Luxury with a conscience
To say that Sri Lanka is lush would be an understatement, and the Heritance Kandalama makes the most of this hugely appealing quality. It emerges out of the foliage of a mountain overlooking Kandalama Lake. And it's green as can be, without sparing any luxuries.
There are so many reasons to get excited about this hotel. It's situated within the Cultural Triangle of Sri Lanka, close to five UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the incredible rock fortress of Sigiriya. The hotel is perched on the side of a mountain, draped in greenery, allowing the delicate ecosystem to be preserved.
This ecologically-sensitive design allows animals to roam freely under and around the hotel, and rain water to flow down the hill into the lake.
The design of the hotel (by the late celebrated Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa) also means that no lights are used (or needed) inside the hotel during the day.
Other green credentials include power cut-off switches, energy efficient lighting, photo active garden lights and solar power hot water systems.
Fresh water is conserved, by using a well source and gutters that collect rain water. For this it has become the first Green Globe 21 certified hotel in Asia.
The hotel ferociously protects the ancient lake and virgin rainforest as well, by containing litter, discouraging smoking and recycling waste water. They've even bought 180 acres around the hotel to make sure it stays pristine.
And let's not forget it's five-star luxurious, with a sapphire blue infinity pool, striking architecture, and breathtaking views. The hotel blends with its environment so much that you'll mingle with birds and monkeys as you walk down the corridor to your room. Sounds like paradise. RM
Images: Aitken Spence Hotels; Christian Richters, The Aga Khan Award for Architecture