The drive to Kandy on Christmas day took three and a half hours. We left Colombo at 5 in the morning, had seenisambal buns and tea for breakfast at Ambepussa, crawled up Kadugannawa pass and hit Kandy in the morning rush hour. Then, it was another forty five minutes to the Albatross.
The Albatross is a Golfing & Holiday resort clingingg to the side of a wild mountain overlooking the Victoria Dam and Reservoir. Victoria is the tallest dam in Sri Lanka and supports the biggest hydroelectric power plant in the country.
We reached the Albatross just in time for lunch. First we drank Ceylon Arrack, a good single malt from the owner’s own stock and Lion Lager on the terrace. The view was breathtaking. A black eagle glided effortlessly overhead as we lunched on excellent Sri Lankan rice and a selection of curries.
Our rooms had a spacious terrace with a large jacuzzi overlooking the valley. On a level below were further terraces, a spar and a swimming pool.
Christmas Dinner was seafood soup, various salads, smoked meats, fish, chicken and turkey followed by a selection of desserts including creme caramel, fresh fruit and Christmas cake. We drank an Australian cabernet shiraz with the meal.
It was a different but delightful Christmas. How was yours?
- “Wonderful read Bernard. Not sure what we’ll do once you return to the dizzy heights of Harrogate! Kind regards and a very happy new year to you and your family.” – Richard (Fox), Harrogate, 1 January 2016