Kalundewa Retreat in Dambulla has the distinction of being featured in one of Britain’s most prestigious travel magazines, the Tatler Magazine as part of their Travel Guide for January 2012. The resort owners were invited to the Tatler Travel Awards and for the launching of the Tatler Travel Guide 2012 at the Ritz in London.
Here’s how the Tatler described Kalundewa:
“On paper it doesn’t really make sense. Imagine a structure made of glass panels, industrial steel and polished cement rising up over marshy, low slung wetlands full of submerged tree roots and dappled light. Although wildly remote, this sky-high two-bedroom hideaway has slick mod-cons inside and a wraparound teak terrace that meets head on the untamed wilderness flirting with brightly coloured birds, a flash of petrol blue, a dash of lime green.
It’s an earthy place- you can reach it by walking through a banana plantation or arrive by raft. You certainly won’t see anybody else when you’re here so tune in to the rhythm of nature. It may take time, but then suddenly you’re obsessed!
Up with the sunrise, nose down in bird books. Harmonise with the call of the egrets and purple coots, splash in the cerulean plunge pool as a water monitor cools off in the lake or amble by bicycle around the 90 acres of agricultural land, exploring bright-green paddy fields, medicinal ayurvedic gardens and orchards rich with papayas. At dusk, as the sun sets between the foggy mountains, sink into your enormous stone bathtub; it takes forever to fill, but here time slows.
Beat-seekers may find the nature too raw, but it’s perfect for those who carve an unhurried pace. With plans afoot for more two bedroom pods, placed in mangrove swamps within the estate, this is a gorgeous new living experience that completely grows on you. Website kalundewaretreat.com