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Clingendael

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badgworth
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2016

The Clingendael Hotel is situated in a heavenly, peaceful and beautiful part of Sri Lanka, not too far from Kandy but a world away from the busy streets ans the Temple of the Tooth. You are greeted by wonderful staff and guided to a stunning suite of rooms overlooking a valley with a golf course in it. The rooms are... More 

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rkokshoorn, Director of Sales at Clingendael, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words of appreciation, which continues to be of great encouragement for our Team to provide the best of bespoke service that is to be expected from a top boutique hotel which is of course required to deserve your ongoing 5 star reviews. To re-invent ourselves to provide additional unique travel experiences for our valued guests... More 

Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2016

We spent six wonderful and unforgettable days at Clingendael, definitely one of the best places we have ever been to. We so much loved the tranquility and luxury of this spot, set in a perfect surrounding overlooking the lake of Victoria. Despite being the only guests for most of the time we were incredibly spoilt by Ajith & Mahinda and... More 

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rkokshoorn, Director of Sales at Clingendael, responded to this review

Thank you. Thank you. What a praise. We do especially love it when our guests stay with us for an extended period, like you did for 6 days. And then tell the world (on Tripadvisor or elsewhere) that they enjoyed their stay so much that they are of the opinion "that there is really nothing we could improve in this... More 

Conwy, United Kingdom
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73 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2016 via mobile

We met the owner while at Clingendael and learnt a little of its history. It wasn't built as a hotel but a private residence and there is a real sense that you feel guests in someone's private home. You can have your own relaxing and eating space or mix with others if you wish. The rooms are beautifully and thoughtfully... More 

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rkokshoorn, Director of Sales at Clingendael, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words and recommendations. We appreciate to have received also your vote of confidence and confirmation of our 5 star hotel quality, despite the short comings in providing you with the for you appropriate spa gown and that we did not alert you in a timely fashion to the lower height of the the antique spa... More 

London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2016 via mobile

Despite the long journey by road - that is a feature of any trip to Sri Lanka where everywhere is 4 hours from the next place - we arrived in this colonial house where time had stood still from the 1920s. As the only guests we were made to feel very at home with an excellent staff who did everything... More 

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rkokshoorn, Director of Sales at Clingendael, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind comments. We are glad that also you did enjoyyour stay at Clingendael. Our service is the realisation of our motto "Dignified Servitude", where our butlers and other staff members are all aware and enjoy that they are part of a professional "cast" to create for our guests the magic of reliving the colonial charm of... More 

London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2016

How wonderful is this hotel, from the beautiful people, to the outstanding location. Our stay was too short and will definately return next year for longer. From a bespoke dinner to breakfast on the lawn over looking the beautiful lake and golf course. SO so relaxing, a wonderful start to an amazing Sri Lankan holiday

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rkokshoorn, Director of Sales at Clingendael, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and compliments. Your expression to plan to return to Clingendael and the next time for a longer stay is much appreciated. We can hardly wait to welcome you on such occasion and to organise further unique Clingendael Experiences for you.The recent addition of the Clingendael Spa has been such an addition to the quality and... More 

Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2016

We stayed at Clingendael over the Chinese New Year break. Our party was made up of 6 people ranging from 6 to 75 and this beautiful property catered for us all. It was paradise - especially after a long day on the road through the tea plantations. Can't rate Clingendael enough - but the magic is really there due to... More 

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rkokshoorn, Director of Sales at Clingendael, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review. On behalf of our Clingendael Team: We are thrilled to continue to receive such accolades from our valued guests. Your recommendations are what is resulting in an increase in guests that we are able to welcome so happily at Clingendael. We are jointly working with our colleagues and management to try to create further... More 

Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2016

We arrived after a horrendous 6hr journey by car from Colombo and were immediately struck by the calm and tranquillity of the place, a perfect antidote for frazzled nerves. The views are magnificent, surrounded by rolling hills and looking down onto the lakes and verdant green of the Victoria golf course, surely one of the most beautiful settings for any... More 

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rkokshoorn, Director of Sales at Clingendael, responded to this review

Thank you for your praise for our Clingendael Team efforts and the praise for the quality of the property and its surroundings. It is indeed your valued comments which will motivate us further to built on what we think that we have achieved thus far. We have aways stayed away from promoting our property in a business like manner, instead... More 

Bridgnorth
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2016 via mobile

My wife and I stayed at this truly wonderful place for three days whilst on a bespoke tour of Sri Lanka. We arrived by helicopter, landing at the exclusive golf and country club where were greeted by the attentive staff of Clingendael. The level of service was outstanding. The food, delectable. The rooms, pure luxury. The views, stunning. The staff,... More 

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rkokshoorn, Director of Sales at Clingendael, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words of encouragement. Increasingly we are welcoming guests who travelled to Clingendael by helicopter or by seaplane, which modes of travel provide such a thrill for the traveller. Arriving from Colombo after only a 30 minute flight is leaving much of the day for our guests to enjoy what the Clingendael Experience has to offer.... More 

Glasgow, United Kingdom
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204 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 191 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2016

We loved our two night stay here, on our first night we were only guests, and on the second night there was one other who we only saw once.Our room (the Red room) opened on to our own large terrace with dining table and comfortable seats, we ate there for both dinners and both lunches, we had our breakfasts in... More 

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rkokshoorn, Director of Sales at Clingendael, responded to this review

Thank you for your positive review of Clingendael. It is true that although Clingendael is located minutes away from the Victoria par 73 Championship course, only an estimated 1 out of 5 visitors do make use of the opportunity to play golf. Our objective was to create an atmosphere of colonial splendour; of charm and bespoke service of bygone days... More 

St. Louis, MO
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2016

We have been fortunate to have travelled extensively and have had the pleasure of staying some of the world’s greatest hotels. And while the properties and service of these grand hotels is beyond reproach, the nature of their business, the scale of the hotels can cause a certain lack of intimacy, and a lack of interaction with the staff. Some... More 

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rkokshoorn, Director of Sales at Clingendael, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your compliments. Our team members do indeed enjoy providing our guests with a highly personalised and bespoke service. And they are further energised and be even more motivated when they receive and read such a detailed and positive review as we received from you. We have a great team spirit and we do all we... More 

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  • Free Breakfast
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  • Free Parking
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
"Clingendael" is located in the Kandian Hills on the premises of the Victoria Golf & Country Resort, some 20 minutes from Kandy the ancient and historic hill capital of Sri Lanka.This large stately home, built in Dutch Sri Lankan style with materials dating back to 1782, with its spacious "wrap around verandahs and colonnades", allows one to relive the colonial atmosphere of comfort and service of glorious days gone by .The Clingendael Resident Manager, the in-house chef and permanent staff of 8, will be there to cater for your exclusive needs.Situated on a hill at an elevation of some 80 meters, the visitor to Clingendael will enjoy a 230 degree, breathtaking view, over the reservoir of the Victoria Dam, as well as the 18 hole international championship golf course, with in the background the “Knuckels” mountain range.The property provides 7 different locations for intimate and private dining, whether on one of its cool verandahs, in one of its garden pergolas, overlooking the pond, the pool or the golf course or in the vacinity of one of the water features of the gardens situated on the hill at the back of "Clingendael". ... more   less 

Additional Information about Clingendael

Address: Coconut Hill, Digana, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Central Province > Digana
Price Range: $541 - $747 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Clingendael 5*
Number of rooms: 5
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