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The Frangipani Tree

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  • About this holiday

    The Frangipani Tree near Galle is highly recommended by Expressions Holidays for those seeking a wonderful beachfront location as well as good facilities. Guests will enjoy the contemporary elegance of the spacious suites and the fresh, local cuisine of the hotel’s restaurant. The resort promises relaxation in abundance but is also just minutes from historic Galle. An excellent choice for a long holiday or as part of one of our touring itineraries of Sri Lanka.

    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 two people sharing a Type A double or twin room 
    £1,890 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

    The Frangipani Tree is ideal for couples, families and friends looking for a villa-style holiday by the beach with some of the services of a hotel.

    Hotel description

    On a secluded stretch of sandy beach at Thalpe, just minutes from historic Galle, lies the Frangipani Tree, a collection of exquisitely furnished suite-villas named after the turtles that inhabit these shores. Set in a palm-fringed garden with 35-metre lap pool, tennis court and beach spa, and offering a gourmet kitchen service and a discreet team of staff, the Frangipani Tree is really more of a small boutique hotel than villa accommodation. The nine bedroom suites are housed in three elegant villas – Olive Ridley (5 bedrooms), Leatherback (2 bedrooms) and Hawksbill (2 bedrooms) – they are offered as individual one-bedroom suites, although it is possible to book a whole villa. Each suite has an elegant four-poster bed, a private dining table, a contemporary bathroom and stunning ocean views. Bawa-style open-air bathrooms in most of the bedrooms and shady verandah and terraces give the accommodation an airy and elegant feel. The chefs can prepare fresh daily menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner according to your tastes and the availability of produce – local fresh seafood, Sri Lankan and Mediterranean are their specialities. Up to 20 people can be seated on a splendid dining table on the Frangipani Tree terrace, ideal for parties staying in different suites.
    Sociable sorts can wallow on designer sofas in the Frangipani Tree lounge, watching a movie or regaling travellers tales. The Frangipani Tree is a wonderful place for relaxing and wandering along the beach, looking for turtles and fishermen on stilts. In season, sea turtles return to the beach here to lay their eggs.


    Thalpe, near Galle

    Official star rating

    no rating

    Annual opening

    All year

    Distance from airport

    About 3 hours by car

    Closest airport


    Room types

    The Frangipani Tree offers 9 bedrooms (in 3 villas). Categories are as follows:

    Hawksbill. On ground level with ocean views, verandah and outdoor bathroom with bath tub, shower and private garden, i-pod station, high-speed WiFi. 
    Leatherback. On ground level with ocean views, veranda and outdoor bathroom with bath tub, shower and private garden, i-pod station, high-speed WiFi. 
    Olive Ridley. Located in a two-storey villa by the beach. Rooms 1 and 2 have an outdoor bathroom with bath tub, shower and private garden, i-pod station, high-speed WiFi.

    Hotel facilities and services

    Facilties at The Frangipani Tree include: Gourmet kitchen serving meals, Swimming pool, Private yoga sessions and in-house massage available, Lounge with flat screen satellite TV, DVD player and a DVD and book collection.

    Water sports

    Land sports

    Tennis court.

    Out and aboutnearby/local interest

    Local to the Frangipani Tree are Galle Fort, Galle town for shops, markets, fishing harbour, Inland villages, Kottawe and Hiyare Nature Reserves, Koggala Lake, Samakanda organic farm (walks and rice & curry), Unuwatuna beach.
    Activities nearby: Some water sports at Unuwatuna. Whale watching trips from Mirissa. Surfing in Midigama. Always consult the staff at the property before entering the sea. It is usually safe to swim in the sea in front of the Frangipani Tree between January and April.

    Sports nearby


    Children are accepted. Extra mattresses and baby cots can be arranged. Babysitting is available on request.

    Minimum stays

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