What We Love
- The huge rooms start at 656 square feet
- Sri Lankan specialties are served at the restaurant
- The outdoor pool is shaded by palm trees
What To Know
- Suites come with 24-hour butler service
- Galle Fort is a 10-minute drive away
- The hotel can arrange boat, canoe and fishing trips on the nearby Giniganga River
- Free WiFi and parking
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Set on lush grounds near the Giniganga River, a 10-minute drive from Galle Fort, this elegant manor house dates to 1764 and once served as a private residence for Sri Lankan aristocrats and a British admiral. Now an intimate 12-room retreat, the hotel is full of Old World charm and colonial decor. Rooms start at 656 square feet and feature Dutch furniture, antiques and four-poster beds alongside mod cons including AC, flat-screen TVs, tea- and coffee-making facilities and rain showers. Splurge on a Suite for 24-hour butler service and a private balcony. Spend lazy days by the secluded, tree-shaded outdoor pool or hit the spa for a treatment that incorporates spiritual healing techniques and local herbs, spices and oils. The restaurant serves Sri Lankan specialties and grilled seafood all day long. There is also a bar that offers light bites and a lounge for an impressive selection of Ceylon teas.
In the Area
The 400-year-old Fort Galle, built by the Portuguese and then fortified by the Dutch, is a 10-minute drive away. Take a daytrip to Udawalawe National Park to spot elephants, wild buffalo, deer and leopards; the park is said to rival the savannah reserves of Africa. A little farther afield, Yala National Park is home to the world’s highest concentration of leopards. A visit to the Handunugoda Tea Factory, a traditional low country facility that produces some of the best silver tips, is not to be missed. This area truly is a diver’s paradise. The short drive to Unawatuna is worth it for the stunning wildlife and shipwrecks in the deep sea just off the coast. Head into Hikkaduwa to try the roti, an Indian flatbread that’s simple but wonderfully tasty. The Roti Shop has a variety of sandwiches, including avocado, prawns, bacon, chocolate banana and pineapple.
How to Get There
We were a group of 11 adults and 08 children. We had 04 Crayford rooms and the Admiral Suite. The Crayford rooms were large, elegant and comfortable. The Admiral Suite is incredible with two private balconies which meant we had plenty of space for the kids and adults to relax and enjoy the evening. While, the property, garden and swimming pool are all great, what we found most exceptional was the service. No request was too complicated for the team who were always warm, accommodating ever ready to help. Travelling with a large group of children can be challenging but the staff always made us feel welcome and very much at home. This is definitely a place where we will want to go back to again and again. The positive attitude was so obvious across the board from the security guard who greeted us as we drove in, to every member of staff including the housekeeping team, the waiters, the chef and the managers.
We were there for our honeymoon.you guys gave excellent service.
We wants to specially thank chef, R&B
Manager, waiter boy who’s always with pleasant smile and account section
Foods and service is excellent.
We stayed here last week and everyone is impressed with their staff and service. Specially our steward Senura was very helpful and entertaining.
Food was great and portion sizes were reasonable.
Thanks Tamarind Hill, keep up the good work.
A true haven of peace - utterly charming in decor, service, cuisine and ambience. The pool is decadent and every bit of luxury you might hope for, the wider hotel design assimilates this, the ten bedrooms are magical - with four poster beds and enormous wooden dressers in the bathroom. Every last detail exists - especially in the history that clings to and inhabits the walls. One of the best Sri Lankan breakfasts there is (egg hoppers come particularly well recommended), a gorgeous outdoor bar/sofa area where you can repose with a book or play a board game. Peaceful. Tranquil, and only ten minutes by tuktuk to the fort if you do want to venture out. Highly recommended.
This 12 bedroom hotel is the height of luxury. The service is second to none, the furnishings are superb and the food is excellent. You need a tuc tuc to take you into Galle which is a lovely town. The bedroom and bathroom are the size of my house with your own garden area