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Frangipani Tree Galle, Sri Lanka - SLG043

Offering simplistic luxury The Frangipani Tree is a relaxed beach front hotel just fifteen minutes from the historic heritage city of Galle a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The accommodation is divided into three detached villas, each of which is named after one of Sri Lanka's endangered marine turtle species - Hawksbill, Leatherback and Olive Ridley.

Hawksbill - is a free standing villa with two ocean-view suites, each having private outdoor living areas, a covered verandah with private dining table and open air bathrooms enhanced by enclosed tropical gardens. These two suites are interconnecting.

Leatherback - is a free standing villa with two beachfront suites, each having private outdoor living areas with sofa beds, pool loungers, dining tables, en-suite bathrooms and four poster beds.

Olive Ridley - is a two storey villa beside the pool that contains five suites as well as the hotel's living room and main dining area. Two suites on the first floor benefit from sweeping ocean views whilst the rest are located on the ground floor and overlook the frangipani tree lined courtyard.

All rooms have high airy ceilings, polished cement floors and white-washed walls. They have been stylishly furnished with Sri Lankan custom-made pieces such as stainless steel four-poster beds, wooden work desks, built-in sofa beds with brightly striped cushions and Geoffrey Bawa-designed leather chairs. The large beds are framed by soft mosquito netting and dressed with the softest linen. A pillow menu is available to satisfy individual guests requirements.

The airy and spacious en-suite bathrooms feature cement bathtubs, hot water rain showers and plenty of exclusive toiletries.

The hotel has a 35ft elongated lap pool and a tennis court.

The Frangipani Tree has a mediterranean inspired fusion menu that includes plenty of fresh seafood bought straight from the market. Seared yellow fin tuna, lobster Carpaccio and spicy grilled squid. During the day a menu of light snacks and salads such as prawn curry, green gazpacho soup or hummus with tahini and home-made pita bread are available. Then a more extensive dinner menu including Sri Lankan Curries, Moroccan Lamb Tagine and Tabbouleh. Delicious cakes, puddings and pavlovas are available for dessert.

The main dining table seats up to twenty, but guests are welcome to eat wherever they choose. On the sweeping verandah, on the beach, in the garden or in the privacy of their own suite. Guests are welcome to eat at any time of day or evening, there are no set meal times.

Frangipani Tree is about fifteen minutes from the historic town of Galle containing two of Sri Lankan's famous sites. The World Heritage 300 year old Galle Fort largely built by the Dutch, and the Galle International Cricket Statium.

Several scuba diving schools in the area will accompany you to wrecks and reefs and you can go whale and dolphin watching from Mirissa. There are also several local turtle hatcheries and the hotel will arrange day excursions to Yala Safari Park on request.

9 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
£160 - £200 per room per night

Beachfront hotel
35 meter lap pool
Full serviced restaurant
Wireless Internet
Laundry Service
Communal living room with TV, DVD player and collection of DVD's and books
Tennis court
•Events and Weddings
Baby cot and baby chair
Private yoga sessions on request
In-room massage on request
Babysitter on request

'4/5 for Frangipani.. Door locks strange and had to be constantly locked from inside just to be shut. No walkway so when it rained you get soaked feet walking to reception. Staff delightful and went out of their way to be friendly and welcoming.' FL - Aug 2015

'3 days, 2 months, 1 year... any amount of time here is not enough. From the friendly staff, communicative owner and everyone in between, the people make the experience great. Location was what drew us here. I was sent on a luxury trend assignment for a magazine, but the atmosphere made it special. We're looking forward to coming back when we are not working.' FP