Nestled between gently swaying palm trees on Sri Lanka’s south coast is a unique jungle hideout. Turn off the winding road and you’re greeted by a striking, industrial-style structure that wouldn’t look out of place in Shoreditch. Ex-Londoners, Miriam and Laurie, decided to re-discover Miriam’s Sri Lankan roots and bring their modern architectural vision to the tropics. The result is PALM; built in an old coconut plantation in the bohemian town of Ahangama.
Inside, the pavilion is adorned with beautiful cane lampshades and pared-back furnishings. It overlooks the crystal clear 14m swimming pool and effortlessly cool garden lounge. The perfect spot to while away the hours with one of PALM’s signature cocktails. Beyond the shimmering pool, a strategically placed pink wall breaks up the landscape, aesthetically framing the paddy fields beyond and separating the laid-back hangout space and private rooms.
PALM’s rooms are beautifully considered A-frame cabanas, featuring cool concrete interiors, crisp white interior walls and plush, king-sized beds. These breezy rooms are the perfect jungle oasis to retreat to. From the outdoor rainfall shower to the private terrace, the rooms offer a seamless blend of indoor-outdoor living. This ethos is underpinned by the considered minimalist interiors and natural textures, which compliment the lush surroundings.
Opening the grand warehouse-style front doors provides an uninterrupted view of the wildlife outside. The private terrace offers a front-row seat to the fireflies dancing at twilight. With a desire to support local businesses and artisans, each cabana features beautiful cane furniture created by local weavers and heavenly, locally-sourced toiletries. The PALM suites are the newest addition to PALM’s ever-evolving tropical haven. These luxurious rooms are built on stilts amongst the treetops and overlook the surrounding paddy fields. They each feature a large bedroom and separate living space with a daybed that easily converts into a single bed; comfortably housing a small family.
The philosophy of PALM is that what is taken from your surroundings must be given back. This is woven throughout everything they do: from growing their own produce on-site, to providing each cabana with a refillable glass bottle of water in an effort to minimise plastic waste and make your stay a little more earth- friendly.
At the Pavilion, Head Chef Emily Dobbs, author of the cookbook Weligama, has created PALM’s enticing menu. Utilising locally produced ingredients, the meals are comprised of some of her most impressive signature dishes. Serving up everything from zingy salads to vibrant Sri Lankan curries, the food at PALM is not to be missed and the breakfasts, included with your stay, are some of the best on the island.
The Pavilion is also home to PALM’s concept store, which sells a curated array of thoughtful wares, including reef-safe sun cream, reusable straws and tote bags. The upstairs library is the perfect place to unwind with a book or magazine. PALM Fit, the onsite gym, offers an impressive selection of training amenities, including Crossfit, weightlifting, bodybuilding and powerlifting equipment. After working out, re-energise with a fresh smoothie or restoring juice by the pool.
PALM is ideally situated a short tuk-tuk ride from the centre of Ahangama, an idyllic surf-town boasting picturesque, white sandy beaches. After a swim at the beach, catch the sunset at Follow The White Rabbit or watch surfers from the top of the Lighthouse, before heading back to the haven that is PALM.
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Use code ‘KOBU’ when booking and receive a free PALM gift voucher on arrival