Like the idea of water aerobics before breakfast, cooking demos before lunch, cultural shows before dinner and a whole host of fun in between? Meet Why House and its British bubbly owner, Henrietta. You’ll find Why House set within a lush walled garden in Talpe, near Galle, where tropical plants bloom and fruit and spice trees perfume the air. Your cues to come here include: 10 stylish rooms (each with their own private terrace), a relaxed al fresco restaurant and a sparkling pool, fringed by greenery. There’s also an open-air massage pavilion for Ayurvedic treatments and a yoga shala, should you fancy practising your downward dog – perhaps in honour of the two regal resident pooches, Tiggy and Nigella. If you’re feeling lively, staff can arrange guided bicycle rides, surfing, snorkelling and sailing trips, shopping expeditions, temple visits, tea- and cinnamon-plantation explorations and walking tours of Galle Fort, 15 minutes away. Though all of the above are undeniably well worth doing, we highly recommend kicking back, relaxing and unwinding at the hotel, too. Henrietta is an incredible cook and her passion for food yields delicious fruit in the restaurant, where laidback seafood barbecues and other tempting curry-alternatives are served alongside traditional local options. (Henrietta also had a say in the kitchen at our other local favourite, Kahanda Kanda, close by.) Whether you’re a courting couple or a fun-loving family (Why House was recently named ‘Asia’s Best Family Hotel’ in the 2018 Boutique Hotel International Awards), you’ll fit right in. Buy Henrietta a martini from us when you see her…
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