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Kahanda Kanda Galle, Sri Lanka - SLG020

Kahanda Kanda (Yellow Moon Mountain) is one of Sri Lanka's most iconic boutique hotels, perched on top of a 12-acre tea estate high above Koggala Lake with stunning views across the water and jungle.

Yes it's not on the beach, but then neither is the true beauty of Sri Lanka or the true peace and tranquility that the island offers. The resident owner of Kahanda Kanda, George Cooper was so enamoured with the views from the site that he brought the 10 acres on the fourth day of his first ever trip to Sri Lanka, with absolutely no idea what he would do with the site.

It was not long though before his interior design training joined forces with a local architect to create Kahanda Kanda, instantly recognizable due to its single bold orange wall used to represent the robes of the Buddhist monks.

The main part of the hotel is made up of two large pavilions. One acting as a lounge area with cocktail bar, board games and small gift cabinet and the other is the dining pavilion. Both have stunning views across Koggala Lake as does the 21 meter long infinity pool and sun deck.

Accommodation is then arranged in a series of individual suites which are located throughout the hotel grounds:

Dubu Suite - Unique antique Joglo House from Java with elaborately carved wooden ceiling and woven palm walls with numerous louvered doors for a truly open feeling. Elegant king size teak sleigh bed, mixture of antique and contemporary furniture, two large bathrooms with outdoor showers and bathtubs. Large wrap-around verandah overlooking the garden, with views over Koggalla Lake and a private swimming pool for guest's exclusive use. Dubu also has full air conditioning, Wifi, Ipod Dock, Satellite TV and a DVD Player.

Peacock Suite - This large 100sqm suite has a king size ebony four poster bed, 2 individual bathrooms with outdoor showers, sensational views over the Tea Estate and Koggala lake, a private courtyard garden and a library of books. It also has full air conditioning, Wifi, Ipod Dock.

Tamarind Suite: This 70sqm suite has a hand-painted 18th Century style king size four poster bed,outdoor shower and twin hand basins. There is a wide verandah with views of the garden. It also has full air conditioning, Wifi, Ipod Dock.

Mango Suite: This 80sqm suite has a elegant king size teak four poster bed, double showers and twin hand basins. A large verandah with banquette for lazing overlooks the tea estate. It also has full air conditioning, Wifi, Ipod Dock.

Hellaconia Suite: Tucked away in a private corner of the hotel this 70sqm suite has a elegant king size four poster bed, double outdoor showers, patio with views of a private garden and sun loungers. It also has full air conditioning, Wifi, Ipod Dock.

Garden Suite: This 70sqm suite has a stunning painted 18th Century style king size four poster bed, outdoor shower and twin hand basins, wide verandah for relaxing or eating with views of the garden. It also has full air conditioning, Wifi and Ipod Dock. The Garden Suite neighbors the Tea Suite which has twin beds and shares a large wrap round verandah, making these two suites perfect for a family.

Tea Suite: This 70sqm suite has a pair of antique colonial style twin four poster beds which can be converted into a king size double, outdoor shower and twin hand basins. There is a wide verandah for relaxing or eating with views of the garden. It also has full air conditioning, Wifi and Ipod Dock. The Tea Suite neighbors the Garden Suite and shares a large wrap round verandah making these two suites perfect for a family.

Auraliya Suite: This 80sqm suite has a elegant king size teak four poster bed, large private verandah overlooking the tea estate, a mixture of antique and contemporary furniture and double showers with twin hand basins. It also has full air conditioning, Wifi, Ipod Dock.

If you're looking for something a bit different and want to feel as though you have found somewhere that few other people ever will, then Kahanda Kanda would be perfect for you. Plus the beach and the Galle Fort are only a 20 minute drive away, so a day on the beach is easily arranged as are restaurant reservations, site seeing trips, whale watching etc...

8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
£250- £300 per room per night

Large Infinity Pool
The Dubu Suite has it own Private Pool
Individual Suites
In House Restaurant
Private Dining
Wifi
Massage Therapist
Ipod Docks

"We had a really wonderful stay with George and his fabulous team at Kahanda Khanda over Christmas. We had never been before and the holiday was exactly what we were hoping for. Kahanda Kanda has been beautifully designed by George, and we loved how each room was individually decorated with beautiful paintings, warm throws, as well as wonderfully spacious outdoor shower-rooms which made it much more homely than many places we have stayed at before. I think we all want different things from a holiday.... my wish was to feel utterly relaxed and so I was really pleased that the rooms didn't have plasma TV's, coffee machines, etc. - that is not what KK is all about." CG 2012

"Everything about our visit was perfect from the warmth of the welcome to the striking architecture, charming staff, amazing food, comfortable rooms and surrounding landscapes. What sets this apart from everywhere I have ever stayed (I am 60 and have stayed in some of the world's most acclaimed hotels) is the attention to detail and generosity of the owner sharing his lovely possessions with his guests. Give me the the Wedgewood china in our bedroom, rather than a kettle and teabag, anyday! It is to George Cooper's credit that I arrived as a complete stranger and left as a firm friend. We will be back." RG 2012

"Wonderful, we loved the whole thing - the room, the surroundings, the service and the food. Our favourite and we have chosen the room we wish to stay on our next visit!" BM 2011