Madame Helga: Her Folly Hotel in Sri Lanka

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‘’Helga darling, I tried to commit suicide again , I jumped off a bridge and broke both my ankles, I’m just so depressed I may never be able to wear my Manolo Blahniks again’’
In disbelief at Helga the owner of the legendary artists haven ‘’Helgas Folly Hotel’’ in Sri Lanka she was talking about a telephone conversation with her late daughter in law Fashion Icon and magazine editor Isabella Blow after one of her  7 suicide attempts.  She had suffered from Bi Polar disorder and tragically finally succeeded in ending her life after swallowing poison at the age of 48.
The Effusive Madame Helga.

The hotel is a fading majestic butterfly and her old dalmation with his dull greying coat and wracked with arthritis once sleek, proud and beautiful is a living metaphor for the bizarre retreat in Kandy’s hills. Yes, there are cobwebs, and yes it is over-priced and yes the decor is decaying but the essence of Helgas Folly. Referred to by Helga as ‘’she’’ and ‘’her’’ still very much remains, and that for me is why it was worth every penny. The building itself is a labyrinth of different emotions from inside the owners mind. Helga explained when she was going through her first divorce she went ‘’slightly mad’’ and began painting in a crazed frenzy as therapy, the result is an eccentric Alice in Wonderland on LSD effect.

There are 100’s of monkeys that hang out in the trees next to the hotel and quite often run into the buildingnd try and steal your breakfast as the old school butler style waiters run around flapping teacloths to get rid of them. I called this one Boris Johnson due to his hairstyle.
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