The Last House is a unique beach hideout surrounded by nature with an unspoilt beach. It was the ‘last house’ designed by world famous Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa. It certainly fits the description of a beach hideout plus a lot more with six beautifully designed bedrooms in classic Bawa style; white walls, polished cement floors and vibrant colours all around. The touch of contemporary interior makes this property extra special. The property resonates Bawa’s Tropical Modernism in every single corner with open spaces, reducing lines between outdoor and indoor.
The property entrance is quite camouflaged, adding to the sense that this is a place to retreat to and leave the world behind for a few days. The surrounding lagoon is home to rare species of birds including lapwings and endemic Sri Lankan grey horn bills. Don’t be surprised to find many of them in the large garden of this property. The Last House faces the serene and private Mawella Beach. A slow walk on the pristine clean sands is a great way to start the day.
The open spaces, large windows, cosy corners all add to the beauty of the property. There are six bedrooms including a master-suite on the upper flow. A couple of common lounge areas with oversized sofas are inviting for an afternoon cup of tea and a book. There is no air conditioning as Bawa’s designs meant to maximize fresh air around. We certainly did not feel the heat, it is barefoot luxury. The rooms are adorned with four poster traditional beds with a mix of antique and contemporary furniture. We loved the style but understand that a keen appreciation for design and architecture would be a one of the reasons to choose this property.
All meals are served in the dining room that opens up into the courtyard. If you are worried about mosquitos, do carry an insect repellent or feel free to wear the quite stylish mosquito repellent bangles the property offers to its guests on arrival. Request the butler to serve your morning tea/coffee on the patio or balcony if you got those rooming options. The choice of food is largely based on Sri Lankan cuisine although western breakfast is on the a la carte menu. If you get tired of the hotel food, we suggest you walk down the beach 400-500 metres and find The Tangalle Social for a meal or a late evening cocktail.
The property can be taken as a whole if you intend staying with a larger group (it can host up to 14 people) or partially. Ideal for couples, families and for those who appreciate Bawa’s style. Great property for nature lovers as the surrounding lagoon has an abundant bird life. A stay for 3 nights or more is ideal although 2 nights is possible.
The Last House is just 40 minutes away from Rekawa Beach if you are keen to watch turtles in their natural habitat. Although turtles nest all year around in this area, the best sightings are from April to July. This property is also a mere 15-minute drive from Hiriketiya beach, in case you are looking for a great surfing spot.
For travellers in Sri Lanka with a keen interest in architecture and the works of Geoffrey Bawa, please contact us for our Sri Lanka tour itinerary focused on the properties designed by Bawa.