Phone us  01392 441245  |  E-news sign up
& weddings
Honeymoons and weddings abroad are tailor-made by Expressions Holidays. Contact us for a range of honeymoon and wedding destinations around the world and an amazing choice of honeymoons from island-hopping to visiting cultural sites.

With Authentic Experiences from Expressions Holidays you enter a world of genuine holiday and travel experiences within the framework of one of our tailor-made holidays, be its significance culture, gastronomy, wine appreciation, wildlife, sports or special occasions.

Expressions Spas opens a world of tailor-made spa holidays that allows you to choose according to region, type of treatment desired, product type and recommends for your party type, whether it be for couples, singles or perhaps mothers and daughters travelling together.

Expressions Families affords you an amazing choice of sophisticated resorts ideally suited to families in selected destinations worldwide. You can also choose according to required facilities in resort and we suggest holidays for families with grandparents and single parent families too.

Expressions Holidays offers you tailor-made rail holidays and journeys by train, including luxury trains, scenic journeys and classic rail tours.

Tailor-made journeys and tours for individuals and small groups to selected destinations around the world from Burma to Italy, from Vietnam to India.

23 Palm

  • /uploadedImages/Content/Destinations/Sri_Lanka/Galle_and_south_coast/23_Palm_EXH1906/ImageGallery/1_EXH1906_23Palm_1_18August2016_B.jpg
  • /uploadedImages/Content/Destinations/Sri_Lanka/Galle_and_south_coast/23_Palm_EXH1906/ImageGallery/2_EXH1906_23Palm_5_18August2016_B.jpg
  • /uploadedImages/Content/Destinations/Sri_Lanka/Galle_and_south_coast/23_Palm_EXH1906/ImageGallery/3_EXH1906_23Palm_6_18August2016_B.jpg
  • /uploadedImages/Content/Destinations/Sri_Lanka/Galle_and_south_coast/23_Palm_EXH1906/ImageGallery/4_EXH1906_23Palm_19_18August2016_B.jpg
  • /uploadedImages/Content/Destinations/Sri_Lanka/Galle_and_south_coast/23_Palm_EXH1906/ImageGallery/5_EXH1906_23Palm_7_18August2016_B.jpg
  • /uploadedImages/Content/Destinations/Sri_Lanka/Galle_and_south_coast/23_Palm_EXH1906/ImageGallery/6_EXH1906_23Palm_11_18August2016_B.jpg
  • About this holiday

    23 Palm is a beautiful villa that looks out across the Indian Ocean on the south coast of Sri Lanka. Spacious rooms are decorated with quirky ornaments and artworks that ooze Sri Lankan character, giving guests a welcome insight into the culture and style of the island. Private beach access and a tranquil poolside ensure that relaxation and recuperation are always on the agenda, though excellent access from Thalpe to Galle Dutch Fort means that hours of cultural exploration are just a stone’s throw away.

    The journey and how you get there


    Included in your holiday

    Holiday prices

    This hotel is usually included as part of a longer touring holiday, so prices therefore vary. Please contact one of our personal travel specialists for up-to-date details and offers.

    Hotel code


    Our opinion

    This Dutch colonial villa is infused with beautiful Sri Lankan style and tradition.

    Hotel description

    Hidden by palm trees on the seafront and the handcrafted gates on the edge of the estate, 23 Palm is a boutique villa adorned by regal finishing touches. Four-poster beds sit in the centre of rooms, draped with muslin, and tall classical pillars separate the sleeping areas from the living areas. Furniture fashioned out of Sri Lankan dark wood adds a dynamic touch to the white-washed lounge and veranda, and delicate statues, low-lit lamps, and unique artworks combine to make 23 Palm a truly individual getaway. In the main living area, a large chandelier, crafted as if out of flowers and stems, hangs in the centre of the room, and carved archways above the windows and doors filter in the sunlight. Like the living spaces, each guestroom is spacious, airy, and bears delicate and stylish Sri Lankan touches. Outside, a swimming pool in the 2 acres of gardens looks out over the Indian Ocean, providing the perfect idyllic spot to soak up the sunshine. An ambalama sits beneath palm trees beside the water, offering shelter from the sun, as well as a relaxing place to congregate in the afternoons or mornings while you enjoy an authentic cup of tea. In-house staff are on-hand to cook lavish dinners in the homely kitchen, which can be served in the dining room, or outside. 23 Palm well and truly invites its guests into a world of private luxury, away from the scale of larger resorts, with exclusive access to the sea and a villa of enchanting character. A stay here is a magical way to finish your touring holiday around Sri Lanka.


    Seafront in the small fishing village of Thalpe.

    Official star rating

    no rating

    Annual opening

    Distance from airport

    98 miles

    Closest airport

    Bandaranaike International Airport

    Room types

    3 rooms, each with air-conditioning, en-suite, and house staff. The villa must be rented as a whole.
    Junior Suite, suitable for a single guest.
    Master Suite, with outdoor shower.

    Hotel facilities and services

    2-acre estate, large living room, tea house with dining and living area, swimming pool, and direct beach access.

    Water sports

    Land sports

    Out and aboutnearby/local interest

    The main attraction of your stay near Galle will be the Fort itself. Walk around the outside walls along the seafront to take in some of the most impressive views in the city, stopping off at the lighthouse, Flag Rock, and the water holes. For an informative introduction to the history of the place, visit the Maritime Museum and the Historical Mansion Museum, both of which sit just beside the harbour. In Galle proper, trace the pattern of mosques and temples that adorn the streets, and enjoy the sandy beach and green spaces. Outside of Galle, perhaps visit the less developed Unawatuna, the idyllic Jungle Beach, or Ratgama Lake. It is also worth organising visits to the nearby tea estates, and boat trips (seasonal) to see the whales and dolphins off the coast. Thalpe, the location of this boutique hotel, is perfect for whiling away the hours enjoying the scenery and the quiet way of life.

    Sports nearby

    Many of the nearby villages, towns, and resorts offer excellent water sports facilities, otherwise, one of main pleasures is walking or cycling along the coast and coastal roads.


    Children are welcome.

    Minimum stays

    Other information


    • Rail holidays

      Rail holidays and train journeys, tailor-made.

    • Garden holidays

      Italian garden holidays and tours for individuals and small groups

    • Family holidays

      Visit our selection of tailor-made family holidays to selected hotels and resorts around the world.

    • Cookery holidays

      Tailor-made cookery holidays in Italy

    • Spa holidays

      Rejuvenating, relaxing, refreshing, good for the body and the soul; spa and well-being worldwide

    • Authentic experiences

      Our selection of authentic experience and special interest holidays.

    • Worldwide journeys

      Luxury tours for individuals around the world


  • New Marine Biology Centre at Kanuhura

    A new Marine Biology Centre as opened at Kanuhura in the Maldives.

    Find out more Read more

  • New Grand Suites for the Venice Simplon Orient Express in 2020

    Three new Grand Suites will be introduced for 2020 on the Venice Simplon Orient Express

    Find out more Read more

  • October events at Soneva Fushi

    Soneva Fushi will host a variety of visits and events in October as part of their ‘Festival of Colour.'

    Find out more Read more

  • Six new Cinnamon suites at Mount Cinnamon

    Mount Cinnamon will be introducing 6 new Cinnamon suites in time for the festive season.

    Find out more Read more

  • Renovated Crusoe suites at Soneva Fushi

    Ten newly refurbished Crusoe Suites at Soneva Fushi will be ready to welcome guests in December

    Find out more Read more

  • Hotel Botanico introduces new Wellness Programme June 2019

    The Hotel Botanico in Tenerife is introducing a new ‘Slim and Wellness Programme’ from June 2019

    Find out more Read more

  • Luxury Al Andalus rail holiday departure dates 2020

    The luxury Al Andalus train departure dates for 2020

    Find out more Read more

  • New Facilities at Chateau Mirambeau for 2019

    Chateau Mirambeau introduces a new pool-side snack bar and electric bikes for 2019

    Find out more Read more