Taprobane Island is one of Sri Lanka’s most renowned luxury destinations and a true utopia for anyone looking for heaven on earth. Set along the country’s famous South Coast, just 30 minutes from the provincial capital of Galle, the small, thickly forested island perches 100 metres from the mainland beaches.
You can wade through the warm knee-high water, or go for a slow relaxing elephant-back ride to the island’s cliff-side dock. Facing out onto the turquoise Indian Ocean and with the South Coast jungles at its back, the island’s octagonal, five-bedroom stone mansion has spectacular views in every direction.
If you go with your loved one, the sea views are particularly romantic, with an endless view of water, and no land in sight between Taprobane and the Antarctic. The island is just less than three acres and has one spectacular Colonial-style house where you can experience the true meaning of serenity. The five en-suite bedrooms are decadent, airy and ideal for late afternoon naps and morning breakfasts in bed. The estate, dating back to the 1920s, also sports an infinity pool, large, lush garden and a five-member staff who are on hand 24/7.
The best time to visit Taprobane is between November and April, the dry season and if you book in advance, you can even specify what your favourite food and drinks are – they will be ready for you to enjoy by the time you reach Nirvana.
So, take the next off-ramp out of the rat race and make that call – check out Taprobane Island’s Facebook Page for more info.