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  • About this holiday

    On your tour around Sri Lanka, stop for a few nights at Tamarind Hill in Galle. Inspired by its former resident, a British Admiral, Tamarind Hill is filled with maritime and aristocratic style, and has an unapologetic confidence towards its opulence and grandeur. During the day, explore the historic and famous Galle Fort, visiting the boutiques, markets, museums, and monuments, and soaking up the lively culture of southern Sri Lanka.

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    Holiday prices

    Sample price is per person based on two people sharing a Type A double or twin room.
    From £1,450 for 7 nights.
    The price displayed here is a guide only for this hotel and each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect the actual flight costs and all up-to-date special offers.

    Special Offers

    • Sri Lanka 2019 autumn early booking offer
      Book a holiday of at least 7 nights to Sri Lanka by 31 August 2019 for stays between now and 30 November 2019 and receive a reduction of £100 per person.
    • Sri Lanka 2020 early booking offer
      Book a holiday of at least 7 nights to Sri Lanka by 30 September 2019 for stays between 1 December 2019 and 31 March 2020 and receive a reduction of £150 per person.

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    Our opinion

    This member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World group seems to effortlessly offer a quality and standard that lives up to this title.

    Hotel description

    A colonial structure with more than a hint of opulence, Tamarind Hill is a stunning luxury addition to any touring holiday around Sri Lanka. Classed as a boutique hotel, Tamarind Hill’s 12 rooms have a pervading sense of privacy and intimacy, with a decorative theme inspired by its noble former status as the official residence of the British Admiral of the Peninsula. Arrive at the hotel and be greeted by its stately white-washed façade, adorned by manicured plants and atmospheric lighting. Inside, the characteristically Sri Lankan dark wood takes prominence, with solid wooden doors and carefully carved archways leading you through the hotel. Comfortable lounge areas are comprised of plush armchairs, old-worldy coffee tables, and plumes of flowers, which cultivate a subtly ‘English’ touch. Bedrooms are deliberately and confidently grand, with four-poster beds, antique armoires and screens in the suites, and gentle, golden lamp-light. This theme continues into the restaurant, which is filled with 18th and 19th century aristocratic glamour. Seafood dishes and traditional grills, infused with locally grown spices take pride of place on the menu, aiding the atmosphere of the hotel. After dinner, enjoy a glass of specially selected wine in the slightly more modern bar, or sample fine Ceylon teas in the lounge, which looks out into the grassy central courtyard. Before departing Tamarind Hill, try some of the wellbeing treatments on offer at the spa, each of which is inspired by the teachings of the Sri Lankan ‘Weda Mahaththaya,’ or ‘village healers.’ Tamarind Hill pays attentive tribute to Galle’s maritime and colonial history in the range of carefully designed facilities available, the intricate framed drawings on its walls, the regal feel, and the antique, original furnishings. A few nights at this boutique hotel will add a new texture to your Sri Lankan touring holiday.


    Northern outskirts of Galle, near the coast.

    Official star rating


    Annual opening

    Distance from airport

    98 miles

    Closest airport

    Bandaranaike International Airport

    Room types

    12 rooms with air-conditioning, LED television, minibar, safe, tea and coffee machine, turndown service, rain shower, and Ayurveda inspired toiletries.
    Crayford Room
    Admiral Suite with original furnishings, clawfoot bathtub, and private balcony.
    Captain Suite with original furnishings, clawfoot bathtub, and private balcony.

    Hotel facilities and services

    Spa, restaurant, bar, lounge, and courtyard.

    Water sports

    Land sports

    Out and aboutnearby/local interest

    Take a River Safari on the Gini Ganga to see the wildlife on the river banks, including the tropical birds and monkeys, or go fishing with a local expert to learn the Sri Lankan methods. Very near by is the Kovila Godella Temple, which is the site of a 400 year old Bo tree. Visit the famous historic Galle Fort and walk around the outside walls along the seafront. Stop off at the lighthouse, Flag Rock, and the water holes. For an informative introduction to the history of the city, 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, visit Unawatuna, Jungle Beach, the fishing village of Thalpe, and Ratgama Lake. The top of Rumassalla Hill provides some of the best views on the island. Wander the estate and sample the teas of Handunugoda.

    Sports nearby

    Water sports including surfing and scuba-diving, whale- and dolphin-watching boat trips, walking, hiking, cycling, fishing, and sailing.


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