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Athulya Villas
Ranked #1 of 1 Wattappola B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Doha, Qatar
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14 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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“Has potential but.........”
Reviewed August 14, 2011

This hotel is located a 40 minute tuk-tuk ride outside Kandy. The local area is perfect for a variety of short walks to explore paddy fields and tea plantations and to discover some lovely views east along the valley towards Kandy. There are some charming hotel dogs who will keep you company and stop you getting lost. Our eco-lodge was clean and peaceful, with a lovely jungle outlook.

We were on our own for most of our 3 days and though the food was good and the staff charming, it felt as though they were at full stretch providing a very Sri Lankan level of service for only two adults and one six year old. It would have been worth it but for the owner rather aggressively insisting on charging the adult meal rate for a six year old who ate virtually nothing! On top of that they initially quoted us $25 for a birthday cake that ended up costing $6.

The reality of the hotel swimming pool is very different to the hotel’s rather deceptive website, which exaggerates the size of the current pool and does not mention the building site where there will (eventually) be a bigger pool.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 27, 2011

We stayded here to visit Kandy and the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage. As it is situated in the middle of nature it can be difficult to find. We ourselves had navigation with us and your driver can ask around. It is a great place to do day-trips and to relax afterwards enjoying the serene surroundings. We stayed one whole day relaxing around the small pool. The jacuzzi in the cottage was a luxurious, romantic feeling and the cottages are very private. They can cook all sorts of dishes for you; from traditional sri lankan curry to pizza! The whole table etiquette was extremely precise as the manager trains the staff for job experience.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 22, 2011

It's funny I'm writing this review, because I personally have no visited this so called "boutique resort" yet.
Two of my friends from UK were travelling to Kandy, and could not find this hotel, so i went online and managed to find a contact number for this resort. I called [-] and a gentleman by the name of Gordon answered. I asked him for directions to the hotel, and he asks me if i had made a reservation (didn't answer to the point).
then i explained to him about my friend's trying to find the resort. he said he was running late for a meeting, and could not help me...i asked if i can have his mobile number, or anyone else's number so they could help me with directions, and this guy slams the phone on me. I don't know how great this hotel might be, but clearly my first point of contact with it, was a TOTAL PUT OFF!!!! hospitality is what this industry is all about. it's sad that they cannot be courteous.

  • Stayed February 2011
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Property: Athulya Villas
Address: Panabokke Walauwa, Wattappola 20454, Sri Lanka (Formerly Country Garden Resort)
Location: Sri Lanka > Central Province > Kandy District > Wattappola
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Wattappola
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Athulya Villas 3*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Athulya Villas is a private complex of 5 cottages and heritage suite built adjacent to the ancestral home of the Panabokke family which acts as the center piece and contains the restaurant and recreational areas in this undulating landscape that provides the perfect place for you to unwind and relax in a tranquil setting rejuvenating mind, body and spirit. ... more   less 
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