An oasis of serenity, Hotel Topaz rises resplendently through the mist wrapped emerald mountains of Kandy.
Words Darrshini Parthepan
Photographs Menaka Aravinda
Hotel Topaz is tucked away at an altitude that offers a breathtaking view of the historic city of Kandy. It is a charming retreat sheathed in pristine nature that is disturbed only by the chirping calls of birds and thus, ensures that you relax in an environment of tranquility. Swaying blooms in myriad colours whisper greetings and a cool breeze fans across the property as you walk in. Amber hues perfectly fused with light tones fill the interior of the spacious lobby and enhance the elegant look of the hotel. A cozy coffee shop lies in the corner of the lobby where guests can enjoy a cup of tea or coffee with a delectable snack in a plush setting.
With 72 rooms, positioned across several levels, Hotel Topaz strives to create a unique getaway for each guest. The first floor is the ‘Water Lilly floor’, which offers a range of comfortable twin-bed rooms. The corridors of this floor are furnished with little fish tanks on which a brightly lit tiny oil lamp is kept to add an ornamental charm and this feature extends to the tastefully decorated rooms. The cement wall finishes complement wooden touches and vibrant décor within spacious interiors. Each twin-room features modern amenities and has an en-suite bathroom with a chic marble bathtub.
At the second and third levels are the Green floors where each Deluxe room affords a panoramic view of Kandy, Hantana and the Knuckles mountain range. Guests can either opt for a City or a Mountain View room. The emphasis on light is evident in all the rooms with large glass panels that offers striking views of the hill country. Among the six luxury suites, the opulent Presidential Suite also occupies the Green floor. In designing the suites, spaciousness is given ample consideration and vibrant shades set amidst timber tones convey a pleasant and relaxing impression.
Designed with dewy-eyed honeymooners in mind, the fourth level is a tribute to the lovers who desire the allure of Kandy. Dazzling red roses are the theme of this floor and thus, aptly named the ‘Rose floor’.
The main restaurant of the hotel, ‘The Tamarind’ serves local and international dishes that tantalise the pallet of patrons. The topmost floor accommodates the ‘Sky Lounge’ where guests can feast on a hearty meal while indulging in the mesmerising views visible through the glass panels. Enjoy your favourite shisha flavours at the adjoining open terrace of the Sky Lounge as the captivating scenery and breezy atmosphere add to the exhilarating experience. The main bar of the hotel serves a range of spirited beverages and cocktails along with scrumptious snacks.
The Tourmaline Spa offers an array of treatments infused with Sri Lankan herbs and oils. Jacuzzi and steam bath facilities are available to calm and rejuvenate the senses. Be rejuvenated by fascinating vistas as you take a leisurely dip or simply lounge by the pool. Enjoy a peaceful escape that will be etched in your memories at Hotel Topaz.
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