Why we love it

Until fairly recently Sri Lanka’s east coast remained largely unexplored, but the last couple of years has seen an emergence of new properties opening up. We particularly like the newly opened Karpaha Sands, with 17 private luxury tented suites dotted on a shady palm beach, on a remote 7 mile section of pristine beach.  There is a really cool vibe throughout the hotel and we love that they’ve come up with a totally unique design, combining canvas, wood, glass and concrete with eastern inspired furnishings and arty décor.

The property:

There is an impressive entrance, which always sets the tone nicely on arrival.  The hub of the property is a two two-story restaurant, bar and lounge area overlooking the beautiful infinity pool.  There is a library with a television and iMacs, books and games – all of which sit in landscaped tropical gardens linked by sandy pathways. The spacious tented suites are situated directly on the beach or nestled in their own private gardens and offer very generous indoor and outdoor space.

Weather:

There has been lots documented about Sri Lanka’s east coast weather (and weather in general) but we hope this puts it into some perspective. The east coast has a very stable temperature year round, averaging at around 85 degrees. May to October tends to be when the east coast gets the best weather (although March and April can also be very nice), with clear skies and just a gentle breeze. In November there can be some rain and from December to February the winds can pick up and there may be some rain and occasional thunderstorms. During these months swimming in the sea can be tricky due to the rough seas and currents. Last year Christmas and New Year was fully booked, and everyone enjoyed great weather! So yes, whilst the weather can be trickier to predict from November to February it’s not to say you shouldn’t go there. If you want a quiet stretch of beach, a beautiful 30m infinity pool, and a beautiful beach hotel then we say go for it.

Highlights and activities

  • Enjoy swimming in the infinity pool or the Indian Ocean.
  • Take a visit into the nearby town of Pasikuda.
  • Explore below the surface, with plentiful diving and snorkelling sites nearby.
  • Take a walk or bike ride along the beach or surrounding area
  • Watch the fishermen coming in with their daily catch
  • Indulge in some therapy at the in-house Shanthi Ayurveda Spa

Eco feature

When building a hotel in a totally new area it’s obviously important to support the local community, so Karpaha are supporting the local fisherman through buying their catch to serve daily in their restaurant. Additionally, they are currently helping them re-build their fishing huts on the beach. They are also in the process of some other local community initiatives, we’ll let you know more soon.


Kolaya Suite

Room rates (2 pax sharing): $160 (15 Oct – 19 Dec 2019), $210 (6 Jan – 11 April), $235 (12 April – 25 April, 20 Dec – 5th Jan 2020), $285 (Jul, Aug 2019)

The Kolaya Suites are the lead-in rooms and are set in their own lush private gardens. They have generous living space with mod-cons and a king-size bed, a private terrace with outdoor shower and a private garden.

All suites can accommodate an extra single bed for a child upon request.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Coffee
  • Free Wifi
  • Private bathroom

Palam Suite

Room rates (2 pax sharing): $195 (15 Oct – 19 Dec 2019), $265 (6 Jan – 11 April), $300 (12 April – 25 April, 20 Dec – 5th Jan 2020), $350 (Jul, Aug 2019)

The Palam Suites are slightly larger than the Kolaya Suites and located closer to the beach, within Karpaha’s old coconut plantation. These rooms have sea views, which can be enjoyed from your private terrace. They come with a king-size bed with mod-cons and an outdoor terrace with shower.

All suites can accommodate an extra single bed for a child upon request.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Coffee
  • Free Wifi
  • Private bathroom

Seed Suites

Room rates (4 guests or less): $250 (15 Oct – 19 Dec 2019), $325 (6 Jan – 11 April), $375 (12 April – 25 April, 20 Dec – 5th Jan 2020), $465 (Jul, Aug 2019)

The Seed Suites have 2 bedrooms and are designed for families with two children or friends travelling together. They are very spacious and have a large private garden, two bedrooms (which can be configured as two king size beds or a king size bed and two single beds), two indoor showers, two outdoor showers, a large living room, a private terrace and mod-cons.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Coffee
  • Free Wifi
  • Private bathroom

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