After three blissful days at The Last House, we moved up the coast to Galle for our final few days in Sri Lanka. For the first time the journey was simple, comfortable and quick, although our diver did ask to stop to pay in a cheque for his daughter…But it gave us chance to have a peak around the towns on the way….albeit never straight forward! We arrived at the calm, simple and serene Frangipani Tree an hour later, completely bowled over by the design and the draw dropping infinity pool leading you to the Indian Ocean.
The beach was rugged but beautiful, the sea rough but mesmerising and the palm trees with their scattered coconuts and weighted palms, slightly tired looking, full of whispers and stories, well, they were in my opinion, the best palm trees in the world. It’s the imperfections that make things perfect and allow the soul to be seen.
Having just left a Bowa design we were now resting our heads in another very Bowa influenced creation. Similar in essence although with more of a minimalist feel, clean white lines and polished concrete but not as bright as the colour of The Last House. This was definitely a larger hotel and perhaps not as warm but it was just as special. It was really fun to experience different types of Guest Houses and Hotels on our stay around Sri Lanka, all booked through our firm favourite i-escape. But with Frangipani Trees’ clean cut grass and a stunning warm infinity pool, this was the perfect place to explore Galle and to soak up as much as we could in our final few days in Sri Lanka.
We stayed in the Olive and Ridley Suite, all rooms including the Hawksbill and Leatherback are named after the turtles that return every year to the shore to lay their eggs, and we happily wasted a couple of hours and a hell of a lot of memory card watching them bob about every night in the ocean. The huge sparsely designed suite with huge ceilings, was big enough to hold a yoga class and had a wardrobe fit for a Queen. The perfectly created bathroom was spacious with a huge white stone bath tub to keep this bath tub freak happy. Some of the bathrooms in the other suites are actually open air, which I can imagine would be amazing….Next time!
We spent our days, exploring the local area (more on this soon) sunning ourselves by the pool and sheltering from the rain on our decking with cups of tea.
The rains became more frequent as our trip came to an end, but as ever in the Tropics, it is not rain like we have in the UK. The temperature still so warm, the pool still swim-able and the misty light that the clouds create was nothing far from beautiful. Some of my favourite hours were sitting on our deck, with a cup of tea, head in a book, listening to the waves crashing and watching the heavens open, wishing time would stand still for a while…..It is the imperfections after all!
The last round of our Sri Lankan Adventure coming soon.
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