Luxury hotel holiday Amaya Hills Kandy

Amaya Hills is highly recommended for those seeking a good value hotel with a wide range of activities. Located just outside of Kandy the hotel grants easy access to the city, neighbouring tea plantations and the elephant orphanage in Pinnewala, just an hour away. Return to the hotel and relax by the pool whilst taking in the outstanding views over the valleys and hills beyond. An excellent choice for a stay to explore Kandy and the region as part of one of our touring itineraries of Sri Lanka.
Included in your Expressions holiday
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room on bed and breakfast
  • Scheduled flights with Sri Lankan Airlines
  • Transport by private car with driver-guide
  • Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints
  • Optional room, board and flight upgrades. Details on request

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Amaya Hills, Kandy

Amaya Hills is a 4-star hotel in a stunning location among the Kandy Hills. It provides excellent value for the more budget-conscious traveller, with luxury facilities including an open-air pool with spectacular views and an Ayurvedic spa.

Facts in brief

Official star rating 4

Location In the countryside, approximately four miles from Kandy

Annual opening All year

Closest airport Colombo

Distance from airport About 3 to 4 hours by car

Hotel facilities and services

Restaurant, Terrace with bar and restaurant service, Le Garage Night Club, Bar, Swimming pool, Visiting Palm reader and Fortune teller, Ayurvedic Spa with 7 treatment rooms, Special long-stay Ayurveda treatment packages available, Lounge area with TV, Library with books, games and DVDs, Garden, Laundry service, Gift shop, Weddings arranged, Guided nature walks available, Evening entertainment (cultural and musical), Concierge and 24-hour reception.

Land sports

Gym facilities.

Out and about nearby

Hantana tea museum, Tea plantations, Kandy with its Temple of the Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha, Kandy Lake, Arts and crafts shops, The market, Evening cultural shows, St Paul’s church, Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage (1 hour drive), Train journey through hill villages and tea estates, Scenic drives across mountain ranges, Guided nature walks and walking trails (fee applies) in the Hantana area and Forest Solitude Park. Kandy Esala Perahera in July/August.

Sports nearby

18-hole golf course at Victoria Golf Club (32 kms, 1 hour drive), White Water rafting (2 hours drive away). 

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Superior room for 7 nights

From about

£1,450

Holiday Code EXH725

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Amaya Hills, Kandy

The impressive four star Amaya Hills hotel is perched on the edge of Mount Hantana in the hills that surround Kandy, Sri Lanka's cultural capital. One of the highlights of a stay here is taking breakfast on the terrace of Rasawala restaurant, enjoying the magnificent views over the pool to the valley and hills beyond. The designs at Amaya Hills embody the spirit and architectural riches of the ancient kingdom of Kandy, combining bold lines and rich colours with whitewashed walls and intricate wooden carvings. Belonging to the Amaya Resorts and Spas hotel group, Amaya Hills offers a range of resort facilities that both adults and children can enjoy, including table tennis, board games and DVDs. The hotel has an organised children's programme whilst adults can indulge in relaxing ayurvedic spa treatments and put in a few early morning laps in the swimming pool. You can enjoy a cup of Ceylon tea in the Tea Room, sip cocktails in the Dumbara Bar or live it up in the underground nightclub, Le Garage. Arranged in three buildings and on three levels, the Amaya Hills bedrooms offer magnificent vistas towards mountains and valleys, the junior suites and suites providing a more spacious and luxurious option.

Room descriptions

Amaya Hills has 100 rooms and 4 suites.

Superior Room Air-conditioning and ceiling fan, Telephone, Satellite TV,Mini-bar, En-suite bathroom with bath and shower
Deluxe Room Air-conditioning and ceiling fan, Telephone, Satellite TV,Mini-bar, En-suite bathroom with bath and shower
Junior Suite Spacious bedroom, lounge area and a private sunset balcony. Air-conditioning and ceiling fan, Telephone, Satellite TV,Mini-bar, En-suite bathroom with bath and shower
Suite Seperate wing of hotel, Individual, spacious rooms, Antique furniture, Air-conditioning and ceiling fan, Telephone, Satellite TV,Mini-bar, En-suite bathroom with bath and shower

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Superior room for 7 nights

From about

£1,450

Holiday Code EXH725

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Amaya Hills, Kandy

The journey and how you get there

For a holiday to Amaya Hills in Sri Lanka, our clients fly to Colombo, usually with Sri Lankan Airways on a direct flight from London Heathrow (or with Emirates from other UK airports via Dubai). This hotel is 3 hours’ drive from Colombo airport. However, it is usually stayed at as part of a tailor-made touring holiday accompanied by a driver-guide and you would often approach the hotel from a previous stay in the Cultural Triangle to the north, or from Yala or Galle to the south.

Additional information

Children: Children of all ages are welcome. Organised children's programmes. Family rooms and interconnecting rooms are available.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Superior room for 7 nights

From about

£1,450

Holiday Code EXH725

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Amaya Hills, Kandy

About Tea and hill country

An Expressions tailor-made holiday to Sri Lanka’s Tea Country incorporates the best of this diverse and exotic region. Popularly known as the High Tea Country, the temperate highlands of southern central Sri Lanka are wonderfully scenic with stunning mountain and valley vistas almost everywhere you go, and of course, often carpeted in tea bushes. Thanks to the multitude of micro-climates, the landscape is constantly changing, and it is an incredibly beautiful mountain area, worth visiting for the scenery as well as the tea culture. It is also Sri Lanka’s heartland for market gardens and dairy products; endless rows of vegetables and strawberries hug the slopes, vying for space with the tea bushes. Kandy, the royal capital of the hill country is a UNESCO world heritage site, built beside a placid lake surrounded by hills. This is certainly a thriving cultural capital with its universities and centres for Buddhist learning and the arts. Kandy is home to one of Buddhism’s most sacred sites, the ‘Dalada Maligawa’ Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha, as well as a number of other historical and cultural places of interest.

Highlights of Tea Country

Kandy market; Kandy area – handicrafts villages and workshops – brass, musical instruments, basket weaving, batik, painting; Kandy evening cultural show; Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage; Peradeniya Botanical Gardens; Mahaweli River and Victoria Dam; Tea estates; Drive to Nuwara Eliya and around the tea plantations, visiting a tea factory; Hantana mountain and Hantana tea plantations - walks and museum; Buddhist sites near Kandy – Gadaladeniya, Hindagala Vihara, Embekke Divale, Lankatilake; Mahiyangana – Rajamaha dagoba; Aluvihara Buddhist temple; Aluvihara Heritage Centre (Ena de Silva batik art and workshop and Sri Lankan rice & curry lunch); Knuckles Mountain Range - scenic drives and walking; Rubber plantations; Spice farms; Rail journey to Tea Country; Relaxing in the lush tropical hills; Treat your body, mind and soul to a programme of Ayurvedic massage and herbal treatments; Golf at the Victoria Golf course; Riding at Victoria Saddle Club; Walking and trekking; Cycling; White water rafting at Kitulgala.

Cultural highlights of Tea Country

Places of interest in Kandy include the Temple of the Tooth, the sacred Buddhist site which holds the tooth of Lord Buddha which is said to have been brought from India in the third century. The Temple lies within the Royal Palace complex along with the National Museum, the Audience Hall and a museum dedicated to the famous elephant, Raja. British legacies remain in central Kandy, in the form of grand old buildings and hotels, St Paul’s Church and Royal Palace Park. It is possible to walk most of the way around the lake besides which Kandy is built, where you can see the Royal Bathing Pavilion and the royal summerhouse which is on an island in the centre of the lake.). There is a lively market and a plethora of shops, gem showrooms and arts & crafts workshops. There are also several nightly cultural shows that showcase traditional Kandyan drumming, music and dance and the city boasts a fine international cricket stadium. Other highlights of the region include Pinnawela elephant orphanage where abandoned or injured elephants are cared for; Nuwara Eliya, a hill town with many British influences; the mountainous scenery and tea plantations around Ambewela and Bandarawela; the Highland Railway between Kandy and Badulla; and Tea Experience and Tea museums, an essential part of any visit to this part of Sri Lanka.

Festivals in Tea Country

Kandy - Esala Perahera Festival - July or August (depending on the date of the Esala full moon). This spectacular cultural pageant is held over 10 days with the processions and celebrations getting more elaborate and longer each day. Although in ancient times this was a procession to honour Hindu gods, during the reign of King Rajasinghe it was decreed that the procession should be in honour the sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha. Each night, dancers, drummers, flute players, whip-crackers and elephants form a procession around the streets and Kandy lake. The ornately decorated elephants increase daily in number to 100 on the last night, the finest of them being the Maligawa Tusker which carries the Sacred Tooth Relic, led by the Chiefs of the Temple in traditional silver and gold ceremonial dress. The Nuwara Eliya season runs from April to June. Horse racing in High Tea Country (trotting) in January, February, April, August and December. Bandarawela Perahera on full moon day in June.

Climate in Tea Country

Climate in Kandy: The daytime temperatures in Kandy and the surrounding hills range from around 22° C to 31° C, with cooler evenings averaging 17° C. It is fairly humid and misty in the evenings with short outbursts of rain. Heavier rainfalls occur during the south-west monsoon from May to August. Climate in the High Tea Country: At an elevation of above 4,000 feet the climate is cooler and less humid with cool mornings, warm days and cool evenings. Daytime temperatures are in the low to mid 20s Celsius and at nights can drop to around 10° C. The driest part of the year is between December and April, and September is normally quite dry. The rainy season is May, June and July, and October and November due to the north-east, south-west and intermediate monsoons, and July is generally the coldest month. February and March are usually dry and around 20° C. Micro-climates exist from valley to valley. The weather at Warwick Gardens, for example, is around 16° C at night and can reach 26° C during the day, whilst the temperature at Bandarawela goes from 12° C to 20° C.

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