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Amaya Hills Good Idea For A More Active / Younger Couple ?

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Amaya Hills Good Idea For A More Active / Younger Couple ?

Hellos -

Looking for a room that is ideally in the middle of town that's a bit on the "nicer" side of things. We like to stay out late, walking around town trying to take a look and interact with new people as much as we can. From my understanding Amya is on a hill that is pretty far removed from the busy area.

We really liked the pictures of the hotel but weer wondering how much of a pain it is to constantly take tuk tuk's up and down the hill. Would there be constant service later in the evening ?

We only have three evenings so we would like to cut out as much waiting and transportaion time as we can...

Any help is greatly appreciated. Looking forward to our first time in Sri Lanka!

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1. Re: Amaya Hills Good Idea For A More Active / Younger Couple ?

Hi there,

Would recommend against it. A lovely 4-star hotel but too far out of town; a tuktuk from town centre would be 45 mins and back (downhill) maybe 35 mins. There would be 24h 'service' but more expensive at night.

Places a bit similar, though at most 3-star, would be

* Thilanka

* Hilltop

* Topaz/Tourmaline

The first two are really walking distance from city centre and lake. Topaz is around 20 mins by tuktuk and still squarely inside the city, as opposed to Amaya which is in the mountaneous area behind Peradeniya.

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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2. Re: Amaya Hills Good Idea For A More Active / Younger Couple ?

Hi,

I agree with Erik about the distance over other hotels mentioned but still I personally prefer staying at Amaya hills because of its lovely nature settings. Also they have a good trail for bird watching and nature walks.

Nishantha

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3. Re: Amaya Hills Good Idea For A More Active / Younger Couple ?

Hi Sagnew

I would not worry too much about being out of town in the evenings in Kandy. No one stays out late there anyway .... by 9pm most of them are getting ready for bed!

Kandy is far more vibrant by day than at night.

The Citadel is another possible hotel choice if you are looking for reasonable luxury. Again, it is not right in town and involves a short drive, but its setting above the Mahaweli Ganga is superb. We loved sitting on the balcony as the sun was setting, watching hundreds of flying foxes make their way along the river. If you were up again early the next morning, you could watch them make the return journey back to their roosting area in the Peradeniya Botanical gardens.

Sue

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4. Re: Amaya Hills Good Idea For A More Active / Younger Couple ?

These are great responses. The Citadel looked fantastic. How far is that away from the center of Kandy. If it's under 20 mins - that would be ideal !!!

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5. Re: Amaya Hills Good Idea For A More Active / Younger Couple ?

Hi .. it's under 20 minutes. Sometimes the traffic is terrible around Kandy and it can take an age to get anywhere, but the actual distance from the hotel into Kandy is not very great at all .. some 5km or so from the centre of town.

Sue

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