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Kandy Samadhi Centre
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Reviewed 2 April 2012

Having chosen to visit Sri Lanka to celebrate our 41st wedding aniversary we were looking for somwhere special to stay near Kandy. Our first choice was the Samadhi Nature Resort. We were looking for somthing different and we certainly found it! For us it was fantastic. We went on later in our holiday to stay in beautiful 5 star hotels but if we return to Sri Lanka we will go straight back to Samadhi. A warm welcome, lovely friendly people and fantastic food. Yes it is different,so read all the reviews and if your preference is a modern, air conditioned hotel don't go there, but if you prefer tranquility and a real taste of Sri Lanka,linked with the experience of stepping back in time in beautiful suroundings, then we are happy to recommend it to you. We had the most wonderful wedding aniversary that we will never forget so thank you to everyone at Samadhi.

Room Tip: Stay for at least two nights so that you can enjoy relaxing in the gardens, having a massage and swimming under the waterfall
  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank ColinandJoan
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Reviewed 26 March 2012

This amazing resort is approximately 45 minutes outside of Kandy in a charming, traditional village that is convenient to several key sites. The villas incorporate lovely details with a great aesthetic. The food is among the best I have had. It definitely stands out in Sri Lanka. One should indulge in yoga, massage and ayurvedic treatments while there, and definitely jump in the river. The staff is lovely and it is a highly unique and special experience. I highly recommend a visit! It is memorable.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled solo
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2  Thank arb11newyork
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Reviewed 13 March 2012

We chose at the Samadhi Resort because of the rave reviews it received on Tripadvisor. We spent 3 nights there - cost $450 (approximately £300) for a double room on a full board basis.

I want to write a fair and balanced review of the resort not just slip into a rant.
So let me start with the positives:
Friendly and helpful staff
Good food - Sri Lankan curries - plenty of variety
Exceptionally delicious soup each evening
Excellent coffee and tea
Quirky and interesting decor
Verdant setting by stream
Well constructed paths throughout the site
Small frog in bathroom (yes alive & well)
Incense sticks provided free of charge
It looks as if the dreadful road to the resort is due to be repaired soon

Now for the less than satisfactory aspects:
On arrival asked to sign form saying in effect that we would not hold resort responsible for accident, death, acts of god, theft etc.
Re. theft - no room safe provided
Re. lack of room safe - we kept the key with us
Re. key - staff appeared to have no duplicate so room not cleaned
Re. doors - antique & very heavy - creaked loudly & scraped on floor
Re. room - ants - lots of them - and one small scorpion
Re. room - dark & gloomy
Re. windows - no glass or insect mesh but wooden bars & shutters
Re. eaves - gaps - so lots of moths came in if you had the light on
Re. bathroom - we would have had to share it if the adjoining room had been occupied
Re. bathroom - in need of redecoration & not cleaned in 3 days
Re. towels - only changed after reminders given
Re. veranda - not swept & rubbish bin not emptied in 3 days
Re. tablecloths - crumbs flicked off, maybe turned over but never changed in 3 days
Re. dining area - rodent dropping on surface
Re. curries - sometimes cold
Re. staff - uniforms not provided so difficult to tell staff from hangers-on
Re. location - the resort is not in Kandy - it took 1 hour & 15 mins by tuk-tuk

So we come to the price - all of this for $150 per night.
I cannot understand why the resort is so highly rated.
It represents very poor value for money.
Few people were staying there - maybe future guests should negotiate for lower rates.

Room Tip: Find out if they have blocked up gaps under eaves, provided insect screens & check for scorpions.
  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank VegetarianOxford
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Reviewed 9 March 2012

The room we had was absolutely fantastic. We stayed in an apartment at the top of the complex which was fantastic. The food can only be described as amazing. The staff couldn't have been nicer to us. We were brought on a lovely walk to the waterfall which we really enjoyed.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with friends
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1  Thank MissMayo
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Reviewed 4 February 2012

This is a really unique place that will appeal to nature lovers who aren't afraid to 'rough it' a bit. The road to the centre is a very rough village road, so you will need to get a tuk tuk or 4WD to take you there. Cars and vans may struggle. It is realistically an hour away from Kandy.

We got the second river room, which is more closed in than the upstairs one, and furnished in a rustic, sparse way. The windows have no glass, so giant moths can come into your room at night. We hung up sheets to prevent this. The view from the outside balcony is lovely, with the river rushing past. There were a couple of mosquitoes, so bring some DEET repellent with you. The river room is near some staff quarters, and the staff also like to dip their feet in the river (swimming in the strong current might be too dangerous). So you will not be totally secluded.

The bathroom was outside our room, and staff will provide you a torch to get around. The bathroom was also quite open, but clean and with hot water.

The vibe of the centre is very relaxed, and there are yoga pavilions scattered throughout the hillside. Do take a walk up to the top of the hill for beautiful views of the surrounding countryside. For nature lovers, there are plenty of birds and bats to look out for. However, it is more of a relaxing resort than an outdoorsy place, and there aren’t many places to hike. We did a short hike to the waterfall (1 hour return minus swim time) and had a nice refreshing swim. This was the extent of the hiking.

If you choose to stay here, select full board (b’fast, lunch and dinner included, but fruit juices and alcohol are charged extra). It is too much of a pain to leave the resort once you are there, and it certainly is not meant to be a ‘base’ for exploring Kandy. All meals are buffet style, with a good selection of Sri Lankan curries. At b’fast, you can try delicious buffalo curd with treacle, fresh fruit from the property, savoury Sri Lankan treats, as well as toast with butter and jam. The fruit juices here are super fresh, thick and delicious. At lunch and dinner the curries are mostly vegetarian (we had some delicious eggplant curry and cabbage curry), with maybe a prawn or chicken curry thrown in, or maybe some fish cutlets. There is usually at least one specialty at the buffet, such as milk rice for breakfast or some dosai for dinner. Dinner starts with a delicious soup and coconut roti, and you can have beer or wine for an extra charge. You will certainly eat well here and the open restaurant area is beautifully decorated, well-shaded and comfortable.

A laundry service is also provided. One of the staff was able to obtain observation car tickets for the next leg of our train ride, which was much appreciated (how one obtains these much desired tickets still eludes me). The charismatic owner, Waruna, has three lovely dogs who are friendly with the visitors.

Overall we had a very relaxing and enjoyable stay. I think you need a minimum of two nights here to make the journey worth it. Personally, two nights was perfect as we are outdoorsy people who like hiking. But if you want to just unwind, do yoga and meditate, then you may enjoy staying longer.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank tinuvielSydney
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