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 recently visited Sri Lanka for a much needed holiday for two very tired shift workers. After searching the internet for days we finally settled on Tamarind Hill mostly due to other reviews and images on the internet and we were absolutely thrilled with the our choice. We were lucky enough to spend ten nights at Tamarind Hill and the experience was so good we are looking at returning next year.
The staff couldn't have been more friendly or helpful from the waiters to the housekeepers everything was done to a high standard. We had a lovely private room with a large bathroom that was immaculately tended to each day. All the amenities in the room we required were there. The Hotel has a lovely colonial feel and the staff were more than happy to show us around and explain some of the history of this unique place as well. Peacocks, monkeys, birds, turtles and even two gorgeous white rabbits grace the gardens which are tended to each day. Lovely furniture is all around the verandah of the hotel and we felt comfortable to sit and enjoy a drink or the sun anywhere within the grounds.
The pool was something else. It's the most wonderful spot to enjoy the sun and watch the monkeys jumping through the fruit trees. There are lounges down there and due to being there during the low season we spent hours at the pool on our own as the hotel was quite quiet. We ate our breakfast there each day but it is so close to Galle to venture out and eat elsewhere for lunch and dinner. One night we enjoyed taking a cooking class with the chefs from the hotel and it couldn't have been more fun. We visited the local markets and bought produce with the chefs and then cooked it with them. We LOVED the Sri Lankan food so this was a great experience for us to see how they use spices and things like that. They then set up a banquet of food for us it was beyond generous and a real highlight.
I haven't had the opportunity to stay in luxurious hotels all over the world but this is a hidden treasure so close to Galle and a little away from the very busy areas like Unawatuna. It is however close enough to jump in a tuk tuk and visit for the day. If your looking to do some day trips ask for the Tuk Tuk driver Nalaka he was fabulous as well as being a very safe driver as the roads can get a little busy! He showed us lots of great places and nothing was a trouble for him. Well worth it to ask for him! We did some day trips to tea plantations, cinnamon lake and even to Udawalawe National Park and the mountain village of Ella. Very spur of the moment to go to Ella but well worth it to see more of the countryside.
All we can say is if you want to stay somewhere quiet, clean, authentic and somewhere that has a touch of the old Sri Lanka this is your place. Thank you for having us Tamarind Hill we couldn't have had a better more relaxing time! We came home feeling like we had been well rested, well fed and rejuvenated!
We stayed at this hotel for a few days last month, and were very happy with the experience. The hotel is a former Dutch residence that has loads of history. There are a limited number of rooms, so that automatically means you have a quiet experience without the usual hustle and bustle of a regular hotel. There are tons of spots to take photos at, and you really can't get enough of the views. Peacocks routinely show up and prance around the lawn and it really is quite serene.
The staff were really helpful and one of them even offered me his scooter when I said I was tired of taking tuktuks. We enjoyed breakfast, and the team went above and beyond to see that we had a great time. The only tiny thing that they can probably do better, is to provide a few more power outlets near the bedside.
My friend and I went here for 2 nights in non-peak season with good price. Vintage room and superb big bathroom. You can totally relax from it. Breakfast was good, but peacocks were a bit noisy in the morning
I booked three full board rooms on 3rd November night stay for family. This five star hotel has excellent staff especially restaurant staff. My son and daughter’s and me with our spouses enjoy pleasant environment with fool food and bar facilities. It was five stars facilities
Lovely, lovely hotel. It is close to the beach and short drive to Galle Fort. Very tranquil and luxurious. The standard rooms/bathrooms (No1) are huge with every lotion and potion you could desire.
Great pool area and bar with board games. Food very good and staff friendly, attentive and enthusiastic. We were offered a tour of the building and was shown the two luxury suites (Admiral and Captain). All in all a very enjoyable experience.