Poised high on the slopes of the Hantane range that towers over the Sacred City of Kandy is Theva, a magical little boutique hotel. Its Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence for 2012 is an accolade Theva proudly received for its breathtaking view, its tasteful and creative design and beautiful, luxurious rooms efficiently managed and serviced by its attentive and obliging staff. Devotees deem it paradise.
Kandy, the last Sri Lankan kingdom to fall to invading colonisers, is home to the Temple of the Tooth and is famous for its colourful and majestic Perahera. Theva reflects a modern interpretation of this colourful pageant in the subtle nuances of its Kandyan inspired interior design. You will appreciate the artful mixing of traditional artistic influences with modern design and form that combine to create a classically chic presentation.
So close to the city, yet far from its hustle and bustle, this delightful and charming hill top haven is a honeymoon paradise, designed to make the most of the glorious surroundings. Wake up in the morning to watch the sun kiss away the mists that shroud the majestic mountains. Take a break between your lazy laps in the infinity pool to savour a sky bathed in sunset grandeur. Pause at the picture windows that frame the breathtaking vistas beyond.
Theva is famous for its menus that many have likened to that of a Michelin-starred restaurant. From the exotic fruit juice that welcomes you, to each of the signature creations, your gastronomic adventures at Theva will thrill all your senses of taste, fragrance and sight.
Toiletries and towels are replenished almost before needed. The delicately scented bed linen is a delight. You will feel very much at home and very pampered by the care lavished on you by the obliging staff. Theva is also complete with all modern facilities.
The Theva Residency promises serenity, romance and rejuvenation. With awe-inspiring views, edgy design and sublime dining options, Theva is ideally located along the slopes of the Hantana range.
Theva boasts 1 Pent House, 2 suites, 3 superior rooms and 4 deluxe rooms. Each demonstrates subtle influences of the Perahera theme and are a rhapsody of crisp linen, silk fabrics , wood finishes and large windows. Vivid colours of Reds, yellows, oranges and blues blend and contrast tastefully to bring the Kandyan flavour to life.
All 10 rooms provide flat screen TV, cable, wifi, mini bar, kettle, hairdryer and 24 hour room service.
The huge Penthouse Suite could double as a long- term apartment offering a spacious living and dining area, bar, fully equipped kitchen, maid’s quarters and laundry facilities. It is ideal for a family with children and a nanny. But the highlight is the luxurious Jacuzzi so placed for you to enjoy the view of the mountains and the valley. If in the mood for a private party the penthouse residents are encouraged book the chef to cook up a storm in their kitchen.
The Suites all enjoy a valley view, and have Jacuzzis set in beds of hand carved wood, positioned to overlook the valley whilst you relax.
The ultra chic superior rooms are bathed in cool white from floor to ceiling. Edgy art pieces in vibrant reds, blues, yellows and orange bring the rooms to life with warmth and colour. Bathtubs set out on the balconies add to the spice and romance.
The deluxe rooms are cosy and inviting, tastefully and skillfully furnished to create ample space and airiness. Modern art decorates the walls bringing a touch of the Kandyan culture.
The architecturally innovative dining room is complete with large windows that capture the lovely scenery that surrounds.
All in all the mix of the traditional with the modern, the edgy decorative pieces and bold vivid art combine to create a chic but classical aura.
Masterfully managed by two creative and innovative resident chefs you are delighted each day with the selection that greets you. Each dish is created with thought and love. The East West fusion menu is changed daily but a la carte is also available.
Just reading the menu for the day will make your mouth water. Using fresh local produce and the best of international ingredients the chefs turn out an ecletic mix of western delicacies and asian favorites. As far as possible all ingredients are sourced locally in an effort to work with the local community and promote sustainable tourism.
Soup is served to you in bread-bowls made of special dough. Colourful and delicate fresh salads may accompany Norwegian smoked salmon, garnished with creamy pineapple; grilled eggplant with roasted tomato and feta; or ginger infused Kandyan beef fillet paired with garlic potato mash and a zesty black pepper sauce.
The rose-apple sorbet, cheese-pie with blueberry ice-cream and fruit coulis are just some of the dishes that have earned Theva the repute of being of Michelin star standard. The generous Chefs will also share with you a tip or two on how they create their masterpieces. Home made ice cream, jams and marmalades just complete the personal touch that typifies Theva.
The tea-time list includes espresso con-panna, white chocolate caramel latte and multi-flavoured milk-shakes. Whilst you will get a perfect brew of the best Ceylon tea, the Theva Hot chocolate is also a wicked temptation. It is a speciality dark blend topped with home made ice cream, accompanied with freshly baked cookies – date, vanilla and chocolate-chip, sprinkled with sesame-seeds. Yyyyyyyyyyummm
There is much to interest you in and around Kandy; historical sites, botanical gardens and forest reserves.
The Sacred Temple of the Tooth
The Sri Dalada Maligawa, otherwise known as “Temple of the Tooth Relic,” is located within the Kandy Royal Palace complex.
The temple houses the relic of Buddha’s sacred tooth, which was brought to Sri Lanka from Kalinga (present-day Orissa State in India) between 310 to 328 A.D.
This highly venerated Buddhist pilgrimage site is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is popular with Buddhist devotees the world over, especially on Poya Day, a Buddhist public holiday in Sri Lanka.
The Royal Botanical Gardens of Peradeniya date back to 1371, when King Wickramabahu III ascended the throne and kept court in the region. Restored as gardens in the 18th century they cover 60 hectares, beautifully landscaped and manicured. There are about 300 varieties of orchid to enjoy.
Trekking - the Hanthana Mountain range is a beautiful set of hill tops with lush panoramic views. Comprising more than seven peaks the range is a big attraction to hikers.
The Dambulla cave temple - Situated in Matale, 72 km from Kandy the temple houses many beautiful cave paintings and is the largest of its kind in Sri Lanka. A pilgrimage site for 22 centuries it is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Sigiriya Rock Fortress - An ancient rock fortress located in Matale just an hour’s drive from Kandy. Rising majestically 370 meters above sea level it gives a breathtaking view of Sigiriya City from the summit. Built by King Kashyapa as a fortress, it was later turned into a Buddhist monastery. The vast gardens and reservoirs of Sigiriya Rock Fortress amaze visitors with their design and innovation.
Udawattakele Sanctuary- a historical forest reserve located close to Sri Dalada Maligawa. Wind your way along wooded paths enjoying the cool, fresh air and the wooded wildness of this forest reserve.