If a house could have arms and welcome you, then Kikili Beach would have you in the warmest embrace from the moment you walked through the bright orange gate. Colourful, vibrant and bursting with life this chic one-bedroom beach house just south of famous Unawatuna Bay is the most sensational spot for a delightful couple’s escape. Set in a grassy garden shaded by palms, the house is unusually built from granite; rough hewn grey walls add interesting texture to the house and complement its zingy orange and vivid blue colour scheme along with the beautifully ageing clay tiles on the floor. That a lot of love and hard work has gone into making Kikili Beach a home is obvious, and the owners’ sparkling energy shines brightly throughout. Huge cushions, lampshades and tablecloths are adorned in a kaleidoscope of colours and a variety of bold designs that are both fun and tasteful; photos, pictures and paintings provide a cheerful mood; whilst a selection of hand-picked antiques, books, games and CDs boost its homely appeal. Kikili celebrates life through comfort, colour and conviviality, and manages to feel enchantingly like home – albeit a magical home in the tropics, only footsteps from the warm turquoise embrace of the sea. Although its situation close to an excellent swimming beach is heaven enough, numerous lavish lounging locations – a romantic swing seat, an ambiant ambalama or a deep veranda – coupled with a turquoise swimming pool shimmering in the garden, mean that you will never be short of somewhere to make the most of the spectacular views; sunsets at Kikili are sensational, especially when the palm-topped silhouette of Unawatuna Bay is enhanced by the changing colours in the sky. Add to this the expertise of housekeeper and chef Kumara, who creates excellent dishes (groceries on guest account) from the bright blue kitchen and whose gentle presence is as much a part of the experience as the house itself, and you have a truly unforgettable retreat.