’s a superb boutique heritage hotel that offers just nine large and elegant rooms on a six-acre property surrounded by paddy fields and jungle.
Kandy House is all about seclusion and quiet. Located among paddy fields and bordering its very own tropical jungle, the only sounds one hears are from nature. Early in the morning, wild dear and boar visit the garden and there’s an interesting Buddhist temple 20 minutes walk away.
Style & character
A palatial home that lives up to even the most jaded of expectations. From the moment guests enter the large hall from the drive, furnished in antiques and decorated in sumptuous Sri Lankan batik, they are likely to feel like visiting royalty. Everything in this two-story building revolves around a central courtyard with smooth concrete floors and a lounging area. Colonial-era prints grace the walls and there are fresh flowers everywhere. The broad verandas surrounding the property add to the bygone feel.
Service & facilities
Service is friendly, unobtrusive and very professional. There’s a beautiful swimming pool bordering tropical jungle with views over rice fields, a small library and modest spa in a cabana in the garden. The hotel offers bicycles and can arrange yoga sessions. Everything is flawless, spotless and perfectly organised.
- Room service
The Deluxe rooms are large and those upstairs have hardwood floors. All rooms offer air-conditioning and are furnished with a mixture of antiques and local heavy-duty wood items including impressive four-poster beds with mosquito nets, while the walls are lined with vintage textiles and wood carvings. Most rooms have broad and private verandas, perfect for tea or whiling an afternoon away with a book.
The so-called Ultra rooms are really suites and include a butler service. The bathrooms, most with tubs, are equally spacious, absolutely spotless and inviting. None of the rooms feature televisions or minibars. Everything is designed for luxurious simplicity and relaxation.
Food & drink
The lunch menu is modest but the dinners at Kandy House are out of this world. Every night guests can indulge in a different set menu. The rice and curry selection is especially brilliant, with 10 different curries including fish, two types of rice, papad and dhal. The best place for a pre-dinner drink is in the garden. Honeymooners can enjoy a private candlelit dinner on their veranda or by the pool.
For breakfast there’s porridge, muesli, fruit platters, full English breakfast or Sri Lankan fare.
Access for guests with disabilities?
Two of the Deluxe rooms on the ground floor are suitable for wheelchair-users.
Most guests are couples, and children under 12 are not admitted. Extra beds can be provided in some of the rooms.
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