Take the windy roads to the mountains
Escape the big smoke
A breath of fresh air awaits you
When you saunter into King Leisure Residence in Dangolla, Kandy
Where you become King of the Hill
For however long you please
First things first,
There is no doubt that if you want a hondai lasantha [Sinahala – very beautiful] view
Then you sure have come to the right place
A backdrop stunning enough to inspire the most basic of humans (ie. the sarong man) to attempt to learn a new language
And by 6pm with Ceylon’s finest tea in your left hand
Watch the tropical sun set over the lush mountainous jungles surrounding Kandy town
But spectacular views aside,
When you continue your casual saunter into the Dangolla mansion turned boutique dwelling
You feel as if you’ve planted yourself right in the middle of a Wes Anderson motion picture
‘The Grand Kandy Hotel’
…catching the first thought running through my elementary mind
Mismatched artwork abound
From stunning Kandyian pieces of art, to figurines from Japan and a large canvas of a voluptuous exotic women enticingly inviting you in
Welcome to King Leisure Residence in Kandy
Where you are the king
The mansion is your palace
And your leisure is indubitable
Unknowingly constructed in an authentic Sri Lankan homely vibe
It is left to the actors to take the stage and bask in the limelight
And it is here where King Leisure shines above the best
With Chanaka the hotel manager and Supoon the bell boy
The most unlikely of pairings turning this hotel into a home of leisure
Both hard acts to follow
Chanaka wide eyed and expressive, a very talented man to say the least
Full of amazing tales from around the world
Can paint a picture just with words alone
And his creativity is transferrable to the dinner table
Keeping you sated and nourished on your arduous journey of discovery
And Supoon the mild mannered boy from Kurunegala
Tall, calm and measured
Seemingly wiser beyond his years
Yet his tranquillity easily floundered when watching Sri Lanka play cricket
Boy-like jubilation taking over every inch of his body
As he proudly stammers:
“Sri Lanka is BEST!”
Yes son, you are quite right. I’m starting to think that it may just be so.
If you want an impersonal stay in this hilltop town
By all means book yourself into a 5 star hotel in the centre of town or high up in the mountains
However, if you want all the comforts whilst being entertained by the idiosyncrasies of a Sri Lankan home
I think you may have just found yourself at King Leisure Residence.
No.27, Park Avenue,, Kandy, Sri Lanka
+94 77 746 9101
Conveniently located in a quiet suburb of Kandy close to the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens and roughly 15-20mins to the centre of Kandy depending on traffic and roughly 250-400LKR on tuk tuk. Tuk tuks easily organised with Chanaka who will get you the best price.
Modern room (tick), plenty of space (tick), wanton creature comforts (tick), mountain views (tick)
Modern toilet, (a necessity in my books) was thoroughly enjoyed. Shower had luke warm water but would benefit with a bit of increased water pressure. Overall satisfactory.
Comfortable lounge with satellite TV. Also access to Wifi was also thoroughly enjoyed. The ambience created by the Sri Lankan homely aura exuding from all crevices.
Chanaka is a chef by profession. Trained internationally including Japan (can apparently speak better Japanese then his mother tongue Sinhala). The food is first class and Chanaka can make all types of Sri Lankan and Western as well as plenty more based on your desires.
Aeration rating: 9/10. A wonderful breeze was enjoyed throughout my stay.