This was our second stop in Sri Lanka - it was meant to be our base whilst in the Kandy region and we were therefore shocked when it took 1 1/2 hours to reach the hotel up a windy mountain road, the last kilometre or so of which is completely unpaved - our driver was incredibly worried about his car as only a 4 by 4 can really be comfortable on such a road.This bumpy entrance to the hotel was not a great introduction. However, once you arrive, it is definitely worth the trip as the setting is magnificent, with beautiful gardens and an infinity pool overlooking the knuckles mountain range and valley below. The main building is well designed and decorated too, with a fireplace, a pool table and tables inside and outside on the veranda.
In terms of food, we were surprised to be served western food for the 3 nights' buffets that we were there for - this was compensated for by serving us Sri Lankan rice and curry for breakfast which was a little difficult to stomach at 9am! We would suggest serving local food to visitors in future.
We agree with the other reviews that this will be a good place to stay once some teething issues are sorted out as the setting is remarkable - but we wouldn't recommend it as a base to explore Kandy - come here when you are planning to stay at the lodge and hike/relax/swim -
also make sure to drive up well before dark as the road is a little scary.
The tents were beautifully decorated and well designed although the hot water always ran out half way through the second shower - also, you definitely need warm clothes here and the tent is pretty cold. Our 2nd night's stay was extremely windy and we didn't get much sleep that night. We also had a 6 legged orange visitor in our bed one night and decided to use the mosquito net after that! The hotel staff did run straight over to check there were no other spiders in the tent and assured us it was not poisonous!
In general the staff were very friendly and the owner came to chat to us a couple of times, although it was mentioned to us that the drivers/tour guides are not treated as warmly or respectfully as the paying guests.
Finally it was very interesting to be staying in the middle of a tea plantation - however there is something a little uncomfortable about waking up and finding a woman picking tea leaves directly outside your tent as you step out onto the balcony in your pyjamas! Makes you feel a little too colonial.
We were also told that they plan to build a helipad - this will definitely help solve the long journey and mountain road issue but we were wondering how 'eco' that will really be??
We were in the first room - number 4 I think - it seems to be a good idea to ask not to be too close...
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