Why House Hotel

Sri Lanka

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Tucked away in the outskirts of Galle, south-west Sri Lanka, is a hidden paradise: Why House. Lounging by the vast pool in a garden teeming with tropical plants, it’s hard to imagine anywhere less aligned to the daily reality of a British winter – yet somehow the word ‘homely’ is what keeps coming to mind. It’s no doubt down to the ever-welcoming presence of manager-owner Henrietta, who (Dachshund in tow) curates everything from the blockprint bed throws to babysitting services.

Breakfasts are a relaxed affair with local options like buffalo curd at the buffet, and curries cooked to order. Kick off evenings with an arrack sour before tucking into more Sri Lankan dishes – don’t miss the house banana chutney. The ten rooms in the main house, plus garden villas and cabanas, are perfectly set up for multi- generational holidays and, with the beach and Galle Fort nearby, there’s something for everyone.

Doubles from £215. 00 94 912 227599, whyhousegalle.com

Words by Rachel Walker.

This review was taken from the February 2024 issue of Food and Travel. To subscribe today, click here.

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