“Totally indulgent hideaway hotel with sweeping views over a tea estate and lake, just 15 minutes from the beach”
The air-conditioned suites are spread among several free-standing pavilions in the garden, ensuring maximum privacy. The airy interiors are beautifully designed, with canopied beds, daybeds built into window bays, and pillow-strewn rattan couches for lounging about on and enjoying the views.
The largest suite is Peacock, with windows right around to maximise the vistas. Its large bedroom is furnished with a kingsize four-poster bed and there's a romantic private courtyard with sun beds. There are 2 ensuite bathrooms, each with an outdoor shower. Almost as vast, and with the added luxury of a private swimming pool, is the Dubu Suite. It sits inside a beautiful (if unusual) Javanese-style house set away from the other suites, with timbered walls, an ornately carved ceiling and 2 outdoor bathrooms.
The Mango Suite and Tamarind Suite are hidden behind the saffron wall, each set in their own pavilion. Each has a bedroom with a sitting area, an ensuite bathroom with twin basins, and a private veranda with views over the tea estate. Mango has double indoor showers; Tamarind has a single outdoor shower.
Located on a lower terraced level beyond the swimming pool, the Garden Suite and Tea Suite are more traditional in style than the other rooms. The Garden Suite is furnished with a four-poster double bed while the Tea Suite has twin four-posters. Both have ensuite bathrooms with twin basins and open-air showers, and share a veranda where you can relax or dine in total tranquility.
The secluded Hellaconia Suite has a private pool and lawn area and the Nelum Suite is accessed via steps near the living pavilion. These and the Araliya Suite are less fussy in décor, with clean lines, contemporary Asian furnishings and twin showers (outdoors in Hellaconia, indoors in Araliya and Nelum). We stayed in Araliya, and whiled away hours on the veranda watching parakeets flitting overhead and water buffalo plodding across the rice paddies below. Since our visit, the Hibiscus Suite (with it's own pool) has also joined the ranks.
All rooms have WiFi, iPod docks and lovely shower gels, body lotions, conditioners and moisturisers. The Dubu Suite also has a TV and DVD player, and this and the Peacock Suite have minibars.
At Kahanda Kanda (or KK, as it's become known), you can eat when and where you want: by the pool, in the open-sided dining pavilion, or on cushions underneath a candlelit gazebo in the beautiful tropical gardens.
Staff will check each morning whether you plan to stay in for lunch and dinner, and the chefs will prepare meals to suit your tastes. The food is fresh, healthy and very tasty, combining Sri Lankan, Western and Thai influences. We enjoyed a delicious dinner of pumpkin and lemongrass soup, Thai prawn curry with coconut rice, and a range of homemade ice creams (including a mouthwatering wood apple sorbet), and an equally appetising prawn and mango salad for lunch. Most of the fruit, vegetables and herbs are grown on the estate, and seafood and meat are bought daily at the local market.
Breakfast begins with toast and zingy homemade jam (we loved the passionfruit option), plus tea, coffee and fresh juice. This is followed by a choice of local delicacies, perhaps hoppers, fruit salad with creamy buffalo curd, or coconut pancakes with pineapple or bananas.
Kahanda Kanda does not accept children under 12. This is a very intimate and romantic spot and is not suitable for young children, particularly because of the many lily pools and the steep drops from some of the rooms.
Extra beds are available on request.
Teens (over 12)
Extra Beds Available