Luxury hotel holiday Taprobane Island Weligama

Taprobane Island in Weligama Bay is a private island retreat which is available for sole occupancy only, offering luxurious accommodation for up to 10 people in a 1920s villa.
Included in your Expressions holiday
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room on bed and breakfast
  • Scheduled flights with Sri Lankan Airlines
  • Transport by private car with driver-guide
  • Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints
  • Optional room, board and flight upgrades. Details on request

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Taprobane Island, Weligama

Taprobane Island in Weligama Bay is an exclusive fantasy tropical island hideaway which can only be reached by wading through the sea, or by elephant sedan. Comfortable, stylish accommodation and idyllic seclusion make this the ultimate romantic destination.

Facts in brief

Official star rating 3 star boutique

Location The hotel is on an island just off the coast, about 20-miles from Galle

Annual opening All year

Closest airport Colombo

Distance from airport About 3 1/2 hours by car

Hotel facilities and services

Food & Beverage menus to choose from, Infinity pool, 2 Living areas, Book library and board games, 5 staff at your service. The only telephone is in the Manager's office.

Out and about nearby

Weligama Bay with its beach and fishing boats, Weligama life, stilt fishermen along the coast, Historical port of Galle (UNESCO World Heritage site, 30 minutes away), South coast beaches and fishing villages, Matara town, Whale and dolphin watching.

Sports nearby

Surfing and Surf lessons on Weligama Bay, Private yachting, Scuba diving.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on ten people sharing the whole villa for 7 nights

From about

£3,900

Holiday Code EXH985

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Taprobane Island, Weligama

Taprobane Island, with its 1920s neo-Palladian villa, is an idyllic private island retreat in Weligama Bay, on Sri Lanka's South Coast. It has enjoyed many colourful years playing host to presidents, royalty, writers and aristocrats and now welcomes paying guests. Built by the self-styled Count de Mauny-Talvande, the star-shaped villa is sheer tropical fantasy on a 2-acre rock, its balconies, verandahs and white-washed walls hidden amidst a tropical garden paradise. On arrival on Taprobane Island, you enter through a white gate and walk up a shady garden path to the Dutch-style crested entrance of the house. Three of the bedrooms and the living areas are entered from a beautiful, octagonal-shaped central hall adorned with antiques and the owner's memorabilia. The other two bedrooms are down below, reached by an outdoor path and steps. All five en-suite bedrooms on Taprobane Island face outwards to the sea and have antique furniture, polished cement floors and brightly coloured cushions. You can relax and dine in two spacious living areas, one looking out to the open ocean, the other to the bay, both open-sided to catch the sea breeze. The house on Taprobane Island is surrounded by 2 acres of exquisite tropical garden, its cascading terraces filled with frangipanis, palms, orchids, monkey tail and flame trees. Winding pathways lead to a secluded infinity pool that drops into the sea and down to the rocky water's edge, whilst terraces and verandahs provide secluded spots to paint or read. A staff of 5 service the villa and prepare delicious Sri Lankan and international cuisine. Breakfast is included and you order the other meals and drinks according to your desires, settling your account at the end of your stay. Taprobane Island is privately owned and can only be visited by resident guests. Access to Taprobane Island is usually gained by wading waist-deep 200 yards or so through the sea, but the journey can also be made by elephant or sedan chair! To ensure total privacy, you can only book the villa/island in its entirety, not individual rooms.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on ten people sharing the whole villa for 7 nights

From about

£3,900

Holiday Code EXH985

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Taprobane Island, Weligama

The journey and how you get there

For a holiday to Taprobane Island in Sri Lanka, our clients fly to Colombo, usually with Sri Lankan Airways on a direct flight from London Heathrow (or with Emirates from other UK airports via Dubai). This hotel is 2 hours and 25 minutes' drive from Colombo airport. The hotel can be reached by wading 200m, waist-deep in the sea or by elephant or sedan chair. The hotel is either a stay in its own right, in which case you will have a car transfers, or it is stayed at as part of a tailor-made touring holiday with a driver-guide, in which case the hotel is usually approached from Tea and Hill Country to the north or from Yala National Park.

Additional information

Children: No children allowed.

Other information: Taprobane Island is a tiny rocky island in the sea just off the sandy shore at Weligama, on the south coast of Sri Lanka. The sea here is usually safe to swim in during the calm season from December to March.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on ten people sharing the whole villa for 7 nights

From about

£3,900

Holiday Code EXH985

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Taprobane Island, Weligama

About Galle and south coast

A stay in Galle and southern Sri Lanka uncovers a world of historic Dutch forts, beautiful beaches and fishermen fishing on stilts, where sleepy villages lie hidden in palms behind the wide sandy bays and sheltered coves. The further east you go, the less populated and the more naturally wild and remote the landscapes become. The lush inland forest reserves in the south-west contrast sharply with the arid south-eastern national parks of Yala, Uda Walave and Bundala, where wild elephants and migratory birds flock around the water ‘tanks’ and where leopards and sloth bear have been known to roam. Between December and April, the south coast is popular for whale and dolphin watching, in the waters off Weligama Bay. Galle, on the south-west tip of Sri Lanka, is a reminder of the Dutch presence on the island. The new town may have the usual urban bustle, but the Dutch Fort, built in 1663, retains a timeless air. Constructed by the Dutch East Indian Company as a fortified town, Galle Fort is a UNESCO world heritage site which is still intact with a thriving community living and working within its walls. You can walk along part of the ramparts with views out to sea on one side and the famous Galle cricket ground on the other. The region around Galle is fascinating and incredibly beautiful with its rainforest reserves and indigenous wildlife, as well as fishing villages and palm-fringed, sandy coves. We have selected hotels in Galle and along the South Coast which are ideally located to visit the many places of interest in the area. These hotels include Jetwing Lighthouse, a classy hotel designed by Geoffrey Bawa; The Fortress, an outstanding deluxe resort hotel; Amangalla, a splendid colonial-style hotel; Kahanda Kanda, a small and elegant countryside hotel; and Taprobane Island, a private island retreat.

Highlights of Galle and the south coast

Fascinating Galle has plenty to offer the visitor: Galle Fort – UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of the few living fort cities in the world; Walk around the ramparts of Galle at dawn or at sunset; Arts & crafts shopping – jewellery, lace, rush & reed, home décor, furniture, antiques, batik and boutiques; The Dutch Reformed Church; Galle Literary Festival in January; National Museum; Maritime Museum in the Dutch warehouses of Galle Fort, just re-opened; Galle Markets; Galle Cricket Stadium; Hot-air balloon ride (December to April); River boat trip. A little way inland from Galle/Koggala: Hiyare Nature Reserve (volunteering possible); Kottawe Nature Reserve; Kanneliya Forest; Samakanda (organic farm, visit, walks and lunches available upon request); Village life bike rides; Handicrafts in the villages e.g. lace-making, rush & reed, woodcarving; Yatagala Temple. On the way from Galle to Yala you can enjoy: Stilt Fishermen; Cinnamon plantations; Unuwatuna beach; Martin Wickramasinghe’s house – museum (literary and 20th century life); Koggala Lake; Hinduangoda White tea factory and estate; Lace-making – Weligama, Dickwella; Surfing – popular surfing beaches from Unuwatuna to Mirissa; Weligama Bay; Coastal villages and fishing harbours; Whale Watching and Dolphin Watching (from Mirissa); Diving (from Mirissa); Deep-sea fishing trips (from Mirissa); Provincial town of Matara (Dutch heritage – fort and church); Dondra Head and Dondra Lighthouse; Kudawala Blow Hole; Mulkirigala Buddhist temple (inland); Uda Walawe National Park and Elephant Transit Home (inland); Sea Turtles laying their eggs on the beach, usually February to July (Rekawa Turtle Project); Kalametiya bird sanctuary; Bundala Nature Reserve (bird-watching mainly); Yala National Park; Kataragama – centre for Buddhist, Hindu and Muslim pilgrimages; Tissamaharama - ancient ‘tank’ and dagobas.

Cultural highlights of Galle and the south coast

There are many places to visit in Galle and the area along the south coast of Sri Lanka. In Galle itself, Galle Fort is home to a national museum housing Dutch and Singhalese exhibits of historical interest as well as a newly-opened Maritime Museum, a lighthouse and a 17th century Dutch Reform Church. The narrow streets within the Fort are fascinating for their architecture, lined with official buildings, shops and old town houses, some of which have been converted to stylish villas and boutique hotels. Outside the ramparts, Galle functions busily as a provincial town and port - brightly painted fishing boats line the shore and there is a lively market area with a whole pavilion dedicated to fish. Galle and the surrounding villages are full of artisans – lace makers, jewellers, woodcarvers, painters and people making things out of coir, rush and reed. The National Crafts Council has a centre by the old entrance to Galle Fort and there are plenty of small shops selling crafts, jewellery and antiques, as well as a few designer boutiques. Slightly further afield, there are numerous beautiful beaches and fishing villages including Thalpe, Unuwatuna, Matara, Koggala, Weligama Bay and Tangalle, as well as a number of National Parks with plenty of wildlife.

Festivals in Galle and the south coast

January: The Galle Literary Festival - this 4-day festival brings together Sri Lankan and international authors from around the world for writing workshops, talks, exhibitions and more at various locations in Galle. Past guests have included Vickram Seth and Gore Vidal. July: Unuwatuna Perahera - a 7-day festival commencing on full moon day. Matara/Dondra Perahera - with dedications to Lord Vishnu. Kataragama Esala Festival - a 10-day festival when pilgrims give penance to the Hindu war god, Skanda. July to September: Kite flying on the ramparts of Galle

Climate in Galle and the south coast

The average temperature on the South coast is 32° C with 65% humidity, though it is cooler and more humid in the west, getting progressively hotter and less humid the further east you go, especially the east of Tangalle. The evenings are a little cooler and the coasts enjoy sea breezes. Rainfall is experienced mainly during the south-west monsoon from May to August. The ‘calm’ season is December to April, when the seas are general calm and there is little rainfall. Whilst the sea appears calm out of the monsoons, there are still undercurrents and riptides.

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