This idyllic escape on the shore of Koggala Lake is designed with its “golden ratio” in mind; it uses local materials that imitate and integrate with the surroundings. Hosting up to 30 guests in 11 snazzy suites and villas, it’s the perfect base from which to explore the south of Sri Lanka, from Cinnamon Island to the UNESCO-listed Galle fort.
At the spa, two treatment rooms overlooking the treetops offer various top-class therapies and tranquility. The chef, Neil Wagner, promises organic seasonal dining with the ethos of “lake to table”, creating contemporary and imaginative dishes that are both healthy and local. You can learn Sri Lankan cooking yourself, too.