It’s hard to find a quiet retreat so close to a bustling city centre, and Stone House is a great discovery. It’s a luxury boutique hotel on private grounds, just 10 minutes from the centre of Kandy. The surrounding land is verdant and spacious with manicured garden. The house itself is perched serenely in the centre.
You sense the quiet luxurious vibe from the moment you enter Stone House. The fascinating décor might catch your eye. The owner of the property is a big player in the rice industry, and has decorated Stone House accordingly: rice and paddy themed artwork, sculptures of utensils and coloured rice and seed varieties adorn every corner of the hotel.
The three luxury rooms and two suites are all colour-themed and spacious. All feature king sized beds, sumptuous furnishings, local artwork and luxury amenities. The bathroom and toilet in the Kalu suite deserve a special mention, they are an experience indeed.
At Stone House, you’re just a short drive away from all Kandy’s sights, including the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. You can trek through the Hantana Rainforest, visit the royal gardens or simply relax on the property. Leave some time for a swim in the large pool and admire the shower, a piece of installation art in itself.
If you’re bringing kids with you, you might feel a bit out of place amongst all the luxury and tranquillity, although the hotel does claim to welcome children. This is the perfect retreat for small groups and couples looking for quiet elegance close to bustling 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.