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
Tamarind Hill provides outstanding boutique accommodation - the 250yo former Dutch colonial buildings offer spacious well-appointed rooms, staff are always attentive and friendly, and the tasty meal options (Sri Lankan and international) are reasonably priced. We loved our three night stay, and valued the hotel as an oasis of calm despite its proximity to downtown (only about 2-3 klms from Galle’s historic fort district). The pool is an added bonus and, with only about 12 rooms, one we often enjoyed by ourselves.
I recently had the pleasure of staying at this relatively small intimate hotel with a Tamarind tree in the middle of the garden. From the moment we arrived the service was excellent and the staff were polite and happy to help where they could. Our room was beautiful and the bathroom was the biggest I have ever seen! The hotel has a private pool area which is quiet and relaxing. Take a swim and watch the monkeys running in the trees. Food in the hotel was very good in both the evening and breakfast. I would highly recommend this quiet tucked away spot to anyone but remember as you are away from the coast and into lush green vegetation mosquitos are around in the evening. The beds have nets over them so its not much of an issue but just be aware particularly if you plan on dining outside.
We loved Tamarind Hill - very VERY good service, and such a beautiful setting. Eating dinner (and breakfast) looking into the lawn the building is structured around - the tamarind tree in the middle. The intimacy of the pool setting, with beautiful trees on one side and behind - is special. A cinnamon and mahogany tree were pointed out to us. Our room was so spacious and well decorated.
The staff enthusiastically gave us a tour of the admiral and captain suites which were filled with old world charm and beauty.
We were on a trip to celebrate our golden wedding.This hotel has a charm that none of the new hotels have.When staying in a new country we prefer to experience the nostalgia of bygone days combined with elegance,luxury and one to one service that you get from a boutique hotel.It is a tuk tuk ride to the Galle fort area which is fabulous with bars restaurants and quirky small shops all set in narrow winding streets just off the sea front,then return to the absolute peace and tranquility of this property.
We stayed at the Tamarind Hill with 2 friends for 2 nights in February. The Hotel is everything you could want from this style of property. The rooms were delightful with huge bathrooms. The place is very peaceful despite sharing it with numerous peacocks and monkeys. The swimming pool was an added bonus and kept spotlessly clean. The food was of a high standard and the staff were extremely friendly and helpful. Special mention must go to Shaminda and Sandaru - nothing was too much trouble for them. We were all sad to leave.