Hidden away from the hustle and bustle, Bougainvillea Retreat was once a family home and is now one of the finest boutique hotels in Sri Lanka. This beautiful lake-side property is surrounded by tropical gardens and benefits from uninterrupted panoramic views of the countryside, making it the perfect destination to relax and unwind in nature and tranquility.
Located within the award winning Victoria Golf & Country Resort, less than one hour’s drive from Kandy, Bougainvillea Retreat offers unrivalled views of the stunning Knuckles Mountain Range and the Victoria Reservoir below. It’s also an ideal spot from which to explore some of the island’s lesser known highlights. Originally built as a private home, the house offers a large open sitting and dining room that opens onto the main terrace overlooking the pool and spectacular views beyond.
Delicious Sri Lanka cuisine is often served poolside to make the most of the incredible vista and The Logstrup Bar, epitomises the joie de vivre that inspired the original house and is still the epicentre for an afternoon cocktail or two. If guests are keen to better understand the food they’ve enjoyed, then why not try a cooking class with the head chef!
Tucked neatly and quietly away from the house, the open-air Garden Spa offers space for a further gentle relaxation, with jacuzzi, steam room, traditional massage and a variety of beauty therapies and treatments on offer (pre-booking required). Early risers can start the morning with a blissful sunrise swim as the sun climbs up over mountains.
For those wanting a little more activity, why not head off for a day’s hiking with an expert guide to explore the tea-clad foothills and seek out stunning waterfalls, or grab one of the custom made canoes and enjoy an afternoon paddle on the lake. Unwinding with a relaxing yoga class or guided meditation with an experienced Sri Lankan yogi can also be enjoyed in the beautiful gardens.