Thalpe, Sri Lanka
23 Palm is an exquisite three-bedroom beach villa with a wide beach frontage and luxurious facilities, set on a two-acre estate with mesmerizing views of the Indian Ocean in the fishing village of Thalpe, just 15-minutes from the historic city of Galle.
At a Glance
Perfect for a small group of friends or a family
Guests can use facilities at the sister property, Why House, a villa hotel nearby
Direct beach access and about 130m beach frontage
The long rectangular pool sits in between the pavilion and house and is built so that it is flush with the garden and sea
Built in Dutch colonial style with towering pillars, deep verandas, high archways and soaring timber ceilings that characteristically highlight the build
Food is provided by your own chef so take the time to chat and work out what you would like to eatScott Dunn team
You can head to 23 Palm's sister property, nearby Why House, if you would like to dine in a small villa hotelScott Dunn team
Like much of the South Coast, the tides can be very strong in this area, and so we would not recommend swimming directly off the beach in front of the villaLucy Bailey
Lunch and Dinner menus have a set price per person, which is a good way to keep track of what you're spendingLucy Bailey
To start planning your vacation to 23 Palm
23 Palm is designed along the lines of a Dutch period bungalow with high roofs, arched doorways, columns and verandas. The cooling ocean breeze and the tropical sun seeps through the slatted timber doorways that surround the villa making it light and airy within.
The interiors are a quirky blend of American, European and Asian art and furniture. Spacious bedrooms, stylish living spaces, sun-filled verandas, and sumptuous fusion cuisine make this an inviting beach villa on the Galle coast.
The entire villa is taken on an exclusive basis with a private chef to cook meals, as well as four other members of staff including a housekeeper and security guards. The owners of 23 Palm also own the nearby Why House, a villa hotel where 23 Palm guests can use the facilities or perhaps dine.
The two spacious master bedrooms are air-conditioned and are decorated with an impressive Asian and European art collection and furnished with king-sized four-poster beds dressed in fine white linen. The en suite bathrooms have twin vanities and showers with hot water. One of the bedrooms also has a small interconnecting bedroom with its own loo and exterior door, suitable for children or a single adult.
There is a study room with TV/DVD, some movies and WiFi internet facility.
The huge living room has a cascading chandelier, eclectic artwork and opens out to a spacious terrace overlooking the gardens. The swimming pool is located at one end of the garden next to a dining pavilion (or 'ambalama') which is also ideal for sunset cocktails.
There are set menus for lunch and dinner, offering Sri Lankan, western and fusion cuisine. Guests are welcome to do their own cooking for dinner assisted by the staff, in the air-conditioned kitchen.
There are several good beach restaurants nearby including Why Beach, Wijeya Beach, and Koggala. Fine-dining restaurants within the Galle Fort include Amangalla, Galle Fort Hotel, and the Fort Printers.
During the season from October to April, swimming and surfing is possible just a few minutes' stroll down the beach, however it is worth being aware that swimming directly from the beach in front of the villa is not recommended.
For those interested in water sports, the beaches of Unawatuna and Mirissa are ideal. Activities on offer include sailing, fishing, coastal cruises, river trips, sea kayaking, snorkeling, whale watching and boating. Boating in nearby Koggala Lake, with its many tiny islands inhabited with several species of birds, is another wonderful experience.
Guests can also organize cycling trips or visit the nearby turtle hatchery. We recommend a visit to the historic 17th century Galle Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with narrow streets lined with Dutch and British colonial era buildings which are still in use, sturdy ramparts looking out to sea, the lighthouse, and a growing collection of art galleries and several boutique hotels.
The rooms are decorated with quirky artwork and furnished with king-sized four-poster beds. The en suite bathrooms have twin vanities and showers with hot water. Each master suite also has an outdoor shower.
There is a small interconnecting bedroom off one of the master suites with its own loo and door leading out to the corridor. This room does not have any external windows and due to its size it would only be suitable for children or a single adult.
The master bedrooms are spacious and so cots and extra beds can be provided.
Children are welcome at 23 Palm but there are no specific facilities for them.
23 Palm is available on a villa-only basis. Guests pay locally for food and the private chef goes to the local market or supermarket. Guests are encouraged to discuss their food preferences with the chef and lunch and dinner come as set menus.
Guests can also dine at 23 Palm's nearby sister property, Why House, which is a villa hotel situated inland. Alternatively, there is a number of restaurants nearby such as on the beaches, or in the Galle Fort.
A small amount of beers and wines are kept in the fridge for the arrival day, after which further supplies can be provided as and when they are needed. Guests will be charged for this on departure along with additional food and services.
There are plenty of activities on offer nearby, including surfing, sailing, fishing, coastal cruises, river trips, sea kayaking, snorkeling and boating.
It is also easy to visit the historic 17th century Galle Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with narrow streets lined with Dutch and British colonial era buildings which are still in use. Enjoy an ice-cream as you stroll along the ramparts, or explore some of the local galleries and boutiques.
There is a team of four staff to look after guests, including security and housekeeper, as well as the chefs.
Location & Directions
Thalpe, Sri Lanka
23 Palm is set on a two-acre of prime Galle beachfront with mesmerizing views of the Indian Ocean, in the fishing village of Thalpe, just 15-minutes from the historic city of Galle.
When to go
From May to August the Yala monsoon brings rain to the island’s southwestern half. The southwest has the highest rainfall – up to 4000mm a year. There is also an inter-monsoonal period in October and November when rain can occur in many parts of the island. Colombo and the low-lying coastal regions have an average temperature of 27°C. The sea stays at around 27°C all year. Climatically speaking, the driest (and best) seasons in Sri Lanka are from December to March for the west and south coasts.