Why we like it
- Old-school charm
- River-facing pool
- Champagne breakfasts on a boat
- Canoeing, cycling and trekking
About Mahaweli Reach Hotel
Set on the banks of the palm-fringed Mahaweli River, Mahaweli Reach is a tranquil spot from which to explore Kandy’s hill country. Once a tea planter’s guesthouse, much of its old world charm remains from the terracotta roof tiles to the lily-pad speckled waterways.
Stay in colonial-style rooms with red and amber hues, wood furniture and private balconies that open up to river views.
Hire a bicycle to explore Kandy’s back roads or paddle out onto the river in a canoe. The Ayurvedic Spa will help you rejuvenate after hiking in the hills.
Lie by the pool in the afternoon sun. At night it’s beautifully lit, a romantic spot for a pre-dinner tipple. The main restaurant offers lavish spreads of international staples as well as Sri Lankan delicacies. The hotel can organise champagne breakfasts on its private boat, as you glide on the river after the morning mist.
Don’t forget to try Mahaweli’s masterpiece cakes from red velvet sculptures to chocolate macaroon gateaux.