This slightly rustic, beautifully designed Geoffrey Bawa retreat was as close to perfect as we could have imagined. Rooms are spacious and comfortable in a simple way --good fans and mosquito nets, true rainshowers with hot water, nice linens, and good lighting for reading. The grounds give view to the beach beyond, which offers long walks, no crowds, and good surf for those who like waves. Food is fresh, especially fish and seafood, with some local specialties such as egg hoppers and onion sambal for breakfast which should not be missed. The open areas provide great seating for looking at the sea, lounging, and reading. Staff are kind an unobtrusive, but ready to assist if you need. Wifi is available in the common area if you need it, but after a few hours here you won't want to be checking it. The comfort of this spot, its soothing colours and relaxing, remote atmosphere made us regret leaving it for points beyond.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- It's beach and chic at this Tangalle beach villa. As Geoffrey Bawa's final example of his infamous brand of architecture throughout Sri Lanka, this six-bedroomed seaside escape enjoys space, ventilation and barefoot luxury in a private location. Decor throughout the property is largely a mix of fresh white walls and grey polished cement floors, serving as a backdrop to a mixture of antique and contemporary furniture, all adorned with bright colours. Bedrooms enjoy views of the sea or a lagoon, set in tropical gardens with a central swimming pool. Whether with family, friends or as a couple, this Tangalle Hotel - The Last House is a truly serene tropical hideaway planted beside the Indian Ocean. It can be booked in part or as a whole house, and is staffed (including a chef) to accommodate up to 14 guests. Well suited for couples and families, and situated at the end of unspoilt Mawella beach. The house is also a perfect wedding hotel in Sri Lanka. The Last House Tangalle beach hotel provides for a quintessentially seaside holiday combined with a variety of wildlife, cultural and heritage destinations to visit on the south coast. From The Last House you can visit Yala National Park to see Sri Lanka's highest concentration of Leopards, see elephants at Udawalawe Reserve or visit the Turtle Conservation Area at Rekawa. Alternatively try whale watching from Mirissa, only 45 minutes away. Or closer to home, get aboard our Fishing Boat to try your hand alongside Mawella's fishermen, dive off the boat to swim or snorkel, or just observe the Blow Hole at Kudawella from the sea. For sights nearby, take a short trip to the Mulkirigala Caves boasting a remarkable temple and monastery carved out of a large and sheer rock formation in the surrounding forest. Also nearby, fans of Bawa's architecture should visit Ruhuna University and Claughton House. There's the Dutch Fort at Matara to warm you up before a visit to Galle and its own UNESCO World Heritage Site at Galle fort, also an oasis for some browsing and shopping in its' boutiques. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Last House Sri Lanka/Tangalle