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A holiday fit for a king and queen

The historic capital of Kandy has much to offer the traveller!

The last kingdom of Sri Lanka is a treasure trove of history, art and culture. During the months of March and April it’s the place to be. The city centre has as much shopping precincts as Colombo, the ambience along the lake and iconic Temple of the Tooth Relic is delightful and there are mesmerising landscapes of the mountainous region. 

The climate is cool, the people are amiable and Kandyan cuisine is delightful. Hotels in Kandy fuse traditional charm with modern chic, where your wish is there command. 

So if you are looking for some quality R&R, culture, nature and royal treatment, it's the place to be. 

Earl's Regency Hotel

A well recognised, five star-rated hotel built overlooking the wondrous view of the suburbs of Tennekumbura (5km away from the city of Kandy) and its mountains across the Tennekumbura bridge over the Mahaweli River.

The view and location being reason enough, Earl’s Regency Hotel is the ultimate spot to unwind and enjoy a nice long, blissful vacation.  Earl’s Regency holds a total of 104 rooms, which are found across the premises, within the main building, the South Wing and the Knuckles Wing.

The hotel offers beautifully adorned premium and deluxe rooms, family rooms and a selection of contemporary luxurious suites.  The main building of the hotel contains the reception area, bar and an executive floor with conference facilities and executive suites, while the new wing incorporated into the hotel, consists of the deluxe rooms, spa and the garden restaurant. 

The hotel also presents a multi cuisine restaurant and bar, inviting outdoor pool, a ballroom exuding formal elegance and a well equipped spa and gym, along with other recreational activities.

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Hunas Falls by Amaya Kandy

Overlooking the beautiful Hunas Falls, this hotel offers a getaway amidst natural scenery. It features an outdoor pool, 6-hole golf course, and a terrace restaurant serving buffet breakfast.Hunas Falls Hotel is 26 km away from the city of Kandy. It is a 3-hour drive from Bandaranaike International Airport.

Guests can visit the spa for a massage, or enjoy quiet reading in the library. The tour desk arranges nature walks, mountain treks, and trips to Wasgamuwa National Park. The hotel also has tennis courts and a small business centre.Rooms feature a seating area and large windows for plenty of natural light. Amenities include a flat-screen TV, a safety deposit box, and tea/coffee making facilities.

A minibar and ironing facilities are also provided.Local and Western dishes are served at The Lake View Restaurant. Guests can also order room service.

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Hotel Hilltop

As its name suggests, the Hotel Hilltop sits atop its throne—a mountaintop overlooking the Kandy Lake on the Peradeniya Road, observing rich flora and a lovely ambiance.  Have your delicious meals viewing the alluring surroundings, or enjoy your favourite drinks in their lounge bar. The ‘Hantana Lounge’ is available for bookings. 

With their outdoor pool and indoor sports facilities, you are sure to be occupied while staying at Hotel Hilltop. The hotel also offers an Ayurveda centre and an on call doctor, all with their guest’s health, wellbeing and relaxation in mind.

If you are in an outdoor-sy mood, do not hesitate to talk to the ever helpful staff, who would be delighted to arrange excursions and tours to witness many of Kandy’s historical sites and landmarks.

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Amaya Hills Kandy

Located in the Cultural Triangle, Amaya Hills Kandy offers a hillside retreat overlooking Heerassagala Forest. Featuring traditional Sri Lankan architecture, it has an outdoor pool, a spa and a restaurant.Air-conditioned rooms at Amaya Hills include private balconies with mountain or valley views. Each room is fitted with a flat-screen TV and tea/coffee making facilities. The attached bathroom has a bathtub and shower.Guests can exercise in the gym, or enjoy a game of squash or billiards.

The tour desk can arrange activities like bird watching excursions, jungle treks and night safaris. Amaya Kandy also boasts a night club called Le Garage.Buffet breakfast is served at the hotel. Local and international dishes are offered at Rasawasala Restaurant, which has both indoor and outdoor seating. Drinks are available at the Tea Room and Dumbara Bar.

Amaya Hills is 7 km from the heart of Kandy. Sri Lanka Airport is 117 km away.

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Hotel Suisse

Suisse is housed in a colonial building, across Kandy Lake. Offering rooms with views of the tropical garden or Kandy Lake, it has a spa, a restaurant and free parking. The colonial-style rooms at Hotel Suisse feature classic wood furnishings and floral fabrics.

They are fitted with satellite TV and private bathrooms with hot/cold shower. Guests can lounge by the landscaped outdoor pool or enjoy a relaxing massage at the Ayurvedic Centre. Sauna facilities are also available. There is also a tour desk to assist guests with making travel and trips arrangements. Suisse Kandy’s restaurant serves a wide variety of Western and Asian dishes.

Refreshing cocktails can be enjoyed at the beer bar. Colombo International Airport is located a 2.5-hour drive from the Suisse Hotel.

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Hotel Topaz

The Hotel Topaz / The Tourmaline are situated in Aniwatte, Kandy, with the hues of scenic mountains seen as a background.  The hotel boasts impressively structured interiors and a variation of spacious deluxe rooms, all decked with modern amenities and striking combinations of colour and contemporary design. 

The popularity of the hotel amongst visitors is not surprising, considering their array of services and facilities, such as the outdoor pools, tennis courts, 24 hour room service, car parks, bar and restaurant, airport transfer, and business, VIP, family and banquet halls/rooms. 

Hotel Topaz has to offer, a children’s playground, in-hotel stores and souvenir shops, currency exchange, spa and wellness centres, BBQ facilities and even special diet menus on request while a poolside bar, organised tours, a business centre and executive floor are found at The Tourmaline.

Indulge in these excellent treatments while spending a relaxing and calming getaway atop the breezy and delightful urban hilltop environment.

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OZO Kandy

Offering an outdoor swimming pool and rooftop lounge, BOMU, OZO Kandy is located in Kandy. Free WiFi access is available. Each room here will provide you with air conditioning and a sofa seating area.

Complete with a refrigerator, the dining area also has an electric kettle. Featuring a shower, private bathroom also comes with a hairdryer and free toiletries. At OZO Kandy you will find a fitness centre and a 24-hour front desk. Services like currency exchange are also offered.

The hotel is 550 metres from Lakeside Adventist Hospital, 1.5 km from Kandy Museum and 1.6 km from Sri Dalada Maligawa. The Bandaranaike International Airport is 102 km away. Guests can enjoy local flavours and international delights at the EAT2GO restaurant.

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Queen's Hotel

Queen's Hotel is housed in a historical building located 50 metres from Kandy Lake. It offers colonial-style accommodation with an outdoor pool, 3 dining options and free parking on site.Spacious rooms have large windows and hardwood furnishings.

Each guestroom is equipped with a minibar, tea/coffee making facilities and a television set. Hot shower facilities are provided in the en suite bathroom.Guests can relax in the sauna, or enjoy a good game of table tennis. The tour desk can assist with making travel and sightseeing arrangements.

Car rental and airport shuttle services are available upon request.Queen of Hearts Restaurant serves a wide variety of traditional local dishes, and is available for all-day dining. Other dining options include light snacks and refreshing beverages at the Pub Royal and Lounge Bar.

Hotel Queen’s is located 150 metres from the Temple of Tooth Relic and 950 metres from Udawattekele National Forest Reserve.

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Randholee Luxury Resort

Presenting beautiful views of Alagalla Mountains, Randholee Luxury Resort has an infinity pool, free Wi-Fi in public area and Ayurvedic massage. It enjoys a quiet location in Dumbara Valley, at the foot of Heeressagala Mountain. Featuring traditional Kandyan decor, rooms are fitted with both air conditioning and a ceiling fan.

Each is equipped with a satellite TV and DVD player. A minibar, tea/coffee making facilities and personal safe are also provided. Randholee Resort is about 3.5 km from Kandy Railway Station and 20 minutes' drive from Kandy City Centre. Local attractions like Sri Dalada Maligawa Temple and Kandy Museum are within 4 km from the resort. Guests can exercise at the fitness centre, go mountain hiking or rent a car to explore the area.

Darts and caroms are among the recreational facilities available. An airport shuttle service is available at a fee.

The resort's restaurant serves authentic local food and Western dishes, with theme nights and live music. Intimate private dining by the pool or in the forest can be arranged. Wine and cocktails can be enjoyed at the hotel's bar.

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The Swiss Residence

Known as ‘A truly Sri Lankan hotel with a Swiss touch’, The Swiss Residence is an extremely in-demand hotel located amidst an elevated and picturesque site. Surrounded by lush greenery of the countryside landscape, it exudes a blissful atmosphere drawing in backpackers and visitors of all ages.  The irregularly shaped outdoor swimming pool with its signature dolphin is a nod towards the fusion of modern concepts into the otherwise traditional setting.

Various rooms and suites along with a reception hall, conference room, a lobby bar, an indoor restaurant and an ayurvedic spa offer a diverse collection of facilities and services for visitors to choose from.  Though it is highly unlikely to have a dull moment in the presence of impeccable services and contemporary facilities, The Swiss Residence offers different recreational pastimes.

If you ever find yourself yawning and wondering what to do, grab a racquet and engage in a game of table tennis with a partner or play some pool, carom or darts with your friends.

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