Away from everything and within a short stroll to pristine, wild beach and tranquil lagoon, this precious little hotel is bohemian eco chic at it's best. Simple, tasteful, unique and relaxed. Perfect for a honeymooning couple or a family reunion. Either way, you feel like it's all just for you.
Everything exceeds expectation. Whether exploring, swimming, picnicking, watching wild peacocks pass by your room as you read, or napping in the afternoon with the French doors flung wide to let in all the sounds of nature...every moment is perfect.
Like the building material, the food is sourced locally and every meal is a mmm mmm divine!
And all this is thanks to the efforts of a small but gifted staff who aim to please in every way and
delight in doing so.
And did I mention the most romantic, candlelit, outdoor shower ever!
Our time here was much too brief and we'd go out of our way to return here should the opportunity arise.
We were sorry not to have a chance to experience the other Back Of Beyond properties
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on the South Coast of Sri Lanka, 15 minutes from Tangalle and a 10 - minute walk from the beach, Back of Beyond Kahandamodara (Monera thenna) is named after the flock of peacocks that strut across this land. This 10-acre property lies on the eastern back of a river that flows out to the sea around 500 m from the property. The lodge consists of a 3 bedroom bungalow, 2 bedroom villa and a single bedroom cottage. These units can be booked independently or together for large groups. This retreat has been built mostly out of locally available materials including large mud bricks, bamboo, thatch for roofs etc. In keeping with our environmental policy and energy minimization, no AC nor swimming pools are available. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms with hot water showers. The rooms have either king-size double beds or twin beds. All rooms have ceiling fans and mosquito nets. Due to the thick clay brick walls, high ceilings and maximization of natural ventilation and tree cover, the buildings are very cool and airy. Most toilets have an open to air area (all are enclosed) to enhance the natural experience. The large open spaces and lawns around the buildings make this retreat a favourite for children to run around and cycle. The property has around 300 m of river frontage and kayaks are available for rental. The areas around the property and adjoining village roads are excellent for cycling and bicycles are also available for hire. A lovely wide and secluded beach is only a 10 minute walk from the property. Guests can help fishermen draw in their nets in the morning, or enjoy fishing in the nearby estuary. The Kalametiya bird sanctuary is only 15 minutes from the property. Bundala and Yala National parks are also 1.25 Hr and 2 hr from the property. A well-stocked library with books on archeology, history and fauna and flora of the area is available in the bungalow. A separate kitchen, staff quarters and drivers quarters is also provided. Most fruits and vegetables are grown in-house. ... more less
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