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Helga's Folly

Kandy, Kandy, Sri Lanka

A coming together of art and eccentricity in this special one-of-a-kind Kandy hotel

In the hills above Kandy, and just a short stroll from the town itself, you will find amidst the jungle a very special hotel - Helga's Folly. The 1930's mansion was designed by Helga's mother and has 25 individual rooms each offering a colourful artist's mix of the East, fairytale and fantasy. The eccentric decor covers every corner of the hotel, with large distorted candles and a gramophone player adding to the flamboyant charm.

There are double and twin rooms of 2 standards, triples and one family room, plus a suite. Each room has its own story, no two are alike. There are fans and air-conditioning, ensuite bathrooms and balconies, plus fairytale, netted 4 poster beds with golden crowns on top.

There is a restaurant, bar, a swimming pool in a secluded garden and a mini movie theatre.

Transfers can be organised from Colombo and beyond, and a stay at Agar's Tea Estate can also be arranged.

Prices start at US$190 for 2 a night.

Room Types

Double Ensuite
Family Rooms

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