Helga's Folly is not about being a hotel and restaurant, though it is that. It is also not about being a tribute to a remarkable woman and her life, though it is that too. Instead, I would say Helga's Folly is about being a lovely window into the most imaginative version of an era possible. You get to see a wonderful combination of whimsical imagination (in the paintings on walls and the decorations) and a historical era (with the Cole Porter music playing and the newspaper articles about Sri Lankan independence and Helga's extraordinary family, it feels very much like you are in an old but progressive English country home). This is a place not just to stay and eat at, but a place to soak in.
The staff is very kind and attentive, the rooms are beautiful, the food is great, and the new Jane Lillian Vance Grotto is a tribute to artistic accomplishment. Getting to meet and talk with Helga is also a huge plus. But most of all, perhaps, come here and sit down and wonder at the world Helga has created. Be inspired by the artistic and imaginative accomplishment of it all.
Well worth an extended visit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- HF is just a Sri Lankan’s home with some history and color, backed by jungle, and if expecting a regular hotel experience, best go elsewhere.... quite a different concept to a normal hotel. Please be assured that you should be interested in our hospitality, we will be delighted to assist you..Thank You ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Helga`s Folly Hotel Kandy
- Helgas Folly Kandy
- Helgas Folly Hotel Kandy