Review: KK Collection, Kahanda Kanda & KK Beach
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KK Collection’s duo of Sri Lankan boutique hotels offers luxury travelers a perfect complement of the Galle experience. Tranquillity, opulence, and personalized five-star service combine to create Kahanda Kanda and KK Beachfront, two of the most exclusive and sort after boutique hotel destinations in the world.

Perched on a hilltop and set amidst the palm-fringed jungle of Southern Sri Lanka, Kahanda Kanda is a hidden gem offering exquisite views of the working tea plantations and Koggala Lake. Designed with the luxury traveler in mind, this compilation of twelve bespoke villas (five with their own private pool) forms part of the beautiful boutique KK Collection and is the epitome of indulgence, offering romance, adventure and providing a sanctuary for guests to relax and unwind. No children under the age of 12 are allowed to stay, which makes this an ideal location for dream weddings, serenity-seeking honeymooners, and couples.

For those seeking a stylish sandy sojourn, it doesn’t get much better than KK Beachfront hotel. Located on the west side of Habaraduwa, this boutique hotel is just twelve km from Galle and has ten exclusively chic suites with amazing views of the Indian Ocean. This beachfront bolthole is exquisitely furnished and offers style, space, and privacy. If you are looking to completely switch off and immerse yourself in a world of relaxation, it really doesn’t get much better than this.

Why We Love This Collection

We love this collection of stunning villas and suites for their sheer opulence. Their stunning yet private location offers unrivaled views, either of the lush green jungle and velveteen lawns, or the magnificent turquoise Indian Ocean and sandy beach. We adore the fact that each room is unique and designed with the utmost care and attention. The personalized service is outstanding, and the attentive but unobtrusive staff will ensure that you make the most of your stay in this truly magical location.

Best Time To Visit

The best time to visit is December to April, as these are the driest months. The wetter monsoon months tend to be in June/July and October/November, but there is rarely a full day of rain which means if you’re happy to curl up with a book in the sumptuous surroundings at KK and watch the short sharp downpours nourish the surrounding soil, this can be an all-year-round destination.

Location

Kahanda Kanda is just 5km from the coastal Galle Road, at the northeastern shore of Koggala Lake. From Bandaranaike International Airport, the drive will take approximately 3 ½ hours. KK Beachfront is situated nearby, just 12 km from the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Galle. If you just can’t wait to reach your exclusive retreat, it is possible to take a seaplane from Colombo to Koggala Lake, which has a journey time of around 45 minutes. From here, you can be collected in one of the hotel vehicles and escorted to your KK Collection paradise.

Kahanda Kanda

Each of the twelve unique villas has been individually designed and is inspired by local culture. Bask in the spaciousness and style of the rooms, all furnished with an eclectic blend of antiques and elegant artwork. The utmost care has been taken to ensure that every detail hits the spot, with many of the pieces being handpicked by KK Collection’s Founder and Director, George Cooper. All of the villas offer the lavish extras that you would expect from a five-star location, such as luxurious bed linen, complimentary Wi-Fi, Bose Bluetooth speakers, and some of the villas even come complete with a library of books.

KK Plantation Honeymoon Villa – Dubu

Take a stroll through the exquisite gardens or be transported by Tuk-Tuk to the magical Dubu villa, perfect for a truly unforgettable honeymoon vacation. This impressive antique Joglo House, imported from Java, features all the luxuries you will need for a romantic getaway in Sri Lanka. Inside your spacious villa, you will find a lit-en-bateau bed, indoor and outdoor bathroom (for that ultimate shower under the stars!), and elaborately decorated carved wooden ceilings. The numerous French windows give the villa a sense of spaciousness and bring the outside in. The pièce de résistance has to be the private infinity pool with stunning views over Koggala Lake.

Kadju – Luxury Pool Villa

One of two luxury pool villas in the collection, Kadju offers unrivaled views across the tea plantation and jungle beyond. The centerpiece of this villa is the striking metal four-poster bed with its canopied top. For those wanting a family vacation, there is a banquette bed located in the lobby which can be used as a second bed. Beautiful French windows open up to reveal your very own infinity pool, perfect for cooling off from the warm afternoon sun.

Kumbuk – Luxury pool villa

This second pool villa is the perfect private retreat. Set in its own large walled garden and the ultimate in relaxation, you cannot fail to fall in love with its idyllic location. Grab a freshly brewed tea and retreat to one of the many secluded hideaways where you can sit and unwind whilst overlooking your very own private pool and gardens.

Hellaconia – KK Plantation Pool Villa

For those of us wanting to be at one with nature, this KK Plantation villa is perfect. Its beautiful garden setting offers complete privacy, and the luxurious King-sized bed is ideal for those travelers looking for a touch of decadence. What could be more romantic than taking a moonlight shower in the open-air bathroom, followed by an exquisite dining experience in your very own villa or poolside in your private sanctuary?

Hibiscus – KK Plantation Pool Villa

When entering Hibiscus, you will be overwhelmed by the inconceivably beautiful south-facing views across the tea estate and Koggala Lake. Cool blue and white furnishings give this villa a somewhat Mediterranean feel, and the spectacular four-poster bed is just dreamy. Add to that your very own private pool, and you will be forgiven for not ever wanting to leave!

Peacock – KK Plantation Villa

Enjoy the soothing and relaxing atmosphere of this elegant villa with its sensational views across the tea estate and Koggala Lake. Perfect for a romantic escape, you will be treated to an ebony King-size bed, a tranquil living area as well as two bathrooms with outdoor showers. Choose a book from your very own private library and indulge yourself in the charming courtyard garden, perfect for a secluded private dining experience.

Tamarind – KK Plantation Villa

This cozy villa is tucked away under a canopy of mature trees and offers charming views over the tea estate. The wrought iron King-sized bed offers a touch of luxury, as does the spacious bathroom with twin showers. Choose a book from the library and while away the hours relaxing on the veranda, absorbing the rich, warm glow of the Sri Lankan sunset over the breathtaking landscape beyond.

Mango – KK Plantation Villa

Mango is the perfect villa for couples with its beautifully draped, King-sized four-poster bed and ‘his and hers’ showers. A chance to be at one with nature, the wide veranda offers the perfect vantage spot for experiencing the colorful sights and sounds of the jungle.

Nelum – KK Plantation Villa

The elevated position of this villa offers the most impressive views towards Koggala Lake. The surrounding lush green vegetation is subtly reflected inside the property, with its cool green and white tones providing a soothing and peaceful aura. As well as an amazing four-poster bed, a stunning feature of this villa is the huge veranda and private garden, complete with sun loungers for those wanting a lazy day in the Sri Lankan sun.

Araliya – KK Plantation Villa

The King-sized four-poster bed in this refined villa is perfectly complimented by warm Orient-inspired colors and Asian antiquities. Boasting another wide veranda, Araliya villa is the perfect spot to enjoy the local wildlife. This romantic retreat has the most marvelous large double shower, which is perfect for couples to share.

Garden Suite – KK Plantation Suite

Filled with a beautiful selection of oil paintings and antiques, the Garden Suite houses a stunning 18th-century style four-poster bed for a truly romantic experience. High ceilings give this villa a feeling of grandeur whilst helping to cool the room. As with all the KK Collection villas, the views are second to none, and what better location to experience them from than your own exclusive veranda. One of the many things that make this suite special is the en suite bathroom; located outside, your bathing experience is open to the elements with the shower found amongst the tropical foliage!

Tea Suite – KK Plantation Suite

This stunning suite shares its shady veranda with the Garden Suite and has spectacular garden views. Inside there are two antique colonial-style four-poster beds that can be converted into a King size as required, and the walls are adorned with fine art. The luxury bathroom has double vanities and a dreamy outdoor tropical rain shower.

KK Beachfront

Opening its doors in 2016, KK Beachfront revealed ten exquisite suites, each individually decorated with a chic, sophisticated vibe. The crisp blue and white color schemes create a nautical feel, and the French doors in each room allow the outside in, creating a wonderful sense of space. As with Kahanda Kanda, the suites have been fashioned with the utmost care and attention, and eloquent touches, such as displaying the work of local artists in the hotel, add to the charm of this beachside retreat. Beautiful linens, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth sound systems, and a mini-bar are just some of the lavish extras you can expect during your stay at this five-star destination.

Deluxe Doubles

Each of these rooms has a sumptuous King sized double bed and en suite with a large walk-in double shower. Beautifully furnished and displaying artwork by local Sri Lankan artists (which are all for sale), you will be wowed by the magnificence of these suites. Relax on your own private terrace, a glass of wine in hand, whilst you watch the sun slowly melt into the Indian Ocean.

Suites

Imagine waking up to spectacular views of the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. Well, the positioning of the King size double beds in these opulent suites means that you will do just that! As well as having a balcony with a secluded table and chairs, the suites offer an additional inside comfortable seating area where you can relax with a good book or even watch a bit of TV.

Penthouses

These huge rooms located on the top floor are the epitome of luxury. The thoughtful layout means that you will experience uninterrupted views from the back of the room through to the ocean. The large bathroom has both a bath and walk-in shower, and there is also a seating area for relaxing. The ultimate outdoor space has to be the expansive terrace which, as well as a table and chairs, also accommodates two sun loungers, ideal for catching a few private rays.

Penthouse Suites

If you are looking for a luxurious space to call your own for a few days, then a Penthouse Suite is for you. Full-height windows allow the natural light to flood in and illuminate the room, highlighting the exquisite decor and beautiful design of the room. There is plenty of closet space to accommodate even the most expansive of wardrobes, and the King-sized bed offers that touch of decadence that you would expect from a penthouse suite. The bathroom is enormous and accommodates a walk-in shower as well as a bath and comes fully stocked with delicately scented toiletries to help you relax and unwind after a hard day’s sunbathing by the infinity pool. The balcony, complete with sun loungers, offers breathtaking views across the ocean and is the perfect spot to sit and reflect on your once-in-a-lifetime trip to this simply stunning part of the world.

Services & facilities

First-class service is of paramount importance, and your KK Collection experience will see you want for nothing! To name but a few, guests can enjoy swimming in the on-site infinity pools, in-room dining, cookery classes, yoga, and gym, as well as water sports such as body surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, and canoeing. Your attentive staff will advise you on the best places to go cycling, whale-watching, and will be able to arrange cultural tours to the local UNESCO World Heritage Site of Galle Fort. The Spa offers heavenly treatments and massages, which can also be enjoyed in the comfort of your private villa. KK offers a range of transportation to help you access your destination, including a traditional Tuk Tuk for that authentic experience! The perfect blend, The KK Collection offers five-star luxury combined with tailor-made services to help make your stay truly remarkable.

Food & Drink

Offering mouth-watering fresh fusion cooking and classic Sri Lankan curries, both hotels use only the highest quality ingredients. At Kahanda Kanda, much of the produce is sourced from KK’s own organic garden and supplemented with only the best local produce. Two of the three residential chefs were trained in Thailand and offered a delicious range of Thai curries. Choose to dine in the romantic garden dining tent; with its billowing curtains and floral decoration, it’s the ultimate gourmet dining experience. Or perhaps for something a little more personal, why not have dinner and drinks by your private pool or on the candle-lit veranda under the twinkling stars of the Sri Lankan sky. For those wishing to learn more about the secrets of Sri Lankan or Thai-style cooking, Kahanda Kanda offers cookery classes. Lunches at KK Beachfront are relaxed, and you can choose to enjoy eating in the restaurant or by your sun lounger. They also offer a delectable seafood BBQ with locally sourced, freshly caught fish.

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