Weligama Beach, Sri Lanka
This extraordinary five-bedroom island retreat lies 200 yards off the coast of Weligama Bay, near Sri Lanka’s southernmost tip. An impossibly romantic retreat, look north towards the mainland; look south and there is nothing between you and the south pole. This must be one of the only hotels in the world where you need to wade through the ocean to get to your accommodation!
Taprobane Island was originally built in the 1920s by the Count de Mauny-Talvande, an intriguing Frenchman driven by controversy to Ceylon, who was so inspired by the area’s natural surroundings that he was inspired to build his dream home. The island has played host to kings, queens, prime ministers, artists and eccentrics – all adding to its colourful history which you can now share.
The property consists of five spacious suites, high wooden ceilings and cooling white terrazzo floors. Views from the island are magnificent and there is nothing more invigorating than a morning plunge into the Indian Ocean before breakfast on the terrace. The occasional tropical rains and the wind that whips through the trees all add to the island’s enchanting appeal.
Be it a wedding, family reunion, or a good old-fashioned private party, Taprobane Island is an ideal venue. The white sands and surfer’s haven of Mirissa Beach are one bay over, but guests often never leave the island, choosing to fully soak up some of the finest and most private surroundings in the world.
Taprobane Island Information
- Location: Taprobane Island sits just 200 yards off Weligama Bay, a 4-5 hour drive from Bandaranaike International Airport. For private charter, Koggala Airport is only a 15-minute drive from Taprobane Island.
- Accommodation: 5 spacious en-suite bedrooms (4 double rooms and 1 twin).
- Staff: 5 including private chef.
- Activities: Easy distance to Galle and stunning south cost beaches.
- Facilites: 2 acres of exquisite tropical garden, infinity pool.
- Weather: November to April dry season; May to October rainy season (July, August & September are the driest months within this period).
- Children: Welcome, however no specific facilities.