Sri Lanka, Kandy and Around
Info : Bougainvillea Retreat
Bouganvillea Retreat is a simple, beautiful and restful small boutique a 45 minute drive from Kandy. The hotel consists of a main villa, with 3 guest bedrooms and a separate set of five cosy bungalows.
Located within the lush grounds of the Victoria golf course, the Bougainvillea Retreat commands beautiful views over the Victoria lake towards the Knuckles Mountains. Once inside the gates you are transported into a world of calm and ease – a real home away from home. The villa is home to airy lounges and comfortable living spaces, all furnished in a contemporary and very personal style. The mature and beautifully landscaped gardens add a beautiful energy and atmosphere. The deep infinity swimming pool and surrounding deck are a great place to relax and read outside whilst the basement houses a fantastic home cinema room with a huge film library for time inside. There are lots of games including a classic billiards table, whilst for pampering there is an outdoor Jacuzzi and attached steam room. The comfortable, homely feel and incredible location, married to beautiful style of the villa design are what really makes this place special.
It’s a truism that people make places and the live in manager, Pi, the chef and the superb staff are unobtrusive but do everything they can to make your stay special and relaxed. The menu is small, but can be adapted to suit and everything is made very well. For those able to tear themselves away, the nearby Victoria Golf Course restaurant has another incredible view and a large menu.
Kandy is close by and the sites can be seen easily in a day trip – Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, The Temple of the Tooth and so on. Much of the joy of Kandy is the surrounding countryside though and from here you can trek in the surrounding hills, or take a 4WD to the remote Knuckles Mountain Range. Furthermore, Bouganvillea has excellent bikes, free to borrow and they can arrange bird walks in the early morning or late afternoon – and the birdlife here is excellent. There are also canoes to explore the lake with and many more activities possible in the region. You can obviously play golf here too, and the Victoria course is the best in the country.
Adorned with works of art, books and music, Bougainvillea retreat is a place to come and enjoy. Ideal for groups of friends and families as well as couples looking for a quiet base close to Kandy. A very unique and special place, Bougainvillea Retreat can be rented by the room or the entire property.
Deluxe - This is our first really 'upmarket' category. It might be a beautiful tiny hotel with very limited facilities or a 5* resort hotel with all the trimmings; but any hotel in this category will be a well-run establishment with very comfortable rooms, a strong service ethos and excellent food.
- Bicycles available
- DVD & CD Library
- Golf Course Nearby
- Walking / Trekking
- Wireless Internet
We were very grateful to our travel advisors Nick and Sam Clark to have suggested some of the places we stayed at which were excellent