Room with a View of Kandy

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.


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.


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).


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.