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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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Updated 10/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 10/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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#2 of 19 hotels in Kalkudah
Location
4.8
Cleanliness
4.8
Service
4.7
Value
4.7
Travelers' Choice
Be cast away on a Robinson Crusoe beach. Karpaha Sands is a luxury glamping boutique resort situated on Sri Lanka’s most pristine Kalkudah Beach. In this hideaway resort, luxury meets authenticity. Guests can unwind and be close to nature, relax under the Palmyra trees and swim in the 30m idyllic infinity pool or jump in the turquoise sea. With a light environmental footprint, a cool arty design vibe and local ancestral fishing communities at its doorstep, Karpaha Sands offers unmatched seclusion, authenticity, exclusivity and pure tranquillity. It is also a perfect destination from which to explore the East Coast and discover the Tamil culture to add diversity on any Sri Lanka itinerary.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Free breakfast
Beach
Bicycles available
Books, DVDs, music for children
Children's television networks
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Swimming pool toys
Infinity pool
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Game room
Canoeing offsite
Darts
Tennis court offsite
Walking tours
Board games / puzzles
Indoor play area for children
Kids pool
Kids' outdoor play equipment
Highchairs available
Airport transportation
Car hire
Taxi service
Spa
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot bath
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Massage
Neck massage
24-hour security
BBQ facilities
Concierge
Gift shop
Mosquito net
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
First aid kit
Umbrella
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Blackout curtains
Air conditioning
Desk
Dining area
Housekeeping
Coffee / tea maker
Refrigerator
Bidet
Interconnected rooms available
Room service
Safe
Seating area
Separate dining area
Separate living room
Sofa
Telephone
Wardrobe / closet
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Electric kettle
Walk-in shower
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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HOTEL STYLE
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Languages Spoken
English, French, German, Sinhala and 1 more
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Britt J wrote a review Sep 21
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Definitely the best stay we had during our trip in Sri Lanka! The rooms are spacious with a lovely interior. The beach is the most gorgeous of all beaches we’ve seen here. Staff is extremely friendly and helpful. So glad we planned this stop on our way from Trincomallee to Arugam Bay (halfway). Would love to come again!
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Dear Guest, Greetings from Karpaha Sands! Thank you for the wonderful review! We are glad to hear that you had a wonderful experience staying with us. We hope we have the chance of welcoming you back to Karpaha Sands! Vanakkam, Robert Claesson General Manager
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BritAus wrote a review Sep 19
Vancouver, Canada41 contributions75 helpful votes
Just a wonderful place to relax and unwind, Swims in the sea and the lovely pool and long walks along the beach. The beachside tents were beautiful and very private. Every part of the accommodation was well thought through, and at a high standard. The restaurant bar area was lovely and the staff were so helpful, careful and attentive, We want to come back as soon as possible!
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Dear Guest, Greetings from Karpaha Sands! Thank you for the wonderful review! We are glad to hear that you had a wonderful experience staying with us. We hope we have the chance of welcoming you back to Karpaha Sands! Vanakkam, Robert Claesson General Manager
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Clauds wrote a review Sep 15
4 contributions
This really is a place that exceeds expectation. Comfortable, luxurious tents right by the sea. On a beach as far as the eye can see, cinema outside while eating fresh fish.... sitting pool side while the kids run around with so much space. Then the food, wanted everything on the menu! We extended our stay twice. A must visit
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Dear Guest, Greetings from Karpaha Sands! Thank you for the wonderful review! We are glad to hear that you had a wonderful experience staying with us. We hope we have the chance of welcoming you back to Karpaha Sands! Vanakkam, Robert Claesson General Manager
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Edward C wrote a review Sep 15
Koggala, Sri Lanka2 contributions
What a fantastic place.m could not recommend more.. amazing food .. staff for which nothing is too much trouble. Tropical paradise on an endless soft whit sandy beach fringed and shaded by hundreds of palm trees.. Best place we have been in Sri lanka
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Dear Guest, Greetings from Karpaha Sands! Thank you for the wonderful review! We are glad to hear that you had a wonderful experience staying with us. We hope we have the chance of welcoming you back to Karpaha Sands! Vanakkam, Robert Claesson General Manager
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Nalin P wrote a review Sep 13
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Karpaha is a special place for me & my family, I visited for the second time. Nice view, excellent staff, delicious food. Its a very unique place for sea food lovers. I have visited so many places in sri lanka but this is a place like a haven on earth
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Dear Guest, Greetings from Karpaha Sands! Thank you for the wonderful review! We are glad to hear that you had a wonderful experience staying with us. We hope we have the chance of welcoming you back to Karpaha Sands! Vanakkam, Robert Claesson General Manager
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Rainer wrote a review Sep 11
7 contributions
First of all we would like to mention that traveling in Sri Lanka in these days is no problem at all (everything worked well). Sri Lanka is a beautiful country with very friendly people - we only can recommend to visit it. We spent 5 nights in two beach villas (can only recommend to go for a beach villa) with an exceptional view direct from the bed on a terrific beach, coconut trees and the ocean. We enjoyed a creative as well as traditional Sri Lankian cuisine that definitely exceeded the standard one would usually expect - and this at a really affordable price level. Staff, hotel management, etc where always friendly, helpful and fulfilled all wishes. Villas are very well equipped, had an effective AC (important when staying in a tented villa). No extra charges for room or beach services. White beach, warm and clean ocean - perfect surrounding for an unforgettable beach stay. We also had the cooking class - also a great experience with a perfect chef cook.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Room Tip: Beach villa (we had 8 and 9) - 6 and 5 should be renovated in due course
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Dear Guest, Greetings from Karpaha Sands! Thank you for the wonderful review! We are glad to hear that you had a wonderful experience staying with us. We hope we have the chance of welcoming you back to Karpaha Sands! Vanakkam, Robert Claesson General Manager
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PDMJDMRDM wrote a review Sep 1
London2 contributions
My expectations of what Karhapa Sands is about were exceeded. I came expecting the usual high quality and great service that I have come to enjoy in Sri Lanka. When I arrived I immediately noticed how KS has the same welcome and beautifully designed features and landscaping however there was a more simple vibe allowing the beauty and colours of the surrounding beach and jungle take centre stage. For me this had the effect of immediate relaxation and slowing down. The tents are so well designed giving the feeling of camping yet still luxurious in an understated way. The staff were friendly and exceptional at service - friendly and professional - there’s nothing that is too much trouble and they were always responsive and delivered requests in a timely manner. Fantastic value for money we can’t wait to come back.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Room Tip: How close do you want to be to the beach to hear the waves :)
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Dear Guest, Greetings from Karpaha Sands! Thank you for the wonderful review! We are glad to hear that you had a wonderful experience staying with us. We hope we have the chance of welcoming you back to Karpaha Sands! Vanakkam, Robert Claesson General Manager
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Andreas O wrote a review Aug 2022
7 contributions2 helpful votes
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Excellent service and quality! Prices for food are quite high but quality is outstanding too! Only place we found where you get a decent bottle of wine on your vacation too. The beach is great and you are almost alone there - the hotel pool is great too! Snorkeling and other activities have to be done 20 minutes drive away at another sports center.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: Not the place to save money as a drink costs 3 dollar which is double to all other places in Sri...
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Dear Guest, Greetings from Karpaha Sands! Thank you for the wonderful review! We are glad to hear that you had a wonderful experience staying with us. We hope we have the chance of welcoming you back to Karpaha Sands! Vanakkam, Robert Claesson General Manager
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JenO wrote a review Aug 2022
Galle, Sri Lanka1 contribution
Truly one of the most magical holidays we’ve experienced. From start to finish, the care, attention to detail, the surroundings, the food… the Maldives of Sri Lanka. Robert and his team couldn’t have made it more comfortable and wonderful week away. Thank you 🙏
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Dear Jena, Greetings from Karpaha Sands! Thank you for the wonderful review! We are glad to hear that you had a wonderful experience staying with us. We hope we have the chance of welcoming you back to Karpaha Sands! Vanakkam, Robert Claesson General Manager
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Diana Mangalagiu wrote a review Aug 2022
Paris, France467 contributions202 helpful votes
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We came back to the Karpaha Sands and it’s even better than the first time. The location the premises everything on the property it’s so well chosen and inspiring. The 30 m long swimming pool overlooking the sea with amazing views on the sunrise. It was also wonderful to see again Jonathan, Dushandi and the other members of the staff. The new chef is absolutely fantastic. The spa and the massages are also very good. Great stay, we will be back soon!
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Dear Diana, Greetings from Karpaha Sands! Thank you for the wonderful review! We are glad to hear that you had a wonderful experience staying with us. We hope we have the chance of welcoming you back to Karpaha Sands! Vanakkam, Robert Claesson General Manager
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$75 - $98 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
Sri LankaEastern ProvinceKalkudah
NUMBER OF ROOMS
17
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Frequently Asked Questions about Karpaha Sands
What are some of the property amenities at Karpaha Sands?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Karpaha Sands?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a refrigerator, and a bidet.
What food & drink options are available at Karpaha Sands?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Karpaha Sands?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Karpaha Sands?
Conveniently located restaurants include Vasuki Restaurant, Nature Huts, and Machang Pasikuda.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Karpaha Sands?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Karpaha Sands have airport transportation?
Yes, Karpaha Sands offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Karpaha Sands?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, German, Tamil, and Sinhala.
Does Karpaha Sands have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
Is Karpaha Sands accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.