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Tamarind Hill by Asia Leisure
Ranked #2 of 23 Hotels in Galle
Certificate of Excellence
London, England
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15 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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“Beautiful, relaxing boutique hotel”
Reviewed September 7, 2013 via mobile

We stayed here for 3 nights with our young daughter and had a lovely stay. The staff could not have been more welcoming and kind, our daughter was spoilt rotten as were we!

The location is nice, it's about 10 mins from Galle in a tuk tuk in a nice setting in the hills. The pool area is beautiful and one of the nicest pools I've seen in Sri Lanka. The food was good, especially the club sandwich and my daughter loved their spag bol. My husband had the Sri Lankan breakfast a couple of times which he said was outstanding.

Overall though it's the feel if the place that makes it so special, it's incredibly relaxing, sitting in the beautiful bar area having a glass of wine with lovely music playing is a real memory of our time there.

As I said the staff really make this place and are a credit to the management.

If you want a real boutique hotel experience (which is great value!) then I would highly recommend staying here!

  • Stayed September 2013
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Nishani R, Sales & Marketing at Tamarind Hill by Asia Leisure, responded to this review, September 9, 2013
Dear valued Guest,

Thank you so much for your lovely comment about us. It's great to hear about your pleasant experience at Tamarind Hill - Galle and we are glad that we were able to meet your expectations at all aspects.
It was our pleasure having you and your lovely family with us and we hope to see you all again soon!

Thanking you,

Sonali Van Dort
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

Tamarind Hill is a lovely place to stay. The grounds are beautiful; the pool is enormous and tropical; and the rooms are tasteful, elegant, and extremely comfortable (hello, high-functioning AC and complimentary water bottles). Breakfast was delicious - a highlight of our four-night stay - and the lunch, dinner and drinks we had at the hotel restaurant were excellent and reasonably priced as well.

It's about a 10 minute tuk tuk ride to downtown Galle, and a 15-20 minute ride to Unawatuna, but we really loved staying in a hotel that was quieter, fastidiously clean, and set in such a gorgeous setting. Very easy to get to and from the hotel from either place, and we hopped a 80 rupee bus to visit towns about an hour away from right outside the hotel. Ignore the Lonely Planet's mentions of "wasteland" on the drive to the hotel and the phone tower. Neither detract from the hotel in even the slightest bit, if you even notice them.

Finally, the staff was top-notch. Helpful, attentive, and more than willing to go an extra 10 miles to ensure their guests have a great stay.

Room Tip: Rooms facing the pool are large and have outdoor seating!
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Nishani R, Sales & Marketing at Tamarind Hill by Asia Leisure, responded to this review, September 4, 2013
Dear valued Guest,

Thank you so much for the lovely review. It's great to hear about your pleasant experience with us.
In relation to the room facilities and the dining experiences, we at Tamarind Hill are truly pleased with the fact that you have enjoyed all of it extensively.

Thank you once again for such a wonderful review and we do hope you decide to come again soon. We look forward to it.

Thanking you,

Sonali Van Dort
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Reviewed August 31, 2013

Tamarind Hotel is converted from an old colonial bungalow and retains the old world charm. We were upgraded to the Captain Suite and simply loved it. The room was beautiful decorated and had a huge bathroom. There was a very spacious balcony where in one can sit and enjoy the surroundings. The swimming pool area is magical with low blue nights in the evening, it looks amazing. We wished we could stay longer. Nevertheless we will retain the pleasant memories.
The hotel staff are very courteous.
Highly Recommended

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Nishani R, Sales & Marketing at Tamarind Hill by Asia Leisure, responded to this review, September 1, 2013
Dear Valued Guest,

Thank you so much for the lovely review.

Our property is indeed a refurbished colonial residence and has a rich history attached to it. Renovations carried out haven’t completely changed the architectural design but has still kept the authentic feel intact. We are glad that you experienced and felt the attempted concept within your stay.

It was our pleasure having you with us and we hope you'd visit us again soon!

Thanking you,

Sonali Van Dort
Manager
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Reviewed August 20, 2013

Me and my wife stayed here over a year ago now but the memory still stays in my mind. It is beautifully set amongst the trees and wildlife. Our waiter 'Shane' who joked about being the cricketer 'Shane Warne' was a delight and tended to out every need.
We hope to return one day if only for another week

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Nishani R, Sales & Marketing at Tamarind Hill by Asia Leisure, responded to this review, August 26, 2013
Dear valued guest,

Thank you so much for the sentiments expressed. We shall retain the same old charm and more for your next surprise visit.

Best regards from everyone at Tamarind Hill - Galle!

Thanking you,

Sonali Van Dort
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Newport, UK
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Reviewed August 17, 2013

My wife and I stayed for 5 nights at the Tamarind Hill in August.

The service, food, and rooms were all fantastic. The staff were attentive and helpful without being too intrusive.

As the sea was quite choppy, we were limited to the hotel pool which was wonderfull. Towards evening, a few monkeys would gather in the trees about the pool to eat. Great to watch them whilst floating around.

Room Tip: Our room was number 8, but all the ground floor rooms open onto a central grass quadrangle. Think th...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Nishani R, Sales & Marketing at Tamarind Hill by Asia Leisure, responded to this review, August 18, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you so much for the lovely review. We are glad to hear about your pleasant stay with us. We at Tamarind Hill are extremely happy that the staff, property and the food as a whole were found to your taste and expectations.

It was our pleasure having you with us and we hope to see you again soon!

Thanking you,

Sonali Van Dort
Manager
Sales & Marketing
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Reviewed August 16, 2013 via mobile

We stayed there 3 nights and had 2 rooms for the 4 of us.
The place has a lot of history still the developments keep the same spirit and style. It is located very close to Galle historical centre but is more peaceful than most hotels which are located there. The garden and the swimming pool are great places to relax.
Our rooms were located around the garden. They were very comfortable, and the bath rooms quite impressive with a large shower and very good products. Free Wifi +++.
Excellent breakfast (try the omelettes!). We had dinner there twice, and if the food is not the finest we had in Sri Lanka, the personnel made both of them very special moments for us.
All in all, if you are looking to spend a few days in Galle, it is certainly the best choice.

Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Nishani R, Sales & Marketing at Tamarind Hill by Asia Leisure, responded to this review, August 18, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you so much for the lovely review.

Our property is indeed a refurbished colonial residence and has a rich history attached to it. As you correctly mentioned, renovations carried out haven’t completely changed the architectural design but has still kept the authentic feel intact. We are glad that you experienced and felt the attempted concept within your stay.

Thank you for the lovely statements in relation to the staff and food which you had seemed to enjoy to great extents.

It was our pleasure having you with us and we hope to see you again soon!

Thanking you,

Sonali Van Dort
Manager
Sales & Marketing
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Reviewed August 5, 2013

Three nights here and could easily have stayed longer. Nice walk into Galle central, or an easy tuk tuk ride. Staff courteous and attentive with any request. Pool good for lap swimming. Breakfast - ask for Sri Lankan style it's amazing! Beds soooo comfortable. Showers roomy! Quality bath products. Wifi works really well in common areas but not so good in the rooms. Dinner here was exceptional. Wait staff great.

Room Tip: The suites are amazing!
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Nishani R, Sales & Marketing at Tamarind Hill by Asia Leisure, responded to this review, August 5, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you so much for the lovely comment about our hotel, Tamarind Hill - Galle and we are glad to hear about your pleasant experience with us.
It was our pleasure having you with us and we hope to see you again soon!

Thanking you,

Sonali Van Dort
Manager
Sales & Marketing
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Additional Information about Tamarind Hill by Asia Leisure

Property: Tamarind Hill by Asia Leisure
Address: No 288 Galle Road | Dadella, Galle 80000, Sri Lanka (Formerly Tamarind Hill)
Location: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle District > Galle
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Galle
#1 Romantic Hotel in Galle
#2 Spa Hotel in Galle
#2 Luxury Hotel in Galle
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Tamarind Hill by Asia Leisure 4.5*
Number of rooms: 12
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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