Kandy House


This superb boutique hotel combines historic luxury with a simply stunning tropical location for the perfect Sri Lankan escape.

Included in your holiday

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  • Transfers to and from your hotel
  • All flight luggage allowances
  • Personal concierge service
  • 24/7 assistance when travelling
  • Full ATOL protection

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When it comes to location, it doesn’t get much better than Kandy House.

Nestled amongst tranquil jungle and scenic paddy fields, the property dates back to 1804 and was this region’s first high-end boutique hotel.

Kandy House is all about luxury, and with notable guests including Prince Michael of Kent, you really will feel like royalty during your stay here.

Nine beautifully appointed and wonderfully spacious rooms are set on a six-acre estate, just a few miles from Kandy’s many historic highlights. The hotel is surrounded by picturesque botanical gardens, home to many species of bird, plant and wildlife. In the mornings, you might even spot wild deer and boar wandering the grounds.

Service is typically Sri Lankan – which is to say friendly, unobtrusive, all-encompassing and delivered with the utmost professionalism. This is the perfect place for a grown-up escape – it’s a delightful property for couples, and only children over the age of 12 are permitted. For those travelling with children or friends, extra beds can be provided in some of the guestrooms. Should you be celebrating a special occasion or visiting Sri Lanka on a romantic retreat, ask our Travel Specialists about arranging a private candlelit dinner on your own veranda for an unforgettable evening.

With Kandy close by, many guests choose to spend days exploring the historic city, though the hotel grounds themselves are perfect for whiling away an afternoon. Take a dip in the expansive infinity pool, which is fringed by lush jungle foliage and surrounded by manicured lawns. Head to the garden for a pre-dinner drink, try the small spa for some extra pampering, or borrow one of the hotel’s bicycles and head off on an adventure.

Each of Kandy House’s nine rooms offer air-conditioning and are appointed with an elegant array of antiques and local furnishings – from wooden four-poster beds to vintage textiles and traditional wood carvings. Kandy House can be booked as a whole for a private party, and is perfect for a big celebration. Every room offers the service of a private butler and a selection of local natural bath products, and most have private verandas. Kandy House has named each guest room after one of Sri Lanka’s butterfly species.


Red Spot Duke

Red Spot Duke

As well as a magnificent four-poster king-size bed, this spacious room offers an expansive veranda furnished with chaise lounges, reading chairs and a table. The plush bathroom features a bathtub, separate shower and double basins.
Peacock royal

Peacock royal

Red Spot Duke’s sister room also opens onto a wide furnished veranda. Relax in the king-size four-poster bed and feel like royalty surrounded by rich antique furnishings. The bathroom offers both a shower and bathtub.
Indian Admiral

Indian Admiral

Located on the upper floor of the central courtyard, this room enjoys views over the pool and surrounding fields. Antique features in this room include a spectacular cast iron bathtub and the original mahogany private veranda, equipped with a French café table.
Black Rajah

Black Rajah

This spacious room includes a private massage area as well as a magnificent octagonal double bathtub. Dine on the private verandah, or head to the hammock-swing in the secret garden nearby. Can be combined with Monkey Puzzle.


On the upper floor of the hotel over the central courtyard, this double room overlooks the infinity pool. Room features include a king-size four-poster bed, antique furniture and a bathroom with shower and bathtub.


This double room boasts access to the central courtyard, veranda access and spectacular jungle views. Recline on a chaise lounge, or spend time soaking in the bathtub after a day’s adventures.
Monkey Puzzle

Monkey Puzzle

This twin room occupies a prime position around Kandy House’s central courtyard. Equipped with beautiful furnishings and a bathroom with shower, this room can be combined with the wonderful Black Rajah room.


The closest room to the amazing infinity pool, Pioneer offers a private veranda that leads out into the garden, where your own hammock-swing awaits. Other facilities include twin queen-size four-poster beds and a luxurious bathroom equipped with a shower.
Lime Butterfly

Lime Butterfly

Located on the upper floor and accessed from the inner courtyard, this room offers both a shower and cast iron bathtub, as well as a four-poster king-size bed and beautiful antique furnishings.
Butterfly Bar

Butterfly Bar

Enjoy an evening tipple at this lovely bar. The cocktail menu is excellent here, with the signature drinks highly recommended.

The Kandy House Restaurant

The Kandy House Restaurant

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast whenever you like, and take a spot of lunch before indulging in a truly gourmet meal come dinnertime. Each night brings a different set menu, with ingredients sourced locally where possible. Twice a week the chefs serve up a 10-course feast of curry and local dishes that shouldn’t be missed. If you’ve got a day of adventure planned, the hotel team will be happy to arrange a picnic lunch.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

For days or nights in, the hotel offers a selection of board games, DVDs and a small library. Guests can also borrow bicycles for exploring the local area, or walk approximately 20 minutes to a fascinating nearby temple. Ambalama spa offers massages and yoga, and the staff have been known to challenge those who are keen to a game of cricket! Kandy House guests also have access to a nearby hotel’s tennis court.

Nearby attractions include the famous Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, the sacred Temple of the Tooth, the iconic Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Victoria Golf Course, the Ceylon Tea Museum and Udawattakelle Forest Reserve.

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  • Time zone: +5.5 GMT
  • Flight time: 10-13 hours
  • Recommended airlines: Emirates, Qatar Airways, SriLankan Airlines, Etihad Airlines
  • Currency: Sri Lankan rupee
  • Tipping guideline: Discretionary
  • Health considerations: There is a risk of dengue. There is no risk of yellow fever in Sri Lanka, however, yellow fever vaccination is required for travellers arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission.
  • Capital: Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte (administrative), Colombo (commercial)
  • Population: 21,930,455
  • National languages: Sinhalese, Tamil, English
  • Electricity and plugs: Type D, M, G, 230V
  • Mobile phone coverage: Good
  • UK passport visa requirements: You need an ETA for Sri Lanka if you have a British passport - apply online

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