Sri Lanka, Kandy and Around
Info : Clingendael
This stunning boutique hotel has bags of colonial charm, lovely décor and tranquil public areas, with everything needed for a relaxed and comfortable stay.
Clingendael is a luxury private house set on a lovely golf course in the rolling Kandyan hills that has been lovingly restored over the years to its former Dutch-colonial grandeur. It is about 25 minutes outside of Kandy, and provides a tranquil oasis in which to unwind after a day of site seeing in Kandy. There are plenty of outdoor spaces, with wicker chairs on manicured lawns that are perfect for tea or a nice drink in the evening. The golf course itself, the Victoria Golf Course, is scenic and professionally run – a very nice treat for golf enthusiasts in Sri Lanka. There is a lovely infinity pool with a jacuzzi corner and panoramic rural views.
The décor throughout the house oozes colonial charm, with period-style furniture, teak wood, elegant fabrics and clean lines. The suites and bathrooms are all lovingly decorated in heritage-style and are extremely comfortable. Many dietary requirements are catered to here, with fresh and exciting Sri Lankan food on offer to be taken in a variety of locations, including the verandas, gardens, pool-side or overlooking the Koi pond. The staff are attentive but unobtrusive.
Clingendael is a truly beautiful hotel in a quiet location that provides a welcome slice of luxury just outside of the hustle and bustle of Kandy.
Luxury - Luxury hotels would have a superb level of service, very comfortable and usually spacious bedrooms, excellent food, great design and character. For us, when we visited, these places all had the 'wow factor'. A luxury hotel should satisfy the criteria of the most discerning clients.
"Our driver Sri Murali could not be faulted, he couldn't have done more for us. He made the whole experience so easy and so interesting. So much so that I will be looking to book my parents to go to Sri Lanka and when I do I will be requesting Murali."