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23 Palm

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  • 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

    Complimentary

    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

    EXH1906

    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.

    Location

    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

    Children are welcome.

    Minimum stays

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