Villa Rosa, Kandy, Sri Lanka
Approached up a very steep and rough track this small, friendly hotel enjoys what must be the finest views in Kandy. Perched on a hillside above the city, its garden terrace offers stunning vistas over the Mahaweli River and the surrounding mountains. Inside, the decor is simple and elegant and the six spacious rooms have large patios or balconies from which to enjoy the views. Food is a very important concern here, and five star trained chefs will personally discuss the evening's proposed menu with you, incorporating any suggestions you have. If you wish, you can even join in with the cooking! Dinner is served on the garden terrace - a spectacular backdrop for a memorable meal.
The Villa incorporates a Wellness Hut with an in-house ayurvedic doctor, where treatments include steam baths, flower baths and massages. Guests can use the swimming pool at the nearby Citadel Hotel which is a two minutes tuk tuk ride away, and the attractions of Kandy can be reached in ten minutes by car.
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Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
The picturesque railway to Nuwara Eliya passes waterfalls and tea plantations, as well as Adam's Peak in the distance.
Traditional Kandyan dances include the cobra dance, mask dance, the Ginisila, showing power over fire. The entire frenetic and colourful spectacle climaxes with the amazing fire-walking act.
The Kelaniya Ganga is a stunning river offering some excellent, though relatively gentle, white-water rafting.