The Last House
- Style Breezy Bawa beachpad
- Setting Serene Seenimodera
A seductive seafront sanctuary, the Last House hotel in Tangalle is a love letter to Sri Lanka by legendary local architect Geoffrey Bawa. This breezy, exclusive retreat is all shady alfresco spaces and comfortable antique-filled suites, steps from a palm-fringed beach.
Need to know
- Rooms Six.
- Rates Double rooms from $190.00, excluding tax at 24.25 per cent.
- More details Rates include a full English or Sri Lankan breakfast. Full board costs US$45 a person each day; half board is US$30.
- Facilities Gardens, free WiFi in public areas, iPod dock. In rooms: local toiletries.
- Poolside Set within a frangipani-fringed courtyard, the pool is surrounded by sunbed-topped lawns with views to the jungle beyond.
- Check–out 11am, but flexible subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm, but again, it’s all pretty informal.
Children Very welcome. Baby cots can be added to any of the double rooms for free, and extra beds for older kids cost US$65 a child, including breakfast.
- Also Smoking is only allowed outdoors.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms We love them all, but pushed to pick we’d nab the Main House double for its superb sea views, wraparound balcony and blissful bathroom with ocean-ogling tub. Ground-floor Moonamal comes with its own alfresco tub with overhead shower, and stable doors that open right onto the front and back lawns. Na drinks in views of the jungle-edged lagoon and has a superb peep-hole that gazes through the house, over the garden and out to sea.
- Packing tips A stash of magazines and books for poolside flipping and some oh-so-floaty threads.
- Also The hotel doesn’t have a spa but a visiting masseur can be rustled up for a rub down.
Food and drink at The Last House
- Hotel restaurant Secluded at the side of the house, the dining room has timber tables that spill out onto a pillared veranda and overlook the sea. Chef Ananda is well known in these parts for his superb dishes – standouts from the diverse Asian-fusion menu include crab curry and mullet with dhal sauce.
- Dress code Sarongs and shorts – super laid-back beach attire.
- Top table Ask the staff to arrange a barbecue and pitch your table beachside for romantic alfresco dining.
- Last orders Midday for dinner orders so Ananda can sniff out Tangalle’s freshest market produce and have time to prepare. As long as the kitchen has supplies, simple snacks can be requested up until you head to bed.
- Room service This isn’t a traditional hotel so you won't find a phone in your room, but there’s always a member of staff on duty to serve you snacks and brews until bedtime. As soon as you drift off, so do they.
- Hotel bar Alcohol isn't served here, but you can BYO booze for free. Local spirits and beer can be bought nearby, but wines and international liquor are best sourced from Colombo, or better still, from the duty-free shop at the airport when you arrive.
Also worth knowing
- Weddings This property is suitable for weddings. More details