We recently chose Kahanda Kanda as our wedding venue for approximately 70 guests who travelled from predominantly Australia as well as UK, Asia and around Sri Lanka. I selected this venue after reading the outstanding reviews of the property and of the owner/operator George Cooper and his fabulous staff. Even going to KK with the knowledge that this would be an amazing place, it completely exceeded my expectations! I could not be more grateful to the KK team for making my wedding day an unforgettable experience so I want to take the appropriate time to write this review and my glowing feedback on all aspects of my stay. I would recommend KK and Sri Lanka as the ultimate wedding destination, not only will KK give you an unimaginable wedding experience, Sri Lanka will give your guests an unforgettable holiday - there is a reason why Sri Lanka has been named as the top holiday destination this year.
Stepping onto the KK premises it is evident the thought and creativity that has been put into the design - this is not just luxury....this is villas that boast personality and style. Every detail is considered and collectively brings such a unique and chic feel - it is hard to describe as it really is in a league of its own. I've never stayed anywhere like this. We booked all 8 villas for 3 days and our closest family and friends could not have been more impressed and excited to stay here with us at KK. The dining pavilion and bar area exude the same chic feel and overlook the breathtaking tea fields below. The service shown to all guests is one of genuine care, the staff are extremely attentive and strive to do all they can to help with any request. All with big smiles and beautiful Sri Lankan hospitality.
From the moment I selected this venue to host my wedding, the entire planning process was made extremely seamless by George. I LOVED planning the wedding with George - which is not something all brides experience - and we did this even without meeting!!! The fact that this all took place whilst I was in front of my computer Australia is a credit to George. We communicated over emails and Skype - it is because of how good George is that he can make such an amazing wedding happen even when he hasn't met the couple face to face. Apart from the breath-taking venue, George is able to add so much value in the planning process and tailoring the wedding for the individual. George is able to address any queries/concerns/ideas that you have, and provide his opinion on each which I really appreciated. From me changing my mind over what month to hold the wedding, to the small details on bonbonerrie and table dressings, I never had any doubts during the planning process, being able to feel excited about my upcoming wedding rather than stressed is something I am so thankful for.
All of this planning and attention to detail made the much anticipated wedding day the most memorable and treasured experience for not just myself and my husband, but for all of our friends and family who travelled to this stunning location. The ceremony was held with the picturesque backdrop of the tea fields - there is nothing that can describe the beauty and serenity of this view. We incorporated a few local Buddhist traditions into the ceremony that were organised by George. The Kandayan drummers and there acrobatics lead the bridal party down the aisle and were loved by the guests! The celebrant Henri Tatham was recommended by George - her warmth, genuineness and exuberant personality was embraced by the guests, many of whom have expressed to me how amazing she was. Making our way to the dinner marquee I was blown away at how fabulous this looked with the flowers, lights and the table settings. George was able to incorporate the colours and look and feel that I was after to create something that was personalised, contemporary and visually stunning. His keen eye and attention to detail meant he even arranged the spray painting of 80 weaved platters to ensure that they fitted perfectly with décor. This really is above and beyond what level of care is usually given to a wedding reception. The additional activities that followed the formalities included a Fire Eating Display, Fireworks and Wishing lanterns - all of which I would strongly recommend to those holding their wedding at KK. Our guests were so thrilled to witness and take part in these things that they would never get to experience at weddings back home in Australia.
I need to highlight the food separately as this really deserves a review in its own right. From the seafood barbeque we held as our wedding rehearsal dinner, the delectable canapés after the ceremony to the formal wedding menu - it was all faultless. Visually, all the food was presented to the highest standard, and tasted unbelievable. I have had so much feedback from guests in relation to how good the food was at the event as they were blown away by it - the most talked about item being our wedding dessert - a banana tarte tartine. People are still talking about this! The day following the wedding we held a thankyou lunch of a Sri Lankan buffet at KK, again arranged by George and the team. The food station was actually constructed by hand in the morning of the event using coconut palm leaves - so much care went into this. The food itself was stunning - an array of delicious curries (my favourite the tuna), as well as a roti cart and hopper station that created some theatre for the guests aswell as providing the dish of the day - banana and nutella roti! The food was so good on this day I keep thinking back and wishing I ate more!!!
I could go on and on more about how impressed I was with every aspect of KK, there really is so much to say and to be thankful for. Seeing the look on my guests faces the entire time we were at KK is something I will never forget and it is George and the team that made this so. Whatever wedding you desire, KK and Sri Lanka is the place. There is nothing that can top it - for you as the couple, and for your guests.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set high up above a tea estate, and yet within easy reach of the stunning beaches for which Sri Lanka is well know, Kahanda Kanda is the perfect hideaway. With stunning individual villas that afford privacy and space, combined with sensational views, the cuisine is superb, and the service is first class. We aim to offer 5 star service, and with only 5 suites, that service is truly individual. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kahanda Kanda Angulugaha
- Kahanda Kanda Hotel Angulugaha
- Kahanda Kanda Sri Lanka/Angulugaha