Athulya Villlas is a 19C Kandyan walauwa with just six bedrooms, set on the rural outskirts of Kandy in acres of lush gardens planted with tea, fruit, vegetables and herbs. The property consists of the refurbished walauwa, originally built in 1885, which now houses the living and dining areas and one Suite, and five separate one-bedroom garden chalets which have scenic mountain views. Owned by the Panabokke family who have a deep-rooted history in this area, Athulya Villas prides itself on its traditional Kandyan hospitality and cuisine. Guests here are made to feel very much at home and are provided with a personalised service. The main house is decorated with antiques, temple paintings and colourful furnishings. The bedrooms are comfortable and well-equipped with all modern conveniences. Families with children are welcome at Athulya Villas.
There are five garden chalets and one luxurious suite, all with private terraces which provide picturesque views of the village below and the Kandyan hills. The luxurious suite is set in the main house and has an ensuite bathroom with a bath tub and h/w shower. Room interiors are comfortably furnished with queen-sized beds and lounge chairs. Additional beds are provided upon request. In-room facilities include a/c and an overhead fan, a satellite TV, a mini-fridge and tea/coffee facilities and Wi-Fi. Ensuite bathroom with h/w showers.
The living room in the main house opens out to a verandah where hours can be spent sipping a cup of tea and taking in the scenic views. Meals are served at the main dining room or in the privacy of your own chalet: traditional Sri Lankan as well as international cuisine is served here. Guests can discuss their meal preferences with the chef and are welcome to bring their own alcoholic beverages. Other hotel facilities include a swimming pool located up on the hill, room service till 10:00 p.m., laundry service and a doctor-on-call.
Why We Like It
Cosy cottages, the fireflies at night and a pool that does not cost the earth.
Athulya Villas is perched on a hillock in the rural village of Panabokke in Kandy's south-west fringes. About two hours from Colombo.
Location: Panabokke, Kandy
Style: Heritage Hotel
No. of Rooms: 6
Key Features: 19C Kandyan architecture; swimming pool