"A Sri Lankan hillside boutique getaway with a restaurant, infinity pool and magnificent sunset terrace."

Need to know

    • 15 rooms and suites
    • Kandy, Sri Lanka
    • Infinity pool, restaurant and full spa and hammam
    • Check-in is 3pm

We love

  • Watching a majestic Sri Lankan sunset nightly on the spacious terrace, glass in hand
  • The delicious array of Asian-fusion delicacies on offer in the award-winning on-site restaurant, Theva Cuisine
  • The hotel’s sleek, contemporary styling – think lily pad-studded water features and huge gleaming windows with incredible views across the mountains

Top Secret

Sunsets are beautiful here – but to get the skies all to yourself, we’d recommend getting up early for a sunrise swim in the hotel’s infinity pool.

Origins

Theva Residency is a family-run business that was started back in 2009, and is currently operating under the guidance of Managing Director Dheeshana Ameresekere.

The Review

The Theva Residency sits perched on the slopes of Sri Lanka’s Hanthana mountain range – a gleaming modern structure of glass, local wood and polished cement. Split across four elegant levels, this family-run hotel offers sweeping views across the ancient nearby city of Kandy (located just a 15-minute drive away via tuk-tuk or car, via windingly scenic mountain roads). Romantic and stylish, the Theva Residency is home to a striking infinity pool, along with a slickly-designed firewall bar that feels tailor-made for unwinding with a cocktail.

 

Hand-woven interior murals pay homage to Kandy’s Perahara festival, which is held yearly in the town in July and August and draws visitors from all over the world. The festival includes a procession to the Buddhist Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known as Sri Dalada Maligawa that can be visited year-round from the hotel. The knowledgeable and friendly staff can help to book all kinds of trips and tours – from hiking in the Knuckles mountain range to touring local tea plantations, many of which are visible from the terrace.

 

With all that scenery stretching out before you, it’s tempting to get out and explore straight away – but the hotel also has plenty of on-site diversions to keep guests entertained. A glass-walled games room provides a scenic spot for billiards or cards, while the fully-equipped hammam and spa is ideal for unwinding with a rejuvenating treatment or two. The Theva Cuisine restaurant is designed with an East-meets-West fusion menu that combines the best bits of local and international cuisine – complete with 24-hour room service, perfect for romantic getaways.

Location

The Theva Residency

  • Address: 11/B5/10-1, 6th Lane, Off Upper Tank Road, Off Circular Road 2, Hantana, Kandy, 01000 Kandy, Sri Lanka.
  • Travel info: The Theva Residency is located around 2.5 hour’s drive from Bandaranaike International Airport.

Key Features

  • Rooftop

  • Pool

  • Library

  • Restaurant

  • Spa