- 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.
- Secluded beachfront hotel
- Private bungalow accommodation & meals
- Reliable choice just outside Galle
- Colonial-style property
- Beautiful beachside location
- Large pool in tropical gardens
- Cultural & safari activities nearby
- Large, exclusive resort
- Stunning beachfront location
- 4 restaurants, pool, spa, tennis courts
Dear Lisa. On behalf of the three generations of the Rowland family. Thank you, so much, for organising our wonderful holiday to Botswana and the Victoria Falls. The trip of a lifetime. The week mobile camping in the bush, with our guide Nandos and his crew was a fantastic adventure. How they manage to cook such wonderful food on an open fire is amazing. The sites were constantly visited by monkeys and once by elephants. We were even lucky enough to see two packs of wild dogs, once with a kill. Waterberry Lodge on the Zambezi River is a wonderfully tranquil place. Ideal to relax after the adventures of our safari and visiting Victoria Falls. Very many thanks once again
Godfrey R reviewing Private Mobile Family Safari in Botswana on 25 September 2023
We had a great time - even with the flight between Governors and the coast being two flights and a car! We also experienced a power cut At Nairobi airport on the way home so 2+ hours late taking off. Governors. Wonderful people and dealt with the flight delay very well - taking us back and letting us know that we could stay there if the flight was delayed overnight. The game drives were excellent and our guide (Erick) obviously very experienced and managed to find all the key animals - no rhino in that part of the Masai Mara but everything else in abundance - never seen so many herbivores (many many elephants as well as all the others) as well as two prides of lions. Could not have asked for more. The ‘tent’ was excellent and comfortable and well serviced. The only ‘complaint’ would be that the food - especially dinner - could be improved (I think we got a bit bored of soup as a starter for every meal bar one) and the main courses were not at the same level as Kinondo Kwetu and while all were explained there was no choice offered. The breakfasts were just what was needed after an early game drive. Kinondo Kwetu. What a great location and the welcome when we arrived at just gone 11.00pm was better than you could have ever thought possible - they we’re disappointed that we did not at that time want the full dinner experience! The rooms we’re comfortable. The food was excellent but again no choice was offered - other than for allergy reasons (which we do not have). May be some choice would be nice. Having said that the food we did have was excellent as were the wines (albeit a short list!) and other drinks. There were (as you know) lots of facilities/sports options - but we spent our time relaxing which was exactly what we needed and there were lots of places to do that. Overall. We would go back to both places - perhaps a few more nights at Kinondo Kwetu next time but 3 nights at Governors was perfect for us. Thank you for organising and recommending both places. That you and your colleague for trying to find out about the plane (flat tyre) but communication by the flight company left a lot to be desired (Governors were furious that they were not told and had taken us to the airstrip). Phil
Philip R reviewing Masai Mara Safari & Kenya Beach on 01 September 2023
It was certainly a holiday of a lifetime for us and we loved every minute!! The standard and location of each accommodation was excellent, as was the variety of each different accommodation type. Our schedule was perfect and we managed to achieve everything on our to-do task list. Your documents were also really helpful, as were the driving directions. We all thank you for making this such a wonderful holiday. Happy to leave a review publicly if you point me the right way. Best Steve
Stephen H reviewing Classic Garden Route & Eastern Cape Safari on 01 September 2023