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Lush green gardens, golden temples and impressive mountain ranges define this exquisite location and the architecture of your accommodation has been crafted by none other than Bawa’s protégé, Channa Daswatte. This two-storey boutique hotel is typically colonial in style and the spacious courtyard and classic Jackwood staircase allow the warm breeze to circulate freely. Dutch antique furniture adorns each of the 8 en-suite bedrooms and the effortless relaxation created within the shared lounge is serenity itself. Another wonderful place to unwind is beside the hotel’s large infinity-edged swimming pool, overlooking the surrounding paddy fields. There’s also tennis nearby and yoga, courtesy of Tania, the owner who can arrange classes to suit ability. Guests can dine in style in the dining room or on the less formal veranda overlooking the garden and hill country. Enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail in the Butterfly Bar and then tuck into delights such as tamarind prawns and grilled Thai chicken with lime rice. Twice-weekly Sri Lankan curry feasts are another highlight, showcasing 10 different dishes followed by fresh mango and homemade kulfi (a type of ice-cream). Nature hikes, botanical gardens and the elephant orphanage are moments away or travel further afield to the famous Sigiriya Rock, climbing to the top for breathtaking views.
Where is it?
Set within a 6-acre estate on a forested hillside, 20 minutes from the centre of Kandy.
Restaurant (breakfast lunch and dinner), Butterfly Bar. Infinity swimming pool. Reflexology and massage available. Golf can be arranged. Picnics can be arranged. Laundry Service. Limited room service.
9 rooms on 2 floors. All with ceiling fans, safe, mosquito nets and hairdryers. Most with 4-poster beds and Victorian bath tubs or shower. Wi-fi is available in the Butterfly Bar. Deluxe Rooms set around the central courtyard with twin or double beds, sleeping up to 2 people.