Are children permitted at Taprobane Island?
Children are welcome on Taprobane Island. We do recommend that, for children swimming in the sea, there is adult supervision.
When is the best time of the year to visit?
Guest are welcome at Taprobane Island, all year round.
The best time to travel to Sri Lanka is between the main rainy seasons. The period from November to April is the driest season on the south west coast. This period is also considered the tourist season in Sri Lanka and provides long sunny days.
Temperatures remain the same throughout the year, except that April and May tend to be the two hottest months in Sri Lanka.
The months of May to October are considered the rainy season. Traditionally the driest months in this period are July, August & September.
In recent years however the weather patterns have been rather unpredicatable, shortening the rainy season.
Rain varies from light showers to heavy but short downpours, with a mix of sunshine and sometimes overcast days.
You will find if it is raining in one part of the country it will be sunny in another not so far away. Hence, Sri Lanka is a year round destination.
Are meals included in the rate?
All meals are NOT included in the rate, except your first meal on arrival. This is usually a delicious Sri Lankan curry.
Should we bring anything from outside Sri Lanka?
It is best to buy spirits on arrival from The Duty Free Shop at Colombo airport. Wine and Champagne can be ordered in advance and delivered to the island.
Beer and locally produced spirits (local gin, vodka and arack) can be purchased in the local village of Weligama.
For gourmet travellers wanting fine food items we can order these in advance for you. These products are only available in Colombo or sometimes in Galle. We will need to order these in advance.
There is a CD player so bring your own CD’s.
Do I have to pay a deposit when I book?
A deposit of 50% is required to secure all bookings.
If you cancel a booking within 10 days of arrival you will be charged 100%.
Do you have accommodation for drivers?
Taprobane Island does not provide accommodation for any drivers.
We can recommend guest houses in the centre of Weligama for your driver to stay.
Does the island have a telephone number?
There is no land telephone on Taprobane however there is a cell phone for local emergency calls and for receiving emergency international calls.
We recommend that you bring your cell phone. If your phone has international roaming facilities you will have no problem making or receiving calls.
Does the island have security?
We employ professional security guards who maintain a 24 hour watch at the main gate. There is a safe in the house where we recommend guests deposit passports, money and valuables.
Can you arrange transport for our trip in Sri Lanka?
Yes, our team can arrange airport pick-ups and transfers. We can also arrange transport for the duration of your stay.
What sort of clothing should I bring?
Sri Lanka is a very informal country so jackets are not an essential piece of clothing. It is unnecessary to bring to Taprobane as Paul Bowles did, 10 double breasted suits, a cook, maid, manservant and upright piano. Light cotton casual clothing is adequate.
Could you recommend other places for us to stay and visit?
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