The Kandy House
by: Kate Atkinson
An adventure and debut jaunt to Sri Lanka to eat curry, loll poolside, catch up on reading and see what this up and coming destination has to offer.
Me. Flying solo.
On the ceiling of Kandy’s highlight site – the nearby Temple of
the Sacred Tooth.
My new cheeky friends prowl the streets everywhere in Kandy.
They’re not shy.
The poster bed ruled and is oh so comfy - it’s like being on a (red, ritzy) pirate ship all the time.
Bedroom with dark woody tones and décor. The missing piece of the puzzle – hotel wouldn’t be complete without the nation’s favourite sport.
Rubber ducky, you’re the one... love this!
The tub... deep and above ground. Just how I like it.
Breakfast Sri Lanka style – I would give my left arm for an egg
hopper right now.
Magnificent garden views! Morning!
The veranda... not hard to imagine being Hemingway here or some other famous bard. Welcome drink, merci!
The white wooden furniture and cushions are to die for.
More to die for white interiors.
The Kandy House back garden... homely, but well maintained.
Poolside, aimless and loving life.
Love me a pool when it’s surrounded by botanical paradise and is an
actual oasis. Chic and airy.
Tell me one person who doesn’t love themselves a love seat?
Entrance to the grand ancestral manor.
Highs + Lows
The massage service – this was off the hook! My masseur came from a long line of Ayurvedic masters, and released all kinds of demons. Still get chills thinking about it. It’s a must!
The balcony + luscious gardens – musing on this garden is what geniuses are made of – I felt like I could conquer the world looking into that mountainous abyss.
Rubber ducky – when it comes to hotels it’s the small things that count. It may sound silly, but I just loved this. It’s retro and clever in its simplicity.
A gym would have just added to the radness a little bit more.
Magazine distribution in room goes a long way, or just some kind of in room card or inspirational thought – it’s a think place.
A shop or gallery – I wanted to buy artifacts!
- Life Changing
- Environmental Consciousness
- Overall Value
- Night's Sleep
- Stealable Stuff
- Refer a Friend
Luxury ancestral manor or “Walauwa"
Elegant manor house/dream home meets pirates of the Caribbean.
In Sri Lanka’s mountain town, Kandy, nestled amidst a garden that can only be described as an oasis of Eden-like paradise. This is Kipling’s Jungle Book in reality and stomping ground for elite, great thinkers who like a heavy splash of class.
None that I can recall.
- Year Opened
200 years ago!
- Designed By
Swanky Chief Ministor of the Kandyan Kingdom, Ratwatte Adigar, who committed an ‘act of defiant decadence’ in building himself this villa using roof tiles that were decreed only for use in royal residences.
Yes there’s a pool. No gym, but plenty of garden to wander in!
Yes, as well as a personal veranda to dine off morning, noon and night. The Kandy House restaurant serves up incredible food with weekly specials including a highlight ten course killer curry. A great blend of Sri Lankan and Western fare is served up to please all diets.
Butterfly Bar serves up a great list of cocktails with an affordable wine list.
Definitely possible, but I tend to think leaving the rug rats at home is best for maximum enjoyment for parents in a mansion like this! Let’s be honest!
Standard five star hotel prices, but it’s a hell of a lot better than staying in some staid chain!
In the Area
The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Sri Dalada Veediya, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
Buddhist temple with stunning mosaics and eye opening evening ceremonies
THe Kandy Garden Club & Cafe
9 Sangaraja Mawatha, Kandy 8, Sri Lanka
this is a roadside diner (and supports my theory that in Asia, the best food is always to be found in them), with THE MOST unbelievable chicken paratha for about 30c. Once you get over your food fears, seek it out. Authentic, killer Sri Lankan food.
No 29a, Anagarika, Dharmapala, Mawatha, Kandy
Sri Lankan hipster rooftop bar with vinyls and a view of the whole city. A great place to meet people – I made a new friend here who I travelled with and made my trip!
Hotel Location: Amunugama Walauwa, Gunnepana, Kandy, Sri Lanka