Tamarind is characterised by sloping tiled roofs, high ceilings, elongated verandahs and smooth polished cement corridors that are furnished with beautiful antiques, clever reproductions, and cushioned sofas. Bright white walls are illustrated by interesting artwork, drawings and maps. A Tamarind tree – from where the hotel takes its name – is the centrepiece to the large grassy courtyard at the heart of the property and the tropical gardens that shelve down towards the river are enhanced by lush foliage, colourful plants and a magnificent infinity-edged swimming pool.
A bar with comfortable front lounge area as well as a restaurant and dining area is located on the ground floor of the main house – the service is personal and the cuisine is emerging as some of the best in the south. Tamarind Hill – with its differing standards of accommodation – is an especially good choice for couples looking for an intimate setting within easy reach of Galle.
Spacious and amply furnished, these rooms are standard only in name. Slightly smaller than the superior rooms they open onto cute private terraces furnished with planter’s chairs.
These rooms are slightly larger than the standard rooms having also a seating area and marginally bigger private terraces. They are equally beautifully decorated and furnished with wardrobes and writing desks.
The Admiral Suite
This expansive living space takes up most of the first floor of the house. It features a large living room furnished with sofas, illuminated by lamps and decorated with maps, paintings and interesting works of art that leads into a lavishly designed bedroom featuring a large king-sized bed and sitting area with an amazing carved screen. Twin vanities and a free-standing tub characterise the large en-suite bathroom. Doors from the bedroom open onto a huge and richly furnished balcony that affords views towards the ocean and which is shared with the suite next-door. A smaller intimate balcony – ideal for private dining – that overlooks the central courtyard can be reached from the living area or bathroom.
This suite, though much smaller than Admiral Suite, is equally beautifully furnished and decorated. It opens onto the large front shared balcony though also has an intimate balcony of its own overlooking the central courtyard that would be ideal for private dining or lounging. The en-suite bathroom also has twin vanities, a bathtub and lots of gorgeously scented toiletries.
The Admiral and Captain’s suites join together to form the magnificently spacious Tamarind Suite.
– Ride inland on mountain bikes to discover a stunning emerald landscape of paddy fields, white-washed Buddhist temples, and rural villages
– Spend the day on one of the golden beaches along the coast: Unawatuna, Thalpe or Mirissa
– Go whale and dolphin watching from Mirissa
– Visit the virgin white tea plantation in Titagalla and learn how tea, cinnamon and rubber is produced
Breakfasts consist of fresh fruits and continental offerings while lunches are typically light and may include Thai green mango salad, Vietnamese prawn soup or Carpaccio with shaved parmesan and basil salsa verde. Dinner dishes include teriyaki fillet of seer and mustard crusted rack of lamb while typically fruity desserts such as mango and passion fruit parfait or lychee ginger and lime ice are all homemade and available at any time.
Meals may be enjoyed from the restaurant located on the ground floor of the house while a cosy bar next door is where you can choose from a wide range of both local and International wines and spirits. A long dining table decorated with purple lotus flowers dominates the centre of the house and can seat guests for special occasions. An elongated screen above it has been colourfully painted with Sri Lankan images but its original usage was as a punkah attached to a rope that servants would have pulled to waft and cool diners in the time before electricity. Overhead fans suffice today!