The Hermitage Sri Lanka

Location: Sri Lanka's Hill Country | Sri Lanka

Price guide: £££££ More than £500 per person per night

The Hermitage is a beautiful retreat in an equally beautiful setting, on the edge of the Victoria Reservoir and nestled in six acres of forest, which are home to a wide variety of wildlife from monkeys to birds. With its beautiful views and quality relaxation, this regal Sri Lankan haven is simply idyllic.
Perfect forThose looking for a luxurious, wildlife-filled escape, as well as a peaceful spot to unwind with some yoga or meditation. You can have the whole villa to yourself if you like – ideal for families and groups.
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  • Have the whole villa to yourself – the ultimate private retreat
  • Every room in the hotel has views over the reservoir and the mountains
  • Beautiful infinity pool, surrounded by the forest
  • A secluded retreat, yet close to Kandy and many attractions in and around the city
  • Wildlife – including monkeys, deer and over 40 species of birds, some rare. Go wildlife spotting on the private 1km walkway.
As well as being a haven for guests, this is also a haven for wildlife, such as monkeys, deer and over 40 species of birds, including the rare grey parrot. Go wildlife spotting on the private 1km walkway.

Recommended for...

  • Private Villa
  • Seriously special
  • Family-friendly
  • Hideaway

Hotel Overview

Sense of place

The Hermitage is 11km from Kandy, and is near many attractions, including the Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue and the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.

Rooms at The Hermitage

As well as its traditional style, world-renowned architecture and stunning interiors, including local artworks, every room has views over the reservoir and the mountains. There are just three bedrooms here, guaranteeing exclusivity and privacy, with plush, supersized four-poster beds to ensure a blissful night’s sleep, traditional antique furnishings such as ornate carved wardrobes and panoramic views over the lake – including from the spacious bathrooms.

Food and drink

In this lovely forest setting, dine on gourmet traditional Sri Lankan cuisine, exquisitely prepared using local produce and spices, accompanied by a refreshing drink.

Activities at The Hermitage

It’s easy to explore the attractions in and around Kandy from here, and back at the villa, chill out on the terrace, in the treetops, and make the most of the heavenly spa and the beautiful infinity pool, set against the backdrop of the forest. At night, choose a book from the library and relax in a comfy armchair in the lounge, or outside, by the atmospheric light of oil lamps as the moon sets over the water.

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Hotel location

Colombo International Airport is approximately 100km from Kandy, and the journey will take 2.5 to 3 hours. You can also take a scenic train from Colombo to Kandy through the Central Highlands, which also takes 2.5 to 3 hours.

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