If I could give KK more than a 5 star rating I would!
The hotel is located about a 30 minute tuktuk ride from downtown Galle and the historic fort. It is nestled into the hillside of a quiet village, offering territorial views of the lake below. Travelers could choose to stay in accommodations in Fort Galle, but we found that area to be way too frenetic and noisy for a relaxing vacation. KK is a place to relax.
KK's premises offer guests a relaxing experience of staying within immaculately maintained buildings and gardens. That said, its not sterile, but serene. Even the house dogs add to the ambience of the place - relaxed and occasionally getting up and walking over to guests to be pet.
The hotel offers first rate traditional Sri Lankan and western meals. Most days we opted for the Sri Lankan savory breakfasts and dinners. If a guest is so inclined, with prior arrangements guests can see a cooking demonstration from the chef. We did, and took copious notes for use at home. Western or Sri Lankan, all the meals were top notch. Eating them outdoors overlooking the valley below is part of the experience. The fixed price 3-course dinners are of great quality and value. Wine was reasonably priced, I.e. No price gouging as I often find in popular restaurants.
The rooms are very comfortable, well appointed, and immaculate. Housekeeping does a great job checking the rooms at least twice a day.
Hotel staff are incredibly professional, informative, and friendly. We had several questions during the reservation process, and hotel staff answered those questions and provided advice, including the many options of getting from Colombo and the hotel.
What really struck me was the sincerity of all staff. They are really glad to have guests, and go out of their way to ensure an enjoyable stay. Not stuffy. No ulterior motives. Always engaging. Hotel staff are all great at their jobs, and this extends throughout the entire team: owner, waiters, management, reservations, security staff, housekeeping, etc. service was always offers with a smile and polite questions asking if it was satisfactory and if anything could be changed for improvement. (My answer was always no.) The hotel also will recommend and arrange activities on request: to Fort Galle, a local tea plantation, bike rides, etc. The hotel arranged our day trip to the wild life refuge up north, making all arrangements including transport, take away breakfast, entrance fees, and safari jeep. I would highly recommend doing this during your stay.
Another admirable feature of the hotel is its commitment to the local village. The hotel supports the local transportation drivers, farmers, small businesses, etc. not only does this demonstrate social consciousness, but it also reinforces a visitor's experience of Sri Lanka. There must be a great deal of shared respect because everyone associated with the hotel - everyone - has a warm welcoming smile and demeanor.
Lastly, our stay was for 5 nights. We were concerned is may be too long but I would recommend at least five nights if this were a first trip to Sri Lanka.
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