A bit of the way but well worth it. Amazing hotel, masterpiece by Geoffrey Bawa. Not to be missed... See full review
Sep 30, 2011
Fabulous, love the monkeys!
We stayed in a deluxe room. Gorgeous, love the fact that the bathroom and bedroom have open glass... See full review
Apr 16, 2011
Heritance Kandalama hotel is a Geoffrey Bawa architectural masterpiece, built overlooking the eighth wonder of the world - the rock fortress of Sigiriya. The hotel is situated within the Cultural Triangle of Sri Lanka, within close proximity of five UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Located 160km from Sri Lankas economic capital of Colombo, and just a few minutes away from the ancient town of Dambulla, the Heritance Kandalama is an oasis of luxury and relaxation.
Two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the 2,000-year-old cave temple at Dambulla and the Sigiriya rock fortress are just minutes away from the Hotel. Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa, ancient cities that date back to before the beginning of the Common Era, as well as the Minneriya wildlife sanctuary are situated within driving distance. The Heritance Kandalama is an ideal base to explore Sri Lanka's ancient heritage and its rich natural environment.
Hotel is also providing amenities like barbecue area, billiards, lobby, reception and table tennis.
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Standard Room offers 1 double bed and 1 twin (single) bed with air conditioning, bathrobe, bathroom amenities, cable / satellite TV, ceiling fan, color TV, ensuite / private bathroom, hairdryer, internet access, kettle, laundry service, mini bar, non-smoking rooms, radio, room service, safe in room, tea and coffee making facilities, telephone and valet service.
No smoking rooms/facilities
No smoking rooms/facilities
Fitness center or spa
24 hour room service
Doctor on call
This is the main restaurant, air condition on the 6th floor of Sigiriya wing. Kanchana has a view of Sigiriya rock; Kandalama tank, on to one side and the kandula cave to the other side. Parquet floors, wooden chairs and iron trees enrich the dcor of the outlet. Kanchana restaurant serves a variety of dishes with seven different theme nights for the week. Kanchana allows 180 covers and a BBQ terrace that can hold 150 people.
Kanchana lounge is also on the 6th floor adjoining kanchana restaurant where most guest go for coffee and entertainment after a heavy dinner. For the seven different theme nights hotel offers, kanchana lounge with seven different items of entertainment for the week ranging from live western band, Oriental band, Flute music, Cultural shows and much more, kanchana lounge is also the popular wedding locations.
Kaludiya room is situated on the 7th floor of the Sigiriya wing. It is the Fine Dinning fusion restaurant, which provides the perfect atmosphere for private dinning with candlelight. Kaludiya serves a variety of courses ranging from a seven course menus. You could also try out the best of wines the champagnes from the wine cellar. Kaludiya is only open for dinner and has the capacity to hold 36 covers.
Caf Kachchan is situated on the 5th floor of the hotel, which operates as the welcome lounge to all guests. This is also the coffee shop, which serves a variety of snacks & drinks including the signature cocktail & the jumbo sandwich, which is the signature dish. Caf kanchana overlooks the Infinity pool (Kanchana) with a breathtaking view of the surroundings knuckles range, Sigiriya rock & the kandalama tank.
Situated on the 5th floor adjoining Caf kanchana. This also operates as the main resident bar at kandalama. Guests can also watch their favorite films, sports or programmes on the big screen TV or on the giant screen projection while enjoying a drink at kanchana bar.
Terms and conditions
Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.
The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use. All information has been provided by this hotel and not by Orbitz
We stayed in a deluxe room. Gorgeous, love the fact that the bathroom and bedroom have open glass looking into nature. You can shower looking at monkeys playing outside your window (don't worry, plenty of trees to preserve your modesty).
Overall very comfortable, plush, clean. Excellent and responsive hotel staff. Highly recommended.
Only down side is that we had been told about the wonderful Kandalama buffets with a huge selection of great food. Unfortunately either we were mislead, or we were unlucky. We only had a fairly mediocre international buffet, with a very limited selection of Sri Lankan food, and a few grilled meats cooked on the verandah. I think this is probably because we were there on a weekend AND it was low season. Warning to those who think with their stomach (like we do) - if you are coming to Kandalama for the food (like we did .... well, okay we came for the other stuff too!), then do check and double check to avoid getting terribly disappointed like we did.
Regardless, great place!!