Beach Hopping

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30 minutes east of the historic town of Galle

Set on12 manicured acres of terraced clifftop real estate a hundred feet above the Indian Ocean, Cape Weligama is the crowning glory amongst luxury beach hotels of Sri Lanka.

Beautiful panoramic views of the South Coast unmatched by any other resort in the area naturally complement all 39 private retreats designed to reflect a bountiful seaside village.

Highlights

  • Perched on craggy cliffs with panoramic Indian Ocean views
  • Largest rooms in Sri Lanka
  • Full butler service and family-friendly

Things to do

  • Swim, surf, snorkel and dive
  • Private sunset cruise
  • Whale watching
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USD 199.00

Absolute beachfront on the stunning Habaraduwa beach

The stretch of coastline between Galle and Mirissa have no shortage of accommodation options but KK Beach fills the void when it comes to the ‘chic but affordable’ category.

Located on the stunning Habaraduwa beach, this is as absolute beachfront as things get. Swaying coconut trees and a white sandy beach stretching out for miles in each direction is the stuff of classic holiday dreams.

Highlights

  • ‘Chic but affordable’ beach side accommodation
  • Just six rooms with four more soon to be completed
  • Sandy beach for miles in either direction

Things to do

  • Surfing in Kabalana and Midigama
  • Whale watching in Mirissa
  • Bike rides through villages and rice fields
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On an elevated strip of land overlooking Balapitiya Beach

Kumu Beach puts most other beachfront properties to shame with it’s postcard perfect good looks.

The entire property boasts fabulous Indian Ocean panoramas fringed by rows of swaying coconut trees.

Highlights

  • Sister property to The fort Bazaar and The Wallawwa
  • Just 10 rooms, all ocean facing and all with fantastic views
  • Direct beach access

Things to do

  • Beach or pool side relaxation
  • Catch some waves at Hikkaduwa
  • Head to Bentota to tour Geoffrey Bawa’s house
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USD 125.00

About 3 hours north of Colombo Airport, on Kapitiya spit

If keen to escape the more trodden beach routes south of Colombo, Then Palagama Beach offers the perfect alternative.

It’s wonderfully removed, in every sense, from the more manicured offerings of Galle and the like, boasting a very different kind of soft yet wild charm.

Highlights

  • Away from the more trodden beach routes of the south
  • Three room styles, all reflecting a local aesthetic
  • Family friendly

Things to do

  • Dolphins and whales between November and April
  • Kite surfing between May and October
  • Safari at Wilpattu National Park
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USD 480.00

ON THE SOUTHERN COAST, ABOUT 15 MINUTES SOUTH OF GALLE

Samudra House is a gorgeous, relatively recently built but timelessly styled beach-side villa with direct beach access.

It sits on a great stretch of fairly quiet golden beach, not too far (15 minutes) from the busier strip of Galle. Two large main bedrooms sit side-by-side in front of a decadent pool that runs to well-kept lawns and the beautifully quiet beach of Habaraduwa a few yards beyond.

Highlights

  • ‘Timelessly styled beach-side villa
  • Direct beach access and a decadent pool
  • Perfect for the family- just two large bedrooms and plenty of great living space

Things to do

  • Explore Galle Fort
  • Whale watching in Mirissa
  • Private yoga classes
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USD 195.00

SURROUNDED BY PADDY FIELDS, FEW MINUTES INLAND FROM TALPE BEACH

Why House is a colonial villa-cum-boutique hotel and has been the pick of the bunch amongst a growing crowd of imitators for many years.

The house sits slightly inland from some of the south’s finest beaches – those with beautiful golden sand and great swimming.

Highlights

  • ‘A family-oriented stunner on the southern coast
  • Minutes inland from the beach and surrounded by three acres of beautiful gardens
  • Luxury with informality

Things to do

  • Complimentary tuk tuk shuttles to Talpe beach
  • Explore Galle Fort
  • Cooking classes