Taprobane Island

Location: Southern & Southwest Coast | Sri Lanka

Price guide: £££££ More than £500 per person per night

Taprobane Island, Sri Lanka’s only private island, is a heavenly hideaway where you can get away from it all in style – Conde Nast described it as ‘impossibly romantic’ and one of its top 50 romantic escapes in the world. Follow in the footsteps of aristocratic guests such as royals and presidents at this characterful mansion, which is set in 2.5 acres of lush tropical gardens, with nothing between the island and the South Pole.
Perfect forCouples and honeymooners looking for a romantic and unique island retreat, as well as families and groups looking for somewhere special for a celebration.
In the know
  • Sri Lanka’s only private island – offering seclusion and plenty of character – and there’s nothing south of the island except the South Pole!
  • Aristocratic guests – including royals and presidents
  • Private chef and staff to attend to your every need
  • Arrive by helicopter, and reach the island through the sea on foot, elephant or sedan chair
  • In Conde Nast’s top 50 romantic escapes
This is a lovely private island hideaway whose guests have included royals and presidents.

Recommended for...

  • Luxury Hotel
  • Private Groups
  • Seriously special
  • Setting & Views

Hotel Overview

Sense of place

Taprobane Island is off the south coast of Sri Lanka, opposite the village of Weligama, and is reached by wading through the sea (but don’t worry, it’s just a short 200-yard walk through shallow water). Alternatively, if you don’t want to get your feet wet, you can make the journey on a sedan chair or an elephant.

Rooms at Taprobane Island

There are just five beautiful bedrooms at this island haven, all with draped four-poster beds, attractive colonial-style furnishings, fresh white terrazzo floors and high wooden ceilings, while the panoramic views over the Indian Ocean are best enjoyed from your private terrace. There are also wraparound verandas and spacious living areas that are ideal for celebrations and gatherings.

Food and drink

After being lulled to sleep by the sound of the waves, you can wake up to a breakfast of delicious fresh fruit, including papaya grown on the island. After discussing your menu preferences and visiting the markets, your private chef will create delicious dishes for you, making the most of fresh local produce, including just-caught seafood and flavoursome Sri Lankan curries. Choose one of the many scenic locations on offer to enjoy your meal, and in the evening, sip a cocktail or two as the sun sets over the ocean.

Activities at Taprobane Island

This is a perfect place to simply relax and unwind: take a dip in the infinity pool and enjoy the shade of the palm trees. The house is surrounded by cascading terraces overflowing with frangipani, hibiscus, orchids and bougainvillea, with sandy paths through the fragrant flowers to secluded spots.
If you can drag yourself away, Sri Lanka’s south coast is full of riches, and the island isn’t far from the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Galle Fort and Buddhist temples, as well as dense rainforests, lowland tea plantations, wildlife reserves and some of the Indian Ocean’s most beautiful beaches. You can go trekking or mountain biking, or indulge in a range of water sports.

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Hotel location

The island is a 4.5-hour drive from Colombo International Airport, or arrive by helicopter in less than an hour. Alternatively, on arriving in Colombo, it’s a 30-minute flight to Galle airport, which is just a 15-minute drive from the island. Transfers to and from the airport and sightseeing via chauffeur-driven air-conditioned vehicles and trains can be arranged, and you can also get around the local way – on a tuk tuk!

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