Villa Rosa offers excellent value and a true taste of Sri Lankan living at its most serene, and has long been one of our favourite properties in Kandy. This charming little property has a subtle colonial flavour, a sense of shabby chic is viewed with much affection by Red Dot travellers seeking to reconnect with life’s simple pleasures. More upmarket than a guesthouse, less style-obsessed than the more austere sections of the boutique market, Villa Rosa tempts you to relax outdoors on its private little patios and take in the soothing sights and sounds of the Mahaweli River below. Interior décor is simple and comfortable. German owned, it is well-managed by an attentive Sri Lankan team and the result is an atmosphere that is quietly efficient, friendly and private. The views over the wide, brown Mahaweli River are stunning. The only drawback of the hotel is the absence of a swimming pool, although guests are able to use the large pool at Chaaya Citadel, a nearby four-star hotel. Villa Rosa will organise the transfer.
Note: Villa Rosa, in an attempt to escape the ‘package tour mentality’ insists upon a minimum stay of two nights.