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Why House

Galle, Sri Lanka

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The Premises 

Honey, you’re home – at Why House, that is. This relaxed, friendly Sri Lankan villa set in three-acre tropical gardens is all yours to play with (and little ones will love it, too). Bed down in the family-friendly Main House or Garden House, or opt for the private cabanas – perfect for canoodling couples. Wherever you sleep, make the most of the hotel’s extensive lures: a vast, T-shaped swimming pool; a yoga shala and massage pavilion; delicious dining and those green, serene grounds. Henrietta and her sausage dog Jelly are the custodians of this tropical Eden. If you can tear yourselves away, Galle Fort is just a 15-minute drive...

Why House

Mihiripenna, Talpe Galle, Sri Lanka


Compliments of the House 

A tuk-tuk and driver at your disposal for five hours, or a day's babysitting

At the Hotel 

CHECK-OUT: 11am; earliest check-in, 2pm. Both are flexible, subject to availability.
Rates usually include Continental breakfast.


Vast tropical gardens; pool pavilion; massage pavilion; yoga shala; mini boutique; free WiFi throughout. In rooms: desk, air conditioning, minibar, free bottled water, locally sourced bath products.


Bring a treat or two for Jelly (see below). Browse the little boutique, Henrietta Loves, which stocks owner Henrietta’s pick of accessories, clothing, homewares and arty bits and bobs.


Little Smiths are very welcome. The hotel can provide cots, baby bed-linen, booster seats, crayons/paints and paper and U-rated DVDs for ankle-biters, plus board games for older ones. Babysitting is available for $10 a night.


11am; earliest check-in, 2pm. Both are flexible, subject to availability.


The huge T-shaped pool gives the local beaches a run for their money, thanks to its sand-hued bottom. Loungers are clustered around the water; there are plenty of shady areas, plus a pool pavilion with a ceiling fan.


Why House has rooms modified for wheelchair-users; paths are step-free and communal areas have disabled access. Massages can be arranged in the al fresco massage pavilion.
Dog-lovers, you’re in luck: your host Henrietta has a little sausage dog by the name of Jelly...


The 12.01% tax includes the 10% service charge.


Couples seeking seclusion should opt for one of the romantic private cabanas; families can bunker down in the Main House or Garden House, whose rooms interconnect.

Food & Drink 

Unforgettable Features 

Sample Sri Lankan, Nepalese, Lebanese, Asian and Western flavours at Why House Dining, which also offers star-turn seafood barbecues. You’ll eat in the airy dining pavilion, set in the serene gardens. The home-made curries are a highlight.

Liquid Bliss 

Enjoy irreproachably good G&Ts at the relaxed bar by the dining pavilion. Every few weeks, the bar hosts an evening of entertainment, starring traditional dancers and musicians. The wine list – carefully chosen by Henrietta – also deserves a mention.
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Experience the Extraordinary 

Get lost in the gorgeous gardens, admiring the tropical flora and fauna. Unwind by the huge pool, or cool off in the pool pavilion. Request a massage in the spa pavilion and catch a cultural dance display at one of the bar’s entertainment nights. If you want to go home armed with a few curry-making tricks, request a cookery class with the chef. Set off on a boat trip on Koggala Lake, explore Galle Fort, or swim with turtles in a local lagoon. Ask staff to arrange temple tours; wildlife-lovers can go whale-watching on the coast in season. A short walk or tuk tuk ride will take you to the spectacular Dalawella Beach, a beautiful lagoon created by a protective reef, which offers safe swimming throughout the year. The hotel can also arrange guided bike rides, surfing, snorkelling, diving, sailing, shopping trips, tea- and cinnamon-plantation tours and impromptu cricket matches.


Why House is a 20-minute drive from Galle Fort, along the scenic coastal road. The hotel is tucked away in lush tropical gardens.


Bandaranaike Airport is two and a half hours away by car. One-way hotel transfers in a minivan cost LKR20,000; let Smith24 sort your flights.


Galle Station is a 20-minute drive, with services connecting to Colombo, Hikkaduwa, Bentota, Weligama and Matara.


If you’re driving from Galle, take the highway exit at Pinnaduwa Junction. The hotel has plenty of on-site parking space.


Mihiripenna, Talpe Galle, Sri Lanka

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