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Frangipani Tree is an oasis of calm on Sri Lanka’s south coast, with the emphasis firmly on R&R.
There are just nine rooms in three separate villas named Hawksbill, Leatherback and Olive Ridley in honour of the three endangered species of giant turtle that come to lay their eggs on the beautiful beach.
The stylish, minimalist interiors were designed by Channa Daswatte, a protégé of the famous Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa, with a distinct absence of technology also designed to encourage guests to decompress with the soothing sound of the ocean an ever present backdrop.
Sadly the sea itself is too rough for swimming, but a ten minute tuk tuk ride away are the lovely beaches of Wijiya and Unawatuna, while the gorgeous hotel pool should also satisfy any waterbabies.
The hotel restaurant is renowned for serving some of the best food in Sri Lanka, with the icing on the cake the evening four course set menu including specialities such as crab curry and which is so popular that booking is strongly advisable.
Guests can work off dinners on the hotel tennis court, and the helpful onsite team can also arrange massages.
You can often see giant sea turtles bobbing around in the surf just offshore, and if you're lucky you may see one come ashore to lay eggs in the soft white sand of the beach.
Frances, Original Traveller