This two-bedroom villa might have only been built in 2014, but with its exposed beams and antique finds – a wheel from an old tea-crushing machine hangs in the living room – it could pass as a restored colonial relic. Beyond the pool, walk straight onto the sand to spot baby turtles. At the end of this year, hotel and beach club KK Beach opens next door. It will be the latest launch from expat-Brit George Cooper, who is also behind interiors shop KK Collection in Galle Fort and 10-suite hideaway Kahanda Kanda overlooking Lake Koggala. From about £365 per night.