Tropical escapism doesn’t get much better than at Khomba House. This striking seaside haven three hours north of Colombo is perched on a tourist-scarce stretch of north-west coast. The Kalpitiya Peninsular – an arid strip of land arching between the Puttalam Lagoon and the Indian Ocean – is a unique location boasting near-deserted stretches of pale golden sand shaded by thick stands of whistling pines, crunchy-leafed palmyrah palms and Khomba trees, after which the house was named. Khomba House’s private garden is huge and its soft carpet of sand is dotted with shrubs, flowers and vegetables. From fully reclining loungers and oversized daybeds in the open-sided living room, you can soak in these breezy beachy scenes exclusively to yourselves. This house just lives and breathes R&R. Even with children in tow you’re likely to devour great chunks of books in a day as it’s so easy to succumb to the sublime distraction-free setting and easy-going vibe. With two spacious bedrooms, Khomba House is amply big enough for a family and easily able to sleep up to ten (costs extra). With an adorable husband and wife team on hand to clean the house and cook (meals are on guest account), you have little choice but to relax and unwind. The house is very child-friendly and kids will find lots to occupy themselves here, especially outdoors – the whole garden is one big sand pit after all! Khomba doesn’t have its own swimming pool as yet but guests do have access to the facilities belonging to the low-key resorts on neighbouring Alankuda beach which include two swimming pools, a couple of restaurants, a spa and a water sports centre. Whale and dolphin watching trips run daily from Alankuda’s Boat House and you can kayak, kitesurf, windsurf, snorkel, fish and dive (with a few days notice) to your heart’s content (extra charges apply for these activities). Don’t expect to see any TVs at Khomba, it’s all about chilling out and enjoying the outdoors – there’s not even any electricity during the daytime. As such, the house will be a paradise for adventurous serenity seekers looking to escape the madding crowds and enjoy some much-needed down time.