Kahanda Kanda, Galle

This stunning modern hotel in southern Sri Lanka is one of the most beautiful and luxurious on the island.

Perched on a hilltop amidst 12 acres of its own lush, low-lying tea plantation, striking 360-degree views unfold across velveteen lawns and the surrounding tea gardens, towards the jungle and distant Koggala Lake, just 20 minutes from Galle. Built as a series of pavilions joined by paths through gardens and lily ponds, it has 12 double en-suite bedrooms, most of which stand alone. Each suite is individually furnished with an eclectic blend of antiques and contemporary pieces handpicked by the owner, British interior designer, George Cooper. Seven of the suites come with a private gardens and a plunge pool.

Throughout the hotel there is a serene and private ambience which invites relaxation; read a book in the enormous living room or on your private veranda, take a leisurely dip in the 22-metre infinity pool, have a massage, work out in the gym or practice yoga. The dedicated and charming team offer the epitome of five-star service, and the internationally trained chef creates simple fusion dishes and classic Sri Lankan curries.

Kahanda Kanda’s sister hotel is the newly opened KK Beach. The two hotels, although quite different from one another, work in conjunction with each other and guests staying at either hotel will be offered a free shuttle service between the two.

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