Kahanda Kanda

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.

Yonder Insight

Choose one of the sunbeds on the grass in front of the Kahanda Kanda hotel main pool for the best views of Koggala Lake.

On your doorstep

Jump in a tuk-tuk and head for Koggala beach, the longest stretch of uninterrupted beach in the Galle region and a fantastic place for an early morning or late afternoon walk.

Thoughts on a postcard

Lying on the antique cane daybed in the Mango suite, surrounded by beautifully embroidered cushions, we were lulled to sleep by the gentle rustling of tea pluckers (no, not pheasant pluckers, silly!).

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ALTERNATIVE ACCOMMODATION IN Galle and the southern beaches

Frangipani Tree

Occupying one of the best spots on Thalpe beach, on SL’s South Coast, with a seascape to die for. Sleek and minimalist interiors and just nine suites with four-posters and rich linens. Amazing fusion food completes a formula that oozes quality.

Fort Bazaar

The Fort Bazaar is refreshing in every sense, from the waiters wearing Converse shoes to the air-conditioned restaurant, (a rarity in Galle). Decor draws influences from the Middle East. The superbly designed rooms have four-poster beds and beautiful bathrooms.

The Fort Printers

A true boutique hotel oozing charm. As it says on the tin, formerly a printing house (originally a private house, it has also been a school and a bank) it has been converted to provide elegant accommodation in the heart of the old city of Galle, Sri Lanka. Your driver will deliver you to the door, winding through the maze of narrow chequerboard streets, until you reach the trademark old Morris Minor that sits at the hotel’s entrance.