As your tuk tuk carries you through the hill capital of the once mighty Kandyan kingdom, the hustle and bustle of the vibrant city center fades into the distance. Overlooking the Hunnasgiriya Mountain, King’s Pavilion is only 1.5 kilometers from the temples, botanical garden, lakeside walking paths, and tree-lined commercial district for which Kandy is known. And yet, this exclusive escape provides a serene world of its own.
From the moment you enter Kings Pavilion’s regal gates, until you begrudgingly leave, you are treated like royalty. The friendly and courteous staff led by General Manager Sydney Fernando show their thoughtful attention to detail at every opportunity: a traditional betel leaf welcoming ceremony, a surprise romantic turndown service, a visit from Chef Keerthi during your meal to explain each local dish, to name a few. While we’re on the topic of food, there is no better place to enjoy Sri Lankan cuisine! From fish curry to vegetable kottu, Keerthi is a master. To make it even better, dine on the property’s lawns overlooking the lush hillside and the knuckles of the Hunnasgiriya mountain range.
When you’re not exploring the city or hiking through the nearby forest reserve Udawatta Kele, savor all that a king or queen might in a bygone era. Survey Kandy’s eternally green landscape from the infinity pool, sip a cocktail from the deck, or have the most scenic soak of your life from your room’s own jacuzzi bath. Each room is a beautifully designed retreat in itself. The wood floors and ceilings connote a rustic luxury that matches the surrounding natural beauty, and a curated art and book collection provide a window into Sri Lankan history and culture. Any exploration of this island paradise would be incomplete without the hospitality and beauty of Kings Pavillion.