Located in the hill
country capital of Kandy, Kandy house is one of the most sought after and most highly praised hotels in the region.
The rooms in this particular property are without a doubt the best to be had in
the city. It sits upon a spice estate on the eastern hills, providing a quiet
haven from the bustle of Kandy. The drive from Colombo will take approximately
three and a half hours.
Kandy House has a
rich and extremely vibrant history. In 1804, the final chief minister of the
Kandyan kingdom, in a daring act of defiance built a ritzy villa using roof
tiles which were declared solely for the use of royal residencies. Of this
blatant disobedience, Kandy House was born and some 200 years later it was
restored by Channa Daswatte, protégé of esteemed Sri Lankan architect Deshamnya
Geoffrey Bawa. In its restoration Daswatte embarked on the laborious endeavor
to upgrade the villa to suit travelers of today, while retaining the property’s
original allure. The result of which metamorphosed into an intuitive
combination of old colonial period furniture and every creature comfort
expected of a 20th century boutique hotel. The décor features vibrant splashes
of colour amidst traditional architectural lines.
The eight rooms on
offer have been named ‘unique’ by Conde Nast Traveler while the focal point is
the large mosquito netted canopied bed.
Black Rajah- this room features an octagonal
tub, while arched doors open out on to the secret garden below, from the living
space. It has a king-size bed, private massage area and a hammock, for those
lazy days. The bathroom is en suite and comes with a shower and twin vanities.
Located on the upper floor, Indian Admiral guests will have the luxury of
looking out on to the hotel courtyard and infinity pool, as well as the
verdant, pastoral scene of the paddy fields beyond. The adjoining verandahs
feature rattan chaise lounge furniture while the bed is four poster. The attached bathroom
has a bold iron bathtub as well as a separate shower area and twin vanities.
Peacock Royal and Red Spot Duke
These rooms are the most spacious at Kandy House. These two rooms lead into
the extensive and charming verandah, which is dotted with rattan furniture and
carefully chosen antiques, that circles the house in its entirety. The two
rooms feature canopied four posters, ceiling fans and an attached bath with
drench showers and twin vanities.
This room is an amusing little twin which has its own arched stairway that
leads into the garden. It features a shower and vanities but no tub. It is
adjacent to the Black Rajah garden suite and thus is well suited to families.
This room has access to a private verandah and is huddled away in the
garden, with a double swing hammock to boot. It features twin canopied beds, en
suite bath with drench showers and ceiling fans.
A luxury option to be sure with a lavish four poster and home made bath and
shower products on offer. Sunbeam overlooks the magnificent jungle themed
infinity pool and the bathroom here features a conventional cast iron tub.
Exquisitely decorated interiors coupled with a four poster bed, private
verandah adorned with chaise lounges, and a jungle view are the main elements
involved in making this suite a memorable one. The bathroom is tastefully
designed and features showers and a tub.
The general theme of
Kandy House when it comes to guests is decidedly a lack thereof. There are no
rules here and the property in fact encourages you to nap, lounge and laze.
Sleep till noon or have an early breakfast after you have had a go at spotting
the 59 varieties of bird in the extensive gardens of the spice estate. Fill
your stomach to bursting point with what Kandy House calls its ‘legendary
breakfast’ and then walk it off in the evening as you meander through a paddy
field or visit a neighbouring temple. Yoga lessons and massages can also be
booked and the jungle infinity pool is great for sunning and wiling away happy
The city of Kandy has much to offer in itself as a place of
culture and heritage. You can explore the UNESCO World Heritage city and take a
tour of the Temple of the Tooth- the primary reason for receipt of this
accolade. Kandy also stands as a gateway of sorts to the hill country and can
whisk you away to other places as well. For a full list of our hill country
activities, visit our destination profile.