The Frangipani Tree
South Coast, Sri Lanka
At a Glance
No in-room phones, TVs or DVD players - this is all about quiet, down time and a moment to read that book
Fabulous food and a relaxed kitchen - if you want to learn about what's cooking - pop in
Watch the world famous stilt fishermen from the beach
No minibar or fridge in the rooms (but service in the small property is fast)
Modern, minimalist rooms inspired by Geoffrey Bawa
There is no swimming in the sea directly in front of the hotel, however the more protected Vijaya Beach is only a 20-minute walk along the coast
If you enjoy the food, the chef will be more than happy to welcome you into his kitchen and teach you how to make the dishes he is preparing.Scott Dunn team
For a bit more space and privacy, go for either a Hawksbill or a Leatherback suiteScott Dunn team
Go for the Hawksbill Villa rooms. They definitely have the best bathrooms!Jessica Campbell
All of the rooms have different locations, views and decor so there is a really boutique feelLucy Bailey
The rooms on the upper floors of the hotel have wonderful sea views, however not all have outdoor spaceLucy Bailey
To start planning your vacation to The Frangipani Tree
Designed by Channa Daswatte, a sought-after local architect and protégé of the famous Geoffrey Bawa, Frangipani Tree is a tranquil and luxurious setting. Windows and verandas that open onto the Indian Ocean, high-clay tiled roofs, cooling cement floors, courtyards with frangipani trees, white washed walls and interiors with contemporary timber and steel furniture make this a luxurious yet homely getaway.
The main entrance opens onto a spectacular view of the pool and the ocean beyond. Western and Sri Lankan dishes are served at Frangipani Tree prepared with locally purchased fresh vegetables and seafood brought right to the doorstep. Meal times are special here with much care taken over creating the right ambience. They are served according to the guests wishes including on your own veranda, in the garden, by the poolside or even on the beach.
Most guests may never want to leave Frangipani and its secluded beach. Observe the fascinating nesting ritual of the marine turtles. Globally, all seven species of marine turtles existing are endangered. Of these, five come ashore in Sri Lanka. The process of marine turtles nesting, hatchlings being born, and swimming back to sea is a ritual that can be observed at night just by Frangipani Tree. For those interested in surfing and watersports, the beaches of Unawatuna and Mirissa are ideal.
Other activities on offer include sailing, fishing, coastal cruises, river trips, sea kayaking, snorkeling and boating. Koggala Lake, with its many tiny islands inhabited with several species of birds, is another wonderful experience. We recommend a visit to the historic 17th 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. Stop by at Frangipani Tree’s sister property - the Fort Printers for a sumptuous meal. The staff there will be happy to assist guests with information on the Galle Fort.
Frangipani Tree has nine luxurious and utterly private suites in three villas named after the marine turtles of Sri Lanka that come to nest on a nearby beach. Each of the elegantly-furnished suites can be rented individually. Most of the rooms have covered terraces and verandahs, which are perfect for private dining, a/c and overhead fans, customized bedroom furniture and bathroom fittings including stylish cement bath tubs. High-quality linen, including your choice of pillows, iPod station and iPod.
Children are welcome to come and stay at The Frangipani Tree. However, there are no specific facilities available for them at the resort.
Facilities at the hotel include a swimming pool and tennis court. In room spa treatments can be arranged on request. Western and Sri Lankan dishes are served at Frangipani Tree prepared with locally purchased fresh vegetables and seafood brought right to the doorstep.
Activities on offer at the hotel include swimming, tennis, yoga classes and spa treatments. Other activities nearby include watersports, sailing, fishing, coastal cruises, river trips, sea kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving and boating.
Location & Directions
South Coast, Sri Lanka
Frangipani Tree is set at the edge of a secluded beach in the fishing village of Thalpe, ideally located to explore the diverse southern heritage and the sun-kissed beaches of the south coast.
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.