Owl and the Pussy­cat

Galle, Sri Lanka

Living Etc - - TRAVEL / ETC -

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

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