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Why Why House? Because this is one of the most relaxing places to stay in all of Sri Lanka, under a mile from renowned Thalpe beach and just a few minutes’ rickshaw ride from the lovely UNESCO city of Galle.
There are just ten rooms in total, three in the main house - a classic southern Singhalese villa with wide shaded verandas and high ceilings - a further three in the garden villa, two in the garden bungalow and two individual one-bedroomed cabanas. All the accommodation is surrounded by three acres of lush tropical gardens and within easy reach of the swimming pool.
A team of three chefs knock up excellent and eclectic dishes from as far afield as Thailand and best of British cakes that guests can enjoy either in their verandas, by the pool or in the garden pavilion. With no set meal times the sense of being a guest in someone's private house is only enhanced, albeit a private house that offers Ayurvedic and aromatherapy massages.
Why House also manages a beautiful Villa directly on the beach a few miles away, named Tanamera. With three bedrooms, the villa is perfect for families or small groups of friends, with space for four adults and two children. It sits within two acres of lush gardens, surrounded by tropical palm trees, and also boasts a swimming pool, and a kitchen with a chef on call to prepare delicious Sri Lankan, Western and Asian cuisine.
Few hotels anywhere, let alone in Sri Lanka, have such a sense of pervasive laid back charm thanks to the tranquility of the setting and the friendly service.
Frances, Original Traveller