It’s a bumpy drive, but arriving at Sri Lanka’s totally indulgent Kahanda Kanda is a wonderful reward for your efforts. The hotel’s stylish and soothing design, stunning gardens and warm welcome will immediately put you into relaxation mode.
Breathtaking views extend beyond the palms and 12 acres of working tea estate, to the distant Koggala Lake, and are visible at every turn: behind the shimmering infinity pool, mirrored in the lily-strewn ponds around the open-sided living and dining pavilions, and from your private suite.
Rooms: The beautiful, large suites are spread among several free-standing pavilions in the garden, giving you a quiet little oasis all to yourself. The airy interiors are beautifully designed, with canopied beds, daybeds built into window bays, and pillow-strewn rattan couches for lounging about on and enjoying the views. We love the Peacock Suite with its wraparound windows, kingsize four-poster bed and romantic private courtyard with sun beds.
Food:Eating at Kahanda Kanda is a real treat. Staff will check each morning whether you plan to stay in for lunch and dinner, and the chefs will prepare delicious meals to suit your tastes. The food is fresh, healthy and very tasty, combining Sri Lankan, Western and Thai influences. Wonderful breakfasts feature a number of local delicacies such as hoppers, fruit salad with creamy buffalo curd, and coconut pancakes with pineapple or bananas.
Top tip: Southern Sri Lanka is one of the best places in the world for spotting blue whales. Ask the hotel about bespoke whale-watching trips off the coast of Galle.
Customer Review:“Beautiful property where we saw a lot of birds and monkeys. It was very relaxing and peaceful, just as we wished. Bungalow was clean, elegantly decorated, with the most comfortable beds ever. Manager was great, very helpful with any enquiry and on request organised yoga teacher who was very good. If you are looking for a tranquil stay – this is a perfect place. Thanks to all who looked after us.”
Monika, United Arab Emirates, (24.11.14)
i-escape gift: a free room upgrade, subject to availability; and a free massage for stays of 3 nights or more