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The Kandy House

Kandy, Sri Lanka

Striking historic manor house outside Kandy, converted into a small luxury boutique hotel with infinity pool

It may sound like a sweet shop, but it's actually the former home of an aristocratic Sri Lankan family. After a sensitive and stylish restoration, The Kandy House opened in 2005 as the region's first (and much needed) high-end boutique hotel. Set within a 6-acre estate on a forested hillside just a few miles from the ancient city of Kandy, it's a quiet, luxurious place to spend a few days near Sri Lanka's cultural capital.

From the outside it's an impressive building, striking in its simplicity with white arches, pillared verandas and rooms set around a central courtyard. Inside, it's comfortably furnished with Dutch colonial antiques, sepia photographs, hand-woven silks and claw-foot baths. Peace and quiet abound, broken only by Buddhist chanting from a nearby monastery and the colourful parrots that dart from tree to tree.

With just 9 calm, elegant bedrooms and friendly, efficient hosts, you'll be well looked after. Explore the lush jungle gardens, spot birds and butterflies, and cool down in the large infinity-edge pool overlooking the surrounding paddy fields. Take a tuk-tuk into Kandy to visit the botanical gardens and the famous Temple of the Tooth (the hotel's English-speaking staff can assist you with your plans) and return for afternoon tea or a cocktail and dinner on the veranda.

Guest Ratings

Room:
91%
Food:
97%
Service:
94%
Value:
97%
Overall:
95%

The Kandy House: View all reviews


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Highs

  • Still Kandy's finest boutique hotel, after all these years
  • Incredibly peaceful location away from the hustle and bustle of Kandy's congested centre
  • Beautiful freshwater infinity pool overlooking vibrant paddy fields and the jungle (many small hotels in Kandy don't have a pool)
  • Friendly, efficient managers who can arrange excursions and onward travel

Lows

  • Only accepts children over 12 years old (although this will be considered a plus by some)
  • The temple nearby has now purchased speakers so on holy days the noise of chanting may carry
  • Mosquitoes can be a real problem at certain times - however you will find a natural repellent in your room and mosquito nets on the bed (but no screens on the windows)
  • Don't expect mod cons: rooms don't come with TVs, minibars, phones or air conditioning, but WiFi is available in the Butterfly Bar
  • It's a 20-minute drive into town to find restaurants

A 400-year-old manor converted into a boutique hotel furnished with antiques and arched verandas...        

The New York TimesThe Kandy House:  Read more press reviews
Save to favouritesPrintMailThe Kandy HouseIt may sound like a sweet shop, but it's actually the former home of an aristocratic Sri Lankan family. After a sensitive and stylish restoration, The Kandy House opened in 2005 as the region's first (and much needed) high-end boutique hotel. Set within a 6-acre estate on a forested hillside just a few miles from the ancient city of Kandy, it's a quiet, luxurious place to spend a few days near Sri Lanka's cultural capital. From the outside it's an impressive building, striking in its simplicity with white arches, pillared verandas and rooms set around a central courtyard. Inside, it's comfortably furnished with Dutch colonial antiques, sepia photographs, hand-woven silks and claw-foot baths. Peace and quiet abound, broken only by Buddhist chanting from a nearby monastery and the colourful parrots that dart from tree to tree. With just 9 calm, elegant [r:SL017:bedrooms] and friendly, efficient hosts, you'll be well looked after. Explore the lush jungle gardens, spot birds and butterflies, and cool down in the large infinity-edge pool overlooking the surrounding paddy fields. Take a tuk-tuk into Kandy to visit the botanical gardens and the famous Temple of the Tooth (the hotel's English-speaking staff can assist you with your plans) and return for afternoon tea or a cocktail and dinner on the veranda.

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