respite

I stepped out of Bandaranaike International Airport with all the soot and grime of Manila, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, and of course, Sri Lanka. Four airports, three plane rides, damning heat of the summer sun, one 1-hour bus ride, and one 4-hour bus ride in 24 hours should be enough to drive me to pick an axe and decapitate Ron, or anybody who crosses my way. But since that was our first out-of-South East Asia trip together, I restrained myself lest be banned from going out of the country.

The bittersweet journey started  on a sweltering ordinary bus as air-conditioned buses are not very popular there. We landed in the middle of Kandy town and immediately basked in ogling eyes, warm smiles, and a bazillion of ravens. With a map in hand, we approached a tuk-tuk driver who referred us to a cell phone repairman who then called another tuk-tuk driver who took us to our first pit stop of the trip, Theva Residency.

We wound our way uphill past the noise and people until we arrived at the gates of what seemed to be an ultra-modern building sitting on top of a luscious mound that overlooks the town of Kandy. Now, Ron and I have been to the dingiest of hotels/hostels. And we’ve had a fair share of fine and modest temporary places when we travel. But I guess nothing prepared me for this boutique hotel. Modern at first sight but cultural to the bone, I can’t help but notice the hand that conceptualized the creation of it. I was stunned I didn’t even notice the drool hanging from my mouth.

And before the dirt on my body became a living being, we were led into our suite where respite waited for us.

I immediately baptized the rain shower and felt all the accumulated dirt wash off from my skin. Heard of the saying “diamonds are girl’s bestfriend?” In my most unappealing state, the Jacuzzi became my bestfriend. With an omniscient oversight of the country’s last capital of the ancients, I did feel like a princess. The place was a home away from home. It made me wish I was there on my honeymoon. And I’m pretty sure Ron was thinking of the same thing.

I immediately shed my inhibitions and dove into a pampering bubble bath while enjoying the peace and quiet we found at Theva. With a cold bottle of beer in one hand and my book in one, I can stay lethargic like that forever.

The detail of our breathing space exudes one of the rituals that is Dalada Thev?wa, a ceremonial offering in Sri Lanka. Ron found a way to amuse himself by clicking his camera on every nook and cranny that are made up of earth, stone, wood, metal, and glass.

An ornate metal head dress worn ONLY by Kandyan men during ves mangalaya is displayed in our room wall

He was able to capture a quiet tradition with his lens. Grand, theatrical and painfully exquisite -those perfectly describe the rhythm of the Sri Lankan wind that is carefully held in every corner of the residency. And we were lucky enough to touch it as we move along the lobby and corridor that led into our room.

Theva might not be a place that is a stone-throw away from the bustling Kandy town but is a perfect refuge for the romantic. Set 2 kilometers away from the center, we found ourselves cradled in the bosom of Hantana slopes, in the middle of a lush paradise with all the comforts of home.

The Theva Residency
11/B5/10-1, 6th Lane
Off Upper Tank Road, off Circular Road 2
Hantana, Kandy, Sri Lanka
Tel: 94(81) 7388296-99
http://www.theva.lk/

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  • http://www.pinaytraveljunkie.com pinaytraveljunkie

    Perfect room for a honeymoon! Wala sa kalingkingan neto mga rooms namin sa Sri Lanka. Hahaha! Love the bubble bath photo Monyat :)

  • http://www.europeantravelista.com Debbie Beardsley @ European Travelista

    This room looked spectacular! Loved the calming blue color. I can see why you enjoyed just relaxing in the tub after your long trip.

  • http://www.cloudpeopleadventures.com jamie – cloud people adventures

    looks like some sort of hotel! nothing worse than getting off a huge journey only to find your accommodation is awful.
    great shots. love the flower one in particular.

  • http://migrationology.com Mark Wiens

    Wow, the place and view looks incredible! I’m excited to read more adventures from Sri Lanka!

  • http://www.thetravelchica.com The Travel Chica

    That hotel looks amazing! And the jacuzzi tub with that incredible view. You are truly in paradise.

  • http://www.lakwatseradeprimera.com lakwatsera de primera

    I like your emo moment in the tub girl, pero dapat hindi si Ron ang kasama mo sa place na to hahaha

  • http://neldeleon.wordpress.com nel

    I felt your exhaustion and rejuvenation in this post. Surely, that place was like paradise. I think I can stay in that tub forever. :) Excited to read more of your adventures in Sri Lanka.

  • http://fliptravels.com/ flip’n travels

    @gay: that’s why ron and i were both longing… hay! keri lang yan teh, at least when you come back, you guys know where to go! super thanks!

  • http://fliptravels.com/ flip’n travels

    thanks very much debbie. it was total calmness!

  • http://fliptravels.com/ flip’n travels

    hi jamie! it’s not just a hotel, but a boutique hotel! thanks very much!

  • http://fliptravels.com/ flip’n travels

    thanks mark! we can’t wait to write about our trip as well!

  • http://fliptravels.com/ flip’n travels

    thanks stephanie! add the chirping birds and the whispering breeze! paradise indeed!

  • http://fliptravels.com/ flip’n travels

    @claire: ay true yan teh… hahaha! may emo moment din naman si ron nung gabi, quits lang. haha!

  • http://fliptravels.com/ flip’n travels

    @nel: my weariness totally disappeared after the dip. thanks very much! stay tuned for our sri lanka posts, and then some!

  • http://soloflighted.com Ed

    lol@claire, same sentiments!
    wow, nakailang views na kaya itong post na toh? ;p
    great place to hang out and think about other thoughts that we dear not speak — I think.

    feeling ko may ron version ang bathtub photo na yan. 😀

  • http://fliptravels.com/ flip’n travels

    @ed… ayoko i post yung version ko ng bubble bath… mahirap na ma tag na porn blog. hahahaha

  • http://flipnomad.com flip

    wala akong masabi sa ganda ng room! parang ansarap mag inuman dyan… PM ko pala kayo abt sri lanka :-)

  • http://www.pinoyboyjournals.com pinoyboyjournals

    the room looks beautiful. wondering if it’s out of backpacker budget? or affordable naman?

  • http://fliptravels.com/ flip’n travels

    @flip: i know right?! sa ganda ng sight, sarap talaga mag lasing! sure, will wait for your email! 😀

  • http://fliptravels.com/ flip’n travels

    @jerik: hmmm… it’s a bit off the budget but we have let ourselves violate rule number 2 of the flip’n creed. pagoda tragedy na kami at kailangan bumawi! haha! 😀

  • dee

    Hi

    Are you ok to divulge some info pls re the your trip?
    How much for the room and how did you book pls?
    What about the food- was it expensive?
    What room number was it?

    Galing the pics! Great site!

    Thanks

    Dee

  • http://fliptravels.com/ flip’n travels

    thanks for dropping by dee! room rates are available on their facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/#!/thevakandy?sk=info

    we booked via email, nag send lang kami ng inquiry then they responded. the food is a bit pricey but you’ll understand why when you taste it. :) the kitchen team, according to their manager, recently won 2 silver medals and 1 bronze medal in a recently concluded sri lanka culinary exhibition.

    :)

  • http://www.jovialwanderer.com Christine

    ang ganda ng suite!!! I did some conversion and looks like the price is just reasonable.

  • http://fliptravels.com/ flip’n travels

    @Christine .. oh yes! sobrang ganda. bait pa ng staff!