Ka­handa Kanda Beach

A brand-new beach­front ho­tel in Sri Lanka is de­cep­tively sim­ple and un­de­ni­ably stylish

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Fresh, bright and breezy, this small bou­tique ho­tel on the beau­ti­ful south coast of Sri Lanka - just 12km from Galle Fort - is the lat­est venture by its owner, in­te­rior de­signer Ge­orge Cooper, who cre­ated the award-win­ning Ka­handa Kanda ho­tel on the is­land 10 years ago. This prop­erty has a dif­fer­ent - but no less lux­u­ri­ous - feel to its big sis­ter, which is lo­cated not far away. De­signed and built from scratch, the gleam­ing ho­tel ex­te­rior nods to the sim­ple lines of art deco ar­chi­tec­ture, com­ple­mented by in­te­ri­ors fea­tur­ing clean white walls, pol­ished and raw con­crete floors, and un­fussy de­tails. An open-plan lay­out on the ground floor en­sures a seam­less flow from one area to the next, while the pared-back, con­tem­po­rary style is off­set by the as­ton­ish­ing coastal light flood­ing in through the vast win­dows that look out to the crash­ing surf and un­spoilt beach be­yond.

Coastal chic

The colour palette em­ploys splashes of orange against fresh blue and white through­out. In the six suites, which all have ter­races over­look­ing the In­dian Ocean, the bed linen has a crisp nau­ti­cal feel, fin­ished with quirky al­pha­bet cush­ions. The Ro­man blinds were in­spired by an ikat-print cush­ion Ge­orge found in Lon­don, which he then used as a tem­plate to print the fab­ric, while lad­ders, used as towel rails, are fin­ished with pat­terned lengths of fab­ric from Bali. Fur­ni­ture is an eclec­tic mix of mod­ern, rus­tic and colonial; drift­wood lamp bases and dec­o­ra­tive fin­ish­ing touches add tex­tu­ral notes, while art­work by Sri Lankan artists - all of which are for sale - make a striking im­pact against the white walls. For those seek­ing a con­tem­po­rary trop­i­cal beach des­ti­na­tion with a re­laxed and in­ti­mate feel, chic Ka­handa Kanda Beach prom­ises to tick all the boxes - and pro­vide plenty of stylish in­spi­ra­tion to take back home.

Open shelv­ing and rails, mod­ern fix­tures and fit­tings, and con­sid­ered fin­ish­ing touches all com­bine to cre­ate rooms with an un­clut­tered, laid-back so­phis­ti­ca­tion.

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