Alexandra Barkshire (Former Pupil Thomas's Battersea)
Why House Collection - Sri Lanka

Discover the Island of Serendipity

Why House - Boutique Villa Hotel

Why House is a beautiful 10 room boutique hotel set in a stunning landscaped 3 acre garden of tropical plants, fruit and spice trees... with a huge salt water swimming pool. And it's just a 15 minute tuk-tuk ride from historical Galle Fort.

It's an ideal retreat for couples, singles, wishing to mix with other guests, and families with children looking for a combination of adventure and relaxation and it's only a short walk to one of the best beaches on the south coast.

Why House can also be booked by a group looking for a fully staffed villa holiday with friends and family in complete luxury. 

The Telegraph says... 

"Why House is one of those rare hotels that suits couples and families alike. It's also a favourite with returning guests charmed by its accommodating staff, tranquility and home-from-home vibe." 

9/10 Expert Rating

2018 Boutique Hotel Awards - Winner of Asia's Best Family Hotel


Tanamera Estate - Private Luxury Ocean Villa

Infinitely Private - Luxuriously Tranquil - Breathtaking Location

Owned and run by Why House, Tanamera is a large contemporary styled 3 bedroom private villa located in Talpe, near Why House, directly on the beach overlooking the Indian Ocean. 

The villa is fully staffed and has a private swimming pool and 24 hour security. Sleeps 6 max.

Talpe, Galle, Sri Lanka

Directory Offer: Mention The Directory. 

For more information visit:



Henrietta Cottam


T: 00 94 77 112 1070

Why House Hotel & Tanamera Villa 

Talpe, Galle, Sri Lanka




Tanamera Estate

“Wow ! This luxuriously sprawling property has an amazing sea frontage - fab situation! The outdoor sitting and dining pavilion allows you to spend many happy hours at the pool without getting burnt. The sumptuous bedrooms ooze comfort and we had the best nights’ sleep. (it was hard to choose between the bedrooms) and there is a further TV / Study room - all beautifully done up with a great selection of DVDs . There is a further cozy dining room in the event of a tropical storm (which we missed) . The property is meant for 6 persons but the size allows everyone their own space and also to come together for meals. The staff are gentle and instinctive and nothing is too much trouble. It is the perfect getaway and hideaway without having to be somewhere remote. It is certainly value for money and we cannot wait to be back.” 

Anita Ricquier, Singapore

Tanamera Estate & Why House


"We absolutely adored our time at what must be the top two places in Sri Lanka. The evolution of Why House into a luxury boutique hotel is something you should be hugely proud of and Tanamera, it’s difficult, in fact impossible, to imagine anywhere nicer. It was quite simply heaven."

Jonathan, Chelsea


Why House

"Why House offers 20% off via The Directory and strikes exactly the right balance between Sri Lankan old style charm and first class service with luxurious surroundings amazing pool and gardens with sun and shade, first class food, smiling, friendly staff and interesting international guests. Henrietta and her team looked after us so well and we couldn't recommend it more highly. We will be back!”

Amanda Moorhouse, Dorset


"We found Why House through The Thomas's Directory, and can't recommend it more highly.  Henrietta Cottam and her team offer large, stylish, luxurious rooms surrounded by beautiful gardens and an exceptional pool.  Delicious food is served in the dining pavilion where guests can mingle or have a quiet evening.  Tuk Tuks await for whisking guests to the nearby Indian Ocean or shopping trips... Altogether a fabulous experience with nothing too much trouble for Henrietta, it has become a new favourite for us, longing to return!"

CF, former King's Canterbury parent, Kent

"After booking last minute flights to Sri Lanka for a well needed rest, we were delighted that Why House was able to accommodate us for a few nights on our arrival, and what a fantastic way to start our trip. Henrietta was the most gracious host with delightful staff and all in the most sumptuous surroundings. A magical start to a magical holiday."

Cindy Colman, The Real Ruler Height Chart Company & Directory advertiser


 "What an exceptional and idyllic place Why House is! I simply can’t recommend it highly enough. I went to Sri Lanka on a research mission, with the hope of a little R&R thrown in, and as a women travelling alone I have to admit I felt slightly apprehensive but there was no need. From the moment the plane touched down I felt entirely cared for and excited too, it’s an extraordinary country with smiling, welcoming people. The house organised my transport from Colombo to Galle and upon arrival I was greeted by Henrietta and Sanath, the hotel managers, with such warmth and generosity of spirit that I immediately felt completely at home. 


It’s so tranquil there, 5 mins Tuk Tuk ride from the stunning Indian Ocean and my room was bliss with a private terrace, huge shower, air con and a lovely big walk-in wardrobe – important for a girl! The food was utterly delicious and I had the choice of dining quietly alone or with other guests at the main house table…which was great fun and much more interesting. The hotel staff bent over backwards to ensure my comfort and Henrietta even escorted me into Galle, explaining the general Sri Lankan ropes, so I felt totally confident alone thereafter. Sanath was ever happy to drive me wherever I needed to go – he even devised an overland tour for me to take when I come back with my children next year. I want to show them the elephants and the tea plantations and they will adore staying at Why House. This is no ordinary hotel, it has the feeling of a luxurious home set in a vibrant and exciting area of this truly magical country. Thank you all for looking after me so beautifully."

Katie Barkshire, co-founder of The Directory