Positioned immediately above the golden sands of pristine Balapitiya beach, a serene stretch of palm-strewn coastline between Colombo and Galle, Kumu Beach is a tranquil bolthole with an atmosphere as relaxed as the pace of life here. The ten rooms and suites, a stone's throw from the sugar-soft sands, all feature spectacular ocean views, teak four poster beds and a pared back interiors masterminded by Sri Lankan designer Annika Fernando.
Alfresco dinners of coconut-crusted prawns or one of chef Wasabha's legendary curries can be enjoyed on the lawns under a star-filled sky or on the spider-lily fringed dining deck. As is common to the region, the strong tides make the sea here unsuitable for swimming, though the beach is ideal for leisurely strolls and paddles - and the 23-metre infinity pool is a simply stunning spot for those seeking to cool down completely.
The hotel's spa is a haven of relaxation, where you may wish to sample a nurturing treatment based on the therapeutic benefits of red, green, pink and black tea. Those wishing to venture further afield will also find plenty to hold their interest. Home to nesting turtles and kaleidoscopic birdlife, this lesser-trodden shoreline forms part of the wildlife-rich Madu Ganga River Estuary which can be explored by boat. A nearby turtle hatchery is a must-visit for conservation lovers, while Udawalawe National Park is home to a wealth of intriguing birds and mammals, such as the majestic Asian elephant. Alternatively, those seeking to delve into Sri Lanka’s rich history will find Dutch colonial Galle well worth a visit.
Couples and romantics
Those seeking to disconnect completely
THINGS TO DO AT THE HOTEL:
Wake to the soothing sounds of the lapping waves
Take a leisurely lap of the infinity pool
Indulge in a spa treatment inspired by local teas
Dine by candlelight on mouth-watering Sri Lankan delicacies
THINGS TO DO NEARBY:
Explore Galle Fort's atmospheric streets, colourful boutiques and tea shops
Take a leisurely cruise through the mangrove forests of the Madu Ganga estuary
Learn about the remarkable conservation efforts at the nearby turtle hatchery
Delve into an array of watersports at Bentota, or learn to surf at Hikkaduwa
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