Helga's Folly, Kandy Sri Lanka, Kandy and Around
A legendary institution, Helgas Folly is truly one of a kind! Suffice to say that antiques rub shoulders with pop art kitsch and a bizarre alien sculpture overlooks the swimming pool; you could spend all day reading the cuttings on the wall about the proprietor, Helga Desilva Blow Pereras' extraordinary family. You can enjoy evening cocktails with candles like mountains of wax, glimmering and reflecting in the shapes and colours all around. Oh, and the Stereophonics even wrote a song about this place!
In truth, there are more luxurious hotels in Kandy for the money you pay but, none as interesting or as varied as Helga's. Every room is individual, every area has character and romance, every patch of wall is thoughtfully, though loudly, decorated. The colours are vivid and striking throughout. If you can tear your eyes away from the interior, the views are great too.
The service too is quite special and if you are lucky, you may catch Helga holding fort over a cocktail and regaling you with stories of guests past and present. She says she refuses package groups and that what she loves best is the fascinating guests she gets to meet.
Standard rooms are available, but we recommend the deluxe or superior rooms. The 'Nutcracker Suite' is a wonderfully romantic extravaganza prefect for honeymoon couples.
This is a sociable hotel and one that will appeal to lovers of art and the unusual. It is friendly and laid back too, reflecting an ethos that says guests should be allowed freedom while on holiday to enjoy themselves. Even if you don't choose to stay, it is worth making time to visit for food or a drink, so unique and memorable is this place.
Superior - This is what we would describe as our standard category. These will be decent 3/4* hotels providing a really good level of service. We would generally expect them to be providing a little something extra, in terms of character, guest experience or facilities too.
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