Luxury hotel holiday Bougainvillea Retreat Kandy

A peaceful rural escape in Sri Lanka's Hill Country, the Bougainvillea Retreat stands amidst the mountains and hills of the Kandy area. With intimate, luxurious accommodation and exceptional attention to detail in the kitchen, spa facilities, and sublime outdoor space, this is the perfect choice when passing through on your touring holiday. A nearby golf course, cultural tours, and the Victoria Lake ensure that there is always a huge range of choice for inspiring activity in the day.
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 Bougainvillea Retreat, Kandy

Bougainvillea Retreat is an exclusive, small luxury boutique hotel surrounded by tropical gardens. Indulgent spa facilities, delicious cuisine and activities such as golfing and birdwatching offer guests a relaxing and restorative retreat.

Facts in brief

Official star rating Small luxury boutique

Location On the banks of the Victoria Reservoir, approximately 15-miles from Kandy

Closest airport Bandaranaike International Airport

Distance from airport 80 miles

Hotel facilities and services

Dining room, Swimming pool, Spa, Mini-cinema, Lounge, Games room, and Library.

Complimentary

Wifi.

Land sports

Yoga.

Out and about nearby

Situated so close to Kandy, it is essential to spend at least an afternoon exploring this town. Visit the old Kandy marketplace to glimpse the authentic everyday life of Sri Lankan residents. Then, visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic, reputedly containing the tooth of Lord Buddha, which historically gives sovereign power to whoever possesses it. Near the Temple is the Royal Palace of Kandy, the former residence of Kandy's last king, King Sri Vikrama Rajasinha, now the city museum. The picturesque man-made Kandy Lake still sits at the centre of the city, with its island of palm and bamboo. The Royal Botanical Gardens contain more than 4,000 species, and display a great number of plants that have been intrinsic to Sri Lanka's spice heritage. Active visitors may wish to plan a hike up the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Knuckles Mountains. This is also an excellent activity for flora and fauna enthusiasts. Perhaps also visit the rock temples at Dambulla, or the ruined medieval city of Polonnaruwa. Anuradhapura is the spiritual home of Buddhism in Sri Lanka, with its dagobas, ruins, and sacred fig tree mythically brought from India in the 3rd century.

Sports nearby

Golf, Sailing, Kayaking, Walking, and Hiking.

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

From about

£1,790

Holiday Code EXH1909

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 Bougainvillea Retreat, Kandy

The Bougainvillea Retreat near Kandy is a villa known for its friendly, welcoming, and attentive staff, its delicious fresh food, and its stunningly peaceful views across the Victoria Golf Course. A home-from-home high in the mountains, the Bougainvillea Retreat offers privacy and indulgence in the very heart of Sri Lanka, with a cosy library adorned by wall-to-ceiling bookcases, and a bold art deco living and dining space at the centre. Bold artworks bring more Sri Lankan style to the common rooms. Curved balconies look over the green hills and the lagoons of Hill Country, with hanging chairs to help you relax. The rooms themselves blend simplistic modern wood furnishings with dark rustic beams and panoramic windows. Each one is individually characterful, and has an understated charm that encourages appreciation of the room's relationship with its breath-taking surroundings. Outside, a large freeform infinity pool acts as an enticing oasis in the bright sun, with rocks and palm trees skirting the outer rim. The turquoise water seems to fall off into Victoria Lake below. The Garden Rooms are separated from the main house by the pool, and offer an additional level of privacy and independence. Also set away from the villa is the outdoor spa: a tranquil, tropical paradise where guests can enjoy massages, beauty treatments, and such luxuries as a steam bath and outdoor Jacuzzi. In the evenings, enjoy the cuisine prepared by Chef Selvaraj, which is inspired by the wholesome and sometimes spicy flavours of Sri Lanka, and incorporates the fruit, vegetables, and spices grown in the villa's estate as well as fresh, ethically produced, local ingredients. Dinner is served on the subtly lit pool terrace or in the spacious dining room. During the day, venture out across the surfaces of nearby lakes by kayak or boat, take a round of golf on the Victoria course, or try some yoga to assist in your full immersion into the Sri Lankan lifestyle. Touring ideas and wildlife-watching suggestions can be obtained from hotel staff, should you wish to explore the surrounding landscape further. A stay at the Bougainvillea Retreat offers guests a luxurious and indulgent experience of rural Sri Lanka, made special by the serenity of the surroundings and the high quality and comfort of the accommodation. We would highly recommend the Bougainvillea Retreat on any tour of Sri Lanka that passes Kandy and the Hill Country.

Room descriptions

Bougainvillea Retreat has 8 rooms with balcony or terrace, air-conditioning, Scandinavian bed linen and pillows, and modern amenities.

Main Villa Room
Garden Room separate from main villa, with private terrace and garden

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

From about

£1,790

Holiday Code EXH1909

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 Bougainvillea Retreat, Kandy

The journey and how you get there

For a holiday to Bougainvillea Retreat 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 4 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: Two Garden Rooms share a garden, so together make an excellent choice for large families travelling together.

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

From about

£1,790

Holiday Code EXH1909

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 Bougainvillea Retreat, 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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