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Taprobane Island

Weligama, Matara, Sri Lanka
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A stunning private island guesthouse for 10, at times walkable from the beach, off Weligama

Taprobane Island was originally built in the 1920's by the romantically named but self styled Count de Mauny-Talvande. The island with its neo palladian mansion has played host to kings, queens, presidents, prime ministers, aristocracy, writers and eccentrics, giving it a very colourful history, which guests can now share.

The Island comprises 2 ½ acres of sheer tropical fantasy with nothing between it and the South Pole. Accommodation is provided for in 5 en-suite bedrooms, with spacious living areas, balconies, verandahs, tropical gardens and a stunning infinity pool. A staff of 5 cater for your every need; in fact after arrival, guests frequently never leave the Island until their departure.

Sri Lanka’s only privately owned island. The No.1 address in the Indian Ocean.

At Taprobane Island you have your own private chef to provide you with delicious tropical cuisine with a focus on the freshest of local ingredients. Meals are predominantly seafood with an Asian influence. The chef is equally at home making the most delicious Sri Lankan curries.

Staff will purchase produce daily from the market after discussing your menu requirements.

A highlight of living on Taprobane is being able to experience sunset cocktails or dining in so many amazing locations overlooking the Indian Ocean. Whether it's cocktail hour, lunch time or dinner time, the staff will ensure that each location is memorable & unique.

Prices start from US$1000 per night, but can sleep 10-12 people. One complementary curry lunch or dinner provided on day of arrival.

Room Types

Whole property for 5 or more

Nearest Airport/s

Colombo