LIVING HERITAGE KOSLANDA
Surrounded by the magical forests on its own estate Living Heritage Koslanda is a unique luxury boutique hotel set in the heart of Sri Lanka’s hill country. Found within close reach of the famed Lipton’s tea estate and a little further afield from Ella and Little Adams peak, we are an easy stop off on the scenic train route form Kandy to Ella and the gateway to Arugambay and the East Coast.
Here at Living Heritage Koslanda we have created a harmonious and peaceful retreat where you can relax, recharge and reconnect with a way of life understood by Sri Lankans throughout the ages. Where traditional architecture and design are fused with the facilities and attention to detail you would expect from a luxury hotel.
There’s no shortage of wonderful places to relax – the infinity pool sits right above paddy fields and is a great spot to sit back and take in the views. Our villas have their own private courtyard and long veranda and there are three ambalamas (pavilions), ideal for settling down with a good book and a cool drink. The Forest Pavilions are uniquely constructed from local timber on cantilevered platforms, offering spectacular views of the treetops. The “semi-open walls” concept of the rooms offer guests a chance to really connect with nature, in a very unique and romantic setting. For those who want to explore, there are 80 acres of stunning forest to walk in, and it’s a perfect base if you want to discover more of the wonders the island has to offer.
Our nine stylish rooms are perfectly suited to the wonderful climate and combine boutique-style luxury and traditional Sri Lankan design and architecture, colours and textures. We worked with local craftsmen and revived forgotten construction techniques to ensure that every building is authentically Sri Lankan down to the smallest detail.
Colours and textures recurrent through the centuries are used throughout, and the rooms are furnished with beautiful antiques from all over the country.
Each of the three luxury villa suites has a private courtyard, outdoor plunge pool and hot water garden shower, as well as spacious indoor en-suite bathroom – if you’ve never showered by moonlight before, it’s an experience that we guarantee will leave you reluctant to go back to your usual routine
EXPERIENCE & ACTIVITIES
Located in Sri Lanka’s hill country, Living Heritage Koslanda is perfect for those who enjoy hiking and walking. Explore local tea estates and tea gardens, take a stroll through 80 acres of protected forest to our own private waterfall or join a local naturalist on a guided tour of the estate to discover the unique flora and fauna of the area. Wander through sleepy, unspoilt local villages where you might be invited to join them for a cup of tea or visit nearby ancient Buddhist sites. Alternatively grab a book, find a quiet spot in one of the many ambalamas (pavilions) or chill out at our infinity pool with panoramic views of the hills and paddy fields below. There are plenty of private spaces for your morning yoga or meditation session. During your stay with us you can do as little or as much as you like. It’s your choice!
Our kitchen at Living Heritage Koslanda prepares a mix of traditional Sri Lankan dishes alongside western cuisine, to ensure that all guests are catered for. Western dishes range from pork tenderloin wrapped in honey glazed bacon, pan fried tuna with lemon pepper sauce, herb marinated grilled chicken, homemade fresh pastas and incredible BBQ evenings. On our signature Sri Lankan rice and curry evenings spice and flavour laden dishes are prepared and cooked in clay pots on a wood burning hearth, and are a firm favourite with guests.