Coffee Bungalow 

A step back in time

Stay in an 1860s coffee planter’s manor perched on the forested hills above Kandy.

This historic property has been reimagined as a boutique hotel with just seven welcoming suites. The exceedingly personal service, a tip-top restaurant, and a turquoise infinity pool overlooking Kandy are considered the bungalow’s strengths by previous guests. While the decor harks from a bygone era of style (think swags and tails and ornate chandeliers), they suit this elegant bungalow down to the ground. Overall, there’s a grownup feeling here, making it particularly appealing to couples and honeymooners eyeing a characterful place to return to after exploring the attractions of Kandy. There's a really friendly atmosphere and you can look forward to learning more about the retreat's history from the owner.

Why we love Coffee Bungalow

  • The 14-metre infinity pool has a wonderful view over Kandy. And with so few guests, it’s never crowded

  • There are just seven suites, most with a view of the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and they are perfect if you love that hushed away-from-it-all feeling

  • It’s a peaceful forested setting, but not remote. Kandy’s key attractions are within easy reach

  • The small restaurant, Gilbert's, serves exquisite Sri Lankan dishes you’ll remember long after you return home

3 stars
Feb - Aug
Colombo 10½ hours
Close to the heart of Kandy, short walk from the lake shore
Approx. 4 hours’ transfer from Colombo airport.
Boutique

Facilities

  • Restaurants & bars
  • Board
  • Spas & wellness
  • Activities

A single fine-dining restaurant, Gilbert’s, is all you need for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and the creativity of the chef means dining here is something you’ll find yourself looking forward to. Alongside Sri Lankan and British dishes, expect the opportunity to try some authentic Kandyan food and fusion dishes. A unique collection of coffee based cocktails are offered on the wine list, and an extensive variety of coffees can be served with your meals at an extra cost.

Gilbert’s at Coffee Bungalow This fine dining restaurant has an intimate feel and serves Sri Lankan and British dishes on tables laid with linen.

What's included

Breakfast at Gilbert’s at Coffee Bungalow

Upgrade options

Half Board • Breakfast and dinner at Gilbert’s at Coffee Bungalow Full Board • Breakfast, lunch and dinner at Gilbert’s at Coffee Bungalow

The boutique proportions of this accommodation mean it doesn’t offer a wide range of fitness facilities. However, a beautiful 14-metre infinity pool overlooks Kandy. Yoga can be arranged at extra cost.

Hikes can be arranged at extra cost.

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