Weligama, Sri Lanka
Taprobane is Sri Lanka's only privately owned island with beautiful views of the ocean and Weligama Bay. Comprising five bedrooms, spacious living areas & verandas & an infinity pool, it is an enchanting retreat and perfect for a family or small group.
At a Glance
The only property in Sri Lanka (possibly the world) where you need to wade through the sea in order to reach your accommodation
Your own private island just off the coast of Sri Lanka
Best to stick to high season as if the weather turns, there is little protection from the elements
The villa is a museum to its own history, full of framed letters, notes and photos
Built in the 1920s by the eccentric Count de Mauny-Talvande, it has subsequently played host to royalty, presidents and prime ministers and been home to various luminaries, including the novelist Paul Bowles, who wrote The Spider's House here
Go food shopping with the chef in Weligama town to buy the fresh ingredients and get a lesson on how to cook their fabulous rice and curries and the seafood.Scott Dunn team
Offers ultimate in privacy, as not many kids facilities it makes it very adult only.Scott Dunn team
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To start planning your vacation to Taprobane Island
Taprobane was built in the 1920s by Count de Mauny-Talyande in a neo Palladian style and played host to numerous royal guests, writers and politicians over the years. It is set just 100m from the shores of Weligama Bay and is only accessible to guests by wading through the knee-deep water or on an elephant or sedan chair!
Guests have a staff of six who will cook and tend to their every need, so there is no need to leave the island unless curiosity tells them otherwise. Taprobane offers the ultimate in luxury and privacy and is the perfect place to unwind and relax.
There are some beautiful living spaces with stunning views overlooking the Indian ocean and the tropical gardens are a scene of total peace and tranquillity. The infinity edge pool provides the perfect place to cool off. Nearby beaches provide a wealth of watersports and white water rafting, trekking and mountain biking can be arranged through local companies. There are plenty of cultural activities too. Visit the nearby Kataluwa Temple to see ancient murals or the enormous Buddha statue at the Wewurukannala Temple, near Dikwella. You can also take a trip to the nearby lowland tea country and visit Koggala Lake and the Martin Wickramasinghe Museum of Folk Art & Culture, one of Sri Lanka's most acclaimed museums.
Taprobane Island offers five en-suite bedrooms. Each bedroom is filled with colonial style furniture and features four poster beds draped with a mosquito net, overhead fans and spacious ensuite bathrooms.
All double rooms open onto their own private terraces with panoramic views out to the Indian Ocean.
Children are welcome but there are no specific facilities. Children will love the beach side location and the many water sports on offer nearby.
Facilities at the hotel include an infinity edge swimming pool and inviting living areas to relax in and unwind. Although there is no restaurant as such, the six staff will cook whatever you like for breakfast, lunch and dinner! Expect fresh fish from the local fishing village of Weligama, spicy Sri Lankan curries and fusion dishes with a Western twist. Services at the hotel include room service and private staff of six.
Nearby beaches provide a wealth of watersports and white water rafting, trekking and mountain biking can be arranged through local companies. There are plenty of cultural activities too. Visit the nearby Kataluwa Temple to see ancient murals or the enormous Buddha statue at the Wewurukannala Temple, near Dikwella. You can also take a trip to the nearby lowland tea country and visit Koggala Lake and the Martin Wickramasinghe Museum of Folk Art & Culture, one of Sri Lanka's most acclaimed museums.
Location & Directions
Weligama, Sri Lanka
Taprobane Island is a rocky private island, located opposite the village of Weligama Bay, just 180m off the south west coast of Sri Lanka.
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.