It is really impossible to 'rate' this hotel on any scale, as everything about it is unique, but, since a rating is required, it is certainly a full FIVE! However, this does nothing to describe the whole experience of Helga's Folly. A Folly? No! More an inspiration of artistic, fantastic, colourful and nostalgic imagination. this is a place to enchant, to lose yourself, to escape from the humdrum and the ordinary and to immerse yourself in the life and times not only of Helga and her illustrious family, but of the whole age of glamour, sophistication and sensuality of the 30s. It is also a place to learn about the history of Sri Lanka in the world, and the part that Helga's family have played in it. It is both a living museum and a very real home, where the spirits of the owners and all those who have come through the doors, are ever present.
We were able to spend only one night at Helga's Folly, though, if we hadn't had to keep to a timetable, I should still be there now! On the night in question, we were the only guests and sadly, Helga and her husband were not in residence, but we were splendidly looked after by the wonderful staff and welcomed like house guests, rather then paying guests of a hotel. This feeling continued throughout our short stay. We were able to look at more than one room, as all are quite different in décor, and choose which one we preferred. The decoration has been well described by others, but suffice it to say that you could spend an hour just absorbing the details of each and every room. Magnifique!
We also had dinner at the hotel and, once again, it was tailored to suit us. We made use of as many parts of the building as was possible in the time! Drinks in two different locations, dinner in another etc. so that we could enjoy the different ambience and feeling behind each one. I was in heaven, but I shouldn't forget to tell you that the dinner itself was excellent, brought, as it was, to our enormous table, full of the signature candles, coated in an armour of wax drippings. The special chocolate dessert was as imaginative as everything else, but I won't tell you what was in it!
I see reviews from guests who have not enjoyed the Helga's Folly experience and I am quite sure that there are some, because this is not everyone's cup of tea. If you are the sort of person who is not comfortable with the unfamiliar, or you are a minimalist through and through, or you care deeply about sharing your space with a few specks of dust, then this wonderful treasure trove of extraordinariness will not please you, BUT, if you want the most unique hotel experience you're ever likely to encounter, then this is it! I wouldn't have missed it for the world!
Thank you, Helga and all the Team. I do hope we'll be back!
Oh.... and I forgot to mention the early morning swim...... etc. ....... etc. !
- 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