Set amidst 6 acres of natural forest, The Hermitage is a property which is difficult to Match. Magically poised on the edge of the Victoria Reservoir, the property is populated by 41 species of Birds including the near extinct Grey Parrot, numerous monkey’s, wild boar, deer and a variety of lizards.
Located along the edge of the Victoria Reservoir with a water frontage of more than one kilo meter and spread over an area of Six acres of Virgin forest, The Hermitage is positioned 2103 feet above sea level with an average temperature of 25 C.
The site of an ancient Hermitage, the monks used to grow many medicinal Herbs and plants which are still used in the kitchen to turn out healthy dishes for the body and soul or make massage oils according to centuries old recipes. The building is not air conditioned and open to the environment around and the healthy mountain air blowing from the Hunnasgiriya Range.
Days at The Hermitage are filled with bird songs and sounds of animals, setting the background for the never ending spectacle of seabirds over the blue turquoise reservoir.
Nights are serene and quiet with the moon reflected in the water and hundreds of oil lamps complimenting the peaceful atmosphere. Enjoy the lifestyle of an Era gone by, and experience the peace and serenity only The Hermitage can offer.
Steeped in History, Culture and religion the Property has been decorated in the Typical Kandyan fashion with One Hundred Percent Antique furniture and fixtures.
Completely surrounded by Nature, Bo Trees, and Water, experience Kandyan Culture, Buddhism, Yoga, and Meditation in unfettered Peace and Silence. The settings are just right to meet someone very special- your own self.
Built by world renowned architect Channa Daswatte and Interiors ably designed by Thanuj Guanawardene, the property has been designed in a manner that every room and living space has breath-taking views of the Reservoir and the Misty mountains beyond.
Every one of the three rooms in the property has been specially designed and equipped with all modern Amenities to ensure maximum Luxury. All bedrooms are furnished with supersized king beds luxury. The property also has a spa and an Infinity pool which seemingly spills into the abundant forest.
The property is located only eleven kilometres from the historic and cultural city of Kandy, and it’s only a 15-minute drive from the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.
Named after the famous Kundalini Yoga designed to cultivate the creative spiritual potential of a human, kundalini is located on the second floor of the building offering, a clear view of the lake, and the tree tops of the forest surrounding the Building. The room has all the luxury amenities that a Property of this nature could offer including exclusive mattresses and exquisite linen.
The bed in the room is where ‘Anagarika Dharmapala’ an ancient hero of Sri Lanka slept and the room has an antique writing table. The en-suite bathroom is filled with genuine antique works of art and complete with a bath and shower with amazing views of the lake and the Hills beyond.
This room is located on the First floor of the building on the same level as the Infinity pool and one level on top of the spa. Named after the Samatha yoga designed to calm the Mind, Samatha is a small Peaceful and Cosy room set slightly away from Staircases and other common areas.
Ideal for a couple It has a twin view, on one side the Lake and the other the forest. Many sightings of Deer, Wild Boar, Monkeys and Monitor Lizard has been reported from this room. Furnished with genuine kandyan antiques, it has an en suite bathroom with standard shower and an antique four poster bed with Luxurious bed linen.
Vipassana meaning an insight into the true nature of reality, is a beautiful suite which transports guests into a world of unreality. Vipassana’s immediate neighbours are a family of wild parrots that live in a tree just outside the room.
It has a large bedroom, a Dressing room and en-suite bathroom. Vipassana also has its own ‘Antique Library’ with extremely rare ancient coins and works of art made with Ivory used by kandyan royalty more than a century ago. It offers amazing views of the lake as well as the forest.
The en-suite bathroom complete with two showers, one out door and one indoor and outsized bath, is decorated with genuine antique pieces and offers an amazing view of the Lake as well as the forest.
Cinnamon was discovered in Sri Lanka by Portuguese. They Identified it is a wild tree, researching its benifits and designing method to cultivate and harvest it. In time cinnamon cultivation and export became one of our prime assets as Sri Lanka produces 90% of world’s supply of true cinnamon.
This spice is used in savoury foods, has a fragrant aroma and is incredibly benificial for health, frequently in traditional ayurvedic remedies. Cinnamon isn’t as well known as its tea export counterpart. Many that live in and visit Sri Lanka are sure to see tea plantations and tea pluckers.
Cinnamon cultivation is very unique process, also a scarcely known operation. It is truely a one of a kind experience that is both interesting and different, but if we cannot get your attention with knowledge, then may be the cinnamon infused teas, cocktails or biscuits, 4 course lunch might be more appealling.
Take a closer look at the cinnamon Experience the chain of events from the growing of the trees, harvesting, pilin and nally processing of the cinnamon in the aroma lied factory, just as it happened for the past 400 years. Understand the history behind this precious spice and where is is headed in the realm of Sri Lanka’s export priorities.
Cinnamon Experience with Lunch
If you have worked up an appetite with the cinnamon walk or simply traveling in for a meal, then book yourself in for a carefully curated 4-course Cinnamon in-fused lunch that lets you experience the true potential of the spice applied to food.Choose between Asian & Western cinnamon inspired cuisine prepared by our experienced chefs.
Top your experience o with what is probably the best and the only authentic Cinnamon Ice Cream on the island! For groups larger than 20 pax, additional tables and amenities can be provided, subject to timely bookings and availability.
Cinnamon Sunset Tea
Everyone can identify with a fragrant garden, with thebeauty of a sunset and with the quiet of nature. Watch the sun go down in the between the hills with breathtaking scenic views. Indulge in cinnamon infused high tea or your favourite cocktails and unwind the friends or loved ones.
Catering to large groups, the Cinnamon Experience isn’t just informative, it is also a hands-on once in a life time experience. We encourage participants to get their hands alittle dirty and strip down some Cinnamon sticks for them selves as our ancestors have done over centuries. experience is followed by a buet lunch or you may choose to indulge in a 4-course meal.
WEDDINGS IN SRI LANKA
The Frangipani Tree is a stunning place to stage a beautiful and chic wedding on the beach or in our gardens overlooking the ocean with a choice of ceremonies such as Buddhist, Hindu, Christian blessing or a registry.
The living room and the surrounding terraces of Olive Ridley, overlooking the Indian Ocean, are the magnificent venues for an intimate ceremony and wedding lunch or dinner.
HONEYMOON IN SRI LANKA
The second storey suite in Olive Ridley is the most beautiful suite to start a passionate honeymoon. A large four poster bed draped with swathes of Muslin nets, wrap around daybeds overlooking the turquoise ocean, a contemporary bathroom with a hand made sunken bath and open views of the ocean make an ideal setting to cherish your sacred vows.