Heritance Kandalama Sri Lanka
Last weekend we took a very spontaneous trip back to Sri Lanka for the 6th time this year. Yep, 6 times! Why? Simple, it’s so close to Dubai, 3.5/4 hours by plane and offers so much from nature, adventure, romance, history, luxury or laid back, you wont be able to experience it all in one trip, unless of course you are there for a minimum of 3 months. That’s why, we made a decision that Sri lanka will be our once every 2 months weekend escape, any time of the year. We made friends there, it is a familiar territory and we couldn’t be happier to return and stay this time at Heritance Kandalama in Sri Lanka.
Let’s set the points down for a brief review:
Location The hotel is approximately 4 hours away from Bandaranaike International Airport. The road trip is not always fun but since we expected to be bumpy, slow and tiring, it somehow became a norm and passed by slightly easier, my only concern and hope was that the hotel was worth the whole drive.
Hotel I think Kamal, our driver heard us let out a small “YES” sign of relief. The hotel had made our first impression and we couldn’t wait to explore it. With 159 rooms all facing spectacular mountain or sea view, ours in particular also had Sigiriya Rock view and that, was breathtaking! The hotel is designed once again by the famous Geoffrey Bawa and so famously their rooms were spacious with a jacuzzi in the toilets.
Heritance Kandalama is a Geoffrey Bawa masterpiece that pioneered sustainable tourism in Sri Lanka. It has been recognized the world over for its sustainable practices and world class service. The resort blends seamlessly into its environs and has been recognised as a case study for green architecture. The resort is also situated in the heart of the cultural triangle and is flanked by 2 UNESCO world heritage sites and offers guests a host of experiences to indulge in while at Heritance Kandalama.
Different experiences that can be enjoyed within the premises (dining options can be included too)
Hot air balloon rides
Eco park tour
Elephant back trekking
Butterfly and Dragonfly watching
Breakfast on the barge
Dining We always managed to have our breakfast before we went exploring.
Nearby Adventure Safari, elephants ride & Sigiriya Rock are all just 30-40 minutes away, it’s the perfect place to explore villages and get in touch with nature. The only drawback was that the beaches are around 6 hrs away by car and (This is hilarious) you will find some monkeys living around the hotel, they don’t bother you and you should never feed them but you must always lock your room and balcony doors closed otherwise, they will break in and steal your food and possibly play dress up with your wardrobe.
There is one drawback about Asia that I can never get over, insects. Since the hotel is build around a forest, you will find nature’s friendliest animals & insects all around but never in our room!
Recommended If you are looking for a luxury getaway in Sri Lanka where you can experience nature, villages, elephants, Unesco sites like Sigiriya Rock and not mind being far away from the beach, then Heritance Kandalama is your hidden gem. For families, honeymooners or anyone who just wants to escape and be around nature.
I would definitely return!
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