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"Uncovering Paradise: A Closer Look at Tabula Rasa Resort & Spa, Sri Lanka" and Ten Things to Do in Galle.


Infinity Pool in Jungle with Views over  the Ocean I Galle
Infinity Pool in Jungle with Views over the Ocean I Galle


A Tropical Paradise Crafted by Passion

Imagine a secluded hilltop in Sri Lanka, adorned with over a hundred swaying coconut trees. Here, the Indian Ocean’s waves break against the lush jungle backdrop. This magical spot captured the hearts of Arnoud Oostenbroek and Anouk Brouwer, a Dutch couple whose family holiday transformed into a lifelong love affair with this enchanting land.



🌿 The Birth of Tabula Rasa Resort & Spa


Arnoud Oostenbroek  and Anouk Brouwer, founders of Tabula Rasa Resort & Spa, Galle, Sri Lanka
Arnoud Oostenbroek  and Anouk Brouwer, founders of Tabula Rasa Resort & Spa, Galle, Sri Lanka
Arnoud Oostenbroek  and Anouk Brouwer, founders of Tabula Rasa Resort & Spa, Galle, Sri Lanka

Arnoud and Anouk’s journey reads like an adventure novel: machetes slicing through dense jungle, scooters weaving through the wild, and a vision taking shape. Inspired by the Dutch concept of “gezelligheid” (cosiness), they founded Tabula Rasa Resort & Spa. Their passion project blossomed into a haven for family, friends, and the local community.


Why Choose Tabula Rasa?


Jungle Meets Beach: Our ‘village-style’ architecture perches on the hilltop, offering breathtaking jungle vistas alongside the soothing rhythm of the Indian Ocean. Picture yourself sipping coconut water while gazing at the horizon.


Luxury Redefined: Our 24 rooms, including villas and private plunge suites, redefine luxury. Each detail, from locally crafted furnishings to personalized service, reflects our commitment to excellence.


Independently Minded: As boutique hotel owners, we cherish freedom. Unlike large chains, we don’t follow rigid protocols. Instead, we respond swiftly to your desires and changing trends. Our staff is genuinely involved, ensuring personalized experiences.



Things to Do in Galle beyond Tabula Rasa Resort & Spa


  1. Local Beaches and Beach Clubs: Hop on a TukTuk and explore the nearby beaches. Feel the golden sand beneath your feet, soak up the sun, and perhaps enjoy a beachside cocktail at one of the charming beach clubs.

  2. Swim with Sea Turtles: Dive into the crystal-clear waters and encounter these gentle marine giants up close. The thrill of swimming alongside sea turtles is an experience you won’t forget.

  3. Surf Lessons:For the adventurous souls, catch some waves!Take asurflessonand ride the ocean swells. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned surfer, Sri Lanka’s waves await.

  4. Galle Fort: A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Galle Fort is a captivating blend of history, culture, and stunning architecture. Wander through its cobbled streets, explore colonial-era buildings, and immerse yourself in its vibrant atmosphere.

  5. Latest Owner’s Recommendations: The resort owners are your local insiders.Ask them for personalized tips—whether it’s a hidden gem for sunset views, a secret beach, or a local eatery with mouthwatering cuisine.

  6. Udawalawa National Park Safari: Embark on a thrilling jeep safari in Udawalawa National Park. Spot elephants, wild boars, and an array of wildlife against the backdrop of lush greenery.

  7. Herikitiya Beach Return: After your safari, take a scenic route back via Herikitiya Beach. The journey itself is an adventure, with coastal vistas and palm-fringed roads.

  8. Koggala Lake Boat Trip & Herbal Spice Garden Experience: Immerse yourself in breathtaking sceneries.Enjoy a unique fish spa experience. Enrich your knowledge at the herbal spice garden. Spot crocodiles and observe playful monkeys in their natural habitat.Support the local community by purchasing lagoon oysters directly from fishermen; have them expertly prepared to your taste by the chef at Tabula Rasa.

  9. Whale Watching by Air:For an unique perspective book a whale-watching trip by air from Koggala Airport. Witness these majestic creatures from above—the landscapes below are equally breathtaking.

10.Go local! Explore by Bike or Scooter: If you’re an active traveler, follow the handpicked routes created by the owners. Pedal through picturesque villages, lush paddy fields, and discover the soul of Sri Lanka.


Your New Beginning Awaits

Tabula Rasa, Latin for “New Beginning,” invites you to create your own story. Let the jungle embrace you, the waves soothe you, and our warm hospitality make you feel at home. Book directly on our website for the best rates and embark on a journey of discovery.


🌟 Tabula Rasa Resort & Spa: Where tranquility meets boundless beauty. 🌟Contact us: , Polkanda Road, Liyanagoda, Habaraduwa, Galle, 80630, Sri Lanka Phone: +94 914 549 000


Remember, each of these experiences adds a chapter to your Sri Lankan story. Let the beauty of the island unfold before you, and Tabula Rasa Resort & Spa will be your tranquil

oasis to return to after each adventure. 🌴🌊🌅

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