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Welligama Bay



Taprobane Island was discovered and the house built by Count De Mauney in 1922 (descendant of one of Napoleon’s Generals).

Various artists and celebrities have lived here, including Arthur C. Clarke and Paul Bowles, who wrote "Spider House" here. We certainly found no ‘spiders’ in this beautifully restored octagonal beach residence, set amidst 2 acres of lush tropical garden with 360-degree views of the Indian Ocean. 

Set 50m off the Welligama beach, this 5-suite villa accommodates a maximum of 10 people.  Host venue to Asia’s Elephant Polo Ball each year, it is renowned as a prestigious party venue for weddings, festivities or a family looking for a private adventure.

English speaking manager, Shan, and his 4 staff attend to your every need. White walls, bright ‘Barefoot’ fabrics, Dutch antiques and an enviable collection of art, including ‘Saskia’ modern works, enhance the house throughout its various floor levels.

Pause on the various courting seats, plunge into the natural rock pool or relax by the infinity pool, sipping cocktails.



  • An idyllic, Private Island and luxurious villa for a memorable family occasion.
  • Freshly caught fish for dinner enjoyed whilst surrounded by candlelight and flaming torches, under a canopy of giant trees.
  • Lose yourself in the gardens as you follow the trail of fallen Araliya flowers, into a colourful array of Hibiscus, Romiods, and purple grass and coconut trees.
  • Welligama Beach is uninspiring and close to the busy roadside.
  • On arrival, guests must de-robe and wade out to the island steps. The tide can be waist high during full moon.
  • The bathrooms are occasionally disappointing and do not reflect the luxury of the communal rooms and bed rooms. Since our visit we understand these have been refurbished. to a high standard.





Overall Quality
Overall grade varies between 80% and 100%
Quality of Restaurant
Restaurant grade varies between 80% and 90%
Command of English
English grade varies between 80% and 100%
Quality of Service
Service grade varies between 80% and 100%
Quality of Bathroom
Bathroom grade varies between 70% and 80%
Swimming Pool
Beach Access
Groups Welcomed
Maid Service
Landscaped Gardens
Private Cook
Dining Room
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Taprobane Island, Welligama Bay - check availability and book online for Taprobane Island in Welligama Bay, Sri Lanka - visit Boutique Sri Lanka now for more details. Taprobane Island in Welligama Bay: A unique, special paradise for those wishing to "stop the world and get off", tell only your closest friends. A sought after photographic location and private boutique hideaway for that special celebration with a group of family or friends.