Galle, Sri Lanka

KK Beach

Rates from (ex tax)$135.63

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD175.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

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Style

Corbusier on the coast

Setting

Blue lagoons, golden beaches

Luxury hotel, KK Beach is an outpost of cool contemporary design on Sri Lanka’s south coast. Crafted in pleasingly-geometric, modernist style, the pristine white hotel offers a striking contrast to the Dutch-colonial buildings in nearby Galle. Working with local artists and craftsmen, the interior-designer owner George Cooper has filled the hotel with understated nautical furnishings and vibrant contemporary artwork commissioned from local creatives. Watch the sunrise from your bed then secure a sunbathing spot: on your private balcony, a pair of loungers lining the edge of the pool, or perhaps the golden sands of Koggala beach, just a few steps away…

Smith Extra

Get this when you book through us:

A bottle of prosecco for one-night bookings; an additional lunch for two, for two-night stays; guests staying three nights or more receive the prosecco and lunch, and two deep-tissue spa treatments

Facilities

Photos KK Beach facilities

Need to know

Rooms

Six, including four suites.

Check–Out

Noon. Earliest check-in, 2pm; both are flexible, subject to availability.

Rates

Double rooms from $135.63, excluding tax at 29.03 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD175.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates usually include a full-English or Sri Lankan breakfast, or picks from the á la carte such as pancakes, yoghurts, cereals and fresh fruit.

Also

KK Beach is the sister hotel of fellow Smith stay, the award-winning Kahanda Kanda hotel.

Please note

There is building work taking place next to the hotel until the end of November. 

At the hotel

Sitting room, free WiFi throughout the hotel and a laundry service. In rooms: a private terrace, Bose sound system, safe, air-conditioning, minibar and tea- and coffee-making facilities, house-brand bath products.

Our favourite rooms

Go straight to the top: the Penthouse Suites have the best views in the hotel. At 80sq m, these are by far the largest rooms. With floor-to-ceiling sliding doors, you can watch the sunrise over the ocean from the comfort of your dreamily soft bed or your private balcony.

Poolside

The hotel’s mirror-shine, 20-metre pool (for adults only) overlooks the Indian Ocean, which laps the beach just a few steps beyond.

Packing tips

Make sure you have the most up-to-date snorkelling and scuba tech-gear, and don’t forget your boardies for surfing on the beach.

Also

Unwind with in-room massages and yoga or Pilates classes held every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday during high season (at an additional cost. Private classes available). The artwork in your bedroom is for sale – very unique souvenirs.

Children

Over-12s are welcome at the hotel, but it’s better suited for just Mrs and Mrs Smith.

Food and Drink

Photos KK Beach food and drink

Top Table

Take lunch on a sunlounger by the pool so you can top up your tan while filling up on fresh fish and and local curries.

Dress Code

Cover up with a kaftan or throw on a T-shirt at lunch, then take inspiration from the hotel’s design with an understated shirt or dress paired with colourful, local accessories.

Hotel restaurant

Dress up for dinner, which is more formal than the hotel’s chilled-out lunch; both meals are served at the hotel’s alfresco restaurant. The chef whips up an authentic Sri Lankan curry buffet on Wednesday and Saturday nights; on Monday and Friday, there’s an array of seafood; and a selection of fusion dishes or Thai treats on the remaining three nights. All meals are prepared with the freshest local ingredients, including some lesser-known regional fruits and vegetables – so you can learn about your locality while you lunch…

Hotel bar

Enjoy a glass of wine or a refreshing beer in the casual bar area by the restaurant. Perch on one of the high stools or sink into one of the sofas, with one of their KK Signature cocktails in hand – made with dark rum, lychee, lime and passion fruit juice.

Last orders

The restaurant is open for breakfast from 7am to 10am, lunch from 12 noon to 3pm, and dinner from 7pm to 10pm.

Room service

Take your pick of the restaurant menu between 8am and 9pm.

Location

Photos KK Beach location
Address
KK Beach
Matara Road
Habaraduwa, Galle
80630
Habaraduwa, Galle
Sri Lanka

Planes

Bandaranaike International Airport (www.airport.lk) is less than two-and-a-half hours away from the hotel by car. Our Smith24 Team can help to arrange flights and hotel transfers (US$120 each way) on request.

Trains

Trains run regularly to Galle and Colombo from Habaraduwa station, which is a swift five-minute drive from the hotel. Let the staff at KK Beach know your arrival time and they will pick you up at the station and take you to the hotel for free.

Automobiles

Travel is cheap on the island so you won’t need a car unless you like having the freedom of your own wheels; driving in Sri Lanka can be a little nerve-jangling at times. Our Smith24 Team can arrange a hire car for you to pick up at Bandaranaike. You’ll need an International Driving Permit and a Sri Lankan recognition permit, which you can get at the AA in Colombo. There’s free on-site parking at the hotel.

Worth getting out of bed for

The Unesco World Heritage Site of Galle Fort is just a 20-minute drive away and well worth a visit if you fancy stepping back in time for an afternoon. Right next door to the hotel is a sea-turtle farm and hatchery where you can meet and learn all about the five types of turtles found on Sri Lanka’s shores, and help the small team continue to protect the island’s sea life. A trip to the working Handunugoda Tea Museum is a must for all that appreciate good cuppa. Be sure to stop by the gift shop to buy some brew to take back home. Seafaring types should arrange a whale-watching excursion or a day of deep-sea fishing. Alternatively, hire a bike and cycle through paddy fields to Koggala Lake, where you can canoe or take a boat across the postcard-perfect waters. If you prefer the feel of sand between your toes, stay beach-bound at Koggala, where the coastline is mere steps from the hotel. Hours of sunbathing, body-surfing, snorkelling and scuba-diving await.

Local restaurants

Dress up for the old-world elegance at Amangalla hotel’s Zaal restaurant in Galle Fort. Choose between European and Sri Lankan dishes – all served with impeccable silver service. The secluded courtyard at the Fort Printers on Pedlar Street is a great spot for a quiet lunch, mid-fort tour, or a peaceful evening meal. Take a table below the illuminated banyan tree and enjoy a sharing mezze plates, followed by the chef’s lightly seared yellow-fin tuna, super-fresh sashimi or meaty lobster. The delicious six-course dinners at Tri are just a short drive away around Koggala Lake. Dine out on the deck overlooking the water; chef Neil Wager’s daily menu offers creative takes on classic Sri Lankan fare.

Local cafés

After touring Galle Fort, take lunch at cool contemporary café Church Street Social in Fort Bazaar. Take a street-side table to watch local life pass by while tucking into a juicy burger or spicy Sri Lankan curry. Over on Leyn Baan Street, Royal Dutch Café (+94 77 177 4949), is an old-school eatery owned by the well-known local character, Fazal Badurdeen, who’s as famous for his wide range of teas and delicious home-made cakes as his elaborate stories of fort life.

Local bars

Put your feet up on one of the colourful couches at Koha Surf Lounge on Unawatuna beach. Stop by this laid-back lounge for a refreshing brew and some life-affirming mantras, written on blackboards on the walls. If it’s a view you want, then head to the rooftop Harbour Bar at Lady Hills hotel for panoramic views over Galle and the bay area beyond.

Reviews

Photos KK Beach reviews

Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this modern masterpiece of a hotel in Galle and unpacked their beach bags and hung their new artwork, a full account of their seaside stay will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside KK Beach in Galle…


Luxury seaside stay, KK Beach in Galle is the latest venture of interior designer turned hotelier, George Cooper. Having built up an reputation with the award-winning Kahanda Kanda lakeside hotel in (another of Smith's dreamy island lodgings), Cooper has now turned his attention to Sri Lanka’s sandy shoreline. Inside the super-modern, Corbusier-influenced building, rooms are nautical in style, with soft furnishings in white and navy, and a contemporary artwork on the walls – all pieces commissioned from local artists especially for the hotel. A smattering of antiques anchors the hotel to its history-laden setting. There’s water, water all around this stay, and quite a bit to drink at the bar. Days here are spent floating in the beachside pool, body-surfing on Koggala beach, or smooth sailing over Koggala Lake nearby, before returning for dinner and a cocktail in the alfresco restaurant – being holed up in these tropical digs is 'ay-oh-KK' in our humble opinion… 

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in KK Beach’s Guestbook below.

We loved

Everything! The pool, décor, room facilities and views (we upgraded to the Penthouse which was superb and well worth it). The food was delicious and the staff could not do enough for us. Highly recommend! Wijaya beach is a great beachside restaurant.

Don’t expect

To want to leave!

Rating

Stayed on 24 Sep 2017

We loved

The rooms were great, overlooking the pool and beach onto the ocean. The food was delicious: the seafood platter was excellent, breakfasts very varied and local Sri Lankan options were available. The unspoilt beaches – KK connects to 2km of beaches both ways, which were largely completely empty! Includes turtle farms a short walk away. Tranquil – it was off season when we went so we were one of only a few couples in the place. Likely to be much busier during school holiday periods.

Don’t expect

As expected.

Rating

Stayed on 14 Sep 2017