Taprobane Island, originally called "Galduwa" ("Rock Island" in Sinhalese), is a private island with one villa, located just off the southern coast of Sri Lanka opposite the village of Weligama.
Taprobane Island provides one of Sri Lanka’s most iconic photographs, an impossibly romantic destination perfect for a traveler seeking a truly escapist location with a ride on the back of an elephant, and wading through crystal clear knee-deep waters.
Notable people who stayed on Taprobane include Dutch author Peter ten Hoopen, who spent a month there in 1984 during civil unrest on the mainland, as well as Kylie Minogue, who composed a song about the island inspired by her stay titled "Taprobane (Extraordinary Day)". It inspired Jason Kouchak to compose "Dark Island" in his 1999 album Watercolours.
There are five bedrooms that sleep up to 10 guests. Rooms are cooled by the sea breeze and overhead fans. A terrace wraps around most of the villa’s octagonal structure. An infinity pool nestles amongst two acres of rich tropical gardens. there are only five staff members including a chef and butler. Mainly seafood and Asian cuisine including Sri Lankan rice and curries are served here. Taprobane Island is a perfect place for those who love to relax, paint and writing.
Weligama, Galle, Sri Lanka
May 16, 2022 10:27 am local time