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3 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Kandy, Kandy District, Central Province

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star33p
Hong Kong, China
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Everything is amazing here”
Reviewed July 5, 2016 for a stay in June 2016

It's hard to pick a favorite thing about this place. The setting is incredible, with views of mountains and roaring river, up an isolated hill road far enough away from anybody else up, yet a close-enough walk or ride away. Birdsong greets you while being served coffee or tea on the veranda (and there are soaring eagles!) -- and you may need a light jacket, because it's refreshingly cool. When the doors all around are opened, the breeze flows through the house, giving it life.
It's a delightful walk down a garden slope, through the tea plants (you can see the workers come to pick the tea!) and spices like cinnamon and fruit trees like avocado and jackfruit that are used in the villa's menu, to reach the river out front, as well as the fresh bubbling spring on the property out back. The staff, manager Sujit and his Guy Friday, make sure you always have what you need, yet always stay out of the way.
Sujit also organizes day-tours like to the 3 temples around Kandy (totally worth seeing). It's also about 40 mins to get back to Kandy for a half-day (all that's needed). And he'll also take you the vegetable market and direct the cook to make your choices, Sri Lankan-style, for dinner: kale, beets, snake gourd, and all kinds of leaves for coconut salad. This is amazing for vegetarians - so rare to find this kind of opportunity while traveling.
This was the best place I stayed in Sri Lanka -- really a treat!

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Liked best: everything!
Liked least: the road leading up to it
Traveling group: Friends
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Ranga A
Toronto, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Paradise found and a River runs through it ...”
Reviewed May 22, 2016 for a stay in December 2015
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I had the pleasure of visiting Aqua Dunhinda in December 2015.

The Villa is situated in an elevated terrain surrounded by a tea garden and fruit trees. The approach is an adventure as the road from the main road to the villa is through a path with a magnificent tree canopy where I encountered tree hopping monkeys during the day and a couple of lonely water buffalo at night.

The highlight of my stay was simply sitting on the river-facing-verandah and watching the river serenely ebb and flow at a far distance. I was equally amazed to see the power of the water at its highest force as it passed right past Aqua Dunhinda through a spectacular array of boulders and rocks. This created a whitish mist on some early mornings.

The gardener (Chithravellu or CV) doubles as a nature guide and a guided tour with him to the river at the base of the villa is a must. Best times for a hike are before 10am and after 3pm. Remember to bring your sunscreen, Sri Lanka after all is just 26km from the equator and the sun can be quite powerful, and make sure CV makes you a personalized hiking staff for your river walk.

The nights are very very quiet at the villa. If you are a star gazer or an amateur astronomer like me, all you have to do is turn your gaze upon the heavens above the villa to see Orion's Belt and many other constellations.

All in all, Aqua Dunhinda is place to loose yourself....

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Liked best: The river, nature, the stars and solitude
Traveling group: Extended Family
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Management Response
Jun 13, 2016
Thank you Ranga for taking the time to write. We look forward to your visiting us again.
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