A trio of chic beach resorts open in Sri Lanka

Fort Bazaar, Anantara Kalutara and KK Beach bring style to the south coast

A deluxe ocean‑view room at Anantara Kalutara Resort, Sri Lanka
A deluxe ocean‑view room at Anantara Kalutara Resort, Sri Lanka

Down on the south coast ofSri Lanka it’s all news, all the time: witness the opening in January of Fort Bazaar(www.teardrop-hotels.com/fort-bazaar; from $229), a redo of a 17th-century merchant’s house in Galle that fizzes with colour-saturated good looks; and the arrival later this month of Anantara Kalutara Resort(www.anantara.com; from £225), whose sleek pool villas surround public spaces originally designed and built by the legendary Geoffrey Bawa.

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In December it’s the turn of George Cooper, the hotelier-retailer behind the much-loved Kahanda Kanda(www.kahandakanda.com; from about $410). His four-suite KK Beach (www.kkbeach.com; from about $250) is set on the sands of Habaraduwa, midway between Galle and Weligama, and will manifest all the quirky style for which Cooper is known; its beach will be open to Kahanda Kanda guests as well. Cooper has also expanded his retail footprint in Galle’s historic fort with KK by George (53 Leyn Baan Street), a sister boutique to his KK The Collection, stocking airy cotton beachwear and locally produced jewellery.

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