Nuwara Eliya, Kandy and the Hill Country, Sri Lanka
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office has updated their travel advice for Sri Lanka and are advising that travel can now resume. We've been following the situation closely and with the recent changes in security, we're pleased to say that we can support the people of Sri Lanka and once again offer trips to this beautiful country. To encourage visitors to return, the Sri Lankan government are now offering free visas on arrival to key countries (including the UK) beginning August 2019.
At a Glance
Enjoy incredible views from the hotel across the Kotmale valley
The hotel creates the perfect atmosphere for relaxation, with plenty of peace and quiet surrounded by nature
Make the most of the informal dining at Mas Villa with options to have your meal on the veranda, garden or in your room
Tantalise your taste buds with the cuisine created by the Mas Villa chefs using fruit and vegetables grown in the hotel's garden
Mas Villa is set in 11 acres of lush tropical gardens that attracts numerous species of birds.
Ask for the staff to organize a delicious picnic for you on the edge of the reservoir. There is no better setting.
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
Year round destination. Because the Hill Country it so high up it rarely gets unbearably hot. The months of December to April are probably the best time to visit, as temperatures rise to around 28C during the day but cool down at night. During the monsoon season from October to December you can expect heavy downpours. June to September are the driest months here, when there’s almost no rain at all.
Call us on to start planning your vacation to Mas Villa or take a look at our itineraries to Hill Country
Mas Villa is a 19th-century Kandyan Wallawwa (or 'manor house'), spread over two floors. Recently, it has been converted into a boutique hotel and is in a stunning setting with breathtaking views in the Kotmale Valley.
Ideally positioned close to the tea plantations of Nuwara Eliya and the city of Kandy, Mas Villa stands majestically looking out over the Kotmale Valley.
Originally a manor house, the building has a history spanning 250 years and has recently been converted into a seven-bedroom boutique hotel. There are three room categories available on the ground level and a Master Suite which occupies the entire first floor. If you are traveling as part of a larger group, it is also possible to reserve the entire villa.
Each room is individually decorated, blending modern luxury with the traditional style of the hotel. All of the rooms have views out over the surrounding countryside and the peace and quiet creates the perfect atmosphere for relaxation.
Dining at Mas Villa is informal and all of the cuisine is made with delicious organic fruit and vegetables grown in the hotel's own gardens. It is possible to enjoy your meals either on the veranda by candlelight, picnic style in the manicured gardens or in the privacy of your own room.
Breakfast consists of Sri Lankan and Continental options and local and Asian dishes are available for lunch. Dinner is a set menu which changes daily, including Asian and Continental flavors made unique by the Mas Villa chefs.
For those looking to unwind, spa treatments are available either in your room or in the spa pavilion. There is also a pool with sun loungers, allowing you to soak up the sun's rays while you gaze out over the lush panorama of trees, paddy fields and distant mountains.
There are six bedrooms on the ground floor, including a twin-room and two interconnecting rooms. The Master Suite occupies the entire first floor. All of the rooms offer fantastic views out onto the surrounding countryside and each is individually decorated in soothing colors to further accentuate the relaxed atmosphere of the hotel.
Please note that Mas Villa does not have air conditioning.
|Deluxe Room - Double||
There are three double Deluxe Rooms: Calathea, Heliconia and Saderiana, these cosy and intimate rooms are all individually decorated and located on the ground floor of the villa, off the courtyard.
|Deluxe Room - Twin||
Mas Villa has one twin Deluxe Room, Jasmine, ideal for siblings or two friends to share.
|Premium Deluxe Room||
The two Premium Deluxe rooms, Dracaena and Oleander, are more spacious than the Deluxe Rooms and have baths.
|Master Suite - Cordyline||
Occupying the entire first floor of Mas Villa with views out over the Kothmale Reservoir, the Master Suite offers plenty of space and comfort.
While children are welcome at Mas Villa, there are no specific childcare facilities available.
A number of rejuvenating spa treatments are available either in your room or in the spa pavilion.
There is no formal restaurant, with guests able to choose when and where they have their meals, be it on the veranda by candlelight or on a picnic rug in the manicured gardens. It is also possible to dine within the privacy of your own room. There is a pool and sun loungers with amazing views out over the countryside. For the evenings, or for those wanting to stay indoors during the day, there is a billiards room, including a pool table, a library and lounge with a TV.
Mas Villa is within easy reach of Nuwara Eliya and Kandy for day trips, and there is also plenty do closer to the hotel. The Kotmale reservoir lies at the bottom of the valley and this can be explored on a scenic boat trip. Fishing either from land or a boat is also possible on the reservoir, as well as taking a refreshing dip in the blue waters.
Enjoy a tour of a local tea estate and learn about the growing and making of tea or visit the Pusulpitiya temple where you can hear about the legend of Prince Dutugemunu, who spent 16 years hiding from his father in the Kotmale valley disguised as a farmhand before eventually going on to be king.
Jack Mace (Staff)
I didn't think I'd love Mas Villa as much as I did - what a fantastic little place! When you arrive you are met with several extremely happy, enthusiastic, smiling faces of the wonderful staff who work here. Our butler could not have been better. So attentive, welcoming, knowledgeable and charming. He was always on hand to make sure we were having the best time possible - he even took us on the village walk which I'd highly recommend. The hotel is square in layout with a lovely courtyard on the center with a two fish ponds in. One of the main USP's of the hotel is the view - it's incredible! The whole front of the hotel faces down into the valley, down to the reservoir and across to the stunning mountain ranges opposite. We even went for a swim and saw a black eagle hunting to this incredible backdrop! Close by there's so much you can do, walks, biking, temples, waterfalls, tea plantations and much more. I can't wait to go back!
Jessica Cator (Staff)
This is a beautiful property with a beautiful view over the Kotmale Valley. You can base yourself her and take day trips into Kandy, across to Nuwara Eliya and up into the tea plantations. Or you can relax at the hotel, lake picnics on the edge of the reservoir and enjoy the settings. My favorite room was definitely the Suite, I would highly recommend it.
Clare Monro (Staff)
Mas Villa is located above the Kothmale Reservoir, with the most amazing views up into the hills and down to the lake. Being a Geoffrey Bawa property also means that it is historically and architecturally significant. The villa is quite Mediterranean in style, rather than being Sri Lankan, and the simple (and rather chilly!) pool is great to sit beside and relax, or there are walks you can do, or perhaps visit a nearby tea factory and plantation. The villa also has plenty of novels and board games.
Anuradhapura Ancient City
Anuradhapura dates from the sixth century BC and is one of Buddhism's holiest sites, containing the 2,200 year old Sri Maha Bodhi tree, grown from a cutting of the Indian tree beneath which Buddha found Enlightenment.
Explore the Tea Plantations
During your stay in the Hill Country, explore the tea plantations where you can see the tea pluckers at work, visit a tea factory, or go for a walk through the rolling green hills.
Kandy Royal Botanical Gardens
The Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya, Kandy, is renowned for its wide variety of plant species
and beautiful flowers. Of particular note is the collection of a variety of orchids.
Polonnaruwa Ancient City
The ancient city of Polonnaruwa dates from the 10th century AD. Originally planned as an expression and statement of imperial power, the city was eventually abandoned in 1288. Many of the remains are still in excellent condition.
The Sigiriya rock rises majestically from the jungle floor. It is famous for its ‘mirror wall’, so called because of its highly polished surface. Half-way up there are galleries with frescoes in brilliant tempera. Sigirya dates from the 5th century AD.
Temple of the Tooth
This evening you will visit The Temple of the Tooth. The stunning 17th-century Temple of the Tooth (Sri Dalada Maligawa) is believed to house the left upper canine tooth of the Lord Buddha himself.
Train from Kandy to Hatton
The 2 hour train journey to Hatton is a glorious way to see the rolling countryside from your observation car, as you climb into the hills and tea plantations.
Highlights of Northern Sri Lanka and The Maldives
Kotugoda, Wilpattu, Anuradhapura, Kotmale & South Malé Atoll
from $6300 pp 14 nights
- Spot leopards in Wilpattu alongside water buffalo, Sloth bear and an incredible variety of birdlife
- Explore the ancient cities where your guide can take you around the ruins of Anuradhapura on bikes and an early morning visit to the Sigiriya Rock Fortress
- Visit a tea factory and walk through tea plantations
Please note that, as Mas Villa is located in the hill country and enjoys a more refreshing climate than the rest of Sri Lanka, it does not have air conditioning.