Kandy, Sri Lanka
Built in an ancient colonial bungalow, The Elephant Stables is a breathtaking property overlooking the lush greenery of Sri Lanka. The former home of Sir Cudah Ratwatte, the patriarch of the island’s leading aristocratic family, once housed the namesake majestic animals in the gardens of the plantation. Today it welcomes guests with its grand façade, inviting interiors, and spectacular forest setting.
Located on a private road, The Elephant Stables is a haven of serenity atop a hill with magnificent views of the mountains. The peaceful hotel features 7 rooms and suites that combine the rich textures and traditions of colonial living with colourful designer elements, creating some of the most spectacular interior designs in Sri Lanka. Hardwood floors, comfortable sitting areas, and romantic four-poster beds provide relaxing environments to call home. And for a true fairytale adventure, there is an 85 square metre tented suite, the largest permanent tented structure in the country.
Guests enjoy the best of all worlds, with peace and tranquility at The Stables, and the historic city centre of Kandy a mere 10-minutes drive. Sip an iced tea on a sun lounger, looking out over the jungle to the mountains in the distance. Melt in the hands of an experienced therapist with a relaxing massage. Visit some of the classics in the library. Soak up local culture in Kandy watching the women pass by in colourful saris, shopping for souvenirs at the bustling markets, or spending an afternoon at the museum, learning all there is to know about Sri Lanka’s rich history.
Lightfoot Travel provides tailor-made itineraries that include daily tours and excursions, restaurant recommendations and bookings, and can incorporate the Southern Beaches into a greater Sri Lankan holiday. Take a look at Tea Plantations and Coastal Hideaways as an example of a bespoke itinerary that we can create for you.
Elephant Stables Information
- Location & Getting There
The Elephant Stables is located in a spectacular forested halo on a private road, just 10 minutes from Kandy. Colombo International Airport is 3.5 hours by car.
The hotel features 7 rooms and suites that combine the rich textures and traditions of colonial living with colourful designer elements, creating some of the most spectacular interior designs in Sri Lanka. Pepper, Lemongrass, Saffron, Citronella – these aren’t spices, scents, or flavours at The Elephant Stables, they are stunning guest spaces, offering all the comforts and elegant luxuries of home.
All 7 spaces feature hardwood floors, ensuite bathrooms, comfortable sitting areas, and romantic four-poster beds. Wraparound verandahs in some suites are the perfect place to stare in awe at the Knuckles Mountains in the distance. For the ultimate jungle adventure book the Luxury Royal Tented Suite, an 85 square metre luxury tent with two bedrooms, separate living and dining areas, and a beautiful bathroom with polished cement walls. Every stay is a unique experience.
While the Living Room at The Elephant Stables features a collection of 100 all-time classic movies for your viewing pleasure, it’s the activities outdoors that will truly capture your imagination. Sip an iced tea on the sundeck by one of the prettiest pools in Sri Lanka; the infinity edge appears to drop straight into the jungle and the mountain range in the distance will keep you rapt for hours. Enjoy a traditional afternoon tea on the lawn. Or ask the staff to arrange for an elephant to come trumpeting past, delighting you with their majestic presence.
Head off site, 10-minutes by car, into the heart of Kandy, a city of colourful houses, bustling markets, museums, and shops. Venture into the Ceylon Tea Museum in Kandy, and take some time to explore the town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore Buddhist temples, botanical gardens, and a plethora of nature and wildlife nearby. The Elephant Stables is the perfect base to explore.
The Elephant Stables welcomes families and children to the resort.