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.
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.
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