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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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