Known as Sri Lanka's cultural capital, Kandy is a must-stop on the tourist trail at the heart of the central highlands. There is plenty of accommodation for all budgets but this five star hotel on the edge of town is the perfect place to relax after a busy day sightseeing.
View from the Earl's Regency in Kandy ©Solange Hando
The hotel is up on a hill with views stretching from the city on one side to the wooded hills and river on the other.
The Mahaweli is the longest river in Sri Lanka and almost encircles the town. This is the view you might enjoy from your balcony as you listen to myriad birds twittering in the greenery.
Maidens on the wall? Lucky indeed for these are decent reproductions of cave frescoes in Sigiriya, the dramatic rock fortress not so far away where photographs of the maidens are not allowed.
The Earl's Regency has 104 rooms spread across the main building and two wings, ranging from Deluxe to the exclusive Mountbatten Suite. All mod. cons, including free bottled water, tea and coffee facilities and signature toiletries from local herbs.
Looking down on the Swimming Pool ©Solange Hando
Pool aside, you will find a gym, tennis courts, badminton and putting green. There's also a business centre, gift and jewellery boutique and a spa for massage and facials. Wedding facilities available.
Buffet in the Main Restaurant ©Solange Hando
The Earl's Regency caters for traditional and international tastes. Far Pavilions, the main restaurant, has an extensive buffet, a show kitchen and theme nights, with seating indoors or on the terrace.
You may like to try the Royal Spice Indian Restaurant or just relax with your friends in one of the bars.
Lovely Lake in the Kandy Town Centre ©Solange Hando
From the lake and Temple of the Tooth to the Royal Botanical Gardens, there's plenty to see in town (and beyond) and the Earl's Regency can organise sightseeing tours and excursions.
Alternatively, book a taxi or if you want to go really local, try a tuk tuk for a short trip.