The octagonal shape of the main house allows for the appreciation of the panorama of every angle from the wraparound verandahs. Rooms revolve outwards from a grand central space characterised by a 30m high domed roof and it is as open plan as possible to allow for the cool flow of air. The main house features comfortable living areas decorated with cut flower displays and three suites while two more are located on a lower level of the house reached by winding sandy pathways through a tropical garden enhanced by frangipanis, hibiscus, bougainvillea, heliconia and palms. Living spaces are airy and bright, enhanced by cool terrazzo floors, high ceilings and white walls adorned with pictures, photographs and modern art by Saskia Pringers.
Taprobane’s garden is big enough to get lost in, to the south is a rock pool suitable for bathing while to the east is a picturesque infinity pool raised above the surf enabling you to watch the speeding catamarans loaded with fisherman making their way to and from the bay. Scenic dining opportunities are endless and cocktails on the west verandah are a must at sunset. While artists, writers and romantics will love Taprobane’s seclusion and privacy, groups of friends and families looking for adventure will revel in its convivial atmosphere.
– Take a ride around the picturesque Weligama bay in one of the colourful wooden catamarans
– For the reptile lovers out there, visit the nearby snake farm
– Take a dawn or sunset walk around the historic citadel of Galle Fort, built from 1640 by the Dutch on the site of an earlier Portuguese fort
– 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
– Head to Sinharaja and take a walk through dense, virgin rainforest, home to thousands of plant and animal species
– Go whale and dolphin watching from Mirissa
– Visit the virgin white tea plantation in Titagalla and learn how tea, cinnamon and rubber is produced
Wake up to breakfasts of fresh fruit, omelettes and banana bread accompanied by homemade jams and plenty of tea and coffee. Lunches may feature sandwiches and fresh salads followed by a pot of tea with cakes in the afternoon while dinners are three course affairs; try the authentic multi-dish rice and curry followed by traditional Wattalapan with fresh buffalo curd and treacle or indulge in a typical menu of chickpea battered prawns with mango salsa for a starter, pan fried fillets of fish for your main and a delicious crème caramel or passion fruit cheesecake for dessert.
While a couple of well-known wines are stocked, it is best to either pre-order your choice from the management or bring your own with you. Fresh fruit juices, soft drinks and mineral water are always available, at any time of the day.
A highlight of living on Taprobane is being able to dine alfresco in so many amazing locations over the island; have breakfast from your verandah, lunch by the pool, tea in the garden and dinner overlooking the south facing ocean, contemplating how there is absolutely no land between you and Antarctica.