Balapitiya, Sri Lanka
Chic and refined, Kumu Beach sits on a stretch overlooking rugged Balapitiya beach, just two and a half hours from the airport.
Secluded and unassuming, the hotel is a celebration of Sri Lankan style yet is simplistic enough to let the dramatic Indian Ocean setting shine. The rooms double up as havens of relaxation, featuring understated décor, cream terrazzo floors, statement artwork, comfy four-poster beds and bathrooms with pebble-floored shower areas. Most open onto their own private terrace or courtyard.
Contemporary and creative dishes are served in the restaurant. The all-day dining menu features international dishes balanced with local fare such as pulled pork croquettes and Sri Lankan milk tea panna cotta. Guests can dine on the stunning timber deck or in the air-conditioned bar. There’s also a super-tranquil pool where you can sip sundowners as the night falls.
Bentota, with its long, swimmable beach and watersports on the lagoon is a 30-minute drive away
Kumu Beach Information
- Location & Getting There
Kumu Beach is 1km South of Balapitiya town, a two and a half hour drive from Bandaranaike International airport and just two hours from Ratmalana airport. The property can also be reached from colombo via the southern expressway under three hours.
Hand-picked as Sri Lanka’s most exclusive hotels, Kumu Beach boasts of only 10 bedrooms; four Ocean View Suites, four Ocean View Bedrooms and two Kumu Bedrooms. A neutral colour palette spans across the spacious open layout rooms, each splashed with a colour of contemporary batik and modern local art.
- 1 restaurant serving International cuisine
- Palm-shaded garden
Historical culture experiences are a must at Kumu Beach. Wear the shoes of a Sri Lankan and create memorable handicrafts at a mask museum in Ambalangoda, pay a visit at Asia’s longest Buddha statue atop a hill or tour the atmospheric streets for historic sights. Guests can also take part in water and wildlife-related activities.
Children are allowed although activities and facilities are skewed towards grown-ups.