Why House


Surrounded by rice paddies and lush floral gardens, this petite hotel invites you to take a moment of calm and immerse yourself in the Sri Lankan countryside.

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  • Transfers to and from your hotel
  • All flight luggage allowances
  • Personal concierge service
  • 24/7 assistance when travelling
  • Full ATOL protection

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Though Why House is situated only 30-minutes away from the bustling centre of Galle, it feels as though you could be a million miles away.

With stunning lush countryside extending in every direction and a blissful stretch of beach, just a short walk away, Why House feels like an oasis of calm – perfect for couples and families looking for a generous dose of escapism as well as excellent access to Galle.

Time spent at the resort is typically a relaxed affair. Ease back in a shady spot, enjoy Ayurvedic treatments in the massage pavilion, swim a few lengths in the lagoon-like swimming pool or take a moment of calm in the yoga shala – wherever you are, you can look forward to a serene and peaceful atmosphere and with only 10 rooms available, you’ll never have to share the space with many others.

Why House’s pleasingly intimate vibe extends to its food, which is lovingly prepared by cordon bleu-trained chef Henrietta and her team in the hotel’s single kitchen. The menu changes each day and is flexible to suit your needs. Fiery Asian noodles, authentic Sri Lankan rice dishes and curries or familiar international dishes are just some of the delights that may be on offer.

If you had something active in mind, Why House also offers a range of experiences to enhance your stay. If Henrietta’s cuisine has you feeling inspired, you can join her for a live cooking demonstration where she will show you how to prepare traditional Sri Lankan dishes such as hoppers. Occasionally, the hotel hosts cultural shows exhibiting traditional dancing, music and costumes.

There’s also plenty to explore nearby. Our Travel Specialists can arrange for you to go on tours of nearby Buddhist temples or tea and cinnamon plantations. The beach is also easily reachable by foot, bicycle or tuk tuk where you can enjoy the sun or a spot of snorkelling. Galle is also easily reachable for a day or afternoon trip. Or, if you would like to experience a romantic evening in the city without the children in tow, our Travel Specialists can arrange for one of Why House’s nannies to take care of your little ones for the evening.

Only 10 rooms set are on offer, all set within villas and bungalows on the idyllic grounds. With double, king, triple, and twin on offer, all types of travellers are well catered to. Designed to feel like cosy-cottages each features a TV and DVD player, mini fridge and en suite bathrooms with rainfall showers.

The Main House

The Main House

Sleeps: 8 Adults

Ideal for those looking for added space, this roomy villa features one double guestroom and two suites - each with a four-poster king-sized bed and a private terrace, which all share access to a spacious bathroom. Two additional beds may be added to an adjacent room to accommodate up to two additional guests.
Pool and Paddy View

Pool and Paddy View

Sleeps: 2 Adults , 1 Child

Tucked away within the garden this room is ideal for couples or a small family looking for a little privacy. Choose between a room with a view of the rice paddies or a view of the pool.
Garden Villa

Garden Villa

Sleeps: 2 Adults

This spacious bedroom features one split king-sized bed or one king-sized bed as well as a private garden veranda. Choose between a room set across a single floor or a bedroom with a split-level.
Garden Bungalow

Garden Bungalow

Sleeps: 4 Adults

Ideal for families, this large bungalow comprises two large en suite bedrooms, one with a king sized bed and one with two queen sized beds.

The large outdoor pool and pool pavilion is ideal for a relaxed day spent at the hotel. Or for a more indulgent day, you can opt to enjoy a massage at the spa pavilion.

The hotel also hosts live cooking demonstrations with the hotel’s chefs where you can learn how to use local ingredients to prepare authentic Sri Lankan cuisine.

We can also arrange for you to explore the local area which is filled with incredible natural and historical sights. For nature lovers, we can organise a whale watching boat trip, a trip to Koggala Lake or an excursion to a nearby lagoon where you can swim with sea turtles. Or, if you are more interested in experiencing the local culture, we can arrange for you to go on a guided tour of the nearby temples.

Dalawella Beach is also easily reachable by foot or tuk tuk, where you can enjoy swimming, snorkelling and sunbathing.

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  • Time zone: +5.5 GMT
  • Flight time: 10-13 hours
  • Recommended airlines: Emirates, Qatar Airways, SriLankan Airlines, Etihad Airlines
  • Currency: Sri Lankan rupee
  • Tipping guideline: Discretionary
  • Health considerations: There is a risk of dengue. There is no risk of yellow fever in Sri Lanka, however, yellow fever vaccination is required for travellers arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission.
  • Capital: Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte (administrative), Colombo (commercial)
  • Population: 21,930,455
  • National languages: Sinhalese, Tamil, English
  • Electricity and plugs: Type D, M, G, 230V
  • Mobile phone coverage: Good
  • UK passport visa requirements: You need an ETA for Sri Lanka if you have a British passport - apply online

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