Kahanda Kanda – hotel review

Luxury eco-villas on a hilltop in a south Sri Lankan tea plantation

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This pretty boutique hotel is made up of nine luxury, colonial-style eco-villas and an incredible infinity pool overlooking the jungle. Suites come with crisp linen, woven palm walls, four-poster beds, outside rain showers and verandas from which guests can watch monkeys playing in the treetops or chameleons wandering past on the lawn. There’s a real village feel here, and we knew all the smiley staff by the end of our stay. The regal yet laid back vibe harks back to colonial architecture in the area. The Unesco-listed Galle Fort is easy to get to from here; it’s just 20 minutes away by tuk tuk. There are also plenty of opportunities to go elephant and leopard spotting. Wild jungle treks take place in the nearby national parks, as do whale and turtle watching trips on the south coast.

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Food and drink: Overlooking the jungle, the hotel’s restaurant serves dishes such as Asian green salad with quail eggs, local fish soup, or grilled lemon chicken with pak choy, mushrooms in oyster sauce and chilli jam. However, guests can also sign up for a two-hour cooking lesson. Chef Ruwan teaches us to make his epic Sri Lankan curry recipe using locally caught fish, ginger, coconut, local curry powder and other secret ingredients.

Price: Villas start at approximately £250 per night.

Address: Kahanda Kanda, Angulugaha, Galle, Sri Lanka, (+94) 0 91 494 3700 kahandakanda.com

Radio Times Travel rating: 9/10 Exquisite, but pricey.


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