When you next decide to visit Kandy, and you must do this assuming you haven’t already, try staying in one of the historical properties such as Mountbatten Bungalow which I have had the pleasure of staying in along with my wife and two kids. The rich history of Kandy is exemplified when you stay in this Victorian Era bungalow which itself has its own story to tell having been one of Louis Mountbatten’s private residences and also a British war office during the second world war. Louis Francis Albert Victor Nicholas Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma and Admiral of the British fleet, supreme allied commander and also the last viceroy of India was informally known as Lord Mountbatten. The Bungalow has been named after this distinguished gentleman who was also related to Queen Victoria.
The bungalow itself is over a hundred years old and has recently been renovated and refurbished keeping its originality tastefully intact. The entrance garden boasts of a beautiful fountain and flowering plants and you immediately receive that nostalgic air on entering the bungalow where there are two large pictures of Lord Mountbatten and his wife. The staff is extremely courteous and we were assigned our own butler on arrival which was ideal since he attended to all our needs including serving of meals.
I must admit that I had some trepidation with regards to staying here with my two kids who can be rather noisy given the opportunity, but was later left feeling relived with the fact that they, too, took on a very relaxed air about them which the bungalow and its scenery had a lot to do with. We all eventually came away feeling rather rejuvenated and de-stressed.
Situated approximately 15 minutes away from Kandy town and in close proximity to other leading resorts and hotels Mountbatten bungalow sits cozily amidst two tea gardens and lush foliage and trees including a 200 year old durian tree worth looking at. The property is on approximately 6 acres which makes for some interesting exploration/walks. Since the town is so close, it is recommended that you visit the Kandy City Centre which offers some good shopping options a sprawling food court and probably the best indoor play center in the whole island! You could also visit the temple of the tooth relic, trek the Knuckles range and basically walk around town and see how vibrant Kandy has become.
There are 12 rooms in total consisting of 4 bungalow rooms and 2 suites in the bungalow and another 6 garden chalets which are well designed and laid out but not as ambiant as the rooms in the main bungalow, since they are new. All rooms are spacious and well appointed. The rooms in the bungalow are equipped with four poster queen sized beds and hand embroidered linen, the wash rooms are also spacious with all mod cons. The suite that we stayed in featured its own little court yard as well, with some flowering plants and allowance to have your meals in private.
Food and Drink
The menu presents a wide variety of food, ranging from your typical rice and curry (a must try and ask for some of the freshly picked vegetables and fruit from their garden) to the more continental or British dishes such as steak and potato or poached egg. They are also very flexible and will take special requests for the kids especially. Breakfast is usually served outdoors by the side of the pool at the tip of the main garden area (totally safe as the tea garden spreads out from this end) and provides the most beautiful view of the surrounding mountains… make it a point to be there for sunrise and sunset. The main dining room has also been elegantly restored with brass diffused ceiling lighting and a lot of large old maps of Sri Lanka adorn the walls. The original cement flooring still exists as does the ceiling with its glass work and ventilation spaces. Large windows allow the cool Kandyan air in and provide scenic views while you take your meals.
Things To Do
Mountbatten has an infinity pool with a brilliant view of the surrounding mountains and is also surrounded by trees and plants which provides welcome shade. Order a fruit juices, lay back and take in the beautiful scenery and fresh air. Speak to the manager who will be more than happy to take you on a tea plucking excursion on one of the property’s tea gardens where you will actually have a chance to experience tea plucking and also learn a lot about this wonderful herb. You may also want the kids to experience a wood fire cooking demonstration by the head chef in the bungalow’s kitchen. The tea spa located in close proximity to the pool has an exclusive range of treatments based on the therapeutic properties of tea and even uses massage oils made from tea extracts.
What LT Loves
The peace and quiet and overall look and feel about the place is truly memorable and even the kids loved it. Complimentary service and staff wherein the personal butler takes the service a step further. Scenic views and the Victorian elements coupled with the bungalow’s history truly lives up to its distinguished name “MOUNTBATTEN”.
Mountbatten Bungalow Reservation Office Colombo: Le Cube, No.136,High Level Road, Colombo 06, Sri Lanka
T: +94 11 7 386 386, F:+94 11 7 386 391