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The Sun House

Galle, Sri Lanka

Perched high above the town of Galle, with views over the harbor and fort, The Sun House is a boutique hotel with a tremendous reputation for epitomising the very best of Sri Lankan hospitality and style through it's exquisite accommodation and service.

At a Glance

  • Bedrooms with stunning views overlooking the forest and town

  • Menus are set which can be limiting but they will always share the menu with you in advance and are delighted to cook to your preferences

  • Modern day luxury with an old style feel

  • Built in the 1860s by a Scottish spice merchant, The Sun House was once voted by Conde Nast as one of the Top 21 Hotels for the 21st Century

  • A small pool is situated in the garden ideal for lazing the sun but the beach is 5km away

Culture, Adventure,

Insider's View

Ask for the Dumas Suite with amazing views over the tropical hinterland.

Scott Dunn team

Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to The Sun House or take a look at our itineraries to South Coast

Description

The Sun House is a hill top colonial mansion overlooking Galle harbor and the historic fort. With just seven bedrooms one has the feel of being a guest in someone’s home. The service reflects this with everything being on hand when you require it.

The rooms are tastefully furnished with antique furniture and the bathrooms are typical of the region with polished concrete floors and walls. The hotel has one of the most popular bars in the country, famous for its Sun House Sour and it also serves light meals. The restaurant offers predominantly seafood with influences from Thailand, Sri Lanka, Australia and the Mediterranean. The menu also features mouthwatering Sri Lankan curries, string hoppers and sambals.

The beautifully landscaped tropical gardens, with swimming pool and pavilion, are a tranquil retreat after a day sightseeing and shopping in the winding lanes of Galle Fort. Aside from cultural visits to local temples, churches and forts, there are plenty of other more active things to do nearby. Go whale and dolphin watching in Merissa, scuba diving in Unuwatuna or head to Lunuganga, the country estate of Geoffrey Bawa. The Sinharaja Rainforest, a designated UNESCO Heritage Site is a beautiful place to visit but a day safari of the to Ude Walawe National Park famous for its abundant wetland birdlife and Sri Lankan elephants, is a must.

Accommodation

The Sun House offers three Garden Rooms, two Deluxe air-conditioned rooms and twp Suites. Rooms are adorned with antique furniture, air-conditioning and four poster beds. For the ultimate in luxury, book yourself into the Cinnamon Suite which features an indoor and outdoor bathroom elegant living room and stunning views of the hills and the lush coconut jungle.

Sun & Sky

This charming double room opens up onto the Mango Tree garden and has stunning views of Galle Harbour. Fully air-conditioned with its cool new bathroom and fresh soft furnishings this room provides the perfect country home feeling.

Kingfisher

A cosy double room with spacious bathroom, the room opens onto the Mango Tree garden with views of the Indian Ocean and Galle Harbour.

Featuring a four poster bed draped with mosquito net and filled with antiques, this room has a newly renovated bathroom and is fully air-conditioned.

Parrotfish

This twin room brightly decorated in Sri Lankan hand loom fabrics is filled with antique furniture. Featuring beautiful four poster beds draped with mosquito nets, a newly renovated bathroom and fully air conditioned. Opening onto the airy verandah and center courtyard this room exudes a country home feeling.

Hibiscus

This spacious deluxe room is beautifully decorated with stunning fabrics and filled with antique furniture. Featuring a new spacious outdoor bathroom surrounded by tropical plants, this room opens onto an airy verandah and The Mango Tree garden – the perfect spot to relax and read. The room is air-conditioned.

Araliya

This elegant deluxe garden room opens onto the main verandah and beautiful Frangipani garden overlooking the swimming pool. It is fully air-conditioned with a newly renovated contemporary bathroom.

Cimmamon Suite

Described by Conde Nast Traveler as “the most beautiful room in the world.”

Occupying the entire first floor of The Sun House this room is cooled by sea breezes, mountain air and colonial ceiling fans. The room is complete with its own library, sitting room and both an indoor and out door bathroom.

The sitting room offers a spectacular sunrise over the distant hills and coconut jungle.

The stunning outdoor bathroom has a bath tub where one can sit under the stars and soak away all the worries of the world in absolute peace and beauty.

A room with unforgettable views.

Dumas Suite

The Dumas Suite is the newest edition to the Sun House offering unrivalled views over Galle’s tropical hinterland. Built in 2005 and named after the American designer who once lived at The Sun House, the Dumas suite comprises of a separate living area, a contemporary spacious bathroom and private balcony. Fully air-conditioned.

Childcare

Children are welcome to come and stay at The Sun House, however there are no specific facilities available for them.

Facilities

Facilities at the hotel include a swimming pool, 'Dicks Bar' serving some of the best cocktails in the area, contemporary fusion cuisine is served in the dining room and the 'Bamboo Bar and Grill' offers al fresco dining in the main courtyard. there are two stunning tropical gardens which offer great places to relax and unwind, swimming pool and yoga and massages are also available.

Activities

Aside from cultural visits to local temples, churches and forts, there are plenty of other more active things to do nearby. Go whale and dolphin watching in Merissa, scuba diving in Unuwatuna or head to Lunuganga, the country estate of Geoffrey Bawa. The Sinharaja Rainforest, a designated UNESCO Heritage Site is a beautiful place to visit but a day safari of the to Ude Walawe National Park famous for its abundant wetland birdlife and Sri Lankan elephants, is a must.

Location & Directions

Galle, Sri Lanka

The Sun House is set high on a hill overlooking Galle Harbour, near the town of Galle on Sri Lanka's south west coast

When to go

From May to August the Yala monsoon brings rain to the island’s southwestern half. The southwest has the highest rainfall – up to 4000mm a year. There is also an inter-monsoonal period in October and November when rain can occur in many parts of the island. Colombo and the low-lying coastal regions have an average temperature of 27°C. The sea stays at around 27°C all year. Climatically speaking, the driest (and best) seasons in Sri Lanka are from December to March for the west and south coasts.

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Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to The Sun House or take a look at our itineraries to South Coast

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