The Residence Digana: Just Relax

Travelling a distance of 115 km into the interior of the island from the capital of Colombo, through the iconic city of Kandy, and from there along the Kandy-Mahiyangana Road, is Digana, home to the renowned Victoria Golf Course, a 517 acre property set in the lush hills of the Knuckles Range on the shores of the Victoria Reservoir.

Spreading over peaks and slopes with vast Victoria Reservoir breathing soothing breeze, Victoria Golf Course is as fine as any in the world. Still more it’s awarded as the finest and the most immaculately maintained golf course in the Indian subcontinent for several years and voted ‘Best in Asia 2013’ by Asian Golf Monthly. The 6,877 m (par 73) golf course has made the full use of features of the terrain, undulating hillside and majestic forests. Golfers Digest ranks it in top 100 Most Beautiful Courses in the World.

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From there, a well tread gravel road takes you to No.21, Coconut Hill – a hillock overlooking the Victoria Golf Club. Atop this beautiful hillock rests the Residence Digana, like a veritable pearl of unspoilt beauty amidst an expanse of palm trees. The view from there is nothing short of breathtaking – the Golf Course and the Victoria Reservoir against the idyllic backdrop of the Knuckles Range.

The elegant, yet sophisticated interior of Dutch inspired décor welcomes you to this retreat draped on a picturesque hillside. From the outset, the arched windows framed in wooden louvers gives a fairytale feel of a hideout castle. The entrance opens directly into an airy and well lit living room, the equally or larger dining room opens into a courtyard, aka a ‘medamidula’, featuring a vertical garden amidst a luxuriant screen of vegetation. A Pettagama (Dutch Box) with a delicate ebony boarder is placed on the side, shelving a standing horse on its hooves, a symbol of physical and spiritual vitality and freedom, setting the tone for the serenity to come.

In-between the dining and living stands in all its glory the Dutch Bar, a testimony to the Dutch heritage in Sri Lanka – closer inspection reveals that it is assembled out of small doors, finding a new use of old doors other than keeping storms and intruders out! Versatile in its use, this is also used as a breakfast bar.

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If the Dutch Box at the entrance failed to leave its mark on you, be sure not to miss the one at the entrance to the dining hall. Perhaps six times as large as the former, this unique collector’s item boasts a linage of not less than two centuries. Above the Pettagama sitting firm on the wall in a perpendicular posture is a unique a rare finding of a Crest of Imperial Crown of Austria the Coat of Arms of  Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor. The dining table which sits eight people comfortably, displays intricate carvings, majestic enough to host candle lit dinners, still simple enough for an early supper – yet another alternate use of a decorated door..! A dog-legged staircase leads upto the first floor to a TV lounge, which also serves as an enclosed second sitting room. Decorated with single vintage beds adorned in earth coloured cushioning and an almairah from the Kandyan era, adds cosy intimacy and a touch of sophistication to the Dutch undertone of this mansion.

Accommodation

Residence Digana is a brand new boutique villa offering four En-suite Luxury Rooms including two Deluxe Rooms. It boasts of an Ultra-superior Master Bedroom, named Tee-One overlooking the Golf course – tastefully decorated, the room is a classic marriage of vintage design with the comforts of a modern bedroom. Tee-Two, is a Superior Room with a spacious balcony overlooking the Pool, perfect for star gazing, or just watching the clouds pass by. Tee 03 is a large room with a four poster bed, and Tee 04 is a Twin Room on the ground floor. All rooms are air conditioned and come with tea/coffee making facility, spacious toilet, toiletries and a hair dryer.

The Villa blends beautifully with the enchanting splendour of the scenic beauty of its natural setting and the waterways which flow lazily. Lending an air of romance and a touch of elegance, the infinity Pool comes with a solar cover heating the water to lukewarm temperature to match the salubrious environment of Digana – making the perfect setting for either a quick dip after a good game of Golf or to lounge all day relaxing in the sunken seat gazing at the vanishing edge over the Golf Course and the turquoise waters of the Reservoir.

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Dining and Kitchen facilities

Western hot breakfast is provided to all guests. It’s recommended that you use the Club House restaurant that serves an array of western and eastern food. Quick delivery of food could also be arranged for which settlements needs to be made by cash to the delivery boy. We could also prepare food for you. We can shop and cook, or you can shop and we can cook – in the well-equipped, stainless steel kitchen. A usage fee will be levied. Tea, coffee is on the house. Bring your own booze. A limited menu with soft drink is made available. The manager Vernon and his assistant Nilu are ready to help you.

Spa Treatment is available by an experienced Male Masseur with over 25 years of service in some of the biggest spas in Sri Lanka. His specialty is a 100-minute full body Ayurvedic oil massage from head to toe in the comfort of your room. He is on call Monday to Friday from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The Residence Digana is a place to relax, unwind and to forget about everything. Set in the panorama of the Victoria Golf Course, Victoria reservoir and the Knuckles Mountain range with rooms which favours particular views, this is indeed a oases which stands testimony to true Sri Lankan hospitality.

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Source : http://www.ft.lk/article/629007/The-Residence-Digana–Just-Relax

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