Just outside the fort city of Galle, we were transported back in time somewhat to a small, boutique residence, away from the tourist hustle and bustle. The Sun House was the former home of a Scottish spice merchant, built in the 1860s. Furnished with antiques in a boho manner, this place is definitely positioned more as a home from home rather than a hotel. The pool was an essential luxury after a day of exploring the fort, only surpassed by the perfect staff who outnumber the guests. We spent evenings sinking into deep sofas and sipping passion-fruit margaritas at Dick’s Bar, the property’s cocktail lounge, only to be tempted out of the furnishing for some of the best-tasting food in Galle. This place was absolute heaven – the sweet smell of frangipani graced the air, whilst black and white pictures of men with fine moustaches looked down at us while we clinked our crystal glasses. Our breakfast was served on the pillared terrace overlooking the pool, whilst local langur-monkeys swung past us in the trees in search of their own. Some of the rooms are on the small side, but as we had the run of the whole house, we easily let that pass.

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While you’re Out There
Find out more about the hotel’s charitable project, the Serendipity Trust – one that they set up after the tsunami that helps underprivileged children in Galle and beyond.

www.thesunhouse.com

Photography courtesy of The Sun House