Elephant Stables

Location: Sri Lanka's Hill Country | Sri Lanka

Price guide: £££££ Less than £100 per person per night

The Elephant Stables is a beautiful luxury hotel in the hills above Kandy, Sri Lanka, a colonial mansion with incredible views of the surrounding hills and Knuckles Mountains. The historic attractions of central Kandy lie just 10 minutes away, and delicious Sri Lankan and international cuisine is waiting for you after a day’s sightseeing. The hotel even has a fleet of classic cars which will take you around the local sights and scenery.


Perfect forExperiencing Kandy in colonial style.
In the know
  • Short walk from the centre of Kandy
  • Incredible views of the mist-shrouded Knuckles Mountains
  • Delicious Sri Lankan and international cuisine on offer
  • See the sights in one of the hotel’s vintage British cars

Recommended for...

  • Setting & Views
  • Boutique Hotel
  • Chic Design
  • Family-friendly

Hotel Overview

Sense of place

Perched on a hill overlooking the photogenic city of Kandy, the Elephant Stables affords some pretty spectacular views. The Knuckles Mountains, often swathed in mist, can be seen from the rooms, some of which have either private balconies or large verandas.

Rooms at Elephant Stables

Rooms have an Old World, colonial feel, with hand-carved wooden decorations and opulent four-poster beds. The Pepper Room features a large outdoor veranda with sweeping views of the hills, and the Citronella Suite has a lovely vantage point over the hotel garden and the mist-shrouded Knuckles Mountains in the distance. The standalone Cottage Suite offers extra privacy and exclusivity, a beautiful cottage overlooking the lawn and pool decorated with ornately carved folding wooden cut-out walls.

Food and drink

Breakfast is a hearty and diverse affair, with Continental and English options on offer alongside traditional Sri Lankan dishes like hoppers: coconut pancakes fashioned into a bowl, filled with a baked egg and topped with curried veg and relishes. At lunchtime, a range of light and quick meals like sandwiches, toasties and pastas are available to help you refuel for the afternoon’s activities, and a traditional afternoon Ceylon tea is served on the lawn. Dinner is a sumptuous, multi-course affair, encompassing speciality rice and curries, Thai fusion dishes as well as a range of international options.

Facilities

The Aspara Spa is the perfect place to wind down after a day’s sightseeing in Kandy, offering a range of massage, facial and body therapies and traditional Ceylonese treatments. There’s a beautiful infinity pool in the garden with sweeping views of the surrounding hills, and a yoga teacher can be brought in by arrangement. Local handicrafts are displayed around the hotel which can be bought as a souvenir. Guests are also provided with mobile phones with Sri Lankan sim cards, so that you can contact the hotel at all times to be picked up from Kandy if you so choose.

Activities at Elephant Stables

The ancient centre of Kandy is within easy reach, either 10 minutes by tuk tuk or an hour’s walk. Highlights include the Temple of the Tooth, one of the most sacred sites in Buddhism which houses a tooth said to have been the Buddha’s left canine. Back at the hotel, there’s plenty to keep you occupied too. In keeping with the colonial feel, there’s a collection of classic British cars from the mid-20th century, with drives available around Kandy Lake or to the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.

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Hotel location

The Elephant Stables is around 3 hours’ drive from Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo. Pick-ups from the airport can be arranged by the hotel, who will even drive you to your next destination if you’re heading somewhere else in Sri Lanka after Kandy.

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