Escape to Kalkudah PARADISE AT KARPAHA SANDS
Hi Magazine|Series 18 Volume 5 - 2020
Deep in the unexplored eastern coast of Sri Lanka, an oasis of luxury named Karpaha Sands holds sway with grandeur and finesse.
Tina Edward Gunawardhana

Unreachable for 30 years and once billed as Sri Lanka’s prime beach destination before the civil war, the east coast is re-opening its doors, offering its natural and cultural treasures, including the country’s most wonderful beaches for those in search of adventure and idyllic new vistas.

The owners of Karpaha Sands have created an uber luxury resort to reflect all the luxurious elements they have sampled on their various holidays around the world. Like an oasis in the desert, Karpaha Sands is the only resort on the beautifully curved bay of Kalkudah to offer 17 private luxury tented spacious suites for discerning travellers to indulge in a spot of glamping.

Location

The 17 double and family luxury tents straddle the pristine, peaceful, sandy grounds along with an infinity pool, a garden spa and a double-storey restaurant and bar, all of which offer superb ocean panoramas. The beach which is the preserve of the local fishermen stretches endlessly and one of the delights is that you can observe them at close quarters or join in if you wish as they haul their nets after casting.

Style and character

The hotel’s architecture is chic and trendy and offers many spaces for relaxing. The tented suites are reminiscent of the luxury glamping tents in the Serengeti. Along with the two-storey restaurant and bar the buildings are perfectly situated in beautifully manicured tropical gardens with sandy walkways linking the facilities. Sri Lanka has one of South Asia’s most exciting contemporary art scenes, and Karpaha Sands has been conceived as a spot to showcase and nurture local artists. Their collection of sculptures, paintings, mixed media and other works of art from Sri Lankan and other artists from France and South Africa awaits discovery in hidden corners of the resort, indoors or outdoors. The giant gorilla statue emerging from the foliage along one of the walkways is an arresting sight, while the sculpture fashioned from copper of a man lying on his belly propped up by his elbows gazing at the pool contributes to the cool artistic vibe of the resort.

Continue reading your story on the app

Continue reading your story in the magazine

MORE STORIES FROM HI MAGAZINEView All

Virtual Fashion Influencers

MEET THE NEXT GEN FASHIONISTAS FROM AROUND THE WORLD WHO CHANNEL THEIR SARI LOOK WITH PRIDE

6 mins read
Hi Magazine
Series 18 Volume 5 - 2020

The dancer

MALEENA RAJAPAKSHA, IN TRAINING FOR THE AUSTRALIAN DANCESPORT CHAMPIONSHIPS

4 mins read
Hi Magazine
Series 18 Volume 5 - 2020

TINY PRETTY THINGS JOSH PYMAN

PLAYING THE ROLE OF ‘DEV RANAWEERA’ IN HIT NETFLIX SERIES TINY PRETTY THINGS, ACTOR JOSH PYMAN OF MIXED SRI LANKAN AND AUSTRALIAN HERITAGE IS SMOKING HOT ON AND OFF SCREEN IN AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH TINA EDWARD GUNAWARDHANA, JOSH SHARES HIS STORY OF LIFE AS A JOBBING ACTOR

5 mins read
Hi Magazine
Series 18 Volume 5 - 2020

World Traveller

BROADCASTER AND JOURNALIST, MARIELLA FROSTRUP HAS HAD HER FINGER ON THE CULTURAL PULSE OF BRITAIN FOR THE LAST THIRTY YEARS. FROM BEING A BBC RADIO 4 PRESENTER AND SKY BOOK SHOW HOST TO A BOOKER PRIZE JUDGE AND MOTHER OF TWO, MARIELLA FROSTRUP TAKES THE HOTSEAT AS OUR WORLD TRAVELLER

4 mins read
Hi Magazine
Series 18 Volume 5 - 2020

THE Siren FROM Geylon

BEWITCHING BEAUTY AND TOP BRITISH MODEL NINA DYER WAS BORN IN CEYLON IN 1930. A MEMBER OF THE ORIGINAL EUROPEAN JETSET, NINA MARRIED TWO OF THE RICHEST MEN IN THE WORLD: BARON THYSSEN AND PRINCE AGA KHAN

9 mins read
Hi Magazine
Series 18 Volume 5 - 2020

Escape to Kalkudah PARADISE AT KARPAHA SANDS

Deep in the unexplored eastern coast of Sri Lanka, an oasis of luxury named Karpaha Sands holds sway with grandeur and finesse.

4 mins read
Hi Magazine
Series 18 Volume 5 - 2020

The Billionaire

BASED ON GEORGE BERNARD SHAW’S PLAY THE MILLIONAIRESS, GEHAN COORAY’S FILM THE BILLIONAIRE WINS ACCLAIMED BURBANK AWARD IN HOLLYWOOD

6 mins read
Hi Magazine
Series 18 Volume 5 - 2020

Sexy Silhouettes

Lois London’s alluring new collection

2 mins read
Hi Magazine
Series 18 Volume 5 - 2020

BEAUTY Entrepreneur

ROSH KUMARASINGHE LAUNCHES HER NEW BRAND BEAUTYBYROSH COSMETICS AND SKINCARE LINE

3 mins read
Hi Magazine
Series 18 Volume 5 - 2020

Miss Intercontinental Sri Lanka Natalee Fernando

Defining beauty with a purpose.

4 mins read
Hi Magazine
Series 15 Volume 5 2017