The South Coast
Kumu Beach

This contemporary 10 room hotel sits above a stretch of serene golden sand on Sri Lanka’s South West Coast, shaded by gently swaying coconut palms.

With lawned gardens and a lovely infinity pool, Kumu Beach is an enchanting place to relax and unwind in a stylish setting while enjoying wonderful inventive cuisine and attentive service.

Facilities & Activities

Kumu Beach is designed for lazy days in the sun – take a stroll along the beach then enjoy a dip in the 23-metre pool before lounging in a hammock with a good book. However, if you do wish to explore there are several attractions only a short drive away.

Within a 15-minute drive of Balapitiya is Ambalangoda, famed for southern arts and culture. The two in-town mask museums are home to some superb examples of the weird and wonderful balsa wood masks used in spirit cleansing ceremonies, local festivals and folk dances rarely performed today, and you can even try carving your own.

Just to the north of Balapitiya is Kosgoda, a remarkable turtle nesting beach with hatcheries for visiting, and the estuary of the Madu Ganga River for embarking on boat trips through the wildlife-filled wetlands, edged by mangrove forests, a serene island temple and cinnamon estates.

For surfing, you can head down to Hikkaduwa, and for colonial history and shopping, to Galle’s 17th century Dutch fort – just 50-minutes away by road.

The hotel also has a small spa with one air-conditioned double treatment room offering a range of treatments. 

Sea swimming:
the sea is generally not suitable for swimming due to strong currents. Further down the beach there is a natural cove and rock pools where you may be able to enjoy a dip from November to April depending on the sea conditions.

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Kumu Beach offers an a la carte fusion menu with predominantly International dishes and plenty of fresh fish and seafood. Throughout the day enjoy platters for sharing and smaller, tapas-style dishes for light meals and snacks.

Dine al fresco and enjoy candlelit meals beneath the stars on the long timber dining deck beside the lawn or escape the heat of the day in the air-conditioned café-style bar. For a special occasion the hotel can arrange dinner in the garden, beside the pool, on the beach or even atop one of the garden-edged rooftops for the ultimate private dinner-for-two!

Breakfast and afternoon tea are included in room rates.


The 10 bedrooms showcase Sri Lankan contemporary style at its very best with off-white terrazzo floors, custom-designed beds and a chic décor influenced by sunset pinks and ocean blues. Most rooms look out over the pool and garden and have spectacular views across the Indian Ocean.

Oceanview Bedrooms are located either on the ground or upper floor with a four-poster king-sized bed and private furnished terrace or veranda with sea views. Rooms are air-conditioned and furnished with bespoke wardrobes, cable TV, tea/coffee making facilities and spacious bathrooms with pebble-floored shower areas.

Oceanview Suites are located either on the ground or upper floor and the bedroom extends down to a sunken lounge furnished with a sofa and cable TV. The space is light and airy with three sets of picture windows that look out over the garden, pool and ocean. The en suite bathroom is equipped with a rain shower and lavish amenities. The 2 ground floor Oceanview Suites additionally have an outside shower. Private and exclusive, with direct access onto the garden or balconies with beautiful views of the Indian Ocean.

There are also 2 twin-bedded Kumu Bedrooms located on the first floor (no view), they are cosy at 25m2 so best suited for single occupancy or children sharing.

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Families are certainly made to feel very welcome although there are no dedicated children’s facilities.

Extra beds can be added to the Oceanview Suites for children sharing or families could book a 1st floor Ocean View Bedroom with a Kumu Twin room for the children. Although not connecting rooms they are close by on the same floor.


Teardrop hotels are dedicated to making sure all their properties are more sustainable, in June 2021 all seven hotels were globally recognised with the Travelife Gold Certificate for sustainable tourism practices.

Kumu Beach are involved in many of the groups sustainability initiatives which include:

  • Teardrop Care – a foundation that supports local communities, providing food and medicine to low income families with a program that aims to employ young people in the area.
  • Tea Leaf Trust – founded in 2007 aiming to empower young women from the tea estates through education, employment and ethnic cohesion.
  • Refill not Landfill Campaign – A global campaign with the aims to reduce the amount of plastic water bottles in hotels, all Teardrop properties use glass refillable water bottles.
  • Regular Clean-ups – the hotel teams organise regular beach and estate clean-ups.


The hotel enjoys a secluded setting on the edge of Balapitiya Beach on Sri Lanka’s South West Coast, a 2-hour drive from Colombo Airport and a 1-hour drive from Galle.

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