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Published September 15th 2014
Star comforts in the hills of Sri Lanka
Earl's Regency Hotel is by far the best hotel I have stayed in Kandy, the hill capital of Sri Lanka. Perched on top of a hill the five star hotel is hard to miss. The architectural design is clearly aimed at imitating the ancient Kandyan architectural style. This style dates back to when the country was ruled by Sinhalese kings. Those large carved wooden pillars holding the roves in place and the stone pots and statues brings beauty to and gives the guest of some appreciation of what it was like to enter an ancient Kandyan palace inhabited by royalty.
The ambiance is different to the one I experienced during my stay on the costal belt. Here one feels a more formal vibe. It is more evident at dinner time where you walk into the dinning hall and find everyone clad in fine clothes and staff dressed in their finest Kandyan style garments.
Spacious and clean rooms.Photo credits Dasmin Niriella
The rooms are quite spacious with many opening to the magnificent views of the surrounding mountains. Since we were a family of five we were given two adjoining rooms which were linked with a door in the middle. The hotel is not a sky scraper but is spread over quite a large land area. Our room was in the far end of the one of the wings, which was quite a walk from the reception and main entry to the hotel. My brood and I personally did not mind the walk as it gave the little ones a chance to admire the beautiful gardens surrounding the hotel and skip down the corridors leading to our room. A word of advice for those who don't fancy a stroll down the corridors morning , noon and night; better voice your preference when you check in. A special mention should be made about the cleaning staff here. They come and go in a stealth like mode but does a magnificent job of getting the rooms tidied up day in and day out.
Sri Lanka's finest tea. Photo credits Dasmin Niriella
The food served at the restaurant is like in most hotels in Sri Lanka, delicious and in plenty in quantity and variety. The hotel has buffet service for all three meals. The spread is ample which leaves you in a state of indecisiveness as to where to begin. I for one tried all the popular local dishes, from milk rice, pittu and roti for breakfast to rice and a variety of curries for dinner. There are plenty of sweet eats and desserts to try from. My favorite would have to be Watalappan, a local dessert, which is made with locally made palm sugar. The live music provided in the form of soothing flute music makes dining a more enriched experience.
The hotel gardens adjoining the main eating area are best for a stroll at night. The ambiance in and around the area at night sure was able to bring the romantic out in me. It was pure bliss when we sat out in the garden sipping our drinks listening to the light music playing in the dinning hall and soaking in the beauty of the surrounding hill country.
If you are one who explores new places and wishes for a quite getaway once the explorations are done, Earl's Regency, Kandy is the best place to stay as it is situated away from the hustle bustle of the city yet is close enough to reach the main attractions in the city when required. After a tired day of exploring we opted to soak in the somewhat cooler waters in the hotel swimming pool while our kids played to their hearts content in the play area within the hotel premises. If in Kandy again we most certainly would visit Earl's Regency again as the facilities and the staff undoubtedly made an impression on us.