From colonial days to contemporary times, Sri Lanka has a proud heritage. A testament to a new era in Sri Lankan history where the colonial ambience of old can merge successfully with the modern desire to escape. The ancients called it the Island of Serendipity. Since 1972, it has been Sri Lanka, the “auspicious” (Sri) island to which King Lanka eloped with Rama’s beautiful wife in the 2000-year-old Hindu epic. Over the centuries, Muslim traders and the Portuguese, followed by the Dutch, then the British, were drawn to rule the tropical island (which is about the size of Ireland) just off the southeast coast of the Indian subcontinent. The present assault is headed up by a crack squad of interior designers, publishing tycoons, fashion gurus, European aristocrats, Hong Kong taipans, jewellery maestros, cricket stars and international socialites. Beautiful houses combined with jungle landscapes, tropical weather, sandy beaches and a multi-dimensional colonial legacy are bringing the island of tennis and tea right back into vogue. Clingendael located 30 minutes east of the ancient hill capitol Kandy is a typical example of the famous Sri Lankan architecture of stately homes which were built in Sri Lanka during the last 3 hundred years. Clingendael provides one with the experience to wonder back to the days of colonial splendour and luxury.
YOU EXPECT SOMERSET MAUGHAM TO MAKE AN ENTRANCE ANY MOMENT
( FRANCIS V -LONDON )
Excess on occasion is exhilarating.
It prevents moderation from acquiring the deadening effect of a habit
( William Somerset Maugham )
High in the rolling hills of Kandy, in the very heart of Sri Lanka, lies a hideaway of unparalleled privacy, colonial luxury and impeccable taste. Stepping through the entrance gateway, we are instantly entranced by the unparalleled view down to the house and the Knuckles Mountains beyond. A stone path leads us past the pretty spa, down through the gardens, under shady trees to stepping stones across a koi pond and the open welcome of Clingendael. With sweeping vistas of lush greenery and colourful tropical flowers at every turn, our eyes are rested and our spirits soothed after the hustle and bustle of our panoramic journey along twisting roads today. As though the hands of time have turned back, we are ushered into a bygone era, where our every wish is granted, it seems almost before the thoughts have formed in our heads.Clingendael is a luxury boutique hotel, which offers guests the best of both worlds: an intimate environment with personal service; and yet all the facilities of a much larger property. With only five luxury suites, accommodating up to twelve guests at a time, this exclusive retreat, is perfect for romantic escapes or larger social reunions
(The Yumlist -KL- Malaysia)
Lord Robert Grantham of Downton Abbey fame would have
felt very much at home here
Clingendael may be the closest thing to paradise on earth. From the moment we arrived, we felt refreshed and relaxed. The setting is spectacularly beautiful and the staff were wonderfully warm and welcoming. It felt as though we were staying not at a hotel, but rather at the stately home of a friend- a friend who happened to have impeccable taste and a great chef. Our three nights here were simply perfect- we could not have asked for a better experience. We will be sure to recommend Clingendael to everyone and very much hope to return. Thank you for making our holiday so special
(K&J - New York USA)