A perfect beach and spa reprise on the southern coast of Sri Lanka. Rooms and facilities are top notch and guests will feel well taken care of and pampered during their stay. One may consider combining a stay here with a few nights at the resort's sister property, Amangalla, located in Galle. The two together provide the perfect combination of historical charm and beach getaway. TO/0408
Located on the southern coast of Sri Lanka, approximately 15 minutes by car from the village of Dickwella. For those flying into Colombo, the property can be reached by either a 5.5 hour drive or, during the day, a 90 minute flight to Dickwella. Guests may also fly into Koggala, which is approximately one hour from the resort.
Hillside suites enjoy varying views of the coconut grove and ocean and are contemporary in design yet blend local materials and styles like terracotta roof tiles and hand-hewn stone. The suites open on both sides to let in cooling sea breezes.
Floor-to-ceiling glass and latticed panels form two sides of the dwelling – one opening onto a private walled-in entry courtyard and plunge pool, with the terrace side opposite affording open views. The private pool measures six by four metres and the courtyard features a banquette for lounging and dining. Timber sliding doors and panels reveal the interior spaces.
There is a combined sleeping and living room with a king-size bed, writing desk, armchair and a credenza featuring a personal bar with refreshments. Sliding screens divide this area from the open plan bathroom featuring a freestanding bathtub, twin vanities, dressing area, shower and toilet. Access to the terrace is again via sliding doors from the living areas and the bathroom. The terrace includes a dining table with two chairs and a double sun lounge.
The resort is situated amongst a coconut grove facing onto a cresent-shaped white sand beach. Most suites are dotted along the hillside and connected by pathways that also lead down to the main public areas, 47 metre infinity pool and beach. The property is contemporary in design and constructed with many traditional materials, including Sri Lankan roof tiles and hand-hewn stone.
The restaurant is located within the cluster of public buildings at the southern end of the resort and is open for breakfast and dinner. Situated eight metres above sea level, it offers views across the pool towards the coconut grove and beach. Table seating is on two elevated levels and outdoor seating is available on another lower level. Inside the restaurant, doors open onto an internal courtyard landscaped with frangipani trees and reflecting pools. The cuisine is Asian and Mediterranean with an emphasis on local seafood from the Indian Ocean. A poolside terrace and beachfront restaurant are also available during lunch and dinner for a more casual dinning experience.