Having won a couple of international awards for luxury hotels, you can expect nothing but the best of service from Theva Residency, and they deliver this effortlessly. They've been around for nearly a decade (seven years, to be precise!) and now have their own restaurant as well; which is one of the few places in Kandy where you can get really good food.
Fifteen altogether, you can pick from standard Deluxe Rooms, Superior Mountain Rooms, Superior Ground Rooms, Suites, and a Penthouse.
The Suites comes with your own little jacuzzi, and the Superior range comes with a private balcony. Prices range from 25k - 56k for Deluxes to the Penthouse respectively. What you're mostly paying for here, is stellar service and breathtaking views.
The penthouse has an amazing seating area, where there's basically this glass-walled extension furnished with comfy cushions. Furniture is minimal and simplistic, keeping things uncluttered and beautifully clear.
There's a running motif of Kandyan drummers woven throughout the deco, so you'll get wall hangings, bronze artwork, and even the drums artfully arranged around.
If you want to immerse yourself in water and chill, the jacuzzis are strategically placed facing the mountains outside of the glass walls — and there's always the pool if you want a larger waterbody.
Just like the all the rooms, one whole wall of the restaurant is completely made of glass as well — so you get a glimpse of that spectacular landscape thoughout your meal. There's an outdoor terrace as well, which we wouldn't recommend during daytime because, heat. However, it's pretty amazing at night when all the lights in the villages/ town down below are lit up.
Meals are pricey, but quite delicious. Their bread basket and dessert deserves a shoutout, and their waitstaff makes pretty good recommendations based on your taste. We've reviewed the food before and you can check out what we thought of it back then here, but it's definitely stepped up a notch now. An updated review for the restaurant will be coming up soon. Meanwhile, go ahead and let them suggest a drink for you, especially if you're uncertain. Also try their homemade ice cream!
There's a lovely little infinity pool, which goes up to 5 1/2 feet deep, a sauna, and a games room.
The games room is stocked with a bunch of DVDs, books, and a pool table plus a darts board. There's also a bean bag, which we love.
We're just throwing in a bunch of pictures of the view we had 24/7, because it's it's that good. Same view, at different times.
It's just two kilometres away from the Kandy city centre, meaning you're really close to the railway station, bus stands, and everything central in the area; yet you're also isolated from the hustle and bustle because you're in Hanthana.
Theva is on the pricier side of the spectrum, but you're paid back by perfect service, comfortable rooms, and great views. Definitely good for a special occassion.
Theva for great views and stellar service when you're on a little private getaway.
Theva Residency is a small boutique hotel - and open restaurant - about a fifteen minute drive from Kandy's center. The view here of the empire city and the hills that surround it is spectacular.
Turn into Keppetipola Road from the main street near Kandy's Central Market - go straight into Hantana Road and follow your Google Map closely as you go up the uphill path, Theva is in the 5th lane on your left.