41 Lighthouse Street is a small property, set away down one of Galle's characterful streets and evoking the charm of the Fort.
Tabula Rasa means 'a clean slate', as the Dutch owners have moved to Sri Lanka for a new start. Opening in early 2019, the property has been beautifully designed by the owners as he is an architect and she is a designer, meaning every last detail has been thought through including adding binoculars to every room for guests to take advantage of, while enjoying the stunning view down to the coast. All rooms face the coast, although for the best views ask for an first floor room or one of the bungalows.
Although the property is not on the beach the hotel can arrange a tuk tuk to take you to nearby Habraduwa Beach, where they have 6 beach cabanas reserved for guests to use which are stocked with beach towels etc. The journey by tuk tuk would take between five and ten minutes.
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All the rooms at this boutique resort are furnished to a high standard and can accommodate up to four people. All rooms include a variety of amenities including a welcome gift and binoculars for Wildlife spotting.
The property is nestled on the hillside about 1 km (0.6 miles) from the main coastal road, 30 minutes drive from Galle Fort and not far from Ahangama.
Food and drink
The restaurant serves a mixture of Sri Lankan cuisine, Asian Fusion food, as well as Continental food, all lovingly presented.
Facilities and activities
The property benefits from an infinity pool where you can enjoy a dip while taking in the fantastic view, a spa and plenty of other spaces to relax and unwind. There are also early morning yoga sessions you can enjoy while watching the sunrise over the ocean.
A beautifully designed, small resort with stunning views of the coast make this a great place to relax and unwind.
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Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favorite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
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Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
Your guide will take you into the walled area of the town which consists of narrow streets lined with European style buildings, traditional churches and small shops selling lace and jewelery.
Sri Lanka is becoming one of the most successful places to see both Blue and Sperm Whales, which can be found off the island's southern coast.