Need to know
Eight, including four Deluxe and four more spacious Ultra rooms.
11am; check-in, 2pm, but both flexible subject to availability.
Double rooms from $225.00, excluding tax at 31 per cent.
When the proprietor is in residence, there's usually a happy hour at sundown, with free canapés and cocktails poolside. If you fancy some entertainment, groups of six or more guests can request Kandyan dancers, who will shake their stuff in silver breastplates to tom-tom drums and eat fire while you sample the delicious menu on the veranda. During Kandy's Perahera Festival, in July or August, there is a free high tea provided before guests depart for the ceremony.
The Kandy House closes during Sinhala New Year, usually 12–15 April.
At the hotel
Free WiFi in the Butterfly Bar and on the restaurant veranda. In rooms: waffle linen bathrobes, natural bath products made from local herbs. A laundry service with one-day turnaround is also available.
Our favourite rooms
For romantics, Deluxe room the Pioneer (though small and sans bath tub) is nearest the infinity pool and has its own veranda and garden with a hammock. We also love Ultra room Indian Admiral, which sports an original mahogany veranda with French café table. You may need high-jump skills to access the ancestral four-poster, but you can recover afterwards in the claw-foot bath-with-a-view. Ultra room Red Spot Duke will bring the scarlet harlot out in anyone, with a shiny metal bathroom and cane chaise longue on the wraparound veranda.
The expansive infinity pool is fringed by palms and jungle foliage, with cushioned teak sunloungers and towels festooned with fresh frangipanis on the surrounding lawn. Early risers can breakfast poolside gazing at buffalos in the fields.
Take a map if you like to know where you're heading: locals don’t believe in them. And swap the Choos for sandals you won’t mind leaving outside temples. A hip flask will come in handy so you don’t get caught ‘dry’ on <i>poya</i> days (full-moon holy festivals), and mosi-repellant is de rigueur.
Every honeymoon couple staying three nights or more receives a bottle of bubbly, an aromatherapy bath, a tray of tempura, a pair of cocktails, his and hers designer sarongs and a candlelit dinner for two (valid April–June; September–November only).
Children over-12 are welcome and can stay with parents or in separate rooms (although there's no single room occupancy rate). Extra beds for older kids (US$65 a night) can be added to Ultra rooms Indian Admiral or Black Rajah for under-16s.
The Kandy House welcomes children over age 12 only.
Bookworms or birdwatchers over 12.
The Deluxe twin-bed Monkey Puzzle room will suit over-12s travelling with parents staying in the connectable Black Rajah Ultra room. The former has its own arched stairway leading directly to the garden for early swimmers.
Kids can learn to play local favorite carom (finger billiards) from the friendly staff, or join in with cricket games on the lawn. Push bikes are also available for roaming the area.
No lifeguards patrol the inviting hotel pool and there isn't a separate children's area.
Children are welcome at the hotel restaurant anytime, although there's no kids' menu as such, but kitchen staff can cater to special diets given a day's notice, and will pack a picnic basket. The restaurant will also happily dish up pasta, sandwiches or other lunch fare for picky eaters at dinner.
Extra beds can be added to Black Rajah or Indian Admiral Ultra rooms for under-16s for US$65 a child a night. Children aged 12 or over can stay with their parents or in separate rooms, although no single occupancy rates apply.
The Kandy House uses locally sourced, seasonal food where possible and makes bicycles available for guest use. Smoking is allowed in outdoor areas only.