Walking into the Last House was like all my Christmas’ coming at once. A long arduous journey from Kandy but oh so worth it when we finally reached our abode for the next three nights. Peace and light accompanied with the sound of the crashing waves welcomed us, completely immersing us into the calm spirit of the absolutely beautiful Last House.
Geffory Bawa’s Final creation The Last House, explores space, colour, authenticity, and is a perfect example of his fine architecture which stands all over Sri Lanka. The six bedroomed house is a perfect barefoot, boutique, beach escape (my three most favourite B words) The house sits in a tropcial garden on the golden sands of Mahawella beach hidden behind a plenty of coconut trees, one of the most perfect beaches in the world. Situated in the beautiful, sleepy seaside village of Tangalla. The house is luxurious and peaceful, sitting in a tropical garden with all views looking out to the Indian Ocean. The hideaway, has kept the original features, doors and shutters and is filled with antique furniture, white washed walls and colourful cushions. Bawa’s creations were known for bringing the outside in and merging the two, with his Last House the rooms and gardens cohesively blend and the spaces allow the sea breeze and light to flow and create space; good for the mind, heart and the soul! Nothing is quite as lovely as being woken by the sounds of the ocean and warm breeze as you laze in a beautiful antique four poster bed, while the Frangipani Tree that sits in your little garden drops blossom into your room….Heaven!
We spent our days, relaxing and swimming in the warmest pool which was quite simply in the prettiest setting, under the palm trees and the bluest of skies. We watched monkeys jump from tree to tree, winding up the dogs and playing havoc with the birds and the hotel exterior. We feasted on fresh mangos and passion fruit, just literally plucked off a tree and scooped onto your spoon. Long lunches of fresh, huge tiger prawns and Sri Lankan style salads. Long walks along the beach, meeting and talking to locals and watching the Fisherman come and go. Swimming and body surfing in the beautiful blue and crashing waves, reading and sleeping in the gardens. Finding little nooks around the house with a book and a cup of tea. Watching the sunset on the beach and eating dinner under the stars.
I believe the Last House is quite simply one of my most favourite places I have ever been to, so beautiful, so full of light and air, so evoking, so very special. We had three most wonderful carefree and blissful days there. I almost want to keep this hotel all to myself, but it is okay it is inscribed into my memory and those memories will ‘Last’ a lifetime…
Thank you to the Last House for such a warm creation.
Our last stop in Sri Lanka coming soon.
Bikini : Asos
Black Playsuit: Asos
White Kaftan : Accesorize
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