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The Kandy House

The Kandy House, Kandy, Sri Lanka

Our rating: First Class

The Kandy House is what the hill-country-capital has been waiting for until now: a brilliant small boutique hotel capable of offering stylish accommodation and attentive personal service in a beautiful natural setting.

The refurbished ‘Walauwe’ features light white interiors, polished hardwood floor boards, jackwood staircase, Dutch-style antique furniture and careful injections of colour.

The bedrooms, nine in all, are the finest in Kandy, with four-poster beds, soft white linen, concrete-washed bathrooms and Victorian bathtubs. They are not air conditioned, but the cooler high-country air and the ceiling fans ensure this is not necessary.

The freshwater infinity pool in the garden provides an irresistible opportunity to unwind and relax under the shade of tropical trees while the wide verandas provide the perfect place to doze away the afternoon with your favourite novel.

Only a short drive from Kandy, this 200-year old property is a relaxing alternative for those seeking a break from the bustle of city life. (Please note that only children over 12 are allowed entry.)

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    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.