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Karpaha Sands beach drone shot


On golden Kalkudah Beach, on the East Coast of Sri Lanka, Karpaha Sands is a luxurious stay that puts as little as possible between you and its glorious beach surrounds.

Set on a former coconut plantation, the resort’s arty vibe is set by the metal gorilla sculpture at the entrance. The cool style within is modern and minimal with natural sustainable timber paired with stone that creates an unshowy and sophisticated environment in which to unwind.

The tented suites are spacious and chic with private indoor bathrooms and private decks with outdoor showers. There are larger suites designed for families or groups that come with a private garden to relax in.

The gastronomy showcases the best of the island or top-quality modern European cuisine, all made with organic produce from the kitchen gardens. The meals can be served on your terrace, and private beach barbeques beneath the palms can also be arranged.


There’s a strong sense of having found an undiscovered treasure as you enter cool Karpaha. An ambiance of naturalness predominates, a sense that this is a place where things are just so, without effort, and you find yourself slipping quickly into step.

Watch the sunrise from the infinity pool or check-in for a treatment at the Ayurvedic spa. Bicycles are available for you to explore the Tamil way of life beyond the resort, although a walk on the beach while observing the friendly local fisherman casting their nets can suffice as well.