Sri Lanka, Kandy and Around
Info : Elephant Stables
A beautiful, colonial-style hotel and satellite bungalows, perched on a hilltop that is only 15 minutes away from Kandy. It's a fantastic base for those wanting to visit the historical and cultural highlights of Kandy whilst still having some peace, quiet and stunning views of the surrounding hills.
The main bungalow was once the home of a Ceylonese nobleman and is full of local history. There are 7 nicely decorated and well-appointed rooms, all with 4 poster beds, comfy furnishings and lovely finishing touches such as colourful fabrics and antiques. Bathrooms are spacious and modern with good amenities, and there are two suites that have enough room to add extra beds, meaning that families are also welcome at this hotel.
There's a very secluded Sir David Lean bungalow available, a short drive from the main hotel. It's where the famous Bridge Over the River Kwai Major Warden scenes were filmed and offers some absolutely stunning views over the surrounding jungle. It has two bedrooms and a private veranda although guests must use the main swimming pool to relax in.
There's also a fabulous cottage close to the main bungalow, perfect for families or couples wanting lots of space. It overlooks the backgarden and swimming pool so is very conveniently located.
There is a small pool with lovely decking area looking over the Kandy Hills, with a shallow area for children to paddle. Two old colonial-style vehicles are sat outside the front of the hotel to take guests into Kandy town. The staff are all very friendly and deliver a personalised service – remembering your name very quickly and are attentive throughout your stay. There are plenty of places to dine at the hotel, with a good range of food options on offer (including Sri Lankan and western staples) as well as local delicacies. There is also a juice bar, living room, reading room and lovely gardens with mango trees and well-kept lawns.
This intimate property has old-world charm and great facilities, making it a good option for anyone looking to explore the hustle and bustle of Kandy with a relaxing oasis at the end of the day.
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.
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