ASIA . Sri Lanka
Taprobane Island "Live a fairytale" Time "Resembles a 1930’s filmset, every island-lover’s fantasy" Condé Nast Traveller "One of the 50 most romantic villas in the world" Condé Nast Traveller This extraordinary villa occupies a tiny, rocky island in Weligama Bay, just 180 meters off the southern coast of Sri Lanka. Built in the 1920s by the eccentric Count de Mauny, it has subsequently been home to various luminaries, including novelist Paul Bowles, who wrote The Spider’s House here. Totally private and set in two acres of spectacular tropical gardens, this light and airy octagonal house is a traveler’s dream. Its elegant colonial furnishings, large wrap-around verandas with 360-degree views, rock pool and stunning swimming pool make you feel as though you are stepping into a 1930s novel. Rates: EUR 1,000 to EUR 2,200 per day for the whole island. There are four double bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, three in the main house plus one separate suite. The dining room looks out across the Indian Ocean. Activities: Swimming (pool and sea), diving, snorkeling, rafting, mountainbiking and trekking tours, day trips.
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SRI LANKA (CEYLON) Colombo Taprobane Island
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