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Hotels – Passport Therapy https://passporttherapy.com A Travel Blog by Tara & Michael Thu, 06 Dec 2018 01:36:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.6 https://passporttherapy.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/cropped-PT_logo_alt-blue-e1499713657443-1-150x150.png Hotels – Passport Therapy https://passporttherapy.com 32 32 128707636 Hotels We Love: The Theva Residency – Sri Lanka https://passporttherapy.com/hotels-love-theva-residency-sri-lanka/ https://passporttherapy.com/hotels-love-theva-residency-sri-lanka/#respond Tue, 02 Jan 2018 23:51:22 +0000 https://passporttherapy.com/?p=3350 When we arrived in Kandy, we were a bit overwhelmed by the hustle and bustle.  Kandy is Sri Lanka’s second largest city and is alive with shopkeepers, restaurants, and tuk-tuks winding through the streets.  We were thankful to find our hotel, The Theva Residency, located on the hillside just 2 kilometers outside of the city.  It is the perfect spot …

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When we arrived in Kandy, we were a bit overwhelmed by the hustle and bustle.  Kandy is Sri Lanka’s second largest city and is alive with shopkeepers, restaurants, and tuk-tuks winding through the streets.  We were thankful to find our hotel, The Theva Residency, located on the hillside just 2 kilometers outside of the city.  It is the perfect spot for travelers wanting to explore the city and still get some relaxation.

Rooms

The Theva Residency is made up of 15 rooms: 1 Penthouse, 3 Suites, 7 Superior Rooms, and 4 Standard Deluxe Rooms.  We stayed in one of the suites that comes complete with a jacuzzi tub overlooking the Sri Lanka hills. The tall windows slide open, giving you unobstructed views.  And let me tell you, “room with a view” is an understatement for this place.

Each room is complete with standard amenities including TV, cable, wi-fi, mini-bar, safe, hairdryer and toiletries.  Theva adds a nice touch by using local Ayurveda products from Spa Ceylon.  We may or may not have taken a couple shower gel bottles home with us.

The Theva Residency added another nice touch of different teas included in the room.  Ceylon tea is a large part of the Sri Lankan culture and we have come to love our daily intake.

Restaurant

Attached to the hotel is Theva Cuisine, the hotel’s restaurant. Many people come here to eat, even if they are not staying at the hotel because the food is delicious. 

We actually ended up eating here for most of our meals not only out of sheer convenience, but we wanted to try other items on the menu!  We recommend the vegetarian rainbow salad and the rice and curry.

Lastly, we were delighted that our included breakfast was not a buffet, but made-to-order (a nice change from many places we have stayed at).  We recommend the breakfast burrito and the Sri Lankan breakfast (but note that this needs to be ordered ahead the night before).

Facilities

The property comes equipped with a steam room, sauna, game room, and a gorgeous infinity pool.

With views just as breathtaking as the guest rooms, the pool might just be the crown jewel of this hotel.  I won’t lie to you, it ended up raining most of the time we were in Kandy so we could not take advantage of the pool as much as we would have wanted.  But that did not stop us from snapping a few epic photos whenever there was a break from the downpour.  I can only imagine that a sunny day by this pool (complete with a refreshing cocktail, of course) would result in heaven on earth.

To read more about Kandy and the rest of our Sri Lankan adventure, check out our two-week guide here.

Theva Residency invited us to stay as guests.  All content provided on this blog is for informational purposes only.  All opinions are our own.

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Hotels We Love: Santani Wellness Resort – Sri Lanka https://passporttherapy.com/hotels-we-love-santani-wellness-resort/ https://passporttherapy.com/hotels-we-love-santani-wellness-resort/#respond Fri, 15 Dec 2017 08:16:16 +0000 https://passporttherapy.com/?p=3187 An hour outside of Kandy tucked away in the lush, rolling mountains of Sri Lanka, lies the first and only purpose-built wellness resort in the country. Santani, meaning “in harmony with” in Sanskrit, is all about bringing balance to the modern world. Built according to the highest standards of sustainability and designed to leave the smallest footprint possible, Santani’s eco-conscious …

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An hour outside of Kandy tucked away in the lush, rolling mountains of Sri Lanka, lies the first and only purpose-built wellness resort in the country. Santani, meaning “in harmony with” in Sanskrit, is all about bringing balance to the modern world. Built according to the highest standards of sustainability and designed to leave the smallest footprint possible, Santani’s eco-conscious approach to hospitality left these two travelers in a state of bliss.

Rooms

Hills from Santani Bedroom

Each guest at Santani is given a private villa with a balcony overlooking the dramatic landscape of the hills and valley. Paying more than lip service to their eco-conscious mission statement, the villas utilize natural ventilation and light to great effect.

While Santani goes to great lengths to provide guests an opportunity to detox from the digital world, guests can request wi-fi in their room. We found it to be reliable and very fast, especially considering the remote location.

Food

Food is an integral part of the Santani experience. On arrival, you sit down with the chef and his team to discuss dietary preferences. After the discussion, the chef detailed the next days’ meals, which were customized to meet our needs. A classically trained chef who spent most of his career in France, the Santani meals range from local Sri Lanka delicacies to gourmet western fare, depending on the guest’s palate. 

With three meals a day, customized to your program, Santani’s culinary team delivers a top-notch experience. My personal favorite was a mouth-watering Passion Fruit ice cream served over a dark chocolate tart. As you can probably surmise, weight loss was not one of my goals.

Facilities

The quality of any health and wellness resort resides in its spa and yoga offerings. Consequently, Santani goes to great lengths to provide best in class service with both. Daily yoga, taught by a traditional practitioner of Hatha, is provided twice daily. As frequent visitors to yoga studios in San Francisco, we found Santani’s yoga classes challenging and centering. If you want to push the boundaries of your personal practice of yoga, private sessions are available. 

The spa features an extensive list of Ayurvedic treatments as well as traditional western options. Guests have access to the wet rooms with views of the natural surroundings, and a 16m infinity lap pool that overlooks the hillside.

While Santani Wellness Resort comes with a premium price tag, you are receiving a premium experience. The service from the moment you arrive at the resort is top notch, and the food is really spectacular. Despite visiting without a specific recovery goal in mind, we left feeling energized from our short stay.

Santani Wellness Resort is a fantastic option for solo travelers looking to get in touch with themselves or couples looking for a romantic experience focused on mutual internal discovery. Click here to book direct at Santani Wellness Resort for perks like free airport transfer (5+ nights) and 25% off all spa treatments.

We were invited as guests by Santani Wellness Resort. All content provided on this blog is for informational purposes only. All opinions are our own.

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Hotels We Love: Kirinda Lodge by Ceilão Villas https://passporttherapy.com/hotels-love-kirinda-lodge-ceilao-villas/ https://passporttherapy.com/hotels-love-kirinda-lodge-ceilao-villas/#respond Sun, 03 Dec 2017 13:40:07 +0000 https://passporttherapy.com/?p=2628 Bordering Yala National Park, Kirinda Lodge is part of the Ceilão Villas family-owned hotel group. The lodge was originally the dream home of their father, a passionate lover of wildlife. He would regale his children with bedtime stories of close encounters with wild animals. Staying at the property, it is easy to see how one could become spellbound by the …

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Bordering Yala National Park, Kirinda Lodge is part of the Ceilão Villas family-owned hotel group. The lodge was originally the dream home of their father, a passionate lover of wildlife. He would regale his children with bedtime stories of close encounters with wild animals. Staying at the property, it is easy to see how one could become spellbound by the surroundings.

As travelers arrive, they are transported back to a time when man lived side by side to the animal kingdom. A monitor lizard basks in the shade of a coconut tree. An ox grazes alongside the well. Travelers take tea on the veranda, soaking it all in.

Rooms

Yala National Park Song Bird

Kirinda has two main lodges on the property; a standard lodge featuring two rooms with ensuite bathrooms and a family lodge with larger rooms. Rooms come stocked with water, shower amenities, and some very helpful shave kits for those of us who come unprepared.

The inner wall of the rooms are unique, made from a frame of mesh to prevent bugs from entering. That said, you are living in the wilderness, so the beds also feature a mosquito net.

We loved the aesthetics. The decor fit perfectly with the natural surroundings and added to the immersion of living in the wild, while still feeling upscale and modern.

Service

Turtle by Kirinda LodgeTea Time on the VerandaKirinda Lodge by Ceilão Villas

Featuring a butler and the caretaker team of Premalatha and husband Sunil, Kirinda Lodge caters to your every need. As you are located quite literally in the wild, Kirinda offers full room and board, serving deliciously prepared Sri Lankan cuisine three times a day. Meals are prepared family style and the team is flexible in accommodating any dietary preferences.

Your butler is both guide and concierge. At sunset, he accompanied us to the lake to see the wildlife. Peacocks danced in the distance while a group of wild boar rolled in the mud on the opposite bank. He also arranged our safari in Yala and made recommendations for other local sites, such as the Kirinda Temple.

The Grounds

Poolside at Kirinda LodgeLookout spot in Kirinda Lodge

A beautiful pool situated against the wildlife reserve, it is a welcome respite from the heat. Beautiful birds will fly by as you relax, as well as a wide variety of multi-colored dragonfly.  Have tea on the front veranda, and watch water buffalo bathe in the lake while the sun sinks lower in the sky. Take to higher ground, and climb the watch tower at the front of the property for stunning panoramas of the surrounding lands. 

The grounds really are a highlight of any stay at Kirinda. They are alive with wildlife, and it made our entire stay an extension of our Yala safari experience. From the nesting peacock to a massive monitor lizard roaming the grounds, Kirinda Lodge is not to be missed.

Kirinda Lodge is the perfect option for couples looking for a romantic getaway, or for families looking for a secluded home away from home. Offering beautiful accommodations in a tranquil setting, the property provides a wonderful respite from the hustle and bustle of modern life.

For a full board stay, which features large and delicious meals, the standard room for two is $120 USD per night. Click through here to book your stay at Kirinda Lodge!

We were invited as guests by Ceilão Villas. All content provided on this blog is for informational purposes only. All opinions are our own.

Interested in more hotels we love? Check out Ceilão Villas Backpacker friendly lodging, Lime & Co here

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Hotels We Love: Lime & Co, Sri Lanka https://passporttherapy.com/hotels-love-lime-co-sri-lanka/ https://passporttherapy.com/hotels-love-lime-co-sri-lanka/#respond Mon, 27 Nov 2017 13:00:25 +0000 https://passporttherapy.com/?p=2597 If you are visiting Sri Lanka, there is a good chance you will want to stay in a beach town for part of your visit.  While there are a few hotel options to choose from, make sure to add Lime & Co to your list.  The ambiance at Lime & Co can best be described as “boutique on a budget.” Located near Kabalana …

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If you are visiting Sri Lanka, there is a good chance you will want to stay in a beach town for part of your visit.  While there are a few hotel options to choose from, make sure to add Lime & Co to your list.  The ambiance at Lime & Co can best be described as “boutique on a budget.” Located near Kabalana beach, it is the perfect accommodation for backpackers and budget travelers looking to relax and catch some surf.

Rooms

Lime & Co consists of two attached villas. Each villa has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms with an open lounge, dining area, and kitchenette. You can choose between a double room with en-suite bathroom ($45/night) or one of the twin rooms with a shared bathroom ($30/night).

Amenities include free parking, toiletries, mosquito net (essential in Sri Lanka!) and a fan (another essential!).

The aesthetic is both minimalist and chic. The sea breeze provides air conditioning and the sun heats the shower, so eco-conscious folks (like us!) will be happy.

Facilities

The hotel comes equipped with hammocks and a plunge pool.  We made good use of both to ensure full relaxation mode.

Next door to the hotel you will find the property’s café, Kanteen.  It offers up breakfast, lunch, and dinner at reasonable prices.  The menu changes daily but focuses on delicious, local Sri Lanka cuisine.  One night, Mike actually ended up ordering a second entrée because the first was so tasty!  Plus, there are not many restaurants within walking distance to Lime & Co, so the café is super convenient if you do not feel like cooking for yourself in the kitchenette.   

Location

Kabalana Beach

Lime & Co is located in Ahangama, a relaxed town in the south of Sri Lanka.  It is most well-known for having some of the best surf in on the island.  But even if you are not a surfer, Kabalana beach is the perfect spot to soak up some sun.  Because the area is still undergoing development, it is not yet overrun by tourists, thus we practically had the beach to ourselves!

On the other hand, if you are looking for a bit more liveliness or just want to explore the area, you can easily access other neighboring towns such as Kogalla, Unuwatuna, and Galle via a short tuk-tuk ride. 

Click here to book your stay at Lime & Co.

We were invited as guests by Lime & Co. All content provided on this blog is for informational purposes only. All opinions are our own.

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