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.
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.