Designed for a luxurious and tranquil getaway, Sky Pavilion is a plush 4-bedroom villa nestled high up in the mountains of Digana, Kandy. Spanning three levels, the villa has been designed to make the most of the divine views of the Mahaweli River below and the majestic mountains all around. Featuring all the modern comforts you would ever need in a private villa, Sky Pavilion exudes a peaceful and chic atmosphere where you can kick back and relax in style while enjoying a sense of timeless charm with clouds for company.
Accommodation is incredibly spacious and designed to relax and comfort. All four rooms are interestingly named after star constellations. Andromeda, situated on the first level is designed to allow enough space for a family of four. Cygnus is a luxurious room on the same floor which oozes romance and intimacy and features an outdoor tub. Aquila and Ankaa are airy double rooms located on the topmost level. I particularly loved the private deck Aquila opened out to, where you could just lounge around all day with a good book. Each one is beautifully decorated with shabby chic furniture in soothing shades of white and blue in keeping with the ‘sky’ theme. Replete with standard mod cons including air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, tea /coffee making facilities, as well as piped music. The well–equipped ensuites are inclusive of hot water, monsoon showers and hair dryers, making for a comfortable living experience. Common to all rooms are the splendid views spanning 180 degrees and the privacy each one affords its guests.
Food and Drink
Sky Pavilion happens to serve up an excellent traditional Sri Lankan breakfast with all the trappings, along with the standard offering of tea, coffee, fresh juice and toast. Meals are usually served in the rustic dining room but there is no better location for dining than the open air deck adjoining the lounge – so ask to dine there if you prefer. The management have an extensive Sri Lankan and western menu in place, your preferences are best discussed ahead of meal time. I highly recommend giving their version of the famous Sri Lankan pork curry a try, the preparation featured a perfect blend of spices that complemented without detracting from the taste of the meat. Also excellent is the chef’s delicious French onion soup, accompanied by crispy slices of freshly made garlic bread. A variety of seasonal fresh fruits sourced from nearby farms is also available on request. Al fresco dining is best but if you’re feeling lazy and want to dine in the privacy of your own room, in- room service can be arranged too. Location Just 2km uphill from the Kandy town. Places of historical and ecological interest, as well as standard commercialised tourist sites such as the Temple of the Tooth Relic and Peradeniya Botanical Garden are within easy reach. Several world heritage sites too are accessible from Digana, Kandy. Sky Pavilion is in relatively close proximity to the famous Victoria Golf & Country Club, one of Asia’s most scenic golf courses, this Donald Steel design course attracts an international and local crowd, both to play and enjoy the restaurant. Meanwhile, tea plantations all around offer panoramic views and great strolls, for those who prefer the fresh air of outdoors.
Things to Do
The swimming pool tucked away under shady trees, is a great spot to soak up some vitamin D and enjoy a glass of fresh fruit juice. Make it a point to head up to the top deck and watch the sunset or sunrise and enjoy the spectacular show put on by Mother Nature. A pretty powerful telescope is also available on request if you feel like star gazing. A novel cooking experience conducted in the kitchens of Sky Pavilion is offered, where you can try your hand at whipping up an authentic Sri Lankan meal under the careful guidance of the talented head cook, Justin. I also had the opportunity of tagging along with him to the market to select fresh ingredients to cook with. Hikes and nature walks with a guide can be arranged to the Knuckles Mountain Range and nearby tea estates. Excursions to the historical sites of Sigiriya and Badulla can be organised as well. Alternatively you could wander independently around Kandy town and take in the local sights.
What LT Loves One of the things that will surely win you over is the eclectic and sophisticated lighting system in all the rooms and lounge area, designed to mimic a starry night sky – somewhat magical in dim lighting. Additionally, the many hidden nooks and decks are carefully positioned in such a way that even though they had a full house when I visited, and all the guests out of their rooms, it didn’t seem that way at all. The al-fresco dining on a clear full moon night, which I was lucky enough to experience, was the perfect way to end a long day of exploring. The service was impressive and on point .The staff, friendly and not intrusive in traditional villa fashion, but always around when you need them.
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