The Last House
Tangalle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
At a Glance
An incredible beach at this property which is calm enough for swimming and far from the madding crowd
Contains some of the final work of famous Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa and it is a must-stay for those who are keen on architecture
Fairly remote without a driver you can feel a little isolated as it is 7km to Tangalle
No air-conditioning but high ceilings and effective fans
No alcohol licence but feel free to bring your own
Great food and great staff will make your stay here special
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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.
To start planning your holiday to The Last House
A tranquil and stylish private beach retreat. The Last House is a beautiful building designed by Geoffrey Bawa and situated on one of Sri Lanka's best beaches.
Set on one of Sri Lanka’s most beautiful and unspoilt beaches, the aptly named Last House is the last of the properties designed by Geoffrey Bawa. It is a spacious five bedroom house with wonderful open verandas and framed views of the sea.
There is a central courtyard in which there is an emerald green pool and a beautiful dining room, open to the fresh sea breezes. With its incredibly private location and quietly efficient staff, this house is the perfect beach escape.
All the rooms have their own individual personality and the living space is very vibrant and welcoming. Please note there is no air conditioning, but each room has a ceiling fan and enjoy the sea breeze. The Last House provides for a quintessentially seaside holiday combined with a variety of wildlife, cultural and heritage destinations to visit on the south coast.
It can be sold as a whole villa or separate rooms, and is therefore fantastic for both families and couples. Especially as the property is packed full of entertaining equipment and games for everyone to enjoy. You can go cycling, surfing and boarding, or play a little leisurely croquet on the lawn.
The Last House has five bedrooms, consisting of four double bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and one smaller bedroom. There is a small room available for those that used when the property is booked exclusively and occupied by either small children or a nanny. Cinnamon Hill Suite is on the upper floor overlooking the garden and sea. Alongside it are two twin rooms which have to be booked together as they share a bathroom. Atteriya and Moonamal are both double rooms on the ground floor, separated from the main house, with doors opening to the garden in front and behind. Na is on the ground floor at the rear of the property, it is only one without a sea view but overlooks the courtyard instead.
Children welcome to come and stay at The Last House. However, there are no facilities available for them at the hotel.
The hotel has one restaurant, a large living area in the main building, and a great swimming pool. There is also all sorts of equipment for enjoying the natural surroundings, such as surf boards and bikes. Spa treatments can be provide on demand.
There is all sorts of equipment for enjoying the natural surroundings, such as surf boards and bikes. For the more adventurous types who want to venture out to sea there is a small fishing-boat available for hire to take you fishing or snorkelling around the nearby bays and beaches.
Alice Woodford (Staff)
Just like the Kandy House, I found this property a real treat to stay in and adored its location by the beach and fact that you can walk straight from the garden to the sea. Gorgeously decorated and with such a great history and claim to fame we were treated so well during our stay. All rooms are unique and wonderfully decorated, there isn't any air con but I found the sea breeze and fans were sufficient. The Last House is the perfect stop on the south coast and not too far from Galle, I felt at home and relaxed here despite not staying for long. I would also highly recommend having an amazing Ayurvedic massage.
Jessica Cator (Staff)
The way in which the garden comes into the house and the house extends to the garden, coupled with the beach front location and quietly efficient and supportive staff makes this a perfect beach retreat on the Sri Lankan South Coast. The long, beautiful beach is largely deserted all day, apart from the early morning flurry of activity of the local fishermen. The rooms are spacious and restful and the eating area relaxed and functional.
Emma Neale (Staff)
Such a stylish place. I loved the interior design of this beautiful property and the unspoilt beach fronting the property. The perfect place to relax for a few days and unwind. A great choice for families too.
Cycling Tour outside Galle
Spend half a day cycling through the beautiful Sri Lankan countryside outside Galle.
Explore Galle Fort
While staying in the Galle Fort take the time to discover this fascinating colonial town, filled with history. Founded in 1588 by the Portuguese, the fort was subsequently occupied by the Dutch and the British, so there is plenty to explore.
Explore the Kapu Ela River by boat & Cycle through Rural Galle
Enjoy a scenic and immersive tour through the beautiful countryside surrounding Galle. Your journey will take you down the Kapu Ela River by boat and then by bike across the paddies, ending with a traditional Sri Lankan meal and a lesson in hopper making.
Galle Cooking Experience - Food for the Soul
During your time in Sri Lanka you are sure to dine on some soul-stirring dishes, including the traditional Sri Lankan rice and curry. Food lovers will love this cooking experience, from the vibrant market of Galle to cooking in a local village.
Galle Fort Tour with a Local Host
Galle’s main attraction is the 17th century Dutch Fort. Much of the old Fort and the township still remain, within its well-preserved bastions including its public buildings, churches, the famous lighthouse and a maze of narrow cobbled streets.
Hopper Cooking Class at Why House
The foodie in you will love this hands on cooking class at the beautiful Why House. A delectable Sri Lankan staple, hoppers are iconic in Sri Lanka and are delicious when served with a range of chutneys, sambols and curries.
Jeep Safari at Yala National Park
Enjoy a jeep safari to Yala National Park, the most famous National Park in Sri Lanka.
Kanneliya Rainforest Trek
One of Sri Lanka's hidden secrets, Kanneliya Rainforest Reserve is an enchanting forest reserve which is home to some incredible wildlife. Within the thick canopy, explore this wild and undisturbed scenery, accompanied by your wildlife tracker.
Morning Safari - Yala National Park
Head into Yala National Park in the early morning to marvel at the range of wildlife, particularly the leopards for which the park is renowned.
Sailing & Snorkelling Excursion
Climb aboard a beautiful 48ft catamaran, and sail along the south coast of Sri Lanka stopping at private coves to stand-up paddle board, snorkel over colourful reefs, swim or soak up the sun while your crew take the helm.
Shared Afternoon Safari - Yala National Park
Enjoy a evening safari in Yala National Park. Yala is a must for anyone wanting to spot the elusive leopard, and with over 250sqkm / 96sqm of land to explore, you will likely have some luck in spotting not only leopard, but sloth bear and elephants.
Visit a Cinnamon Plantation
Today head to Villa Mayurana, close to Koggala on Sri Lanka's South Coast. Learn about the process of growing cinnamon and the history that goes with it. Still a major export, cinnamon has medicinal values as well as being used in everyday cooking.
Walking Tour of Galle Fort
Go on a walking tour of Galle with a local resident / guide.
Weligama - Deep Sea Fishing
Enjoy some deep sea fishing in the waters of the southern town of Weligama. Perfect for beginners or those more experienced at fishing, let your skipper help you catch some big game fish from sharks and tuna to marlin and swordfish.
Whale and Dolphin Cruise from Mirissa
Go on whale and dolphin cruise in Mirissa in the months of December to March.
Whale and Dolphin Watching by Private Catamaran
On this full day boat trip you will have the opportunity to spot vast amounts of marine life from blue whales, false ores, sperm whales and bottlenose dolphins.
Whale Watching by Private Speedboat
Spend three relaxing hours on a private speedboat off the coast in search of the planets largest mammals.
Location & directions
Tangalle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
The Last House is five minutes outside Tangalle.
How to get there
It is a 10-hour 30-minute direct international flight to Colombo and then a seaplane transfer of 1-hour 20 minutes followed by a short road transfer The Last House.
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