Helga's Folly, Kandy
Helga's Folly is an art nouveau boutique hotel situated in Kandy, Sri Lanka owned by Helga de Silva Blow Perera, daughter of Fredrick de Silva. Gregory Peck, Peter Finch, William Holden, Mahatma Gandhi, Vivien Leigh, Laurence Olivier, Jawaharlal Nehru, and Kelly Jones of the Stereophonics are some of the notable guests who stayed at the hotel. Jones went on to write and record the song "Madame Helga" after his stay at the hotel. Helga's Folly has been described as "insane, kind of creepy, but awesome at the same time.
Originally it was the family home of de Siva, designed by her mother, Esme de Silva in the 1930s. In the 1960s, Minnette de Silva, de Silva's aunt, designed the hotel which came to known as Chalet Hotel. In mid 1990s, de Silva inherited the hotel from her parents and renamed the hotel to Helga's Folly.
The hotel consists of eight deluxe rooms, eight standard rooms, and one suite. The hotel self-designated as an 'anti-hotel' and decorated with antiques, objects of art, murals, and hundreds of family photographs.