Our stay here at Kaju Green was all about switching off from the outside world and reconnecting with nature. That was easy, thanks to the blissful sense of serenity created by what is more than 350 mature coconut palms at this eco-conscious, sustainable resort – that is off the usual tourist track, but close enough to sightseeing hubs in the area – along with local flora that provided the kitchen with delicious ingredients for its food. Even the water for the resort comes from a well in the grounds. Kaju Green meals are lovingly prepared Sri Lankan-mother style – a charming, homely touch in an area known for its big-name multinational hotels.
Design plays a key part in the restful ambience at Kaju Green. Our modernist accommodation was in the largest of the seven beautiful bungalows, where contemporary design fuses with traditional Sri Lankan style, that in itself melts seamlessly into the lush green, natural environment. In our home away from home at Kaju Green was a truly impressive bath – big enough for two – flanked by sliding doors that allow you to bathe with soothing romantic views of the jungle or the stars at night, making for some effortlessly romantic nights in.
We woke early to an incredible chorus of birds and the chants and bells from the local temple, accompanied by the woody scent of incense lit to keep insects away at night. Having sampled a Vinyasa yoga class, we then went for a swim in the salt-water pool.
Photography courtesy of Kaju Green and by Martin Perry
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