Views across the neighbouring paddy fields linger from the lushly tended garden that’s home to numerous pathways, terraces, lawns and anamazing swimming pool. Refreshingly huge and stained a gorgeous shade of green to reflect the enveloping garden, Why House’s pool is easily one of the biggest of any property around. Here you can languish for hours enjoying the jaccuzi bubbles, playing a game of water polo, swimming real lengths or just laying back on the sand-coloured shallows admiring the deepening colours of the sky as the sun sets magically at dusk. The cushioned pavilion flanking the swimming pool is perfect for gossiping amongst friends or for curling up on your tod with a mag or a book.
Boasting superb 360-degree views of the garden, the dining pavilion is a wonderfully sociable space and comes with a second open kitchen for the smiling staff to concoct drinks or aromatic snacks from the open-top grill and BBQ. The chef is a whizz at cooking a variety of world cuisine and his Sri Lankan curries, British roasts, Singaporean laksas and deliciously fresh seafood straight from the ocean will all be a delight and offer more than enough choice for long stays. His cakes and desserts are something to talk about too. Access to Galle’s beaches is just a hop and a skip from the hotel but we guarantee it will be harder than you think to leave the moreish serenity of this gorgeous inland haven.
Guestrooms can be booked by the room, by collections of rooms – such as the three in the Garden House, the three in the Main House and the two cabanas – or as a whole if you’d like to book the entire villa for your exclusive use.
The three guestrooms in the Main House are especially elegant and come with king-size four-poster beds topped with soft cotton linen and hand-stitched bedcovers. Each has a private furnished veranda and an ensuite bathroom with shower. The two front bedrooms come with separate anterooms furnished with deeply cushioned daybeds and a walk-in closet for storing belongings.
The three double bedrooms in the Garden House feature soaring ceilings, double beds, closets for storing belongings, private verandas for dining à deux within full view of the tropical garden and ensuite bathrooms with showers.
Tucked into the front garden are the Cabanas– easily Why’s most characterful accommodation. Each comprises a pair of octagonal cabanas linked by a private furnished walkway. The sleeping cabana comes with a four-poster double bed, a writing desk and a wardrobe whilst the bathing cabana comes with twin sinks and a shower. Both cabanas boast beautiful views of the garden.
The Main House
The Main House is very Italianate in its design with imposing inner columns filling the central living area and a deep pillared veranda just outside for soaking salubriously in the balmy tropical climate. The three glorious guestrooms here all open onto the central living room and come with king size four-poster beds and French windows onto private garden view verandas furnished with dining tables. The front two suites also benefit from anterooms that feature deeply cushioned day beds.The huge central living space comes with cushy sofas and book-stacked tabletops, and makes the perfect venue for entertaining.
The Garden House
This separate building home to three bedrooms boasts soaring ceilings and spacious bedrooms that open directly onto their own private garden verandas.Two of the bedrooms opening onto the front and side garden come with split king platform beds, whilst the third split level bedroom with king size bed opens onto a rear veranda that doubles up as the spot for massages.
The two cabana bedrooms are immersed in the garden to the front of the property, just a few footsteps from the swimming pool. These two charming guestrooms sit side by side and feel quite secluded from the rest of the hotel.
Why House’ eight gorgeous bedrooms, spacious living areas, big swimming pool, tropical garden and equipped kitchen may be booked as a whole on an exclusive villa rental basis. With its clever spread of bedrooms, Why House is an excellent place for family reunions and group get-togethers as there’s plenty of space for intergenerational groups to find their own spots and gather.
– Ride inland on mountain bikes to discover a stunning emerald landscape of paddy fields, white-washed Buddhist temples, and rural villages
– Spend the day on one of the golden beaches along the coast: Unawatuna, Thalpe or Mirissa
– Go whale and dolphin watching from Mirissa
– Visit the virgin white tea plantation in Titagalla and learn how tea, cinnamon and rubber is produced
Why House are proud of their ‘can do’ attitude to hospitality – there are some wonderful menus to choose from but these are suggestive and meals can easily be adapted to suit your needs. Experienced resident chef Kumara uses fresh produce sourced from the local markets. Since this coastal region has fish and seafood in abundant supply, you’ll see them feature generously on the menus.
Breakfast is included in the nightly rate and you can indeed start the day with a number of options, which include American style pancakes with kithul syrup, croissants and English muffins, omelettes, a full English, porridge or muesli as well as lots of fresh fruit. You could even choose to have a Sri Lankan breakfast of delicious curries, string hoppers and sambals if you wanted to be adventurous. You’d just need to order this the night before.
On the lunch menu are lots of salads including Waldorf and Caesar alongside a selection of soups, homemade hamburgers, club sandwiches, pasta and pizza plus a few house specialities including Hainanese chicken rice and nasi goreng. Afternoon tea is always divine since a cup of Ceylon’s finest comes accompanied by a sweet treat. Pick from chocolate brownies, scones with cream and jam, carrot cake, coconut cake, flapjacks or an amazing iced lemon cake.
The dinner menu features dishes from all over the world. You could choose Thai Sawadee-ka (pad thai, red curry, green papaya salad and tom yum soup), English roast chicken or lamb with all the trimmings, Sri Lankan curries or a Lebanese dinner with hummous, tabboleh, flatbreads, chicken or lamb. The Bajan style fried fish with fries is a house speciality that the owners snuck from Barbados, where they lived before discovering Sri Lanka. The special rum cocktail that you can sip as an aperitif to dinner is also an import from this tropical Caribbean isle.
If you plan on finishing off lunch or dinner with a dessert you’ll be spoiled for choice. Our favourites from the menu are banoffee pie, coconut pie, and mango with passion fruit cream. The chef is very experienced however so as is the case with all meals and snacks you’re welcome to make suggestions if you have a favourite dish and he will do his best to accommodate you.
Why House has a full bar menu, however if you’re booking the whole villa on an exclusive basis you can bring your own liquor with you or buy from local shops at cost price once you’ve arrived. If you have a favourite international brand tipple then we recommend you buy this at the airport duty free or even in Colombo in advance of your arrival in case it is not available locally. Soft drinks, fresh fruit juices and mixers can all be purchased at the hotel.