Why we love it

It’s very hard not to love The Last House, a stunning 6-bedroom boutique hotel, set within tropical gardens leading down to a palm fringed beach. We love the fact that this part of the coast, near Tangalle, remains less built-up than further west, with just a few old houses and small hotels dotted along the beach.

Mawella Beach is one of the best and safest swimming beaches on the south coast, making a great option for those with children too.

The food here is amazing too. Fresh seafood is an obvious highlight but all the dishes use authentic flavours and fresh local produce with mixes of local and international themes.

 

The property:

The property was designed by the infamous Geoffrey Bawa and has been beautifully and uniquely styled with rich bold colours. The feel of the house feels traditional and authentic, which is quite refreshing when many hotels are going more and more chic. There is a swimming pool at the back of the house and a beautiful garden between the house and the sea. There are spaces for lounging and dining. The wonderful staff at the house help create a very relaxed, but well taken care of service, meaning you can just relax and enjoy your stay.

Each of the six ensuite bedrooms have their own charm but we personally like the Atteriya room on the ground floor with sea views, or if you want to splurge then the Cinnamon Hill Suite on the first floor is an amazing experience. All the rooms are airy and spacious and lovingly prepared every day by the lovely house staff. We must note that the property does not have air-conditioning so rely on fans to keep you cool.

It can be booked in part or as a whole house, to accommodate up to 14 pax, and is well suited for couples and families.

Highlights and activities

The activities and excursions can be booked directly at the property. We’d certainly recommend the following activities:

  • A lot of guests tend to get here and then flop and unwind after their travels around the island. Enjoy being sea-side or pool side for a few days.
  • There isn’t a spa at the house but a masseuse can be called in for treatments as and when you like.
  • Explore Mulkirigala and Wewurukannala, high rock temples with incredible views
  • It is possible to head off on a day trip to Yala National Park or Bundala Nature Reserve if you want some safari time, but it’s quite a lot of driving for 1 day.
  • Head off on a luxury whale watching trip from Mirissa, between Dec-April.
  • Visit the turtle sanctuary at Rekawa beach, about 20 minutes down the coast away from Tangalle

Eco feature

The Last House is proud to be associated with a local school born out of the disastrous tsunami in 2004. Following damage and destruction to some of the neighbourhood schools, and in the memory of the owner’s late wife Sarah, money was donated to build a small primary kindergarten. It continues to need funding, and every time a guest stays for 2 nights or more a donation from the bill payment goes directly to fund Santhosa School.


Cinnamon Hill Suite

Room rates (Up to 4 pax): $320 (May, June, Sept, Oct 2019), $402 (Nov, 1 – 14, 23 – 30 Apr 2019), $482 (Mar, Jul, Aug, 1 – 19 Dec 2019)

The suite takes over the whole of the upstairs of the house and includes a large double room and twin room with a large balcony overlooking the garden and beach. There are two en-suite bathrooms with cast-iron baths and separate showers. The twin room is suitable for children and this makes a great option for couples looking for extra space or families.

  • Coffee
  • Free Wifi
  • Private bathroom

Cinnamon Hill Double Room

Room rates (Up to 4 pax): $320 (May, June, Sept, Oct 2019), $402 (Nov, 1 – 14, 23 – 30 Apr 2019), $482 (Mar, Jul, Aug, 1 – 19 Dec 2019)

This is a spacious double room on the upper floor, with a large private balcony overlooking the sea and garden. It comes with a large en-suite bathroom with cast-iron bathtub, separate shower and twin- vanities.

  • Coffee
  • Free Wifi
  • Private bathroom

Moonamal Room

Room rates (Up to 4 pax): $281 (May, June, Sept, Oct 2019), $320 (Nov, 1 – 14, 23 – 30 Apr 2019), $362 (Mar, Jul, Aug, 1 – 19 Dec 2019)

This is a lovely double bedroom with four-poster king-sized bed on the ground floor, overlooking the sea with doors opening to the front and rear garden. It comes with en-suite bathroom with outdoor bathtub and separate shower. An extra bed can be added for accompanying children.

  • Coffee
  • Free Wifi
  • Private bathroom

Atteriya Room

Room rates (Up to 4 pax): $255 (May, June, Sept, Oct 2019), $282 (Nov, 1 – 14, 23 – 30 Apr 2019), $308 (Mar, Jul, Aug, 1 – 19 Dec 2019)

This is a large twin bedroom, with two four poster queen beds, located on the ground floor, overlooking a small lagoon and a smalled window framing a quintessentially Bawa view to the beach and sea.  En-suite bathroom with shower.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Coffee
  • Free Wifi
  • Private bathroom

Na Room

Room rates (Up to 4 pax): $255 (May, June, Sept, Oct 2019), $282 (Nov, 1 – 14, 23 – 30 Apr 2019), $308 (Mar, Jul, Aug, 1 – 19 Dec 2019)

This is a large twin bedroom, with two four poster queen beds, located on the ground floor, overlooking a small lagoon and a smalled window framing a quintessentially Bawa view to the beach and sea.  En-suite bathroom with shower.

  • Coffee
  • Free Wifi
  • Private bathroom

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