Well-heeled Globetrotters, Hipsters and Epicureans
PRICE: Punchy but doesn’t blow the budget
RATING: Wow factor
Whoever dreamt up the term ‘boutique hotel’ must have had Kahanda Kanda in mind. KK, as it is affectionately known by the cognoscenti, is a masterpiece of design. Located in the village of Kahanda, a short drive from Sri Lanka’s south coast beaches and Galle Fort, Kahanda Kanda hotel occupies a hillside tea plantation of 12 acres where your car will wind along the circular road to steps up to the entrance with its stunning views over an inlet of Koggala lake and the jungle beyond.
Each of the ten Kahanda Kanda resort hotel suites, some of which have private plunge pools, is different, all individually designed and furnished by owner and interior designer George Cooper. It’s a striking blend of antiques, contemporary fashion and custom-designed fabrics. Add in some elegant ornaments, and you’ll find yourself in a room you never want to leave.
In fact, so popular are the design principles, George’s KK shop in Galle Fort is one of the most popular when it comes to buying tasteful designer mementos to take home.
The Kahanda Kanda resort restaurant is amongst the best on the south coast, serving Sri Lankan delicacies and superb Western fare. The spacious bar area, with sofas deep enough to be daybeds and beautiful scatter cushions, is one of the best places to be as the sun goes down.
The main pool is adjacent to the bar and restaurant and the spa a little further down a beautiful walkway, so should your indolence leave you feeling mobility challenged, all the Kahanda Kanda resort’s excellent facilities are close at hand.
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