I'll begin by saying that this is still our favourite place in Sri Lanka and we recommend it to anyone who has the means to experience the sumptuous historical glory of Sri Lanka's past reconverted to a high-level boutique experience.
Designed by Sri Lanka's eminent interior designer Tharu, Tamarind Hill has been brought back to the glory of old in keeping with its heritage and now affording customers an insight into how the Sinhalese high-life once lived in Sri Lanka during the Victorian and Edwardian eras.
The staff are the best trained on the island, diligently supervised by Sudath, the manager and Ajit, the General Manager to whom we send our compliments and thanks.
The infinity pool on the premises is in a perfect location are the rooms the surround a central garden. Guests can choose where to eat their meals and are taken care of indulgently. Most staff speak very good English and converse freely with the guests as part of their daily duties.
Cuisine is good - especially the Sri Lankan breakfast which I defy any couple to finish!
With good wifi now installed, Tamarind Hill is also the perfect place to work a bit while relaxing. We went to Unawatuna by Tuk-tuk each day for our sea swim but decided to stay in Tamarind on the last day an enjoy being spoiled.
For any honeymooner, this is the place and for the discerning traveller, fed up of large-scale tourism with massive crowds queueing for a buffet, the discrete silence of dinner at Tamarind Hill will be a welcome change.
Actually, prices are not that expensive compared to the massive complexes that the Amaya, Cinnamon or Jetwing chains provide. Go boutique in Sri Lanka.
It's the only way to feel the appeal of an Island that has regained its direction and cultural diversity.
My thanks to the staff of Tamarind Hill - see you again soon!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Built over 250 years ago, Tamarind Hill, Galle is a magnificent colonial manor house. Today it is a Small Luxury Hotel of the World. Marvellous living is defined in each of the ten spacious rooms & two grand suites, with a great selection of antiques. Suites offer a private balcony and exclusive butler service. Modern ingredients sit side by side with history ... In-room dining, complimentary wifi, LED screen TV's and more. Tamarind Hill's exquisite dining, signature treatments at the spa, a secluded infinity pool and the Gini Ganga river that flows by, are all part of fine pleasures here. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tamarind Hill Hotel Galle