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“Unique jungle haven for the serenity lover”

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Kandy Samadhi Centre
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Narampanawa
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 22 November 2010

So serene and away from every annoyance of the modern world... which I guess isn't for some, but absolutely worth a visit for those seeking a few blissful days of peace! The surroundings are stunningly beautiful - views over lush jungle hills, a stream running through the property (perfect for heavenly dips) I stayed here alone for two nights (and on one night was the only guest!) but never felt lonely thanks to the absolute kindness and sweetness of the staff and the meditative qualities of my surrounds. Not to mention the company of two of the loveliest dogs, Raum and Morris, who escorted me to breakfast every morning, as well as on my rambles throughout the day. Special mention should be made to Waruna and Yumi, who although not at the centre during the time I stayed, welcomed me as a visitor to their fascinating antique store. I ended up staying five hours chatting and enjoying their company! I must also gush about the food, which was so fresh and delicious... thinking of the pancakes with coconut is making me drool on the keyboard.

I wouldn't recommend the Samadhi Centre for those simply seeking a place to come back to after rushing around all day ticking things off the tourist checklist... a) it's too far away (about 40 mins from the centre of Kandy) and b) you will not want to leave! Better to take you time and enjoy the wonderful experience that is Samadhi :)

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled solo
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Reviewed 9 October 2010

LOVE this place..Winderful getaway from the 20th century. I try to get there whenever I can, and always recommend it to friends who would understand what 'Samadhi' is all about, and need isolation.
NOT for those expecting the usual cooperate hotel facilities, tv's, bar etc.
Surrounded by jungle. Yes, there are leeches, and other jungle creatures. Cockroaches and flying bugs!!
One is never given everything in life!
The organic vegetarian rice and curry here is a serious plus.
Take books..Write...Listen to the still.
.Refreshing jungle lake, with its waterfall transports one.
Meditate listening to the jungle sounds.
Not for the faint hearted..
A gem in the land of gems, if looking for somewhere different, and are prepared for 'experiences' and adventure, and can do without the material wold!

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 30 September 2010

I was a bit anxious about this leg of our Sri Lanka trip, which was otherwise planned (with the pitch-perfect Sri Lanka in Style) for gorgeous style and ease. I figured I would like it, but was concerned about standards of travelling partner, accustomed to European boutique hotels.
It was fantastic. We were the only guests (mid September), and the owner - who asked our driver to drop us off at his antique shop in Kandy, displayed the shop, and then had his driver drive us to the Samadhicentre while our driver went home for a break -- upgraded us to the magnificent Mountain room. A steep walk up lit whimsically with the Tin Woodsman's oil can, a huge porch with magnificent view. Solitude (except for the solicitous staff....), silence (except for the birds in the trees), and so much to do - watching how kitul syrup is harvested, how the clouds move across the sky, how the buildings are constructed, how vanilla and papaya and mangusteen grow. My partner also had a massage (not great) and a meditation lesson (quite good), in the very nice spot set up for this. There's a grill by the river for a special dinner-for-two.

The spot is eccentric, and a labour of love, in process, and ever-so well tended.
As earlier reviews have noted - you do need to know where you're going here, and it's not for the very faint of heart. We learned to pick off the leeches (less bad than it sounds, but not a highlight), there IS a lot of walking, and the difficult access road means that you really are just there, not heading back out to Kandy.

The food is very good and not just vegetarian - we had fish and chicken, I think there was even grilled meat.
HUgely recommended for quiet time, being alone together or alone alone, and for group retreats.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank samuraiturtle
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Reviewed 5 September 2010

The Samadhicentre is a unique resort located in a very rural, forested area outside of Kandy (more on this below). We had very mixed feelings about recommending this resort to fellow travellers, so let me highlight some of pros and cons.

Amongst the positives were a) a beautiful setting in the jungle mountainside alongside a river; b) very friendly, professional service; c) eclectic design and character and d) very good food (include fantastically fresh fruit from the area). It is an incredibly tranquil, peaceful, and isolated setting.

But before booking a room, readers should also be aware of a few potential concerns. First, the resort is almost an hour car ride from Kandy and located on a treacherous, rural road (which barely qualifies as a rood in certain parts). This is not a good resort to use as a base to explore Kandy or the Cultural Triangle. Second, the rooms are really quite basic -- ours was just a room with bed and the bathroom was in a separate room. Third, you are really in an isolated, jungle area -- so expect bugs (but thankfully no mosquitos).

We enjoyed our stay, but would probably only recommend this resort to travellers looking to escape and spend a few days in isolated traquility in the jungle mountainside. It is definitely not for travellers looking for a base to explore Kandy or those who are expecting luxury comfort.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled as a couple
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10  Thank Sovinator
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Reviewed 17 August 2010

Especially when considering the fact that it is rated n.1 in Kandy!
the location is very far from Kandy, almost inaccessible by car and with no sign at all for the "hotel".
We arrived at night. The place was almost desert, no electricity which in itself is not an issue (the only positive note: very beautiful pieces of furniture / antiques), except that the guy who welcomed us was a bit strange. Other men were there, we could see them through the stairs that were apparently leading to the kitchen under the ground. The rooms were dirty, spider webs everywhere, many hair in the bathroom which was more than basic (no hot water, simple hose for the shower). The smell was terrible, as if no-one had been there in the last 6 months. The beds were very hard, not even mentioning the pillows.
The food was cold, did not look fresh (as if it had been served for a few days before).
For breakfast, we got almost the same dishes + many flies on the "buffet".
On top of that, the price was not that cheap.
Last but not least, our driver told us that he had never slept in such an awful place before and never ate such bad food, which shows how much these people care for locals who are accompanying tourists.

  • Stayed: February 2010, travelled with family
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3  Thank mhp21
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Reviewed 17 August 2010

The Kandy Samadhicentre is a unique accommodation experience. The mud-brick accommodation, basic rooms, showers that allow you to see the trees above the bathroom walls all make for a very relaxing break. The surroundings are remarkable and my short stay here was just the right place to relax, have a massage and do some yoga.
Being able to wander the grounds, observe the wildlife and read a book in total peace was just perfect. The staff are very friendly, if not a bit eager to please at times. They really do try hard to make your stay as enjoyable as possible.
Food at Samadhi is excellent - lots of variety - servings are quite large for lunch and dinner (3-courses) which is reflected in the higher price of those meals compared to other places in Sri Lanka. The oil lantern-lit atmosphere is very pleasing in the evenings and the meals very enjoyable with the sound of the river running past below. There is no menu per se, so check with the staff about cost and what's being prepared for the day - the soups are particularly good. The food is not just vegetarian as stated on their website and they do serve some beer/wine.
Make sure you take insect repellent!! I had to leave a few days early because of sand-fly bites that drove me mad with itching, and the rooms don't have mosquito nets which would be very useful in the jungle atmosphere and style of rooms. Expect to pay 2,000 - 2,500 rupees each way for transport to Kandy town (very expensive!). Several trips could make the stay cost more than you planned. I highly recommend morning yoga classes and the massage.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled solo
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2  Thank citisurfer
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Reviewed 12 August 2010

You have to go and stay at this retreat!

We stayed for 3 nights at the start of our travels around the country and it was the best decision. The food was INCREDIBLE, all home grown produce cooked fresh. We spent our days wandering the 14 acres of land, reading down by the river and relaxing outside our room on the balcony with the MOST incredible views!!!

It is hidden away in the mountains of kandy and even though we went out of season and experienced the rain, it didnt matter because it is a truely magical and wonderful place.

The staff are incredible and we could have sat there and listened to waruna's tales and strories for hours! The cook is by far the best in Sri Lanka in our experience!

No TV, Music or noise....a total getaway! Oh and we had a 1 1/2 hour massage just as it was going dark over looking the river by candlelight....heaven!

Highly recommended!

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank squiggles14
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Address: Kukul Oya Road kandy | Kandy Central Province, Narampanawa 761, Sri Lanka
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Region: Sri Lanka > Central Province > Kandy District > Narampanawa
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Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Narampanawa
Price Range: $88 - $209 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Kandy Samadhi Centre 3*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our place is in between boutique hotel and camping. Experienced travelers will enjoy our place. Yoga Ayurveda and nature walks available. Tracking Meditation Organic food,1% of the income goes to Helping village kids get hire education university scholarship ect. Environmentally conscious ... more   less 
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