“Secluded edge-of-forest retreat in the tranquil Koslanda hills, with traditional architecture and a superb pool”
The 4 guest rooms are spacious and charming, crafted from roughly hewn granite and local timber. Three Suites sit side-by-side on the hillside above the restaurant and share a long veranda sprinkled with rattan planters’ chairs. The Deluxe Double, which is smaller yet more private, sits in isolation in a gatehouse, close to the swimming pool. All feel refreshingly uncluttered inside.
Our end suite had a lovely terrace gazing out over the mountains, as well as a private outdoor courtyard with an alfresco shower and a plunge pool. Inside lay our comfortable bedroom with its emperor-sized bed beneath graceful timber arches, plus a massive ensuite shower bathroom.
We came down to dinner to find the pagoda-roofed open-sided restaurant illuminated softly with candles, and the table festooned with flowers. We had opted for traditional Sri Lankan food, and particularly loved the chicken and beetroot curries and the zesty grated coconut sambol - though the whole spread was a treat, and the setting magical. A small selection of wine and other drinks were available to wash down the meal.
There's also a daily 5-course Western dinner menu, and the all-day menu, featuring dishes such as garlic prawns, fish and chips and sandwiches, is ideal for lunch. A ‘local’ breakfast of hoppers, sambols, curries, tropical fruits and buffalo curd makes a fitting alternative to a typical English breakfast, though for those who prefer the familiar, this is on offer, too.
The hotel is very secluded and there are no other restaurants nearby.
The hotel welcomes kids of all ages, and provides a fantastic natural environment for them to explore and enjoy. However, there are no real child facilities and the hotel’s restorative atmosphere is generally more conducive to adult guests.
Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available
Available during the day.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
The all-day menu has child-friendly options including fish and chips and panini sandwiches, and the chef will accommodate special requests for favourite meals.
There are many steps and unprotected drops, and the pool is unfenced; young children should be supervised at all times.