The South Coast
The Why House
Tucked away in a local village surrounded by rural paddy fields lies The Why House. Here you’ll enjoy a personal and warm Sri Lankan welcome and sumptuous home-from-home experience where no request is too small.
Nestled in areas of lush green tropical gardens, the 10 rooms are spread between the Main House or Garden Villa which can be booked in their entirety or the whole hotel taken on an exclusive basis for sole-use as a fully-staffed house.
Facilities & Activities
Wander through the lush gardens to the extraordinary swimming pool. Huge and jewel-green in colour it has gorgeous views out and across the gardens to the rice fields beyond. The beaches are just a short tuk-tuk ride away while back at the hotel you can enjoy massage treatments, yoga and authentic Sri-Lankan cooking demos. The hotel can also arrange guided bike tours around the beautiful local area and cultural shows with music, dancing and traditional costumes.
Galle Fort is just a 10-15 minute hop from the hotel and well worth a visit with its cosmopolitan and chic shops, centuries old buildings, rich museums and cafes.
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A small kitchen with a big heart, the dedicated head chef can seemingly wiz up all kinds of delights at every hour of the day. All ingredients are locally sourced, seasonal and fresh and are a fusion of Sri Lankan, Western or Asian fare. The open-sided restaurant boasts 360-degree views of the gardens and meals are generally served family-style or dinner for two can be served on your private veranda in the gardens if you prefer. Nothing is too much trouble at The Why House and guests are welcomed as long-lost friends
The 10 individual rooms have private garden or pool view terraces. Three are found in the elegant Main House, 3 in the Garden House, 2 in the Garden Bungalow and a further 2 romantic, octagonal Cabanas are just steps away from the swimming pool.
The Italian inspired main house, with its imposing columns and large veranda with stunning garden views, houses 3 sumptuous bedrooms with four poster beds, separate anterooms and french doors that lead out to the garden and private dining table. All rooms in the house open into a large central living room complete with sink-into sofas, a great place to entertain and catch up at the end of the day.
The Garden House offers 3 huge bedrooms, complete with soaring ceilings, en suite bathrooms and lovely private garden verandas. The 2 rooms in the Garden Bungalow can be interconnecting as a double and twin, perfect for families.
The intimate Cabanas are perfect for a couple and are found in a secluded nook in the gardens complete with luxurious four poster beds, writing desks and gorgeous views of the gardens.
This boutique hotel is very family orientated and little ones are given a warm welcome here. They’ll love exploring the gardens, playing in the enormous swimming pool and meeting Nigella and Tigga the hotel pets, who are more than obliging to keep children entertained!
The main house offers spacious suite accommodation with an ante room big enough for two single beds – perfect for sleeping little ones. The Garden House and Garden Bungalow also have interconnecting rooms and are spacious enough to house any number of family configurations.
There is no set children’s menu, but all options can be tailored to suit smaller appetites and there is plenty of choice.
The hotel have removed as much plastic as possible (in the rooms guests are provided with glasses and refillable water containers). For every guest that stays, the hotel also donates to the local Thalpe recycling centre, which makes a huge effort in educating local businesses and residents on plastic pollution and organising beach clean ups. The hotel also uses solar power for heating water and grey water for the garden. For dining, the hotel grows some herbs and vegetables and sources remaining ingredients locally wherever possible, ensuring they reduce transport use whilst supporting local businesses.
Just minutes from historic Galle in South West Sri Lanka, The Why House is a two-hour drive from the International Airport of Colombo.