LUXURY BOUTIQUE HOTEL | 3 DELUXE ROOMS | 3 SUPER DELUXE ROOMS | 3 ULTRA DELUXE ROOMS
The Kandy House is a carefully-renovated old colonial ‘Walauwa’ (colonial mansion) in the spice-growing hills that surround Kandy. Its completion heralded what the hill-country-capital has been waiting for so long: a brilliant small boutique hotel capable of offering stylish and private accommodation and attentive personal service in a beautiful natural setting.
The inspired refurbishment of the ‘Walauwa’, with its white interiors, polished hardwood floorboards, jackwood staircase, Dutch-style antique furniture and careful injections of colour, has been a triumph. Channa Daswatta, one of renowned Sri Lankan architect Geoffery Bawa’s protégés and Sri Lanka’s leading modern day architect, provided the creative inspiration. The bedrooms are unquestionably the finest in Kandy. The freshwater infinity pool in the garden provides an irresistible opportunity to unwind and relax under the shade of tropical trees. The wide verandas provide the perfect place to doze-off with your favourite novel.
The Kandy House was once the seat of the king’s Chief Minister, Ratwatte Adigar, who betrayed his king to the British in the early 19th Century as Ceylon fell into colonial hands in 1815. Old Ratwatte family photos and antique furniture still remain in the house.
The Kandy House was added to the Conde Nast Traveller’s Hot List in 2006.
Note: Children under 12 are not welcome as the House is full of priceless antiques.
Kandy House has nine luxurious bedrooms that take their names from varieties of native endemic butterflies. They all have a colonial character updated with contemporary silks and cottons. All rooms have four-poster beds with mosquito nets, ceiling fans and floor to ceiling shuttered windows overlooking the gardens. They split into three categories: three Deluxe Rooms, three Super Deluxe and three Ultra Deluxe.
Monkey Puzzle: This is a small twin-bedded garden room, the smallest in the house, situated on the lower level of the courtyard. The bedroom has low ceilings and the bathroom has shower and single basin. As it adjoins the Garden Suite, the two rooms can combine to offer excellent family accommodation.
Sunbeam and Lime Butterfly: Here are two double gallery rooms. The Sunbeam Room has an appealing bathroom with double washbasins, a vintage cast-iron bath tub and shower. The bedroom has ceiling fans and four-poster bed with mosquito net; overlooks the swimming pool and the courtyard. The Lime Butterfly Room is very comfortable and also has a lovely bathroom, double washbasins, an old cast iron bathtub and shower. Ceiling fan and 4 poster bed with mosquito nets.
Super Deluxe Rooms:
Indian Red Admiral and Cornelian: These two gallery rooms are both on the upper floor and overlook a large courtyard. These double-bedded rooms open onto a private verandah complete with chaise lounge where you can settle back and gaze upon the jungle views. An extra bed can be added to the Indian Red Admiral, for a surcharge, to create a triple room.
The Pioneer: Is a beautiful garden room with its own verandah. The bathroom has a shower, but no bath. A double swing-hammock is installed on the verandah for your relaxation. An extra bed can be added to The Pioneer, for a surcharge, to create a triple room.
Ultra Deluxe rooms:
Black Rajah Garden Suite: This is an Ultra Deluxe Room and the only suite in the house. It has arched doorways opening out from the large living area onto lovingly tendered gardens below. The bedroom has a low king-size bed and a romantic bathroom with tiled, octagonal two-person bath and massage area. A new double swing hammock is installed in the garden by this suite.
Peacock Royal and Red Spot Duke: These two verandah rooms are the largest and are also classified as Ultra Deluxe. They open out onto a wide wrap-around verandah, dotted with cane chaises lounge chairs and colonial Dutch antiques. All the bedrooms have four-poster beds with fitted mosquito nets. The bedrooms are not air-conditioned, but the cooler hill-country air and ceiling fans make A/C’s unnecessary. Stylish concrete-washed ensuite bathrooms have private bathtubs and showers, with twin washbasins.
Guests dine in style in the elegant dining room or on the less formal veranda overlooking the garden and the 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 (indeed this is the very reason for the limited number of options), and special meals can of course be asked for. It’s best to have a chat with the kitchen staff [chef] at the start of each day.
Breakfast is a tasty selection of fruit or eggs and toast. You can have a full English breakfast with a selection of tropical fruit and juices, or you can have a ‘fusion’ of both eastern and western.
Picnics can be arranged for lunchtime if you are out and about; alternatively there is a small snack menu (such as sandwiches and spring rolls) that always includes a special salad of the day.
Visit the ancient Degaldoruwa Cave Temple in Gunnepana, just walking distance from Kandy House through rural villages. The city of Kandy itself is steeped in history, culture, and is surrounded by nature. Interesting activities include a visit to the Temple of the Tooth where the sacred tooth relic of the Buddha is enshrined; Peradeniya Botanical gardens, with its orchid collection and formally laid-out trees; nature walks in Udawatte Kelle Forest Reserve; and Kandy’s rich ancient arts and crafts including drum making, Dumbara hand woven fabrics, and crafting Kandyan jewelry.
You must also take-in a Kandyan cultural show with firewalking, dance and drums. The magnificent Victoria Golf and Country Club with its picturesque fairways, is also located nearby.
Check-in/Check-out Time Normal Check-in is 12.00 noon and Check-Out is 11.00 a.m. Earlier Check-in or later Check-out time can be requested on a case by case basis and the hotel may agree depending on availability.Address: Kandy, Sri Lanka Airport: Colombo International