My husband and I stayed at the Frangpani Tree for four nights in July and had a truly wonderful stay.
The hotel is right by the seaside, so even if you stay there during the monsoon season when you can't swim in the sea, you can still go for lovely walks along the beach. The pool is small but wonderful and the large rooms simply stunning. Everything is impeccably clean.
The style of the hotel is quite unusual in that it has a lot of concrete, but in combination with the wood shutters it looks amazing and cozy. The only problem is that the concrete bathroom floor gets very slippery when wet and it only dries slowly during the wet season. There were also some issues with light fittings, the A/C and banging shutters, but the staff were always quick to respond to any issues we raised.
There is a fairly reliable internet connection, a lovely TV / reading room and lots of space to sit outside (or under cover if it rains) and day dream. The garden is full of magnificent trees with plenty of birdlife, and for the sport enthusiasts there is even a tennis court, though not in the first flush of youth.
The food was great, especially the breakfasts, starting always with lots of fruit and lovely yoghurt, but I just wished the dinner menu would change a little more often. Still, Galle is a mere 20 minutes away by car and there are plenty of restaurants to try out for a change.
What made our stay really special were the two lovely managers Justyna and Wojtek who made us feel right at home in their little paradise.
We will be more than happy to stay at the Frangpani again soon.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Spend Time with Sea Turtles and Sparrows who visit this beautiful property Set on an improbable juxtaposition of simplicity and luxury overlooking the turquoise Indian Ocean. The Frangipani Tree is sun, sand, trees, culinary, sensuous and spiritual indulgences among Intimate, Exclusive and Elegant surroundings. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Frangipani Tree Hotel Unawatuna
- Frangipani Tree Galle
- Frangipani Tree Hotel Galle