Kahanda Kanda, Sri Lanka

A true hidden secret of Sri Lanka; welcome to Kahanda Kanda in the country’s south, set on a working tea estate.

Where is it?
Set in the middle of a working tea estate, close to Galle in Southern Sri Lanka, a four-hour drive from Colombo

Why is it amazing?
Nestled amongst the misty slopes of a tea estate, this tiny resort by British interior designer George Cooper offers a unique Sri Lankan experience.

Surrounded by farming land, it feels like the middle of nowhere, but is still just a few kilometres from the roaring southern beaches and Galle.

There are eight spacious villas for sleeping, each with canopied beds, cosy daybeds built into window bays, and pillow-strewn rattan couches for lounging while sipping on the estate tea.

Soak up the views from your private deck or from the 20-metre infinity pool surrounded by ancient rain trees and lily-filled ponds, or indulge in the well-stocked library of books and magazines.

Don’t leave without
Spending a morning at Galle Fort, the beguiling 16th-century Portuguese town encased by two-metre thick ramparts which has World Heritage status

When to go
December to April is driest; but the monsoon from May to August is most atmospheric

Suites from $290 per night including breakfast; +94 914943700; kahandakanda.com