We were lucky enough to return to Helga's Folly on our recent tour of the island. It is just as we remember, still magical and totally different!
When we think of Sri Lanka the first thing we think of is always the Folly!
It was our 5yr old daughters introduction to Sri Lanka and she was encaptured by Helga's Folly. She loved the Lonely Goat Herd fresco's on the bedroom wall next to her mosquito net covered bed. She also loved the magical swimming pool and was facinated watching the cheeky monkeys in the grounds.
We spent hours re-discovering the curio's of the nooks and crannies together with celebrity hunting in the guestbooks (as well as finding my previous entry)
Dinner was taken by a mass of candlelight and we especially enjoyed our pre-dinner mulled wine-expertly spiced and totally unique (would love that recipe!)
Breakfast was a colourful display of fresh fruits and home baked bread rolls.
The team at Helga's looked after us well. We checked out after breakfast, left our baggage at the Folly to collect before taking the 1st class Colombo train in the afternoon. On our return we took tea we were delighted to be offered our original room in order that we could freshen up before we departed. This was so appreciated, especially with a 5yr old -such a considerate touch!
Now for the important bit...
The 'anti-hotel' as it's refered to is not for everyone you either 'get-it' or you don't!
An idea of what to expect is totally transparent at Helgasfolly.com and it is made clear that you must read the 'are you aware' candid clarification/guest expectation page before making reservations.
We are so pleased that we do 'get-it' as we view our visits as an experience and not so much as a nights accomodation. (we still however don't get-it enough yet to stay more than a couple of days)
So if you fancy unique, aged warn about the edges, eccentric, explosive colour and stepping out of reality you might be lucky enough to 'get-it' too!
Love it or hate it you will never forget it!
Hope our photo's help too
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- HF is just a Sri Lankan’s home with some history and color, backed by jungle, and if expecting a regular hotel experience, best go elsewhere.... quite a different concept to a normal hotel. Please be assured that you should be interested in our hospitality, we will be delighted to assist you..Thank You ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Helga`s Folly Hotel Kandy
- Helgas Folly Kandy
- Helgas Folly Hotel Kandy