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The Frangipani Tree

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- Lovely beachside location
- Close to Galle
- Turtle hatchery visits
- Pool, tennis courts and spa

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A delightful beach resort looking out on to Indian Ocean, The Frangipani Tree is located near the west end of a long, white-sand beach that’s a great place to relax and unwind. The resort’s ocean-side setting is undoubtedly one of its best features: sit back and relax on the sandy beach and watch stilt fisherman as they catch fish, or even turtles as they lay their eggs in beach’s fine sands. The resort is named after the sweet-scented frangipani tree, known for its colourful yellow and pink flowers and, of course, its lovely aroma - many of these trees are to be found scattered across the resort.

In keeping with the area, each one of the resort’s three villas is named after a different species of turtle: Leatherback, Olive Ridley and Hawksbill. Rooms are spacious, contemporary in design and minimalist in what they offer. There are no flat-screen TVs here since the focus is on the location and its natural beauty, rather than high-tech amenities and technology. Each villa houses three exceptionally well furnished suites, with plenty of high-quality amenities. Lounge about on a sun bed, enjoy an al fresco dinner on a private, shaded veranda and enjoy a very comfortable night’s sleep in a king size four-poster bed that comes with luxurious linens and even a choice of pillows. There's also air conditioning and a ceiling fan.

Wholesome breakfasts are served on private guest terraces and traditional Sri Lankan dishes can be sampled for lunch and dinner at the restaurant. Alternatively, head into Galle and try one of the many restaurants there. While there, be sure to check out Galle Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that features many landmarks of historical, archaeological and cultural importance. Further afield, there’s the Yala National Park that's home to 44 mammal species and 215 bird species, and the Hiyare Forest Reserve. Hikes through the Rumassala Medicinal Forest (the setting for lots of local mysteries and fables) are also on offer, along with visits to the nearby turtle hatchery. While the ocean here is often unsuitable for swimming, there's always the pool to dip into, not to mention the tennis courts and spa.

Children of all ages are welcome to stay at The Frangipani Tree, though the resort does perhaps have quite an adult feel. There are two pairs of suites with interconnecting rooms and three suites with capacity for extra beds. Because the resort is right by the ocean, we strongly recommend that parents keep an eye on their children at all times.

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  • Hi Lisa, We had a fabulous time thank you. The accommodation and other ideation were all terrific - that’s so much for your help. The apartment in Cape Town was particularly good - we would never have found that: Boschendal was great as well and game lodge was superb. Thanks again, Alistair

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  • Dear Lisa
    Well, we are back and still buzzing. We have had a marvellous time. The weather helped. We left Manchester in the snow and arrived in Marrakesh at 30 degrees. We were well looked after in the Riad. I'm glad we booked a meal for the first evening - ate it on the roof terrace. We can recommend that. It was delicious. We ate at the Foundouk, as per your recommendation and on the following night we ate at Le Jardin - got lost on the way to it!. We can really recommend Le Jardin.
    The following day we went to Majorelle gardens. Fortunately we had looked it up before we travelled because you have to book in advance online only from Jan 2023. We found our own way to the Medera Ben Yousef and Latifa took us to Bahia Palace - both were stunning.
    The following morning our lovely taxi driver Mohammond collected us to go to the EcoLodge. Yet another Mohammond made us very welcome. Again we ate well! You were right, the pool was freezing, but I can't sit next to water and not get in. Once you're in you forget how cold it is! I wasn't the only person to try the pool.
    Rashid, our guide for our walk collected us. He was brilliant. It was hard work, but worth it. I was determined I would make it. Kevin is fitter than me! The Berber family were lovely. We stopped when we were nearly there to see how rag rugs were made. When we got back Rashid and Mohammond confessed that Mohammond had said to Rashid that he should get us to a road if we got too tired and they would send a taxi (or a mule!) to collect us - or me, but Rashid was sure that I'd be OK. He was right. I think they wondered about these 2 70+ year olds. We can't praise Rashid enough. He had walked over from Imlil in the morning and was going to walk back after he left us.
    Thank you so much for putting our holiday together. We never thought it would be 3 years before we went. We are so glad we persevered. We did wonder what we had let ourselves in for as 2 oldies!
    Fiona and Kevin

    MissingFiona B reviewing Boutique Marrakech & Atlas Mountains on 21 April 2023

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