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The Last House

Tangalle, Sri Lanka

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PROPERTY FEATURES

The Premises 

It takes just seconds to be seduced by Tangalle boutique hotel The Last House. Designed by legendary Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa, this luxury seaside escape was his ultimate commission, and is a true representation of his work, where airy, antique-filled interiors spill into alfresco spaces as if no boundaries exist at all.

The Last House

Pubudu Mawatha, Seenimodera, Nakulu Tangalle, Sri Lanka

Moonamal lounge

SMITH EXTRA

Compliments of the House 

One free cocktail per person

At the Hotel 

CHECK-OUT: 11am, but flexible subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm, but again, it’s all pretty informal.
Rates include a full English or Sri Lankan breakfast. Full board costs US$45 a person each day; half board is US$30.

FACILITIES

Gardens, free WiFi in public areas, iPod dock. In rooms: local toiletries, air conditioning.

PACKING TIPS

A stash of magazines and books for poolside flipping and some oh-so-floaty threads.

CHILDREN

Very welcome. Baby cots can be added to any of the double rooms for free, and extra beds for older kids cost US$65 a child, including breakfast.

POOL

Set within a frangipani-fringed courtyard, the pool is surrounded by sunbed-topped lawns with views to the jungle beyond.

ALSO

The Last House eschews modern air-con in favour of sea breezes and ceiling fans.
The hotel doesn’t have a spa but a visiting masseur can be rustled up for a rub down.

USEFUL INFORMATION

Rates include a 10% service charge.

Rooms 

Ground-floor Moonamal comes with its own alfresco tub with overhead shower, and stable doors that open right onto the front and back lawns. Na drinks in views of the jungle-edged lagoon and has a superb peep-hole that gazes through the house, over the garden and out to sea.

Food & Drink 

Unforgettable Features 

Secluded at the side of the house, the dining room has timber tables that spill out onto a pillared veranda and overlook the sea. Chef Ananda is well known in these parts for his superb dishes – standouts from the diverse Asian-fusion menu include crab curry and mullet with dhal sauce.

Liquid Bliss 

Alcohol isn't served here, but you can BYO booze for free. Local spirits and beer can be bought nearby, but wines and international liquor are best sourced from Colombo, or better still, from the duty-free shop at the airport when you arrive.
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Experience the Extraordinary 

Jog, stroll or photograph fishing boats along the two-kilometre stretch of beach beyond the hotel’s lawn, or venture into the gently rolling sea to surf or body board. You can even ask staff to take you out on the hotel's boat on a fishing expedition. Take a peep at the erratic eruptions of the Hoomaniya Blowhole to the east or, if you tire of the beach, wander inland to discover the wooded hamlet of Seenimodera to experience village life before seeking out kingfishers around the jungle-clad lagoon. Further afield, Mulkirigala rock temple is lined with murals, giant Buddha statues and splendid views. By night, visit Rekawa to observe marine turtles laying and hatching eggs on the sands under cover of darkness with the Turtle Conservation Project (+94 (0)77 781 0508; www.tcpsrilanka.com).

Transportation 

The Last House is sandwiched between the gaping swathe of Mawella’s sandy bay and its wildlife-filled lagoon on the fringe of Seenimodera village, seven kilometres west of Tangalle in Sri Lanka’s Deep South.

Planes 

Fly into Colombo’s Bandaranaike Airport and hop onto a Sri Lankan Air Taxi to Dickwella, a 20-minute drive from the hotel. These 15-seater otter planes take just 35 minutes and cost around US$280 a person. Call our Smith24 Team on 03300 376 891 to arrange flights and transfers.

Trains 

The nearest train station is Matara at the end of the south-coast rail line, a 45-minute drive from the hotel. Hop on a train at Colombo’s Fort Station and wind your way merrily down for the price of a few dollars.

Automobiles 

There’s no need to self-drive in Sri Lanka as driver-guides can easily be arranged by the hotel.

Other 

Charter a chopper through Deccan Aviation Lanka (from around US$2,800) for the quickest transfer trip; it takes less than an hour and lands on a flat headland near Tangalle town, just 15 minutes from the hotel (US$10). From November–March, Deccan’s scheduled service operating between the airport and Tangalle costs a more attractive US$285 a person, though with only four seats up for grabs a day, it’s best to book early.

Location

Pubudu Mawatha, Seenimodera, Nakulu Tangalle, Sri Lanka

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