This Is Not A Drill: Rent This Entire Island In Sri Lanka For Whatever Reason You Want

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Imagine waking up to the babbling blue waters of the ocean, the heady scent of coconut appams and onion chutney wafting into your room, as you hear the faint folksy melody of a ukulele playing somewhere in the distance. Sounds like heaven? Well, rejoice because you can find this right here on earth, on a sun-doused private island off the southern coast of Sri Lanka nestled by the Indian Ocean.

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Taprobane, lying on the bay of Weligama, is the only piece of land between the Sri Lankan coast and the South Pole. Previously known as Galduwa, or Rock Island in Sinhalese, it was renamed in the 1920s by the self-titled Count de Mauny-Talvande after the old Greek word for Sri Lanka. He built a villa (the only residence on the islet), the architecture of which sought to revive the old Palladian style. Today, the 2½ acre long tropical fantasy that has hosted many aristocrats, artists and some royalty over the years, has now been jazzed-up to have five en-suite bedrooms with palatial four-poster beds, ornate furniture and also an impressive infinity pool.

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A tropical garden with descending terraces, surrounds the property and is brimming with frangipanis, palms, flame trees, fuchsias and orchids. A staff of five is ready to tend to your every need, ranging from food to transport, making your dream vacation seem effortless. To make a booking, contact the residence here.

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Things to Do: Take a stroll through the tea plantations, and then head to the Kataluwa Temple in the city of Galle, visit the Dutch forts and markets in Matara, surf or take a dip in the beaches of Unawatuna, Thalpe, Merissa and Tangalle, and before you leave, try to get a picture or two of the famous stilt fishermen.

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Must haves: Chilli Coconut Sambal, Red Rice Papadams, Beetroot and Coconut Curry, Sri Lankan Fish Curry and the Wild Mango Chutney are a few dishes among the many that the staff can prepare for you every day with fresh produce purchased from the markets in Weligma.

Price: 1 - 2 lakhs per night

Getting There: Taprobane is 4½ hours from the Colombo airport. You can reach the charming colonial residence by helicopter transfers from the airport. You could also swim or take an elephant ride from Weligma.

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