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Kahanda Kanda

Totally indulgent hideaway hotel with sweeping views over a tea estate and lake, just 15 minutes from the beach

Reviewed by Laila Ram



OVERVIEW

Perched on a ridge overlooking Koggala Lake and surrounded by 12 acres of a working tea estate, Kahanda Kanda is a small, luxurious and totally indulgent retreat. Fom the moment you are welcomed with a refreshing fruit drink, a chilled hand towel and a broad smile, you can feel any stress start to melt away.

The amazing views are on display at every turn - behind the shimmering infinity pool, mirrored in the lily strewn ponds around the open-sided living and dining pavilions, or from your very private suite (there are only 5). Even the 80-metre saffron wall which juts across the property has windows judiciously cut out to frame glimpses of the estate, the verdant jungle, even the lake in the distance.

Exotic-chic interiors combine polished concrete floors, a quirky mix of Asian antiques and contemporary Sri Lankan furnishings, which, together with the impeccably friendly service, make Kahanda Kanda a thoroughly sophisticated and romantic place that you will find hard to leave.

HIGHS

* The 20m infinity pool which always looks cool and inviting
* The utter peace and tranquillity of the place
* Resident owner George Cooper makes you feel totally at home
* Have I mentioned the breathtaking views?

LOWS

* This place is not easy to find so make sure your driver has exact instructions
* It's a (bumpy) drive to get anywhere – the hotel can arrange for a tuk-tuk to take you to Galle and its beaches, or a car and driver for places further afield

ROOMS

The 5 air-conditioned suites are spread among 4 free-standing pavilions. Each is large and private, with its own terrace or patio set in the gardens. Airy interiors are beautifully designed, with a canopied 4-poster bed (two of them in the Tea Suite), day beds built into the window bays, and pillow-strewn rattan couches for lounging about on and, dare I say, enjoying the views. All the bathrooms are fitted with double sinks and 3 of the suites have showers that are open to the sky.



Peacock Suite: This large master bedroom has windows right around to maximise the vistas. The bedroom is furnished with a kingsize four-poster bed, a sitting area with cushioned window seats, and a romantic private courtyard with sun beds. There are two ensuite bathrooms (his and hers), each with an outdoor shower.




Mango & Tamarind Suites: Hidden behind the saffron wall, these two suites are each set in their own pavilion. Each has a bedroom with sitting area, ensuite bathroom with twin basins and twin showers, and private verandah with views over the tea estate.



Garden & Tea Suites: Located on a lower terraced level beyond the swimming pool, these two suites are set in a private garden. The Garden Suite is furnished with a four-poster double bed whilst the Tea Suite has twin four poster beds; both have an ensuite bathroom with twin basins and an open air shower. There is verandah around these two suites where you can relax or even dine in total privacy.



EATING

At Kahanda Kanda (or KK, as it's become known), you can eat when you want and where you want: in your suite, on your private patio, by the pool, in the open-sided dining pavilion, or even as a picnic somewhere in the beautiful tropical gardens. You can expect fresh, healthy food, with most of the fruit, vegetables and herbs grown on the estate, whilst seafood and meat is bought daily at the local market.

The two resident chefs have both been trained in Thailand and the result is a delightful fusion of Western, Thai and Sri Lankan food.



ACTIVITIES

The historic town of Galle is 17km away and a 30 minute tuk-tuk ride. Spend a wonderful day exploring the fort’s narrow maze of streets with a growing collection of art galleries, antique shops, cafes and restaurants and make sure to watch the sunset from its ramparts.

The beaches of Unawatuna and Mirissa are both a 15 min drive away, where swimming, surfing and snorkelling are possible.

Take a boat ride on Koggala Lake scattered with little islands including Fish Eagle Island, where hundreds of eagles come to nest at dusk, and Cinnamon Island, where 4 families process cinnamon into essential oils. Or visit the nearby tea factory.

Yoga is offered once a week and Ayurvedic massage can be arranged at the property for those who do not want to stray too far.

http://www.i-escape.com/minihotel.php?hotel_key=SL053
 

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Vil Uyana





Situated on extensive flatlands immediately to the west of the Sigiriya Rock, it is envisaged as a natural extension to the efforts of ancient Sinhala kings who developed and irrigated this area.

Spread over 24 acres, at its heart is a wetland system consisting of paddy fields, marshes, and waterways reintroduced by the hotel. Individual dwellings, luxuriously appointed within, and blending seamlessly into the rural landscape, are located over lakes, marshes and paddy fields.

During the harvest season, the village farmers carefully tend to the paddy fields surrounding the hotel. The wilderness provides a natural habitat for numerous species of birds and butterflies. The Vil Uyana experience captures the heritage and natural wonders of this island nation all in one place.



The sound of crickets on a quiet moonlit night, the sight of a peacock strutting by with its glorious wings trailing behind, fruit bats wheeling overhead at sunset, the haunting sound of a flautist coming from the restaurant, and the Sigiriya rock as it emerges from the misty sky at dawn are all sights and sounds that will forever be etched in your memory.

Accommodation

Accommodation is in the form of 25 individual dwellings on stilts situated in three distinct habitats - water, paddy field and forest. These huge, luxurious dwellings, connected by wooden walkways, have timber flooring, ceilings of rattan and bamboo, and sloping roofs thatched with coconut palm. Furnished with luxurious king size beds, each dwelling has a private outdoor deck with scenic views and an outdoor dining area. Some have plunge pools on the deck and even private swimming pools. The bathrooms are spacious and elegantly designed with a large sunken bathtub and rain showers. Other facilities include a/c, IDD telephone, mini bar, 29'' flat screen TV and satellite channels, coffee/tea making facilities, Bose DVD/CD Home Entertainment system, electronic safe, and even your own sarong, pair of reed slippers and umbrella.


Water dwellings: The three water dwellings (each 1,240 sq. ft) are built over a waterway filled with lotuses. Each has a timber decks that juts out over the water providing a picturesque view of the numerous water birds that inhabits the area. A separate dining deck over looking the water provides for dining under the stars.


Paddy field dwellings: These six dwellings (each 1,240 sq. ft) are built over paddy fields and have small plunge pools on the deck. The village farmers harvest the paddy fields during the season providing a special insight into paddy cultivation.


Marsh dwellings: Six dwellings (each 1,240 sq ft.) are situated over the marsh area. Two have plunge pools on the decks.


Forest dwellings: Bordering the wilderness are the ten luxurious Forest dwellings (each 2,110 sq. ft.). Each of these two story villas has a 22 ft x 10 ft. private swimming pool. The ground floor consists of an open cemented lounge area with plush floor cushions overlooking the swimming pool and the scenic views beyond, an indoor courtyard, and elegant en suite toilet with bath tub and rain water shower. A large spectacular bedroom with an attached toilet with a w/c, and private balcony, occupies the second floor.

http://www.jetwinghotels.com/jetwingviluyana/
 

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Amaya Lake



Amaya Lake is peacefully situated at the heart of a tropical parkland. It boasts a spacious and natural location, on the opposite side of Dambulla Lake from Heritence Kandalama, and is perfectly placed to explore the many historic delights of the cultural triangle including Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Dambulla, Sigiriya and the Minneirya wildlife sanctuary. Walking and cycle routes abound. The hotel is about a three-and-a-quarter hour drive from the International Airport.












Accommodation

92 a/c luxury chalets possess bedroom and sitting area, telephone, radio, veranda, attached large bathroom with bath, h/w shower, wash basin, and w/c. A recent addition is the Amaya Lake Suite - a luxurious chalet with separate living/dining area opening out to a private swimming pool and Jacuzzi, a spacious bedroom furnished with king size bed and ensuite bathroom with bathtub and h/w shower, and kitchenette with butler service.
Facilities

Spacious, open lobby with sitting area and bar, open-air and a/c restaurants, TV lounge, shopping arcade, conference room, large pool with pool bar, floodlit tennis court, volleyball, jogging track, water polo, and cycling. Regular evening entertainment, lakeside barbecues, theme nights. There is also an in-house Ayurveda centre providing relaxing wellness treatments.





Excursions

Several activities are on offer including bullock cart rides, jungle tracking, bird watching, rowing, boating and fishing on the lake. The entire Cultural Triangle lies in close proximity including the ancient cities of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Dambulla and Sigiriya. The Minneriya National Park, which is a mix of dry evergreen forest, scrub jungle and grassy plains and is dominated by the Minneriya Tank, is also located near by. Large groups of elephants, sambar deer and toque monkeys are regularly seen here, as well as plenty of bird life.

http://www.amayaresorts.com/srilanka/lake/amayalake.htm
 

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The Sun House, Galle

Once the home of a Scottish spice merchant, this colonial house built in the 1860’s has been converted into a small hotel which exudes a country house atmosphere. With 7 highly individual bedrooms, it is well known for its fine dining, its privacy, its eclectic collection of artwork, books and furniture. Perched high on a hill yet only a 5 minute stroll away from the centre of the seaside town of Galle, The Sun House offers panoramic views of the Galle and the world heritage site of Fort Galle.



Breakfast may be the most important meal of the day. But even at luxury hotels, you get the same old, same old: a choice of English (meat, eggs, toast, coffee), continental (English minus the meat and eggs) and Sri Lankan breakfasts (string hoppers and such).

I was complaining about this to my wife when we went to the Sun House in Galle for our anniversary. It is a colonial-era bungalow built by a Scottish (Broon!) spice merchant that has been converted into a 7 room hotel. It's really well done: they've kept the colonial style but added modern furniture and design touches. And they've cranked the colour wheel to 11 - everything in the rooms that isn't white is riotously colourful.







We stayed in the Araliya room which has a four poster bed. This is important if your spouse is of a romantic bent as mine is: she watches the BBC's Pride and Prejudice and swoons for Firth about once a month. Everything in this room that wasn't white was green and blue, albeit a tasteful, Barefoot-y green and blue. Just outside the room are the tables for individual dining, set on the bungalow verandah. The verandah looks out to the garden of Araliya trees and pool.



We were on that verandah - yours truly whining about boring breakfasts - when the waiter brought the breakfast menu. I noticed that there was something I hadn't seen before - a dish called the Sun House Cheese Chilli Tomato Eggs (or something like that.) I was expecting something like a Sri Lanka savoury omelette. What I got was...well, let me explain.



They had diced tomatoes, chopped a few green chillis and, with some spicing, made it into a chunky base. Three fried eggs were placed on the base, with some of the base scooped over the edge of the eggs. Finally, cheese had been sprinkled liberally and melted over the eggs.

First, it was really good. Really, really good. It had Sri Lankan touches. And it was very different, like a Sri Lanka huevos rancheros.

The Sun House is relatively expensive and does have its weak points: it serves weak, terrible tea, there's no beach access and it's a fair walk to the Galle Fort. But these eggs put those negatives in perspective - it's tasteful, relaxing, beautiful, romantic and serves an amazing breakfast. What more could you want?



Hotel Name: The Sun House

Address: Upper Dickson Rd (Take Galle Rd past the fort toward Matara; turn right just when you come to the fish market; go straight across Main St and take the road going up the hill)
Phone: +94 91 4380275

Rates (all inclusive): The rate we got - LKR 16,000 a night for locals - included breakfast and afternoon tea. Lunch is ala carte. For dinner, you can have a set menu for LKR 3,000 per head or order from the bar menu (all items cost LKR 650 each)

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http://lankareviewed.blogspot.com/2008/11/hotel-in-galle-sri-lanka-sun-house.html

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Robin Hill, Weligama



“Organic Sri Lankan cuisine prepared on cinnamon firewood stoves by the family cook,” proclaims the website describing the attractions of the Robin Hill bungalow.

It sounded irresistible, especially as Robin Hill is not actually in the hill country, but a few minutes’ drive from the southern coast road at Weligama. It’s easy to find by driving up the lane leading inland beside the Bay Inn Resthouse.

There’s a lot to do in the area, too. A short walk up the road reveals the 6th century rock carving of Kusta Raja, an ancient king. Yala is only two hours away by car and Galle Fort and its gentrification into trendiness can be reached by bus. Unawatuna with its bustling beach is even closer.



This is a town bungalow – a mini walauwa – cheek by jowl with the village road since it has no front garden. A gate opens from the road directly on to the house’s white-and-black tiled veranda at the entrance to this neo-gracious property.







Neo-gracious? That’s my word to define the ethos of Robin Hill. It was rather run down when Nuwan Illesinghe managed to buy it eight years ago. Since then he has worked hard to restore it to even beyond its former glory. However, in case the welter of wooden furniture and tall colonial columns get overpowering, he has added frivolous touches like busts sprouting plants. There is a television too, but it’s tactfully banished to the attic to conserve the ambience of grace.



Robin Hill may suggest gracious living but it is so informal, guests are encouraged to do exactly what they want, as if they were in their own home.

They can even help out in the kitchen where the cook is happy to explain the secrets of a memorable curry. The kitchen is the heart and soul of Robin Hill and is 117 years old. Cooking is done on clay pots over cinnamon wood burning in an open hearth (there is no gas stove).

The cinnamon sticks, like the vegetables, come from the owner’s garden. Since he uses no chemical fertiliser or pesticides, only natural compost, his vegetables are genuinely organic.

Their pedigree and the expertise of the cook combine to make rice and curry prepared in the traditional, slow way, memorable for its exquisite flavour, each dish dashingly different. Vegetables and herbs, in the old days, would have come from the bungalow’s inner garden, now transformed into the central lawn of the courtyard.



This is the lung of the bungalow, drawing air in from the sky and – thanks to the bungalow’s layout designed before air-conditioning was invented - air flows naturally from one end to the other.

The entrance pavilion consists of several rooms including a formal dining room) with stairs going up to the rambling attic from the central hall.

It is lavishly decorated with fresh flowers and filled with period furniture and fun pieces like ginger jars. The main bedroom is on the right with its entrance from the courtyard.

The forest of columns around the courtyard creates cloisters and adds a touch of grandeur to the property. Running the length of the house, on the left, is a huge suite, consisting of two bedrooms and an attached outdoor shower/toilet.

The other wing is a two-floored private suite and houses what the owner, with a twinkle in his eye, calls the ballroom. The stone tile floor is original. At one end is a dining table; in the middle there are comfortable sofas and deep armchairs for lounging and at the other end, a staircase.

This leads to a huge bedroom stretching the entire length of the wing, enabling guests to live as the grandees of old must have done. There is another authentic touch: there is no bathroom. This must be the only luxury suite in Sri Lanka without an attached bathroom but, apparently, guests don’t mind going downstairs and using the one there.

With only three suites providing accommodation for six adults (with extra beds for children as long as they are older than 12), Robin Hill is often booked in its entirety by families and friends. Reservations need to be made well in advance as the owner likes to know about his guests’ requirements so he can prepare and cater especially for them. Robin Hill has no pretensions about being a boutique hotel; it is a simple, gracious place for people who want to enjoy traditional, wholesome, home-cooked Sri Lankan food in unpretentious, peaceful surroundings.

Unpretentious too are the room rates, just US$50 per person per day, local cuisine breakfast and dinner included.

Robin Hill, 39 Kandewattha, Weligama; tel: 0714 174174; http://www.robinhill.lk

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Robin Hill, Weligama



“Organic Sri Lankan cuisine prepared on cinnamon firewood stoves by the family cook,” proclaims the website describing the attractions of the Robin Hill bungalow.

It sounded irresistible, especially as Robin Hill is not actually in the hill country, but a few minutes’ drive from the southern coast road at Weligama. It’s easy to find by driving up the lane leading inland beside the Bay Inn Resthouse.

There’s a lot to do in the area, too. A short walk up the road reveals the 6th century rock carving of Kusta Raja, an ancient king. Yala is only two hours away by car and Galle Fort and its gentrification into trendiness can be reached by bus. Unawatuna with its bustling beach is even closer.



This is a town bungalow – a mini walauwa – cheek by jowl with the village road since it has no front garden. A gate opens from the road directly on to the house’s white-and-black tiled veranda at the entrance to this neo-gracious property.







Neo-gracious? That’s my word to define the ethos of Robin Hill. It was rather run down when Nuwan Illesinghe managed to buy it eight years ago. Since then he has worked hard to restore it to even beyond its former glory. However, in case the welter of wooden furniture and tall colonial columns get overpowering, he has added frivolous touches like busts sprouting plants. There is a television too, but it’s tactfully banished to the attic to conserve the ambience of grace.



Robin Hill may suggest gracious living but it is so informal, guests are encouraged to do exactly what they want, as if they were in their own home.

They can even help out in the kitchen where the cook is happy to explain the secrets of a memorable curry. The kitchen is the heart and soul of Robin Hill and is 117 years old. Cooking is done on clay pots over cinnamon wood burning in an open hearth (there is no gas stove).

The cinnamon sticks, like the vegetables, come from the owner’s garden. Since he uses no chemical fertiliser or pesticides, only natural compost, his vegetables are genuinely organic.

Their pedigree and the expertise of the cook combine to make rice and curry prepared in the traditional, slow way, memorable for its exquisite flavour, each dish dashingly different. Vegetables and herbs, in the old days, would have come from the bungalow’s inner garden, now transformed into the central lawn of the courtyard.



This is the lung of the bungalow, drawing air in from the sky and – thanks to the bungalow’s layout designed before air-conditioning was invented - air flows naturally from one end to the other.

The entrance pavilion consists of several rooms including a formal dining room) with stairs going up to the rambling attic from the central hall.

It is lavishly decorated with fresh flowers and filled with period furniture and fun pieces like ginger jars. The main bedroom is on the right with its entrance from the courtyard.

The forest of columns around the courtyard creates cloisters and adds a touch of grandeur to the property. Running the length of the house, on the left, is a huge suite, consisting of two bedrooms and an attached outdoor shower/toilet.

The other wing is a two-floored private suite and houses what the owner, with a twinkle in his eye, calls the ballroom. The stone tile floor is original. At one end is a dining table; in the middle there are comfortable sofas and deep armchairs for lounging and at the other end, a staircase.

This leads to a huge bedroom stretching the entire length of the wing, enabling guests to live as the grandees of old must have done. There is another authentic touch: there is no bathroom. This must be the only luxury suite in Sri Lanka without an attached bathroom but, apparently, guests don’t mind going downstairs and using the one there.

With only three suites providing accommodation for six adults (with extra beds for children as long as they are older than 12), Robin Hill is often booked in its entirety by families and friends. Reservations need to be made well in advance as the owner likes to know about his guests’ requirements so he can prepare and cater especially for them. Robin Hill has no pretensions about being a boutique hotel; it is a simple, gracious place for people who want to enjoy traditional, wholesome, home-cooked Sri Lankan food in unpretentious, peaceful surroundings.

Unpretentious too are the room rates, just US$50 per person per day, local cuisine breakfast and dinner included.

Robin Hill, 39 Kandewattha, Weligama; tel: 0714 174174; http://www.robinhill.lk

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Thanks Amal for your pictures and info's, they are awesome!! Keep posting.
 

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Nuwan Illesinghe? I believe I know this guy. Old friend of mine. In fact when I was in SL last January I called him and he even invited me to Weligama but I could not make it. Now I wish I did.

Robin Hill, Weligama



“Organic Sri Lankan cuisine prepared on cinnamon firewood stoves by the family cook,” proclaims the website describing the attractions of the Robin Hill bungalow.

It sounded irresistible, especially as Robin Hill is not actually in the hill country, but a few minutes’ drive from the southern coast road at Weligama. It’s easy to find by driving up the lane leading inland beside the Bay Inn Resthouse.

There’s a lot to do in the area, too. A short walk up the road reveals the 6th century rock carving of Kusta Raja, an ancient king. Yala is only two hours away by car and Galle Fort and its gentrification into trendiness can be reached by bus. Unawatuna with its bustling beach is even closer.



This is a town bungalow – a mini walauwa – cheek by jowl with the village road since it has no front garden. A gate opens from the road directly on to the house’s white-and-black tiled veranda at the entrance to this neo-gracious property.







Neo-gracious? That’s my word to define the ethos of Robin Hill. It was rather run down when Nuwan Illesinghe managed to buy it eight years ago. Since then he has worked hard to restore it to even beyond its former glory. However, in case the welter of wooden furniture and tall colonial columns get overpowering, he has added frivolous touches like busts sprouting plants. There is a television too, but it’s tactfully banished to the attic to conserve the ambience of grace.



Robin Hill may suggest gracious living but it is so informal, guests are encouraged to do exactly what they want, as if they were in their own home.

They can even help out in the kitchen where the cook is happy to explain the secrets of a memorable curry. The kitchen is the heart and soul of Robin Hill and is 117 years old. Cooking is done on clay pots over cinnamon wood burning in an open hearth (there is no gas stove).

The cinnamon sticks, like the vegetables, come from the owner’s garden. Since he uses no chemical fertiliser or pesticides, only natural compost, his vegetables are genuinely organic.

Their pedigree and the expertise of the cook combine to make rice and curry prepared in the traditional, slow way, memorable for its exquisite flavour, each dish dashingly different. Vegetables and herbs, in the old days, would have come from the bungalow’s inner garden, now transformed into the central lawn of the courtyard.



This is the lung of the bungalow, drawing air in from the sky and – thanks to the bungalow’s layout designed before air-conditioning was invented - air flows naturally from one end to the other.

The entrance pavilion consists of several rooms including a formal dining room) with stairs going up to the rambling attic from the central hall.

It is lavishly decorated with fresh flowers and filled with period furniture and fun pieces like ginger jars. The main bedroom is on the right with its entrance from the courtyard.

The forest of columns around the courtyard creates cloisters and adds a touch of grandeur to the property. Running the length of the house, on the left, is a huge suite, consisting of two bedrooms and an attached outdoor shower/toilet.

The other wing is a two-floored private suite and houses what the owner, with a twinkle in his eye, calls the ballroom. The stone tile floor is original. At one end is a dining table; in the middle there are comfortable sofas and deep armchairs for lounging and at the other end, a staircase.

This leads to a huge bedroom stretching the entire length of the wing, enabling guests to live as the grandees of old must have done. There is another authentic touch: there is no bathroom. This must be the only luxury suite in Sri Lanka without an attached bathroom but, apparently, guests don’t mind going downstairs and using the one there.

With only three suites providing accommodation for six adults (with extra beds for children as long as they are older than 12), Robin Hill is often booked in its entirety by families and friends. Reservations need to be made well in advance as the owner likes to know about his guests’ requirements so he can prepare and cater especially for them. Robin Hill has no pretensions about being a boutique hotel; it is a simple, gracious place for people who want to enjoy traditional, wholesome, home-cooked Sri Lankan food in unpretentious, peaceful surroundings.

Unpretentious too are the room rates, just US$50 per person per day, local cuisine breakfast and dinner included.

Robin Hill, 39 Kandewattha, Weligama; tel: 0714 174174; http://www.robinhill.lk

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Sri Lanka In Style Introduces the Fresher Climate of the Hill Country at the Luxurious Ellerton Bungalow



Sri Lanka In Style property Ellerton Bungalow near to Kandy benefits from the fresh climate of Sri Lanka's spectacular Hill Country and has a stunning location on a hillside overlooking the verdant Mawanella Mountain Range.



Sri Lanka (PRWEB) October 1, 2009 -- Sri Lanka In Style introduces the luxurious Ellerton Bungalow as a new addition to its existing collection of hotels in Sri Lanka. Located conveniently close to the cultural city of Kandy, Sri Lanka In Style property Ellerton Bungalow is a wonderful place to enjoy the sites of this historic region. Home to five comfortably-appointed bedrooms, lots of living and dining space and a beautifully sited swimming pool, Ellerton consists of two buildings that offer plenty of privacy to different groups of guests. Treks, bicycle trails and estate walks can all be done from this fully-serviced hotel in Sri Lanka whilst the colourful tropical garden offers the perfect serenity to fully unwind.



"While Ellerton Bungalow's location close to Kandy and its many historical sites is very convenient, the property is still far enough away to escape the congestion of the city and savour the great outdoors, commented Miguel Cunat, CEO of Sri Lanka In Style. "This makes it a wonderful retreat in the hills that will suit many group arrangements".

Ellerton comprises two buildings; the original century-old bungalow with restored period features and a newly constructed Valley House that makes the most of the panoramic views. With the five bedrooms of this hotel in Sri Lanka spread out over the two buildings, it offers plenty of privacy for two families or generational groups if the villa is booked as a whole. The interiors compliment the bungalow's colonial origins and merge interesting antiques from the past with twenty first century comforts such as luxurious bathrooms and supremely comfortable beds. Photographs and paintings personalise this Sri Lanka hotel along with magazines and journals whilst the generous collection of books in the Valley House library has the potential to keep many genres of tastes amused for days.



At 2,400ft above sea level, Ellerton combines the best of the island's climate; fresh sunny days and cooler nights. At this hotel in Sri Lanka, guests can explore the beautiful well-tended six-acre garden that bursts with colourful flowers, pretty borders, manicured lawns and spices that ramble into the neighbouring organic tea estate. The view to the front of this hotel in Kandy is over the Mawanella Mountain Range, with verdant trees dipping deep into the valley. The region is a fascinating place to explore on foot or by bicycle. Historic Gampola is the closest town to this hotel in Sri Lanka and was one of the island's capitals back in the fourteenth century. The environs of the town have a fascinating trio of temples - Lankathilaka, Galdaladeniya and Embekke Devalaya whose exquisite architecture perfectly complements Kandy's historic buildings and offers an excellent insight into the region's history and culture.

Fully-serviced, Ellerton's staff team includes a cook and manager. Guests can bring their own alcohol with them to accompany the home-cooked cuisine. Scenic dining spots are many in this hotel in Sri Lanka and guests can enjoy their meals from any place of their choosing. A CD player and TV with DVD player are available in the bungalow whilst there are plenty of places where guests can curl up with a book. Mountain bikes and maps enable guests to get out and explore.

For further information and booking, refer to http://www.srilankainstyle.com
 

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Serene Pavilions: Luxury Boutique Hotel in Sri Lanka



Serene Pavilions Ltd has revealed 12 highly styled, luxurious pavilions positioned on the West coast, offering a new dimension to luxury hospitality on the island.

Serene Pavilions just opened on October 1st, 2009. This new boutique hotel will accommodate up to 30 guests. Conveniently located on the west coast in Wadduwa, just a 45-minute drive from the capital city of Colombo, this beachside luxury hideaway will make an ideal Sri Lankan holiday experience, an incentive add-on to business trips, and perfect for honeymoons or for pure luxury escapism and indulgence.







Construction on Serene Pavilions commenced in November 2007, with an emphasis on space, tranquillity and peace of mind, using Balinese and Sri-Lankan architecture interlaced with walkways and water channels, pavilion-style accommodation, landscaped gardens, and outdoor decked living areas. The Serene Pavilions offers the Amritha Bar and The Pavilions Restaurant enjoying uninterrupted ocean views and a Club House reception area housing a library, spa, gym and jacuzzi swimming pool. A tennis court amidst the gardens is also available.



Set amidst a 7-acre coconut grove with direct access to its sandy beach facing the Indian Ocean, all pavilions have their own private plunge pools surrounded by a large ground floor pool decking area with Bali designed sun protection cover with outside shower and facilities as well as 24 hour private butler service. Each pavilion consists of either one or two elegant bedrooms with attached dressing room, a spacious sitting room and dining area, a furnished kitchenette, a butler’s pantry, a private bar and a large bathroom featuring 2 vanity units, separate shower room and Jacuzzi. They are equipped with flat TV, DVD/CD player, safe, hairdryer, tea and coffee makers and other items to pamper the most sophisticated of guests.



Eight of the one-bedroom pavilions are two storeyed and positioned on the ocean front with spacious first floor balconies offering unrivalled views. The four garden and central pool pavilions (one with one-bedroom and three with two-bedrooms) are spread across 225 square metres on the same level, wrapped around by a private garden and decking. All have been built 12 feet above sea-level.

The Serene Pavilions‘ signature centrepiece is its Amritha Bar and The Pavilions’ Restaurant, which links the garden and pool area to the beachfront. The bar is situated on the ground floor overlooking the ocean, surrounded by a timber deck stretching onto lush gardens and the beach.



The Pavilions Restaurant, on the first floor, offers a panoramic view of the Indian Ocean, and provides an á la carte menu including Eastern, Asian, International and Western cuisine. A wine cellar with a range of fine wines is also available for the discerning palate. The gourmet Executive Chef offers world-wide experience and will create a choice of menu at the guests’ choice of location.

Learn more about Serene Pavilions at http://serenepavilions.com.

http://blog.paradizo.com/luxury-hotels/serene-pavilions-boutique-hotel-sri-lanka/
 

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I will definitely check back on this thread when I'm next in Sri Lanka.
Some places I must visit when I'm on holiday.
Yup, this sure is a place to keep an eye on.

Looking at the pictures, I would guesstimate USD 150-200 per night minimum, but may be less.
 

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Does anyone have more information about this place? Came across on Flickr, pics courtesy aeic2002


Kuchchaveli Beach Side Bungalows











 

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Sri Lanka for a break?

Escape the summer heat for temperate climate, pristine beaches & wild jungles of the deep south of Sri Lanka. Shower under a Frangipani tree, luxuriate in a cinnamon-walled spa or stroll down the hill to the beach.

Kadju House is serene, relaxed and intimate.


Pavilion

Overlooking a pristine crescent-shaped beach, the house offers four en-suite bedrooms. The house is located in a cashew grove just outside the fishing village of Tangalle and close to nature reserves and temples.

The minimalistic and uncluttered design of the house reflects our philosophy that nature is an essential component of living. The house seamlessly merges with the outdoors by providing a luxurious frame that mirrors the spectacular views. Our high level of personalized service represents discreet barefoot luxury at its very best. No detail is too small yet everything is simple, natural and authentic.


Pool Room

Kadju House provides endless opportunity for relaxation and rejuvenation. Organic food from the sea and garden; affiliated therapists can provide massages and Ayurvedic treatments in the spa and visiting and local yoga instructors offer private lessons at the house as well as group sessions at a nearby studio.


Sea Room

Their cooks both Sri Lankan and European cuisine. Kadju House is about 190 km from Colombo. During the day, the drive from Colombo takes approximately 5 hours via the southern coastal road. UD$ 120.00 per person for a minimum of 5 nights stay. Villa can accommodate 9 people max in four rooms. The meals are on “account”. The guests pay just for ingredients and the chef cooks it up.

http://kiranmanral.wordpress.com/2009/12/31/sri-lanka-for-a-break/
 

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Tintagel – Colombo making its mark internationally

"Tintagel is an extension of me," says Udayshanth Fernando, the designer and creator of Tintagel - a unique private hotel situated in the heart of Colombo. Having opened in 2007, Tintagel - Colombo revolutionised the boutique hotel arena in Sri Lanka. The aim of Udayshanth Fernando of Paradise Road fame was to create an unique, eclectic hotel that would compare with the best boutique hotels internationally.



Having been in the political limelight as the Colombo home of the Bandaranaike family, Tintagel has a distinctive history, aura and character that sets it apart from any other house in Colombo.

Sensitive to the importance of the architecture of the building Fernando refrained from making any major structural changes to the façade. "My main aim was not to change the look or the feel of the house. I complemented the front yard with a fountain flanked by Louvre vases with topiary bushes. I wanted the welcome to be grand and I have achieved this!", says Fernando.



Though the 1920s exterior has been preserved the interior is an interesting mix of ancient and modern, which encompasses objet d'art from all over the world. The attention given to each and every detail is apparent through the hand picked furniture, upholstery, carpets, black lacquer tabletops, lamps, chandeliers and colours used that personify everything that is Udayshanth Fernando - Paradise Road.



On arrival to the premises, guests are greeted by a doorman clad in a Paradise Road, diagonally striped black and white batik sarong and an aroma that is unique to Tintagel - Colombo. The carpets are striking in black and beige stripes designed by Fernando. Tintagel houses a selection from the private collection of Udayshanth Fernando's Art. "The beds are definitely the most comfortable in the country. I imported feather top mattresses and pillows and the comforters and bed linen are 400 count Egyptian cotton. I designed every detail in the bedroom. We have our own signature soaps and amenities in all the bathrooms. By looking into every little detail, Tintagel - Colombo ensures maximum comfort to its guests. This is what a discerning traveller wants and appreciates", explains Fernando.

The kitchen is modern and equipped to cater to requirements of both in-house guests and casual diners. The kitchen has been seasoned over the last 1½ years and can cater for private weddings, engagements and chic formal dinners. Tintagel - Colombo has made it easy for patrons to organise functions, as it takes care of every detail right down to the flowers.







Tintagel - Colombo provides ample choices for entertaining. People can enjoy afternoon tea or High Tea in The Court Yard. Private dinners can be hosted in The Court Yard or The Private Dining Room. "We control the number of reservations we take, as we are sensitive to the privacy of our in house guests. I don't think I will ever let any area in the hotel get over crowded, because then it would destroy the ambience of the space", says Fernando. Today the Restaurant has many walk in diners that enjoy their evenings and usually come back again.

Fernando explains that the best reward for his and his team's hard work is when guests return. The clientele of Tintagel - Colombo includes the Chairman of Hyatt, Worldwide - Tom Pritzker who has made Tintagel his address in Colombo. Royalty from Saudi Arabia, film stars, entrepreneurs and international journalists have stayed at the hotel. The response to Tintagel - Colombo has been reasonable considering the global crisis and the problems in Sri Lanka in the recent past. The hotel is getting known and the restaurants are becoming more and more popular. "Tintagel has become the address to stay in Colombo for the discerning traveller. I take pride in showing the potential of Sri Lanka to travellers from around the world as it is my aim to prove to the world that Sri Lanka also has taste and timeless style", says Fernando convinced in his own words.









Udayshanth Fernando is a self made man who strives for perfection and success, ensuring that what he invests is from whatever he has earned himself. "Debt will affect my creativity. I cut my coat according to my cloth. It took me two years and eight months to create Tintagel - Colombo and my next project Paradise Road, The Villa - Bentota will also take time", says Fernando.

His focus, perseverance and hard work has not gone unnoticed, Tintagel - Colombo was the only hotel from Sri Lanka selected to the Conde Nast Traveller's Hot List for 2009. "The Conde Nast Traveller is the foremost guide for travel and leisure in the world. Tintagel - Colombo was described in its British issue when we first opened, as ‘Colombo has never had it so chic'. Although there were not too many features on Sri Lanka in 2008, it was wonderful when the war was about to finish for the magazine to select my hotel for the Hot List. I consider this a major pat on my back." states Fernando proudly. He further adds that, "this is not only a credit for myself, I feel it is also a credit for my country. Through this Sri Lanka has been identified as a destination for 2009."

Udayshanth is optimistic that discerning travellers will arrive on our shores with the end of the war in our country. Explaining further, "This will happen automatically, we have so much to offer. Sri Lanka is a magnetic, untouched and beautiful country. To have received this accolade I have reaped what I sowed."
 

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Satori

Situated in the Southern Province of Sri Lanka 4 kms beyond the Unesco World Heritage site Galle .



For those who, like me, think that a beach is a beach is a beach and that fairly soon sunning le bod beautiful gets incredibly dull then why not consider a house inland. Afterall you are coming to Sri Lanka, so why not see a bit of it. And if, when getting a true feeling of it you are close enough to drop into the ocean when the mood grabs you, why not go for it. This Villa is one of those.



Satori is a Japanese word meaning 'awakening' in Zen Buddhism and a path of enlightenment. The current owner has enthused his positive energies to ensure the house blends with its environment. It pays homage to a way of life. A life where peace, tranquility and to surround oneself with nature's magic to enhance our well being is in abundance. It is a paradise.





The main house has a moat on 3 sides full of fish and frogs. There are 2 dble ensuite bedrooms and an ensuite twin room with an indoor / outdoor bathroom. The twin has a mezanine floor for extra beds if needed.

The gentle breeze that flows off the hill side is kept moving with over head fans. In between the bedrooms is a large sitting room and open plan kitchen.




The master suite is separate and is the kind of room you walk into and never want to leave. But leave you will: to the yoga pavilion; the landscape gardens; the pool; to the palm fringed beaches and to enjoy the exceptional views.

http://www.villasinsrilanka.com/property.php?resid=52
 
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