Owl and the Pussycat
Galle, Sri Lanka
The lowdown An intimate boutique stay on the edge of the Indian Ocean. Best for Super-chic style combined with warm Sri Lankan hospitality. Ever fancied a massage by the beach? The Owl and the Pussycat can easily make that happen – for every day of your stay. Combine that with barefoot luxury and inspired fusion dishes made up entirely from local produce and this new getaway marks the epitome of boutique-hotel style on the island. Comprising 16 suites, the hotel’s décor draws from the owner’s natural ‘citizen of the world’ mentality: an exotic blend of Moroccan-inspired tadelakt walls, colourful Indian-inspired furniture and Greek Islands-like linen fabrics. Head chef Anthony D’costa (recruited from London) ensures the hotel’s cuisine is just as much a reason for enjoying your visit. Each day is an eye-opening experience of food discovery, leaving you wanting more. After wining and dining, we took a short tuc-tuc ride to Galle, where we were rewarded with the delights of the fortified Old Town and the beautiful Unawatuna beach. Book it Double rooms from approx £230 per night, including breakfast (otphotel.com).
CLOCKWISE FROM THIS PICTURE The Owl and the Pussycat’s suites are airy and chic; the pool area is all about laid-back elegance; each bed is handcrafted; relax in the Drawing Room with an aperitif; and enjoy a culinary journey by the ocean