- Contemporary beachfront property
- 10 rooms, friendly atmosphere
- Mask museum, turtle hatcheries, boat trips
Kumu Beach is a contemporary, high-end beachfront hotel which is just outside the town of Balapitiya in southwestern Sri Lanka. The property is on the smaller side than many other hotels in the immediate area and as such it offers a pleasant, friendly atmosphere combined with a fresh, modern feel.
All 10 bedrooms have lovely views of the Indian Ocean, the 23 metre-long infinity pool and the beautifully manicured gardens. All rooms are of a superb standard and are split into three categories: the two Kumu Bedrooms both house two twin beds, while the four Oceanview Bedrooms come with king size four-poster beds. The Oceanview Suites also have four-poster beds, along with significantly more space, and all of the Oceanview options come with either a patio or a balcony. The Sri Lankan decor includes bespoke pieces of furniture, local artwork and wood panelling. All rooms are air conditioned and come with amenities including complimentary toiletries, tea and coffee making facilities, a minibar, a TV with cable channels and bathrobes. Rooms are accessed from the front and while privacy could be marginally better, the hotel has a warm, welcoming feel and will make for a lovely stay.
There is direct access to the beach with boulders of varying sizes scattered along the lengthy stretch of sand - it's very pretty and great for a leisurely stroll, but note that it's not possible to swim since the water here is rough. There are, however, scenic views of the coastline from the large swimming pool and the extensive gardens are lovely. There's a Z Spa offering a good range of treatments and the cuisine includes light tapas meals, sumptuous buffet breakfasts, al fresco evening meals and seafood barbecues out on the beach.
Close by is Ambalangoda, a town famed for its rich cultural heritage, lively arts scene and colourful mask museum. The turtle nesting beach and hatcheries at Kosgoda are also worth a visit and adventurous wildlife-spotting boating trips along the Madu Ganga River are a popular choice. The city of Galle, known for its cobbled streets and plethora of centuries-old buildings, is a UNESCO world heritage site and is just over an hour away.
Families are welcome and the staff go out of their way to engage with children. In the absence of interconnecting bedrooms, families are advised to book an Oceanview Bedroom with a king-size bed along with a Kumu Bedroom with twin beds – these rooms are in very close proximity to each other. An extra bed can also be brought in to the larger Oceanview Suites. Given the unguarded pool and beachside location, parents are reminded to keep their children under adult supervision at all times.
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
Driver-guide: Very punctual, except for pick up for airport when he was delayed by >30 mins due to road closures. Vehicle very clean and well maintained- plenty of water and supplies of clothing for religious sites, tissues, postcards etc. Very good at understanding what level of conversation we wanted. Happy to stop for paracetamol, supermarket etc. Took us to signal box at railway since we were early (which was very interesting)
The Walawwa: Lovely place to arrive at and get a bit of rest. Great pool, lovely rooms and food etc. Peaceful oasis so close to town.
Wilpattu Camp: Wonderful food- really enjoyed trying lots of new things in excellent surroundings.Felt like the place had not been visited much recently (which I don’t think it had due to the terrorist attacks) so our safari guide had been brought up from another park and did not know the park too well- it worked out well though and we saw all the animals we hoped to see so no complaints on that front. We did feel that we should have been told about extra things we could have done- when we commented on the great food on final day we were told that they could have done a cookery demo for us, but it was too late at that point. It worked well for us but clients should probably know that they are likely to have multiple wildlife in their tents (eg frogs)- didn’t bother us at all, but others it might do. We were given a questionnaire to fill in at the end whilst all the staff were standing around, which wasn’t ideal as you felt a bit of pressure! Felt really well looked after here!
Water Gardens Sigiriya: Beautiful suites with plunge pools- quiet and peaceful with lovely big swimming pool. Food good
Jungle Beach: Beautiful location on beach. Rooms good. Food a bit limited I would have liked a bit more variety ideally.
Camellia House: Lovely location- beautiful views. Food OK but service below average- our food orders were wrong a couple of times and even pre-ordered food was delayed. Tea factory tour was only an hour and that was the main reason to be here. It was interesting but quite brief seeing it was the main attraction according to our itinerary. Also, we were taken there in a minibus which didn’t have seatbelts on all seats and was quite smelly- not up to the standard of the usual transportation. Rooms were described as having panoramic views- one did have amazing views but the other one definitely didn’t.
Galle Face: Lovely old hotel- but it did have some problems (leaking ceiling and ‘smuts’ coming out of air conditioning.) Weather very bad (spectacular storms). It was a shame the street food tour couldn’t take place but totally understandable given the weather, however we enjoyed our dinner here and free drinks/canopes!). Good choice at breakfast.
Pippa R reviewing Sri Lanka Highlights - Classic on 30 September 2019
Once again you organised a really good holiday for us.
If there was one criticism it was that there were too many flights. I don’t know whether you could do Bangkok first, Chiang Mai, then fly down South?
Your drivers and Guides - all really good. The variety of transport on the tours in Bangkok and Chiang Mai; we all loved.
Tamarind Village - Our room was a bit of a squeeze, with the 3 of us and 3 big suitcases.
Lisu Lodge- I enjoyed our time here. Going forward I would suggest only 1 night or they need to have some more activities. I liked how we ate on the floor, the food was really good. Staff very friendly. We liked the cycling, tea plantation, trekking and white water rafting.
Riva Surya- good location.
Elephant Hills- we loved looking after the elephants, the lake was also a really good experience. The guides were informative and looked after us well. The resort locations and tents were perfect.
Santiburi - amazing; we upgraded to a beach bungalow which was fantastic. The hotel is in a stunning location, the facilities and the service was impeccable. Sam has some private Thai boxing lessons, which he loved. We had cookery lessons and used the paddle boards. A perfect end to quite a busy holiday.
Natasha L reviewing Thailand Family Adventure on 24 September 2019