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ri Lanka’s iconic landmark, the Galle

Face Hotel, is situated in the heart of

Colombo, along the seafront and

facing the famous Galle Face Green.

One of the oldest hotels east of the Suez, the

Galle Face Hotel embraces its rich history and

legendary traditions, utilizing them to create

engaging, immersive experiences that

resonate with old and new generations of

travellers alike.

No visit to Sri Lanka is complete without

staying at thismajestic hotel, built in 1864 and

recently restored back to its former glory.

Timeless Grandeur

Galle Face Hotel, Colombo

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n idyllic inland location near Galle’s

sultry coastline allows Why House to

offer its guests the best of both

worlds; a tranquil setting amidst rural rice

fields and easy access to picture-postcard

beaches, a mere five-minutes’ drive away.

Why House has a total of nine well-

equipped rooms. The seven spacious and

luxurious suites are spread across two

separate buildings whilst two cottagey

cabanas overlook the paddy fields. Set in

lush gardens, facilities include an open-

sided dining pavilion, an elegant lounge

and a jade-green swimming pool.

Family Treats

Why House, Unawatuna

(Near Galle)

S

tanding on the unrivalled golden

sand beach at Devenigoda, it’s easy

to imagine the name means ‘Divine

Place of the Gods’.

Sun worshippers will understand why. This

small, boutique-style hotel is in the perfect

situation for swimming in warm waters,

stretching out for complete relaxation

beneath the Sri Lankan sun, and enjoying the

seclusion of a setting that is far from the

playground of Hikkaduwa and the noisy

bustle of Galle. Other facilities include a

swimming pool and a spa that offers a range

of treatments including Ayurveda.

Heaven on Earth

Aditya, Devenigoda

(Near Galle)

Boutique Sri Lanka

Reflecting the growing popularity

of this magical destination

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his beautiful tropical island has something for everyone -

palm-fringed golden beaches, cool hill stations, tea

plantations, lush rainforest, wildlife, ancient cities, Buddhist

temples and colourful festivals. The cooking is good and spicy, the

cost of living is relatively low, and the Sri Lankan people are friendly

and generous. Due to Its compact size it is possible to tour the country

in amatter of just a couple of weeks mixing culture with bothwildlife and

relaxing beach time, and even though the country is now becoming ever more popular it is

still remarkably unspoilt.

Certainly, recent years have seen something of a controlled and sympathetic development

of its tourism best characterised by the emergence of a fascinating collection of boutique

hotels, many owner-run by impassioned Sri Lankans as well as inspired ex-pats, who came,

who saw and just fell in love with a beautiful and stress-busting environment. People like

George Cooper of Kahanda Kanda, who was so smitten by the romance of his property that

he has progressively developed his holiday hideaway into a sophisticated hillside retreat

ideal for adults. In contrast, his great friend, Henrietta Cottam, holds court (as manageress)

together with her dachshund Nigella (‘Jelly’) and a dedicated team at the endearingly family

friendly 8-bedroom Why House. Each is ideally located for exploring nearby Galle and the

region’s sandy beaches, but they are a good reflection of how boutique Sri Lankan hotels

and villas are catering for the wide demands of a discerning but varied clientele.

©Martin Sasse/laif.

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