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“The best curry in Sri Lanka?”
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The Last House
Ranked #9 of 117 Tangalle B&B and Inns
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Dorset
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“The best curry in Sri Lanka?”
Reviewed 7 February 2014

This is a gem of an hotel, right on the edge of a long, and usually almost deserted, beach. The building is a wonderful example of Geoffrey Bawa's architecture (even if he may not have had that much to do with the details of it in practice), and we had a beautiful room with views of the ocean and the local lake. There was no a/c but we prefer things that way (some of the hotel rooms we stayed in were so cold we needed blankets at night!). There was a decent sized pool, stylish common areas, and attentive and friendly staff. The food was excellent for the two nights we stayed there, with the 'curry night' being the best we had in three weeks on the Island. Prices were reasonable as well, with wine, water and coffee included in the fixed price (much better value than the sister hotel, Kandy House, for example). Well worth a visit, and we would happily return.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 February 2014

We were lucky to have 4 nights at this beautiful hotel after 4 activity packed weeks away and wish we could have stayed longer. It is an ideal and very relaxing place to stay at the end of a trip before returning home.
The hotel is difficult to find which is part of its charm. It backs directly onto the 2 mile long beach which we shared with a few hotel guests from The Last House, some local fishermen and a peacock. It is totally unspoilt. The beach is clean and when visiting in January safe if you don't go beyond your depth.
The hotel is beautifully styled: minimalist but comfortable with many public seating areas which allow for socialising or tranquility depending on mood. The rooms and grounds are well maintained and serviced unobtrusively. The staff are discreet but attentive. There is no reception, which adds to that homely feel, but it is always easy to find someone happy to help or advise.
The food is excellent, sourced locally and often the morning's catch. The menu comprises 3 courses and gives a choice of 2 mains. The chef will prepare alternatives if given sufficient notice. While staying in January we had a "curry night", a whole range of fragrant, spicy and unusual accompaniments were loaded onto the table. Absolutely delicious. Another night there was a beach barbecue. No ordinary barbecue this: tales and chairs, crockery and glassware and everything from the dining room was taken down to the beach. There were candles and flares, the food was wonderful and the whole evening rounded off with fireworks. Fantastic team work and a very memorable evening.
We would not hesitate to recommend and will certainly return.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Gibraltar
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Reviewed 25 January 2014

This is a magical place. If you are thinking of this and the sister property at Coco Tangalle, I would strongly recommend heading for the last house.
The whole place is stunning but it feels more like hanging out within someone's house than at a hotel. The living area is beautiful. we'd spend evenings sitting around, reading and chatting or watching a movie. Its a top spot to explore the area and there is plenty of surf in the area if you know where to look, and completely uncrowded. Some amazing spots, and a surfing tuk tuk to get you there. great fun.
It has a magical, retro feel to it and whether you want to just hang out near the pool, or stroll down the beach, it's definitely an escape from some of hustle at hotels closer to tangalle.
We had an amazing time here as a couple traveling around the island and would love to return one day.

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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 January 2014

Our friends recommended The Last House to us and we booked to stay for a week as we were travelling with a toddler and being pregnant again we just wanted to relax in one place and this was definitely the right decision. We had such an amazing experience here - we ended up staying in two different rooms because of availability. Na was the first one and it was a lovely room with windows all around overlooking the lush green vegetation. This was actually my favourite room even though it was the cheaper option because of the wonderful light and being able to open all the windows to get a nice breeze. We then stayed in Moonamal which was also lovely and great to have your own seating area. The staff were brilliant, very attentive but discreet and they were always happy to accommodate our toddler's needs. And the food was incredible. We ate there every night - a 3 course meal and we were never disappointed - delicious. The outside seating area was very relaxing and we read books there every evening. The pool was the best pool we have been in - it felt very fresh and we hung out there almost all day long. The beach is beautiful and very secluded and the current isn't too strong there compared to other beaches around Tangalle and we had lovely walks along the beach down to the fishing boats. However, and this is no fault of The Last House, the sand flies on the beach are pretty bad, but because the pool was so delightful we didn't mind one bit and you can still hear and see the sea from the garden. We have been planning on when we can next visit The Last House and rent out the whole place with friends or family because it is just such a beautiful house - amazing architecture which has been very tastefully decorated. It was in fact the best place we have ever stayed.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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Galle, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed 12 December 2013 via mobile

We had an enchanting four day stay at this delightful small exquisitely designed and decorated hotel. The food was varied with great use of fish landed on the beach. The staff were fantastic really helpful without that feeling that they were hovering. What more can we say!!

Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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st cyr sur mer
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Reviewed 7 December 2013 via mobile

Our second great experience in Tangalla. When we decided to stay a few days to rest in Tangalla before joining our daughter in Colombo for a tour, we choose Coco Tangalla hotel for four days and The Last Resort for two days. We already had a fantastic experience in Coco and were excited to stay at The Last House has discovering charming small design hotels with great personal service is an important part of our pleasure. Beside the service, very dedicated to the few guest, the wonderfull beach only for us and the fishers, and the very good food, the architecture is also a unique experience. We loved our stay and wonder what surprise our next stop in Casa Heliconia (from the same owner) will reserve us. We took the risk of staying in each of there Hotels because we read very good comments and till now do not regret at all that choice. Just top!

Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 December 2013

The Last House derives its name from the fact that it is the last house designed by the great Geoffrey Bawa. This boutique hotel is just stunning. We had the best room which is huge and includes an internal plunge pool. The hotel has its own good sized swimming pool and easy access to a beautiful beach. As is the case everywhere in Sri Lanka, be careful of the surf as this can be quite strong at times although nowhere near as strong as Australia. Watch out also for jelly lice and jellyfish although these are seasonal. The sand and water are pristine. The food and service are simply first class. Bring your own wine as they do not have a licence to sell which means that they will usually provide you with complimentary wine. Congratulations to the manager and owners for coming back so strongly after the tsunami.

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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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Property: The Last House
Address: Pubudu Mawatha | Seenimodara, Nakulugamuwa, Tangalle 82200, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Tangalle
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 117 B&Bs / Inns in Tangalle
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 6
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 
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