- 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
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
Driver-guide: Very punctual, except for pick up for airport when he was delayed by >30 mins due to road closures. Vehicle very clean and well maintained- plenty of water and supplies of clothing for religious sites, tissues, postcards etc. Very good at understanding what level of conversation we wanted. Happy to stop for paracetamol, supermarket etc. Took us to signal box at railway since we were early (which was very interesting)
The Walawwa: Lovely place to arrive at and get a bit of rest. Great pool, lovely rooms and food etc. Peaceful oasis so close to town.
Wilpattu Camp: Wonderful food- really enjoyed trying lots of new things in excellent surroundings.Felt like the place had not been visited much recently (which I don’t think it had due to the terrorist attacks) so our safari guide had been brought up from another park and did not know the park too well- it worked out well though and we saw all the animals we hoped to see so no complaints on that front. We did feel that we should have been told about extra things we could have done- when we commented on the great food on final day we were told that they could have done a cookery demo for us, but it was too late at that point. It worked well for us but clients should probably know that they are likely to have multiple wildlife in their tents (eg frogs)- didn’t bother us at all, but others it might do. We were given a questionnaire to fill in at the end whilst all the staff were standing around, which wasn’t ideal as you felt a bit of pressure! Felt really well looked after here!
Water Gardens Sigiriya: Beautiful suites with plunge pools- quiet and peaceful with lovely big swimming pool. Food good
Jungle Beach: Beautiful location on beach. Rooms good. Food a bit limited I would have liked a bit more variety ideally.
Camellia House: Lovely location- beautiful views. Food OK but service below average- our food orders were wrong a couple of times and even pre-ordered food was delayed. Tea factory tour was only an hour and that was the main reason to be here. It was interesting but quite brief seeing it was the main attraction according to our itinerary. Also, we were taken there in a minibus which didn’t have seatbelts on all seats and was quite smelly- not up to the standard of the usual transportation. Rooms were described as having panoramic views- one did have amazing views but the other one definitely didn’t.
Galle Face: Lovely old hotel- but it did have some problems (leaking ceiling and ‘smuts’ coming out of air conditioning.) Weather very bad (spectacular storms). It was a shame the street food tour couldn’t take place but totally understandable given the weather, however we enjoyed our dinner here and free drinks/canopes!). Good choice at breakfast.
Pippa R reviewing Sri Lanka Highlights - Classic on 30 September 2019
Once again you organised a really good holiday for us.
If there was one criticism it was that there were too many flights. I don’t know whether you could do Bangkok first, Chiang Mai, then fly down South?
Your drivers and Guides - all really good. The variety of transport on the tours in Bangkok and Chiang Mai; we all loved.
Tamarind Village - Our room was a bit of a squeeze, with the 3 of us and 3 big suitcases.
Lisu Lodge- I enjoyed our time here. Going forward I would suggest only 1 night or they need to have some more activities. I liked how we ate on the floor, the food was really good. Staff very friendly. We liked the cycling, tea plantation, trekking and white water rafting.
Riva Surya- good location.
Elephant Hills- we loved looking after the elephants, the lake was also a really good experience. The guides were informative and looked after us well. The resort locations and tents were perfect.
Santiburi - amazing; we upgraded to a beach bungalow which was fantastic. The hotel is in a stunning location, the facilities and the service was impeccable. Sam has some private Thai boxing lessons, which he loved. We had cookery lessons and used the paddle boards. A perfect end to quite a busy holiday.
Natasha L reviewing Thailand Family Adventure on 24 September 2019