Taprobane Island

Island Paradise

Taprobane is little less than tropical fantasy. A private-island residence, not garish in luxury but unquestionably unique and an experience as exotic as one could wish for.

The island, a hundred yards or so off the shore at Weligama, on Sri Lanka’s southern coast, hosts a sprawling octagonal house and two and a half acres of lush tropical gardens that seem to spill out into the Indian Ocean that laps around them.

History, style and splendour

The island house offers five en-suite bedrooms (four doubles and one twin) – ten are accommodated very comfortably. Bedrooms are laid out with antique furniture and four-poster beds. The double bedrooms open onto private terraces, all with unique and stunning views of the Indian Ocean.

Away from the bedrooms, lounge by the infinity pool, dropping from the islet into the sea; or meander the white sandy paths, shaded by frangipanis, flame trees, fuchsias and bougainvillea.

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Inconspicuous indulgence

The house offers an experienced staff of five. Your own private chef will provide a daily set menu of locally sourced dishes – predominantly seafood with Asian influences; the likes of cashew-nut curries and spicy grilled aubergine.

Cocktail-hour is happily observed, the island boasting a wealth of suitable venues. Most offer equally attractive locations for dining, in large group style or in more secluded fashion.

Here's what our guests say

“An impossibly romantic island villa eccentrically accessible only by wading through the sea.”

Conde Nast Traveller

“Amazing! Must do...” Loved it... The island and it's villa are perfect... Wading through even high tide (we did this) to check in is just one of the unique experiences of this place. It has a lovely infinity pool and boasts fabulous views from every room and living space! Perfect for 2 or many more... Wi-Fi is the only mod-con you are likely to miss but they have it!!! We brought in 2017 here! Stayed December 2016, travelled with family

2TravellingLondoners - TripAdvisor

“Completely magical” As long as you're not going into this expecting "western" style levels of luxury, you will not be disappointed.

You will, however, be entranced from the first moment you glimpse the island from the road. It's an amazing experience to walk through the door marked "Taprobane Island (Private)" and get used to the fact that you are currently (temporarily) in possession of your very own private island...(more)

Eliesha C, Australia. April 2016


Taprobane Island sits just 200 yards off the Southern Coast in Weligama Bay. Using the highway you’re two hours drive south of Colombo. Coming from elsewhere on the island you might like to fly, landing at Kogalla, 30 minutes from Taprobane.
2.5 hrs from Colombo International Airport
30 minutes from Galle
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Tonic Lanka will very happily arrange transfers to or from Taprobane Island and, indeed, can help plan and build your entire trip.