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Taprobane Island - Luxury holidays in Sri Lanka

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  • About this holiday

    Taprobane Island in Weligama Bay is a private island retreat which is available for sole occupancy only, offering luxurious accommodation for up to 10 people in a 1920s villa.

    The journey and how you get there


    Included in your holiday

    Expressions Holidays includes scheduled flights with Sri Lankan London to Colombo return in economy, private car transfers, bed and breakfast based on two people sharing a double or twin room.

    Holiday prices

    Sample price is per person based on ten sharing the whole villa.
    From £3,700 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.

    Hotel code


    Our opinion

    Taprobane Island in Weligama Bay is a fantasy tropical island hideaway, ideal for honeymooners or a party of up to 10 people. Taprobane Island is luxurious and indulgent in terms of setting, uniqueness and space, in that you have a splendid 1920s villa and island all to yourself. However, please note that the rooms are somewhat old-fashioned and don’t have modern amenities.

    Hotel description

    Taprobane Island, with its 1920s neo-Palladian villa, is an idyllic private island retreat in Weligama Bay, on Sri Lanka’s South Coast. It has enjoyed many colourful years playing host to presidents, royalty, writers and aristocrats and now welcomes paying guests. Built by the self-styled Count de Mauny-Talvande, the star-shaped villa is sheer tropical fantasy on a 2-acre rock, its balconies, verandahs and white-washed walls hidden amidst a tropical garden paradise. On arrival on Taprobane Island, you enter through a white gate and walk up a shady garden path to the Dutch-style crested entrance of the house. Three of the bedrooms and the living areas are entered from a beautiful, octagonal-shaped central hall adorned with antiques and the owner’s memorabilia. The other two bedrooms are down below, reached by an outdoor path and steps. All five en-suite bedrooms on Taprobane Island face outwards to the sea and have antique furniture, polished cement floors and brightly coloured cushions. You can relax and dine in two spacious living areas, one looking out to the open ocean, the other to the bay, both open-sided to catch the sea breeze. The house on Taprobane Island is surrounded by 2 acres of exquisite tropical garden, its cascading terraces filled with frangipanis, palms, orchids, monkey tail and flame trees. Winding pathways lead to a secluded infinity pool that drops into the sea and down to the rocky water’s edge, whilst terraces and verandahs provide secluded spots to paint or read. A staff of 5 service the villa and prepare delicious Sri Lankan and international cuisine. Breakfast is included and you order the other meals and drinks according to your desires, settling your account at the end of your stay. Taprobane Island is privately owned and can only be visited by resident guests. Access to Taprobane Island is usually gained by wading waist-deep 200 yards or so through the sea, but the journey can also be made by elephant or sedan chair! To ensure total privacy, you can only book the villa/island in its entirety, not individual rooms.



    Official star rating

    no rating

    Annual opening

    All year

    Distance from airport

    About 3 1/2 hours by car

    Closest airport


    Room types

    Taprobane Island can only be booked as a whole villa.
    There are 5 rooms - 4 double rooms and 1 twin room sleeping up to 10 people.

    Each bedroom is filled with colonial style furniture, mosquito net draped four poster beds, overhead fans and spacious en suite bathrooms. All double rooms open out onto their own private terraces with panoramic views of the Indian Ocean. Two double rooms are on lower levels accessed by outdoor path/steps and have large glass sea facing patio doors.

    Hotel facilities and services

    Facilities at Taprobane Island include: Food & Beverage menus to choose from, Infinity pool, 2 Living areas, Book library and board games, 5 staff at your service, the only telephone is in the Manager’s office.

    Water sports

    Land sports

    Out and aboutnearby/local interest

    Near to Taprobane Island are Weligama Bay with its beach and fishing boats; Weligama life; stilt fishermen along the coast; Historical port of Galle (UNESCO World Heritage site, 30 minutes away), South coast beaches and fishing villages, Matara town.
    Activities nearby: Whale and dolphin watching

    Sports nearby

    Surfing and Surf lessons on Weligama Bay, private yachting, scuba diving.


    No children allowed

    Minimum stays

    Other information

    Beach holidays: Taprobane Island is a tiny rocky island in the sea just off the sandy shore at Weligama, on the south coast of Sri Lanka. The sea here is usually safe to swim in during the calm season (December to March).


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