4.5
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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

Amenities

  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Overview

Charming 18th-century manor house near Galle Fort, with an outdoor swimming pool and Balinese-inspired spa

The Lowdown

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
No. 288, Dadella
Galle, 80000 Sri Lanka

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 761 Reviews
A touch of bliss between the Fort and the Beach
Reviewed 5 days ago

I stayed at Tamarind Hill over a weekend, to celebrate my wedding anniversary. The check in was really smooth, with Neranga giving us a brief insight to the history and heritage of the property.

The room was super clean with all modern amenities and a a lot of space.

What really touched us was the staff preparing a small anniversary cake for us and bringing it to our room with candles lit. Small gestures like this do go a long way and makes all the difference.

I would hands down highly recommend Tamarind Hill for anyone who is looking at staying away from the bustle of the Fort and the beach.

Charming place to relax in Galle
Reviewed 6 days ago

This is a quaint and charming hotel in Galle near the Lighthouse hotel. Stayed here with family for a long weekend. This former Dutch admiral's bungalow has been beautifully restored to it's former glory with an elegant lobby, lovely courtyard which really showcases the colonial architecture. The rooms were quite big and comfy with equally large bathrooms.While this is not next to the beach, it's not too far away from the sea either. We especially enjoyed the fact that it was nice and peaceful.

The service overall was quite good and we found the staff to be polite, friendly and obliging. Our only gripe was with the food and the service at the restaurant. While the food wasn't terrible, it certainly could've had more flavour. The first day Sri Lankan breakfast was overall very good but the second day breakfast experience was not that great. I believe they were a little understaffed and forgot bring some things we had ordered despite us reminding them multiple times. I never got my french toast in the end. The food wasn't that great either.
Despite these problems our stay was quite pleasant and we hope that these issues will be fixed soon.

Relaxing stay - a few things to be improved
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

From the moment of reaching the hotel to the check out we felt we'll taken care of. Very attentive and kind staff (well groomed, good English, not shy), spacious rooms with beautiful decor and pleasant ambience. We could hear the sounds from he nearby temple which added to the magical atmosphere of this place. We were surrounded by nature and could observe animals to understand better the uniqueness of this island. There is also an option to book tours via the hotel (even in short notice) though we decided for an outside vendor as the price was lower. The dinner that we had was delicious, and in similar prices as in the restaurants outside of the hotel. There also was a fire and dance performance one evening. Best hotel of our trip.

A few drawbacks that we noticed:
- the swimming pool umbrellas weren't in the best shape (dirty), in fact one of them had a bird nest inside which explained dirty area around it.
- we started the breakfast early (but within the bfast serving hours) the pasties that we received were half frozen, although we mentioned to the staff that we'll have our meal early in the morning on the departure day
- the towels weren't too new, you could easily see that they've been used for many years
- some parts of the hotel were falling apart (falling off light in the swimming pool), we couldn't open one of our windows
- there was a yoga class on our last morning which we were told about whilst we were having breakfast, 10mins before the class. A bit more time in advance would be appreciated
- last but not least, we were celebrating our anniversary, and although we were supposed to have our bed decorated and a small cake to commemorate the date, the hotel staff forgot about it.

Blissful Family Time at a Home away from Home...
Reviewed 1 month ago

I visited Tamarind Hill with my family this week. I was mesmerized as soon as I entered the hotel. The hotel looks colonial and remarkable. The staff was at the entrance waiting for us with a warm welcome. The atmosphere is so nature blended with so many rare species of animals who seem like well known everyone. The rooms are humongous and really monumental.

I should tell about the staff. You shouldn't come here for sliver service. What makes us not feel like leaving was, they are really friendly and they make you feel this place like your home. Special thanks to Nihal the Manager, Lakman, the Asst. Manager and Chef Lakmal. Our butler Sangeeth made a tremendous effort to make our stay a memorable one.

The food is excellent and you must try their Sri Lankan dishes, rice an curry and breakfast, we tasted real Sri Lankan spices after a long time.
The place is really clam and quiet very tranquil. Hotel is only few minutes away from the Galle Fort. Trust me you wont feel like going out once you are here...

A charming and Amazing place
Reviewed 2 months ago

Beautiful Small colonial style architecture hôtel ! Big room with perfect bathroom , view on the courtyard Where you coule have dinner .
Very Nice Nice pool near the jungle .
Service perfect and fois good .
Staff helpfull