4.5
Very Good 745 Reviews
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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 745 Reviews
A perfect haven
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a true delight this 250 year old oasis is in Galle. Boutique style. Crayford room was large. Sitting area, grand superking bed covered with netting. Large bathroom shower only. Lovely peaceful pool area where you can relax and watch the monkeys. The staff are the best. All so friendly and attentive. The chef would ask us what we would like for our evening meal. Presentation and taste divine. Every night we would return to our room to find towel oragami and petals displayed on our bed. How special we felt. Only a 10 minute tuk tuk ride to Galle Fort. A perfect place to come back to after a days sightseeing.

Beautiful boutique colonial hotel
Reviewed 1 month ago

What a delightful hotel. Beautiful colonial style building that is maintained perfectly. Setting is very peaceful yet still close enough to Galle Fort for exploring/dining. The staff were all very friendly. We visited in the low season so seemed to practically have the whole hotel to ourselves. Pool area was great for a relax. Room was extremely clean and very well maintained. Lots of monkeys and peacocks around the hotel which were lovely to watch. Location is a little out of the Galle Fort area but easily reached on a tuk tuk (going rate was 500 rupees) in about 5-10 mins. If you want to stay in a beautifully restored boutique colonial hotel while in Sri Lanka I highly recommend this hotel, wish we could have stayed longer.

Perfect
Reviewed 1 month ago

Amazing hotel with amazing service. Staff we're helpful throughout. Perfect place for family and friends to unwind and relax for a good holiday. Food is amazing accompanied by a beautiful and lovely surrounding. Would definitely recommend to a friend!

PERFECT RELAXATION
Reviewed 1 month ago

The hotel has got the touch of the colonial style so the hotel has its unique identity of its own .Its interior designing surpasses its structural beauty of majesty.Extra ordinary rooms, very spacious and again where the interior designing again has qualified to match along with the main impression of the hotel.Amenities are classy in standard.

Food is sublime.Specially the presentation of course the taste of the food.

Staff members were well groomed always with smiling faces ready to serve 24/7.

Again would like to bring out its splendorous beauty and the uniqueness of this hotel.

All in all this hotel is a complete product in every aspect.

A touch of paradise
Reviewed 1 month ago

Coinciding with my wife’s birthday, we had three wonderful nights at Tamarind Hill. Nothing was too much to ask for and their philosophy of dining “when you want and where you want” meant that we didn’t have to worry about time. The rooms are huge in this 200+ year old Dutch Colonial admirals homestead. Sight seeing, as organised by the hotel, included Galle Fort tour, river boat ride (saw lots of wildlife), cycling through villages and rice paddies (finishing with herbal tea and hoppers)! The staff were fantastic, I can’t remember everyone’s names, but special mention to Roger (co-conspirator with organising birthday surprise dinner on the Admirals balcony), our chef (food so good, great seafood platter for the birthday dinner and scrumptious cake), Sena, Sangeeth and Gihan (our bed turn-down artist). Will add Tamarind Hill to the list when we visit Sri Lanka again one day.