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Lankan Hotels : best entertainment - food - weekends - service - happenings -



Lets start this new thread to highlight the hot-spots at the moment.

Which hotel is offering best entertainment - food - weekends - service - happenings.


Example
The Hilton use to serve (still serves) great Lankan food out in the Garden.

Kandalama was a hot-spot for weekends, good food and great chill out.

Cinnamon Grand for fantastic sea food.

Indian week in Taj Samudra.

October Fest at Cinnamon Grand.




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10-14-2009, 09:53 PM

Kahanda Kanda


Totally indulgent hideaway hotel with sweeping views over a tea estate and lake, just 15 minutes from the beach








OVERVIEW


Perched on a ridge overlooking Koggala Lake and surrounded by 12 acres of a working tea estate, Kahanda Kanda is a small, luxurious and totally indulgent retreat. Fom the moment you are welcomed with a refreshing fruit drink, a chilled hand towel and a broad smile, you can feel any stress start to melt away.

The amazing views are on display at every turn - behind the shimmering infinity pool, mirrored in the lily strewn ponds around the open-sided living and dining pavilions, or from your very private suite (there are only 5). Even the 80-metre saffron wall which juts across the property has windows judiciously cut out to frame glimpses of the estate, the verdant jungle, even the lake in the distance.

Exotic-chic interiors combine polished concrete floors, a quirky mix of Asian antiques and contemporary Sri Lankan furnishings, which, together with the impeccably friendly service, make Kahanda Kanda a thoroughly sophisticated and romantic place that you will find hard to leave.

HIGHS

* The 20m infinity pool which always looks cool and inviting
* The utter peace and tranquillity of the place
* Resident owner George Cooper makes you feel totally at home
* Have I mentioned the breathtaking views?

LOWS

* This place is not easy to find so make sure your driver has exact instructions
* It's a (bumpy) drive to get anywhere – the hotel can arrange for a tuk-tuk to take you to Galle and its beaches, or a car and driver for places further afield

ROOMS

The 5 air-conditioned suites are spread among 4 free-standing pavilions. Each is large and private, with its own terrace or patio set in the gardens. Airy interiors are beautifully designed, with a canopied 4-poster bed (two of them in the Tea Suite), day beds built into the window bays, and pillow-strewn rattan couches for lounging about on and, dare I say, enjoying the views. All the bathrooms are fitted with double sinks and 3 of the suites have showers that are open to the sky.







Peacock Suite:
This large master bedroom has windows right around to maximise the vistas. The bedroom is furnished with a kingsize four-poster bed, a sitting area with cushioned window seats, and a romantic private courtyard with sun beds. There are two ensuite bathrooms (his and hers), each with an outdoor shower.







Mango & Tamarind Suites:
Hidden behind the saffron wall, these two suites are each set in their own pavilion. Each has a bedroom with sitting area, ensuite bathroom with twin basins and twin showers, and private verandah with views over the tea estate.






Garden & Tea Suites:
Located on a lower terraced level beyond the swimming pool, these two suites are set in a private garden. The Garden Suite is furnished with a four-poster double bed whilst the Tea Suite has twin four poster beds; both have an ensuite bathroom with twin basins and an open air shower. There is verandah around these two suites where you can relax or even dine in total privacy.





EATING


At Kahanda Kanda (or KK, as it's become known), you can eat when you want and where you want: in your suite, on your private patio, by the pool, in the open-sided dining pavilion, or even as a picnic somewhere in the beautiful tropical gardens. You can expect fresh, healthy food, with most of the fruit, vegetables and herbs grown on the estate, whilst seafood and meat is bought daily at the local market.

The two resident chefs have both been trained in Thailand and the result is a delightful fusion of Western, Thai and Sri Lankan food.





ACTIVITIES


The historic town of Galle is 17km away and a 30 minute tuk-tuk ride. Spend a wonderful day exploring the fort’s narrow maze of streets with a growing collection of art galleries, antique shops, cafes and restaurants and make sure to watch the sunset from its ramparts.

The beaches of Unawatuna and Mirissa are both a 15 min drive away, where swimming, surfing and snorkelling are possible.

Take a boat ride on Koggala Lake scattered with little islands including Fish Eagle Island, where hundreds of eagles come to nest at dusk, and Cinnamon Island, where 4 families process cinnamon into essential oils. Or visit the nearby tea factory.

Yoga is offered once a week and Ayurvedic massage can be arranged at the property for those who do not want to stray too far.




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10-14-2009, 09:56 PM

Vil Uyana







Situated on extensive flatlands immediately to the west of the Sigiriya Rock, it is envisaged as a natural extension to the efforts of ancient Sinhala kings who developed and irrigated this area.

Spread over 24 acres, at its heart is a wetland system consisting of paddy fields, marshes, and waterways reintroduced by the hotel. Individual dwellings, luxuriously appointed within, and blending seamlessly into the rural landscape, are located over lakes, marshes and paddy fields.

During the harvest season, the village farmers carefully tend to the paddy fields surrounding the hotel. The wilderness provides a natural habitat for numerous species of birds and butterflies. The Vil Uyana experience captures the heritage and natural wonders of this island nation all in one place.






The sound of crickets on a quiet moonlit night, the sight of a peacock strutting by with its glorious wings trailing behind, fruit bats wheeling overhead at sunset, the haunting sound of a flautist coming from the restaurant, and the Sigiriya rock as it emerges from the misty sky at dawn are all sights and sounds that will forever be etched in your memory.

Accommodation

Accommodation is in the form of 25 individual dwellings on stilts situated in three distinct habitats - water, paddy field and forest. These huge, luxurious dwellings, connected by wooden walkways, have timber flooring, ceilings of rattan and bamboo, and sloping roofs thatched with coconut palm. Furnished with luxurious king size beds, each dwelling has a private outdoor deck with scenic views and an outdoor dining area. Some have plunge pools on the deck and even private swimming pools. The bathrooms are spacious and elegantly designed with a large sunken bathtub and rain showers. Other facilities include a/c, IDD telephone, mini bar, 29'' flat screen TV and satellite channels, coffee/tea making facilities, Bose DVD/CD Home Entertainment system, electronic safe, and even your own sarong, pair of reed slippers and umbrella.






Water dwellings: The three water dwellings (each 1,240 sq. ft) are built over a waterway filled with lotuses. Each has a timber decks that juts out over the water providing a picturesque view of the numerous water birds that inhabits the area. A separate dining deck over looking the water provides for dining under the stars.





Paddy field dwellings: These six dwellings (each 1,240 sq. ft) are built over paddy fields and have small plunge pools on the deck. The village farmers harvest the paddy fields during the season providing a special insight into paddy cultivation.





Marsh dwellings: Six dwellings (each 1,240 sq ft.) are situated over the marsh area. Two have plunge pools on the decks.





Forest dwellings: Bordering the wilderness are the ten luxurious Forest dwellings (each 2,110 sq. ft.). Each of these two story villas has a 22 ft x 10 ft. private swimming pool. The ground floor consists of an open cemented lounge area with plush floor cushions overlooking the swimming pool and the scenic views beyond, an indoor courtyard, and elegant en suite toilet with bath tub and rain water shower. A large spectacular bedroom with an attached toilet with a w/c, and private balcony, occupies the second floor.



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10-14-2009, 09:58 PM

Amaya Lake




Amaya Lake is peacefully situated at the heart of a tropical parkland. It boasts a spacious and natural location, on the opposite side of Dambulla Lake from Heritence Kandalama, and is perfectly placed to explore the many historic delights of the cultural triangle including Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Dambulla, Sigiriya and the Minneirya wildlife sanctuary. Walking and cycle routes abound. The hotel is about a three-and-a-quarter hour drive from the International Airport.














Accommodation

92 a/c luxury chalets possess bedroom and sitting area, telephone, radio, veranda, attached large bathroom with bath, h/w shower, wash basin, and w/c. A recent addition is the Amaya Lake Suite - a luxurious chalet with separate living/dining area opening out to a private swimming pool and Jacuzzi, a spacious bedroom furnished with king size bed and ensuite bathroom with bathtub and h/w shower, and kitchenette with butler service.
Facilities

Spacious, open lobby with sitting area and bar, open-air and a/c restaurants, TV lounge, shopping arcade, conference room, large pool with pool bar, floodlit tennis court, volleyball, jogging track, water polo, and cycling. Regular evening entertainment, lakeside barbecues, theme nights. There is also an in-house Ayurveda centre providing relaxing wellness treatments.








Excursions

Several activities are on offer including bullock cart rides, jungle tracking, bird watching, rowing, boating and fishing on the lake. The entire Cultural Triangle lies in close proximity including the ancient cities of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Dambulla and Sigiriya. The Minneriya National Park, which is a mix of dry evergreen forest, scrub jungle and grassy plains and is dominated by the Minneriya Tank, is also located near by. Large groups of elephants, sambar deer and toque monkeys are regularly seen here, as well as plenty of bird life.



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Robin Hill, Weligama





“Organic Sri Lankan cuisine prepared on cinnamon firewood stoves by the family cook,” proclaims the website describing the attractions of the Robin Hill bungalow.

It sounded irresistible, especially as Robin Hill is not actually in the hill country, but a few minutes’ drive from the southern coast road at Weligama. It’s easy to find by driving up the lane leading inland beside the Bay Inn Resthouse.

There’s a lot to do in the area, too. A short walk up the road reveals the 6th century rock carving of Kusta Raja, an ancient king. Yala is only two hours away by car and Galle Fort and its gentrification into trendiness can be reached by bus. Unawatuna with its bustling beach is even closer.






This is a town bungalow – a mini walauwa – cheek by jowl with the village road since it has no front garden. A gate opens from the road directly on to the house’s white-and-black tiled veranda at the entrance to this neo-gracious property.









Neo-gracious? That’s my word to define the ethos of Robin Hill. It was rather run down when Nuwan Illesinghe managed to buy it eight years ago. Since then he has worked hard to restore it to even beyond its former glory. However, in case the welter of wooden furniture and tall colonial columns get overpowering, he has added frivolous touches like busts sprouting plants. There is a television too, but it’s tactfully banished to the attic to conserve the ambience of grace.





Robin Hill may suggest gracious living but it is so informal, guests are encouraged to do exactly what they want, as if they were in their own home.

They can even help out in the kitchen where the cook is happy to explain the secrets of a memorable curry. The kitchen is the heart and soul of Robin Hill and is 117 years old. Cooking is done on clay pots over cinnamon wood burning in an open hearth (there is no gas stove).

The cinnamon sticks, like the vegetables, come from the owner’s garden. Since he uses no chemical fertiliser or pesticides, only natural compost, his vegetables are genuinely organic.

Their pedigree and the expertise of the cook combine to make rice and curry prepared in the traditional, slow way, memorable for its exquisite flavour, each dish dashingly different. Vegetables and herbs, in the old days, would have come from the bungalow’s inner garden, now transformed into the central lawn of the courtyard.






This is the lung of the bungalow, drawing air in from the sky and – thanks to the bungalow’s layout designed before air-conditioning was invented - air flows naturally from one end to the other.

The entrance pavilion consists of several rooms including a formal dining room) with stairs going up to the rambling attic from the central hall.

It is lavishly decorated with fresh flowers and filled with period furniture and fun pieces like ginger jars. The main bedroom is on the right with its entrance from the courtyard.

The forest of columns around the courtyard creates cloisters and adds a touch of grandeur to the property. Running the length of the house, on the left, is a huge suite, consisting of two bedrooms and an attached outdoor shower/toilet.

The other wing is a two-floored private suite and houses what the owner, with a twinkle in his eye, calls the ballroom. The stone tile floor is original. At one end is a dining table; in the middle there are comfortable sofas and deep armchairs for lounging and at the other end, a staircase.

This leads to a huge bedroom stretching the entire length of the wing, enabling guests to live as the grandees of old must have done. There is another authentic touch: there is no bathroom. This must be the only luxury suite in Sri Lanka without an attached bathroom but, apparently, guests don’t mind going downstairs and using the one there.

With only three suites providing accommodation for six adults (with extra beds for children as long as they are older than 12), Robin Hill is often booked in its entirety by families and friends. Reservations need to be made well in advance as the owner likes to know about his guests’ requirements so he can prepare and cater especially for them. Robin Hill has no pretensions about being a boutique hotel; it is a simple, gracious place for people who want to enjoy traditional, wholesome, home-cooked Sri Lankan food in unpretentious, peaceful surroundings.

Unpretentious too are the room rates, just US$50 per person per day, local cuisine breakfast and dinner included.


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