At a Glance
- 9 suites within 3 villas in a courtyard style around the oceanfront pool
- Committed to high quality of food with locally sourced fresh ingredients
- A fun, laid back atmosphere best suited to couples although children are welcome
- Perfect location overlooking the Indian Ocean yet only 15 minutes drive to Galle Fort
The Frangipani Tree is the perfect beachside boutique hotel set on the popular strip south of Galle. The 8 rooms, all named after the local turtle population, are minimalist with clean lines and polished concrete with no TVs as you are encouraged to kick back and enjoy the scenery instead. Although it is not advised to swim in the sea here due to the current, the lap pool is perfect for relaxing by and the staff will happily keep you topped up with drinks and snacks whilst you drift away to the sound of the waves. You can walk along the beach and view the local stilt fishermen at work whilst keeping an eye out for the turtles popping their head up above the surf. The menu is a mixture of European and traditional Sri Lankan and there is an extensive cocktail list and the atmosphere is laid back and casual.
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The setting is The Frangipani Tree’s real selling point, swaying coconut palms in the garden just yards from the rolling waves and golden sands of the Indian Ocean and the lack of technology allows you to enjoy the natural sights and sounds instead. The location just 15 minutes from Galle Fort is the ideal distance to retreat after exploring the hot streets and there are several other dining options locally. The long thin pool is ideal for those wanting to swim on holiday as the sea is generally too rough and the small number of guests ensures there is plenty of space to spread out. However if you have a phobia of birds, watch out at sunset as a large flock come home to roost every evening.