Property spotlight / Sri Lanka

    KK Beach Koggala - Sri Lanka

    Corbusier-inspired, this sparkling-white hotel is built like cubes of sugar, and each room has a private terrace facing the Indian Ocean, with views framed by bendy coconut trees.

    Sri Lankan Chic Retreat

    Beach side living doesn’t come much easier than at this stylishly contemporary hotel, just 20 minutes tuk-tuk ride along the south coast from Galle.  There’s the white-crested Indian Ocean, just steps away, and between your room and the sea is a large expanse of lawn and a wide swimming pool that stretches the length of the hotel.

    The Lowdown

    • Location

      15 minutes from Galle Fort on Sri Lanka’s famed south west coast.

    • Need to know

      The sea in this area can be rough and there are dangerous undercurrents. But the pool at KK beach is the perfect place to watch the sun set over the sea.

    • Perfect for

      Adults looking for a contemporary and stylish beach stay.

    Life here can be as sedate or action-packed as you like.

    Take a tropical fruit breakfast outside under swaying coconut trees, have a refreshing dip in the pool which overlooks the beach or head out onto the golden sands. Take heed of local advice as to swimming in the sea, as it can be rough here.

    Experience a cookery course at refined older sister hotel Kahanda Kanda, where guests from KK Beach are welcome to stay for lunch or a drink, poolside. Galle makes a lovely afternoon excursion, to wander the narrow streets and browse artisan shops selling gem-flecked jewellery, handmade notebooks and Sri Lankan artwork. Join fellow locals on a stroll to the lighthouse and be rewarded by a flaming sunset.

    Active types might like to cycle around tea plantations, stopping at a homestay for a rice and curry lunch.  Beautifully curved and rimmed by coconut trees is nearby Marissa beach, which is perfect for swimming and surfing; and Weligama provides beginner-friendly beach breaks for amateur surfers.

    Return to your beach paradise KK Beach for a King Coconut, or an arrak cocktail and prepare for another Sri Lankan curry feast as the stars pinprick the inky night sky.

    Sophie Garland

    Travel Planner

    Go on a cycling adventure through the cinnamon plantations and have a delicious lunch at KK Beach’s sister hotel.

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