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Kahanda Kanda, Galle 


Sri Lanka

Tel: 94 91 223 6499

Nine freestanding, airy pavilions blend into the lush jungle at this former private home set on a 12-acre working tea estate five miles inland from Galle Fort. The five secluded guest suites, all with spectacular verdant views (watch for monkeys in the morning), offer an airy interior of polished concrete floors, pillow-strewn rattan couches, four-poster beds with mosquito netting, and daybeds built into the windowsill. Simple, sophisticated lunches leave room for gourmet suppers that range from tomato and basil galettes to Thai-inspired chicken seasoned with kaffir limes and lemongrass and baked in a banana leaf. The hilltop pool's infinity edge drops off to palm-fringed Koggala Lake down below, and the staff are bend-over-backward accommodating, even climbing a tree to pick a coconut if a guest asks for the juice.

When to go: December through March for mostly dry days, steamy but dreamy.
Which room to book: Peacock Suite has two alfresco showers, an ebony canopied bed, and a private frangipani garden.
Amenities: Gym, Pool
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