Kandy House Kandy, Sri Lanka - SLK012

The Kandy House is probably still the most upmarket boutique hotel that Kandy has to offer. Set in beautiful gardens this small hotel is about 15 minutes outside of the city centre, providing both convenience and tranquility.

8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16

Swimming Pool
Cocktail Menu
Free Wifi
In Room Safety Boxes

'Kandy House - lovely for a day or two which is what we had there, but you do feel trapped food-wise so far from town, if like us you do not have a driver. Not a complaint, just an observation and we were advised by Fleewinter to keep our driver throughout.' - TB, March 2010

The nine guest suites differ slightly in size and outlook, but most feature large four-poster beds with soft white linen, colourful cushions and Victorian bath tubs. Most of the suites face outwards onto the gardens and the Gallery Suites look down onto the beautiful infinity pool which is surrounded by magnificent trees and paddy fields.

The communal spaces inside the house comprise of intimate sitting areas hosting cosy sofas and antique lattice chairs, ideal for curling up in at the end of the day with a good book or a gin and tonic. The Kandy House is absolutely ideal for couples. It is relaxed yet sophisticated, romantic and private.

Guests can dine in style in the dining room or on the less formal veranda overlooking the garden and Kandyan countryside. There is a set daily menu - limited to a starter, choice of two main courses - perhaps tamarind prawns or Thai green curry - and a dessert such as sticky lime pie. Any lack of choice is made up for in the quality and freshness of the ingredients and special meals can of course be made on request.

The drinks menu is one of the most impressive to be found in Sri Lanka, with a list of cocktails to die for and tasty enough to rival those found in London's West End. Even the welcome drink of fresh passion fruit was superb.

The hotel is within easy reach of Kandy without being right in the city's heart, so you can visit classic sights such as the Temple of the Tooth and the Botanical Gardens with ease, but also consider some of the less visited beauty spots in the area like the Victoria Reservoir. The Victoria Golf course is about 30mins away.

If you are lucky enough to be travelling in August you will catch the largest Buddhist festival in Sri Lanka the Perehera when pilgrims flock to the ancient capital to watch the procession of decorated elephants, temple dancers, fireworks and the tooth relic.

Only children over the age of 12 are welcome at The Kandy House, unless the hotel is booked exclusively.

There is no air-conditioning at the hotel, but this is really not necessary due to altitude.