A gem of a boutique hotel overlooking Lake Koggala
A few miles from Galle City Center lies a truly special retreat, Kahanda Kanda. Amid a lush tea plantation, Kahanda Kanda sits on 9.9 acres of tropical tranquility. 5 villas are elegantly and tastefully decorates in that distinctive style of Sri Lanka. Yet somehow George Cooper, the owner and also an interior designer, has done Sri Lankan style one better with the integration of modern classics like Barcelona chairs and distinctive architectural features like the magnetic saffron wall dividing the property.
We visited George and Kahanda Kanda on a recent trip to Galle, Sri Lanka and were mighty impressed with the villas and the property. Featured in Architectural Digest in 2006 at the time of its opening as a boutique hotel, Kahanda Kanda is an exercise is restrained luxury. The tropical ambience combined with the simple layout of private villas and airy pavilions invite you to relax, but its proximity to Galle also allows countless options for taking advantage of everything the area has to offer.
Each of the 5 villas presents a distinctive view on luxury and comfort. Repleat with private balconies and terraces, one can easily picture napping in privacy, enjoying a glass of champagne, lounging with a book…truly the definition of “getting away from it all.”
Also, don’t miss the fantastic foods at Kahanda Kanda. We simply couldn’t get enough of the Sri Lankan curries when we were in Galle, and the ones at Kanhanda Kanda were no exception. In the dining pavilion overlooking the pool, we enjoyed the curry dinner – chicken curry, prawn curry, dahl curry, aubergine curry, beetroot curry, tomato salad, gotukola sambal and pappadums.
Plus something we are really excited about is Kahanda Kanda’s plan to expand their offering of themed holidays – from artist’s workshop weekends, to yoga retreats to cooking classes…we cannot imagine a more spectacular setting for personal development. Also, Kahanda Kanda will do custom holidays, e.g. bringing aestheticians, spa therapists and yoga instructors to deliver a spa weekend.
We will be keeping our eye on George and Kahanda Kanda, especially the themed holidays. It’s been a while since we have felt such a supreme sense of relaxation and are longing to return.
Galle, Sri Lanka
Telephone: +94 91 228 6717