After two weeks of fabulous temples, wildlife viewing and more in Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle, Tom and I headed for Kandy, Sri Lanka’s second largest city. Spice village en route? Check. Temple of the Tooth? Check. Tea Museum? Check. Kandy had much more to offer, but we were about out of energy for sightseeing. So, it was time to take a break. What better place to do this, than the hills above the busting city?
Our hotel, Amaya Hills, was built on the grounds of a former tea plantation. Cool, fresh air and a spectacular view from our suite were just two of the pleasures of our stay at the hilltop lodging. A pool-with-a-view, spa treatments and accommodating kitchen staff all conspired to help us put together personalized spa days of downtime, gym time, with delicious and healthy food to round out the day. We’re mostly on-the-go travelers, but for a few days, could not resist making an exception. Come to think of it, every day seemed to be a spa day at Amaya Hills!
There were many reasons our stay at Amaya Hills was one of the most memorable of our two months in Sri Lanka. Here are six of them.
1. Blissful surroundings
2. Gym & walking paths
We strolled the landscaped grounds of Amaya Hills with the hotel’s naturalist, who regularly leads bird-watching and nature walks hereabouts. A track outside the hotel property took us to a nearby village along a path with great views. Back at the hotel, it was gym time.
3. Spa & pool for zoning out and tuning in
An Ayurvedic treatment using herbal ingredients matched to my body and lifestyle was a treat one afternoon. Therapist Amara blended leaves and spices for steaming, and made a mask of sandelwood, turmeric, kokum and honey. After a healing massage, I was a new woman! With more time, I could easily be persuaded to try one of the immersive packages (Ayurvedic Spa offers wellness programs ranging from three to 21 days).
4. Healthy Sri Lankan food
5. Friendly, obliging staff
From breakfast through until evening, the folks at Amaya were keen to provide top-notch services. With the help of the good folks at Amaya Hills Hotel, we enjoyed pampering, pool time and sampling Sri Lankan culinary delights. Here are just a few of our wonderful hosts who made our stay comfortable and memorable.
6. A view to return to!
If you go
Amaya Hills is an excellent choice for anyone seeking the fresh air and breezes of a hilltop retreat, or an escape from city bustle. For a splurge, take a taxi or tuk-tuk down to Kandy for a day of temples and exploration. The hotel also organizes outings such as jungle treks, river fishing, night safaris and bird-watching.
Every room and suite at Amaya Hills has its own balcony with mountain or valley views. Be sure to ask for one of the newly refurbished rooms or suites, or if you are feeling really flush, one of the very private–great-for-families, and self-catering–bungalows part-way down the hill.
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In Kandy, we were guests of Amaya Resorts at Amaya Hills. Thank you for a wonderful stay!
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