If one needs to rediscover one’s self, or each other in this case, on your honeymoon, then one must visit a place far from the madding crowd for sure! Nestled away in the salubrious hills of Kandy is Theva Residency. It is an idyllic hideaway, which invites you to a holistic experience abounding with tranquility, romance and rejuvenation. Picturesquely perched on the slopes of the Hantana mountain range, Theva offers breathtakingly beautiful views of the ancient kingdom to the spectacular sunsets, the shimmering lake below and the majestic mountains. What better way to spend to spend your first few days as Mr. & Mrs.?
It is not surprising that a vacation could transpire into a luxurious and much needed indulgence as being treated like royalty is imbued in the Theva experience. One is immediately mesmerized by its aura, which resonates from within, and this is further enhanced by the interior décor and carefully placed ornamental pieces in every nook and corner. The soothing energy, which seems to flow from every corner will embrace you transporting you further away from where your journey began. But nothing captivates your heart like the view you first spot when you enter the dining area – you’ll be staring in awe for a while for sure!
This quaint boutique hotel is a family owned and every member of the family has played a part in its interior decoration. Perhaps this is what makes this contemporary stay is also a very much a homely one. Guests can opt to stay at any of the sun- filled rooms with massive windows exposing the million-dollar view, in modern comforts with décor that’s rich in Kandyan culture and the ‘Perahera’ in particular – all carefully designed and placed by the members of the owning family. Categorized as offering ultimate luxury and panoramic vistas is the Penthouse, which is spacious and airy with one long glass wall all the way to ensure the best view. The Suites which are cocooned within Theva are inclusive of private Jacuzzis; giving you the capacity to enjoy the view from the comfort of your soaking tub. The Superior Ground and Mountain Rooms are swathed in cool white, from floor to ceiling, with private balconies. The Deluxe Rooms are equally cozy and inviting stays with more or less the same amenities. But I’d say, make most of the stunning scenery while you are here and opt for the Suites.
A hotel stay is made complete with its ability to tantalize the taste buds and provide a sensorial spark and Theva Cuisine surpasses expectations with its award winning cuisine. Even the mundane dishes are transformed into a masterpiece by the resident Chef and his professional team. Adding to its holistic approach, the meatless culinary delights are expertly fused and artfully concocted in keeping with nutrition and immune boosting local gourmet which comprises of indigenous homegrown herbs, spices, vegetables and fruits as the value placed on optimum health is priceless. One may find a Pescatarian menu daunting at first, but trust me – you’ll never miss meats and in fact, you’d rethink eating meats after you’ve dined the feast in this kitchen.
Theva Residency boasts of a range of award-winning cocktails and mocktails as well, out of which ‘Athura’ the house signature made with arrack and coconut was my favourite. Got sundowners on your mind? Well, cheers to a delightful evening with your loved one and a spectacular view!
For those of you who wish to venture forth from the comfort of your room, there are an endless variety of recreational activities offered by Theva. Intertwined with the elements of romance, relaxation and renewal, the activities range from a plunge in the infinity pool, access to the sauna and steam room, lounging in the entertainment room, playing pool, enjoying board games, reading, soaking the ever changing hues and views of the sun-kissed mountains, sipping cocktails at the bar or in your room and much more. And oh, a photograph in the infinity pool here with the mountain backdrop is definitely a keepsake! For others who prefer the outdoors beyond the vicinity and parameters of the hotel, the staff are ever-equipped to indulge your whim and fancy for exploration by providing able guides and information for visits to the Temple of the Tooth Relic, visits to tea plantations, sight-seeing tours and other excursions inclusive of hikes to Knuckles, Hantane mountain ranges and other peaks and valleys off the beaten track.
Theva bridges the gap between nature’s bountiful treasures and the luxuries of the modern world with éclat, laying claim to the multiple internationally acclaimed awards received by the hotel since it first opened its doors to its beloved guests. Theva team is like family knit unit with similar mindsets to create a more holistic philosophy in offering a place for you to enjoy with their ever-friendly smiles and energetic service. They strive to make your experience here, to be a compassionate one towards animals, the environment and yourself. Your stay is definitely going to be a meaningful experience with an emotional connection you make with Mother Nature and a one where you will reset and rediscover yourself and each other.