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Reviewed 3 days ago NEWvia mobile

Clingendael in the highlands of Sri Lanka is an absolutely gorgeous place to stay. Perched atop the hills it offers stunning views across the valley. Built within a golf community it is an ideal spot for those who like to have a round. Each room is unique in design and outfitted with style and attention to every detail. Bath products...

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Bridport, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is first rate hotel in a stunning location with 180 degree views over the hills outside Kandy .Such a peaceful and relaxing spot. A very experienced management with huge attention to detail. Exceptional staff who go to enormous lengths to look after you. Nothing is too much trouble. The public rooms and bedrooms are beautifully and thoughtfully furnished. The...

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Reviewed 5 February 2017

We were blown away by the beauty and impeccable service at clingendael. As all the other visitors observed the star quality about this resort is the unmatchable service. Ajeeth, Malinda, and their fellow staff are genuinely caring people. This is due in large part to the generous hospitality displayed by Anne-Marie, who leads by example. The blue room was delightful...

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rkokshoorn, Director of Sales at Clingendael, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words and praise for our property and especially our Team members. Your enjoyment is our enjoyment, as we strive to provide the best of bespoke service one has the right to expect from us where we aim to be the best amongst the best of Sri Lankan upmarket hospitality. We are thrilled that you stayed...

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Reviewed 21 January 2017

4 Stars Positives: Unreal staff Beautiful view Great food Negatives: Very far from Kandy Not much to do Rooms need upgrades Wine was rough some nights It's pretty surreal as you pull up to the hotel! It's very remote and looks over a valley that is quite beautiful. What makes the hotel is the staff who are incredibly hardworking and...

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rkokshoorn, Director of Sales at Clingendael, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind comments and your personal critique. We are glad that despite your critique you did enjoy your stay at Clingendael. Our service is the realisation of our motto "Dignified Servitude", where our butlers and other staff members are all aware and enjoy that they are part of a professional "cast" to create for our guests the...

Cambridge, United Kingdom
Reviewed 30 August 2016

My new wife and I stayed at this luxurious hotel for 3 nights at the beginning of our honeymoon and we loved every minute of our stay. The key features that really stood out for us were the excellent, attentive staff alongside the exceptional high-quality of the meals on offer. We chose Clingendael for a relaxing start to our honeymoon...

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rkokshoorn, Director of Sales at Clingendael, responded to this review

Congratulations on the happy occasion of your recent marriage. Our Team so much enjoyed to make also your stay, for your honeymoon, a special occasion for you. We thank you for your kind and detailed praise for our property, the variety of "Clingendael Experiences" on offer, but of course also in particular your compliments for the service of our outstanding...

Hong Kong, China
Reviewed 18 August 2016

beautiful, relaxing and stylish. Our family of 4 stayed at the Brown room for 3 nights. I highly recommend Brown room as it is on the ground floor and facing south with private dining area on the veranda. The grounds are beautiful and you can enjoy outdoor activities easily. There is no mosquito. The waiters are very friendly and highly...

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rkokshoorn, Director of Sales at Clingendael, responded to this review

Ayobowan. Thank you for your kind words of appreciation that you expressed for the service of our staff and the quality of Clingendael facilities. Our team, including our resident manager, Anne Marie Laspeyres, always try their utmost to make the Clingendael Experience live up to the high expectation from clients, that we ourselves create for our clients prior to their...

Haarlem, The Netherlands
Reviewed 2 August 2016 via mobile

Fabulous place with astonishing views in this private mansion. Extra ordinary service by Ajith and Mahinda, which made us feel like coming home. We feel privileged to stay here with our family playing golf, crocket and practising yoga. Drinking the delicious cocktails after dinner at the porch was very much enjoyed. Also Ajith's talent in performing bed decorations contributes humorously...

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rkokshoorn, Director of Sales at Clingendael, responded to this review

Thank you for your praise for our Team. it is indeed the bespoke and professional service of our Clingendael butlers of which we are proud and on which we continue to focus to differentiate ourselves from other 5 star hotels in Sri Lanka. Recently one of our other guests kindly commented :"Lord Robert Grantham of Downton Abbey fame would have...

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Reviewed 15 April 2016

The Clingendael Hotel is situated in a heavenly, peaceful and beautiful part of Sri Lanka, not too far from Kandy but a world away from the busy streets ans the Temple of the Tooth. You are greeted by wonderful staff and guided to a stunning suite of rooms overlooking a valley with a golf course in it. The rooms are...

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rkokshoorn, Director of Sales at Clingendael, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words of appreciation, which continues to be of great encouragement for our Team to provide the best of bespoke service that is to be expected from a top boutique hotel which is of course required to deserve your ongoing 5 star reviews. To re-invent ourselves to provide additional unique travel experiences for our valued guests...

Zurich, Switzerland
Reviewed 14 April 2016

We spent six wonderful and unforgettable days at Clingendael, definitely one of the best places we have ever been to. We so much loved the tranquility and luxury of this spot, set in a perfect surrounding overlooking the lake of Victoria. Despite being the only guests for most of the time we were incredibly spoilt by Ajith & Mahinda and...

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rkokshoorn, Director of Sales at Clingendael, responded to this review

Thank you. Thank you. What a praise. We do especially love it when our guests stay with us for an extended period, like you did for 6 days. And then tell the world (on Tripadvisor or elsewhere) that they enjoyed their stay so much that they are of the opinion "that there is really nothing we could improve in this...

Conwy, United Kingdom
Reviewed 26 March 2016 via mobile

We met the owner while at Clingendael and learnt a little of its history. It wasn't built as a hotel but a private residence and there is a real sense that you feel guests in someone's private home. You can have your own relaxing and eating space or mix with others if you wish. The rooms are beautifully and thoughtfully...

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Thank you for your kind words and recommendations. We appreciate to have received also your vote of confidence and confirmation of our 5 star hotel quality, despite the short comings in providing you with the for you appropriate spa gown and that we did not alert you in a timely fashion to the lower height of the the antique spa...

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
"Clingendael" is located in the Kandian Hills on the premises of the Victoria Golf & Country Resort, some 20 minutes from Kandy the ancient and historic hill capital of Sri Lanka.This large stately home, built in Dutch Sri Lankan style with materials dating back to 1782, with its spacious "wrap around verandahs and colonnades", allows one to relive the colonial atmosphere of comfort and service of glorious days gone by .The Clingendael Resident Manager, the in-house chef and permanent staff of 8, will be there to cater for your exclusive needs.Situated on a hill at an elevation of some 80 meters, the visitor to Clingendael will enjoy a 230 degree, breathtaking view, over the reservoir of the Victoria Dam, as well as the 18 hole international championship golf course, with in the background the “Knuckels” mountain range.The property provides 7 different locations for intimate and private dining, whether on one of its cool verandahs, in one of its garden pergolas, overlooking the pond, the pool or the golf course or in the vacinity of one of the water features of the gardens situated on the hill at the back of "Clingendael". ... more   less 

Additional Information about Clingendael

Address: Coconut Hill, Digana 20180, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Central Province > Digana
Price Range: $731 - $1,037 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Clingendael 5*
Number of rooms: 5
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“Each room is unique”
 of 5 bubbles pasupathys, 5 Feb 2017 | Read review
“There are only 5 rooms, so i am sure they are all just as fantastic as the one we stayed in!!”
 of 5 bubbles SeanTayl0r, 17 Mar 2016 | Read review
“We had the master suite which was perfect for us and our two daughters, 12 and 6.”
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“Not a bad room in the house.”
 of 5 bubbles jdcstl, 20 Jan 2016 | Read review
“We stayed in the Brown Room which has its private wrap around verandah a place to relax in total privacy with a nice glass of wine.”
 of 5 bubbles francisv492, 7 Aug 2015 | Read review
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