Sri Lanka goes Scandinavian at this casual-luxe haven on the creamy sands of Kabalana Beach, a 30-minute drive east of Galle on the island’s southern coast.
With nine airy studio suites, the ultra-cool, adults-only hideaway eschews the usual colonial trappings for clean architectural lines and mid-century modern-inspired furniture, accentuated with high-thread-count bed linens, Spa Ceylon bath products, and Bluetooth-enabled speakers. Centered on fresh seasonal ingredients, the culinary offerings here comprise a lean but perfectly executed menu of comfort foods; a signature blended popcorn and leek velouté is unmissable, as are the crispy vegetable pakoras teamed with a piquant tamarind-and-date sauce. Whether unwinding by the ocean, immersing oneself in the property’s jet-black shipping container pool, or exploring the historic sites of nearby Galle Fort, guests of The Sandhya are bound to find it an ideal roost for their next Sri Lankan sojourn.
94-765/700-007; The Sandhya; doubles from US$200.
This article originally appeared in the October/November 2017 print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“The Luxe List 2017: The Sandhya, Sri Lanka”).