- Select, intimate boutique hotel
- Pool, spa, yoga pavilion, volley ball, cricket
- Expansive tropical gardens
- Super location for Galle and beaches
Why House is an independently run boutique hotel located within three acres of tranquil tropical gardens close to the historic port town of Galle in southern Sri Lanka. This charming, select property offers eight rooms, a swimming pool, a restaurant and bar, a spa, and attentive, friendly service. A short walk from sandy beaches and 8km from the celebrated UNESCO World Heritage Site of Galle Fort, Why House offers an intimate and relaxing haven towards the higher end of the budget spectrum.
The hotel’s extensive grounds house a spa, a yoga pavilion, and a super pool, all surrounded by lawns, tropical plants, and pretty fruit trees. Meals are served in an alfresco dining pavilion, with a daily changing menu comprising contemporary western and Asian cuisine, including Sri Lankan specialties. Special diets can be catered for, and private dining is available.
Yoga and pilates sessions can be enjoyed in the tranquil yoga shala, whilst beauty treatments and massages are available at the onsite spa. The hotel also offers cookery classes. Enjoy a game of volleyball or cricket, or simply relax in the sizeable pool. Several lovely sandy beaches can be accessed on foot or by tuk-tuk: Dalawella Beach in Mihiripena has a calm lagoon, ideal for swimming. Wijaya boasts a choice of beach bars, whilst Unawatuna offers great swimming and snorkelling. The vibrant town of Galle, with its renowned historic fort, numerous shops and restaurants, is a 15km tuk-tuk ride away.
The hotel accommodates up to 20 guests in eight well-appointed rooms. Three rooms are located within the main house and three in a garden annex, whilst two additional garden cabanas are each suitable for two guests. All rooms are individually designed and have double or twin beds and a spacious, ensuite bathroom. Each room has air conditioning, satellite TV, a DVD player, minibar, and Wi-Fi. Outside is a private terrace with views of the garden, pool, or the surrounding paddy fields.
Children are extremely welcome at Why House, and the large, secure gardens and pool will appeal to guests of all ages. Reductions are offered for children aged 12 years and under, with cots provided free-of-charge for infants. Children’s menus are available and babysitting can be arranged. There are four accommodation options for families. Two of the Main House Suites sleep four and have anterooms meaning that parents and children have their own sleeping areas. The Garden House Double also sleeps four, with a four-poster bed on the mezzanine floor and twin beds on the ground flour. The new Bungalow has spacious, interconnecting rooms and again sleeps four. Finally, the Paddy View Room has a king-sized bed and a single bed in the atrium – the two interconnect via the bathroom and this room sleeps three. Note that the main house, garden house, or the entire property can be booked out on an exclusive basis, a great option for larger families or groups travelling together.
- Lovely beachside location
- Close to Galle
- Turtle hatchery visits
- Pool, tennis courts and spa
- Intimate, stylish boutique hotel
- Historic property with lovely garden
- Excellent central location
- Characterful boutique hotel
- Access to lovely beaches
- Cultural and wildlife activities nearby
- Central location in Galle Fort
- Plenty of good facilities
- Recently renovated with a stylish feel
- Stunning boutique hotel with 12 rooms
- Central Galle location - UNESCO heritage site
- Swimming Pool
- Historic property, modern interiors
- Small, stylish boutique hotel
- Cinema room, swimming pool
- Central Galle location
- Elegant, historic hotel
- Excellent central Galle location
- Spa, pool, and beautiful gardens
- Well-preserved colonial setting
- Sleek offering, great service
- Cookery, cultural visits, cycling, snorkelling
Dear Lisa. On behalf of the three generations of the Rowland family. Thank you, so much, for organising our wonderful holiday to Botswana and the Victoria Falls. The trip of a lifetime. The week mobile camping in the bush, with our guide Nandos and his crew was a fantastic adventure. How they manage to cook such wonderful food on an open fire is amazing. The sites were constantly visited by monkeys and once by elephants. We were even lucky enough to see two packs of wild dogs, once with a kill. Waterberry Lodge on the Zambezi River is a wonderfully tranquil place. Ideal to relax after the adventures of our safari and visiting Victoria Falls. Very many thanks once again
Godfrey R reviewing Private Mobile Family Safari in Botswana on 25 September 2023
We had a great time - even with the flight between Governors and the coast being two flights and a car! We also experienced a power cut At Nairobi airport on the way home so 2+ hours late taking off. Governors. Wonderful people and dealt with the flight delay very well - taking us back and letting us know that we could stay there if the flight was delayed overnight. The game drives were excellent and our guide (Erick) obviously very experienced and managed to find all the key animals - no rhino in that part of the Masai Mara but everything else in abundance - never seen so many herbivores (many many elephants as well as all the others) as well as two prides of lions. Could not have asked for more. The ‘tent’ was excellent and comfortable and well serviced. The only ‘complaint’ would be that the food - especially dinner - could be improved (I think we got a bit bored of soup as a starter for every meal bar one) and the main courses were not at the same level as Kinondo Kwetu and while all were explained there was no choice offered. The breakfasts were just what was needed after an early game drive. Kinondo Kwetu. What a great location and the welcome when we arrived at just gone 11.00pm was better than you could have ever thought possible - they we’re disappointed that we did not at that time want the full dinner experience! The rooms we’re comfortable. The food was excellent but again no choice was offered - other than for allergy reasons (which we do not have). May be some choice would be nice. Having said that the food we did have was excellent as were the wines (albeit a short list!) and other drinks. There were (as you know) lots of facilities/sports options - but we spent our time relaxing which was exactly what we needed and there were lots of places to do that. Overall. We would go back to both places - perhaps a few more nights at Kinondo Kwetu next time but 3 nights at Governors was perfect for us. Thank you for organising and recommending both places. That you and your colleague for trying to find out about the plane (flat tyre) but communication by the flight company left a lot to be desired (Governors were furious that they were not told and had taken us to the airstrip). Phil
Philip R reviewing Masai Mara Safari & Kenya Beach on 01 September 2023
It was certainly a holiday of a lifetime for us and we loved every minute!! The standard and location of each accommodation was excellent, as was the variety of each different accommodation type. Our schedule was perfect and we managed to achieve everything on our to-do task list. Your documents were also really helpful, as were the driving directions. We all thank you for making this such a wonderful holiday. Happy to leave a review publicly if you point me the right way. Best Steve
Stephen H reviewing Classic Garden Route & Eastern Cape Safari on 01 September 2023