Kayaam House: Paradise at the edge of the Indian Ocean

by | Oct 11, 2023

Some places can heal a weary soul. And we believe that more than ever, now that we have seen Kayaam House. It’s not just us who have fallen for its charm! Vanity Fair names it one of the best new hotels to book for 2023. Kayaam House is a peaceful retreat located off the beaten track, on Sri Lanka’s southern coast in Tangalle, only steps away from the Indian Ocean. The deep south, dotted with picturesque lagoons, national parks, and historic sites, offers endless empty beaches to indulge fully in the tropical coastal charm. So, here we are, revelling in its exceptionality!

Wellness and luxury

Kayaam House curates a mindful and soulful experience with rejuvenation and healing, where wellness takes centre stage in every guest’s journey. The Sanctuary Spa, equipped with steam baths, boasts two treatment rooms, offering traditional Ayurvedic therapies rooted in holistic inner balance, harnessing the power of locally sourced herbs and spices.

A resident Ayurvedic doctor personalises traditional treatment based on individual doshas. Wellness treatments include weight management, detox & cleanse, renew & revitalise, remedy & restoration, healing & balance and Ayurveda immersion. If you want to opt out of wellness packages, no worries! Guests can choose to stay on any basis from BB onwards.

The outdoor yoga pavilion and the far-reaching infinity pool provide enchanting settings for quiet communion with nature.


Within Kayaam’s embrace, you’ll discover six Ocean Rooms, two Palm Suites, and a two-bedroom Palm Residence, affording privacy, tranquillity, and comfort. All rooms and suites have complimentary WiFi, individually controlled AC, outdoor tables and chairs, a Bluetooth speaker, a minibar with an Espresso machine, and a selection of Dilmah teas. Rollaway beds are available on request, specified for each accommodation.

Ocean Rooms (30m2)

Ocean Rooms (30m2)

The west-facing 6 Ocean Rooms offer picturesque vistas of the lush tropical garden, the infinity pool, and the majestic Indian Ocean. These rooms are thoughtfully designed for serene relaxation, featuring balconies or terraces. Four rooms on the upper floor can be seamlessly connected in pairs to accommodate larger groups or families. Two ground-floor rooms have a private terrace with access to the garden and swimming pool. Most rooms have a king-sized bed, while two have a twin bed setup.

Palm Suite (54 m2)

The generously proportioned Palm Suite with a king bed provides a separate living area and a large outdoor terrace with panoramic views of the lush landscape. A distinct living area offers ample room for relaxation and unwinding. Furthermore, the spacious outdoor terrace is the perfect location to savour a refreshing arrack cocktail as the sun sets in the distance. One rollaway bed is available on request.

Palm Suite with Jacuzzi (66m2)

Palm Suite (with Jacuzzi)

The unique Palm Suite featuring a Jacuzzi offers an unparalleled view of the blue and green landscape that envelops it. A separate living area provides a spacious haven for relaxation. The expansive outdoor terrace, complete with a heated Jacuzzi, is an ideal setting for sipping an arrack cocktail as the sun sets or for a romantic, private dinner experience. Two rollaway beds are available on request.

Palm Residence with Jacuzzi (74m2)

Palm Residence (with Jacuzzi)

The Palm Residence seamlessly blends a tranquil setting for peaceful seclusion and rejuvenation. Nestled within its exclusive private garden and featuring a Jacuzzi, the Palm Residence comprises a king-sized bedroom alongside a separate living area. The ample outdoor terrace is a place to unwind and watch stunning sunsets while enjoying the evening with an arrack cocktail. Four rollaway beds are available on request.


What else to know about the resort?

  • Children aged 16 years and above can stay at the resort.
  • Accommodation is not available for drivers. There are several nearby guest houses available for direct booking.
  • Check-in time – 14:00 Check-out time – 11:00

Attractions in the area

Underwater pools of Rekawa

Turtle Hatchery in Sri Lanka

Mere 10 minutes from the resort are the natural pools of Rekawa. You can snorkel in these underwater pools, home to parrot fish, starfish and turtles.

Kalametiya Bird Sanctuary

This unique bird-watching expedition takes you through lagoons, shrub jungles, mangroves and grassy land on a traditional local raft.

Deep sea diving

Tangalle offers a variety of diving spots with tropical fish and fascinating shipwrecks. Ruhunu Diving Centre provides scuba diving, snorkelling and PADI dive courses. A maximum of four divers on the boat ensures safety and comfort.

Kayaking in the Rekawa Lagoon

Mahweli River Expedition with River Experts

The Rekawa Lagoon and surrounding mangroves are stunning, especially in the early morning and late afternoons as the sun reflects on the clear waters. You can spot a vast number of bird species here.

Surfing in Blue Beach

Arugam Bay Surfing

Blue Beach is only a half-hour drive away and offers a great surfing experience for beginners and pros. Unakuruwa has a right-hand break suitable for advanced and pro surfers. Nilwella, with its sandy bottom and right- and left-hand breaks, is ideal for beginners. You can surf year-round, but the best waves come between November and April.

Mulkirigala Temple

Mulkirigala Rock Temples in Tangalla

Mulkirigala Rock Temple, at the top of the rock of Mulkirigala, is home to seven cave temples. The cave paintings depict Buddha images, statues, decorative arts and crafts. First constructed during the 3rd Century BC, the temple remains at present date back to the Kandyan Kingdom.

Yala National Park


It is where Sri Lanka’s and one of the world’s highest density of leopards is found. You can also spot herds of Asian elephants. The park bordering the Indian Ocean also has two other adjoining parks, Kumana National Park and Lunugamvehera National Park. Game drives here are some of the most popular in the country.

Whale Watching

Whale Watching

Sail to where the Blue whales frolic and dolphins play. Between November and April, Mirissa is a playground for blue whales, sperm whales, killer whales, Bryde whales, and short-finned whales. Schools of bottlenose dolphins and striped dolphins also swim alongside the boats.


Ralph Waldo Emerson famously said: “It’s not the destination; it’s the journey. But, once you have been to Kayaam House, you will always think of it as the destination. No matter where you go on holiday, you will long for that tropical tranquility. Blue Lanka Tours tailor makes bespoke experiences, amalgamating some of the most stunning resorts along Sri Lanka’s stretch of the Indian Ocean. Let us craft a holiday that meets your every expectation, whether it is beaches, history, heritage, art, cuisine, tea, or all of it you seek. Would you stay at Kayaam House on your next Sri Lankan holiday?