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 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