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Bougainvillea Retreat

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  • About this holiday

    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.

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    Holiday prices

    Sample price is per person based on two people sharing a Type A double or twin room.
    From £1,590 for 7 nights.
    The price displayed here is a guide only for this hotel and each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect the actual flight costs and all up-to-date special offers.

    Special Offers

    • Sri Lanka 2019 autumn early booking offer
      Book a holiday of at least 7 nights to Sri Lanka by 31 August 2019 for stays between now and 30 November 2019 and receive a reduction of £100 per person.
    • Sri Lanka 2020 early booking offer
      Book a holiday of at least 7 nights to Sri Lanka by 30 September 2019 for stays between 1 December 2019 and 31 March 2020 and receive a reduction of £150 per person.

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    Our opinion

    A beautiful villa in an even more beautiful location.

    Hotel description

    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.


    On the banks of the Victoria Reservoir, less than an hour from Kandy.

    Official star rating

    no rating

    Annual opening

    Distance from airport

    80 miles

    Closest airport

    Bandaranaike International Airport

    Room types

    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.

    Hotel facilities and services

    Dining room, swimming pool, spa, mini-cinema, lounge, games room, and library.

    Water sports

    Land sports


    Out and aboutnearby/local interest

    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.


    Two Garden Rooms share a garden, so together make an excellent choice for large families travelling together.

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