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"An island relaxation retreat among wild orchids and palm trees."

Need to know

    • 10 Double en suite Rooms with private terraces.
    • Mihiripenna, 15 minutes drive from Galle

We love

  • Sunbathing by the turquoise waters of the pool underneath the palm trees.
  • Exploring pristine beaches, rice paddies, and Galle Fort: a UNESCO world heritage site (all within minutes of the property)
  • Befriending Why House’s most notorious resident: Nigella, the  dachshund

An extra little something

Book with us today and we'll give you:

Book 4 nights or more and enjoy a spectacular private cultural show dinner packed with vibrant costumes, drumming, dancing and fire eaters, followed by a delicious Sri Lankan feast.

Top Secret

Henrietta is known for crafting bespoke fun-filled events for guests. Most recently, she hosted a Tuk Tuk scavenger hunt, sending friends across the city in customized 3 wheeled vehicles. Teams race to create Sri Lankan cocktails, identify precious stones and design handkerchiefs along the way.


Ten years ago, Henrietta left the London drizzle behind to attend a friend’s party in paradise. Lured by the serenity of Sri Lanka, she found the perfect three-acre villa nestled amidst rice paddies to call her new home. Today, she shares it with guests from around the world. With a knack for creating bespoke experiences, she ensures all guests embrace the beauty of the island to its fullest.

The Review

With birds chirping in the palm trees swaying overhead, you’ll soon realize that Why House is more than just any villa; it is an oasis where time slows down. On arrival, Henrietta, the manager, will inevitably share not only signature Sri Lankan cocktails, but some hearty laughter. Why House is known for its friendly atmosphere and Henrietta, from time to time gathers guests for drinks or shared dinners prepared by veteran chefs.  Of course, you may choose to enjoy the serenity in solitude-there’s no pressure! Each of the bespoke Italian-inspired rooms have private terraces and the three-acre property has places to lounge, dine, and sunbathe among the 300 species of plants.

Whether you prefer to enjoy the magic within Why House or venture outside, there is something for everyone. Within the tranquil property, you can unwind with an ayurvedic massage or spa treatment, practice yoga, take a swim, or learn to make Sri Lankan curry.

Just beyond, you may choose to explore local wildlife and villages on a bike tour, take a boat trip on Kogalla Lake, embark on an elephant safari, or learn to surf! For a tropical adventure or a calm getaway, Why House showcases the best of Sri Lanka.


Why House

  • Address: Mihiripenna Road, Talpe, Sri Lanka
  • Travel info: Arrive by air to Colombo International Airport (CMB). Taxi hire costs $100 USD for the 130 kms journey to Why House.

Key Features

  • Airport Transfer

  • Pool

  • Helipad

  • Stunning Views

  • 24 Hour Services

  • Butler Service

  • Beach

  • Car Parking

  • Fitness Center/Gym

  • Bar

  • Restaurant