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Everything perfect- the most amazing property

Review of The Sun House
5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 07 May 2024
I don’t even know where to start with how fabulous The Sun House is. From start to finish, our trip was nothing short of perfect.

We were a mixed (and arguably challenging!!) group of couples, families and young kids and the staff managed all our asks without batting an eyelid.

The rooms are absolutely stunning with every detail thought of and the entire property is everything you could want from a boutique property with a beautiful pool and easily accessible surroundings.

The food is amazing and provided a great mix for all our various guests- from traditional Sri Lankan to pancakes to salad.

We all agreed it was a trip for the aHes and we can’t wait to get back!

Thank you so much and hopefully see you soon - in Galle or Gal Loya!
Date of stay: May 2024
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Reviewed 3 May 2024

What a fabulous place to stay and enjoy Galle and surrounds. We spent almost a week here in late April 2024 and I cannot praise the people or the food or the accommodation enough.
The hotel is an old Colonial house built by a Spice Merchant on the hill just outside the Galle Fort area. It has been lovingly rebuilt, refreshed and redecorated by Millie, Tim & friends to reflect the heritage of that time and the region. This is a one off. Each room is unique. Beds are perfect. Aircon a must! There are no mass brand hotel amenities here. Everything is personal.

Especially all the people making your stay a pleasure. They made the experience for us. From helping us with airport transfers from our very delayed flights, to getting clothes locally (thanks FLY EMIRATES. NOT!) to organising tuk-tuks everywhere, day tours, special treats by the pool... To Ronald and Roshan thanks!
The food and drink were absolutely top notch and even when items were not available the team made a plan, the Chef is marvellous and everything is delicious. We ate there more often than we planned because the food was so good. Sri Lankan breakfasts are a must!!
To Umar for the fab cocktails and service, cheers!
But most of all to Priyantha, who epitomised 5 star service and care. He is a credit to the staff there and his wonderful attention to looking after us was without peer. Cold water as we lay by the pool. Amazing spicy curry leave cashews as a beer snack, dinner service. Nothing was too much trouble.
All of the staff treat you like family. Wonderful, kind and gentle people.

There are of course always some items or areas for improvement, Wi-Fi was intermittent for me in our room, despite best attempts to repair it, and a chalkboard for daily available food items would be good, also make sure you have the cost of day trips clear before you go. Some of the expeditions don't match up to what the cost is (not the Sun House's fault)...but these are minor items lost against the good feeling we have from this trip.
We would go back in a heartbeat. We miss our Sri Lankan family!

Date of stay: April 2024
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Reviewed 8 April 2024

What a fantastic place! It’s a beautiful old house with spacious comfortable rooms, an amazing collection of furniture, artwork, old prints and photos, as well as an extensive and eclectic library. The staff are all very friendly and very helpful. I needed to see a doctor : in discussion, we decided it would be both cheaper and quicker for me to go to the outpatients at Asiri private hospital- they offered to accompany me. In fact, I went alone and it was a very easy, efficient, and cheap process- much more so than getting care in that situation in New Zealand. There is a pool, the best we enjoyed in Sri Lanka. The food is great and generous serves. We were very happy to have stayed there rather than the centre of Galle: it is in a quiet, peaceful area, and a reasonable walk or a short tuk tuk ride from the historic centre. We couldn’t have had a better experience.

Room tip: The Merchant room is the closest to the pool, but also close to the kitchen.
Date of stay: February 2024
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank Evan G
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Reviewed 2 April 2024 via mobile

The Sun House provides a tranquil setting, yet is just a 15 minute walk from bustling Galle Fort. The property is beautifully restored, I appreciated the attentive service from the owners and the team. Some lazy hours by the pool has brought my trip to Sri Lanka to a wonderful end. I highly recommend The Sun House.

Date of stay: March 2024
Trip type: Travelled solo
Thank djajo
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Reviewed 6 March 2024

We had a wonderful restful 2 days here stopping over from Yala to Hikkaduwa Beach. It's an easy 10 minute walk from the old city of Galle but away from the madness of the town centre. The courtyard and pool area are an absolute oasis and you can easily while away an afternoon in the peace and quiet. The hotel has thoughtfully been done with so many personal touches it feels like a home. The rooms are spacious and a particular highlight was the bath on the balcony, where you can listen to birds and see the monkeys going about their business. Amazing food (especially the breakfast) and lovely staff to look after you.

Date of stay: March 2024
Trip type: Travelled with family
Thank Lauragane
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Reviewed 1 March 2024 via mobile

This was our first three days in Sri Lanka. The very welcoming staff, plus the superb restoration of the property and the food made for a perfect start to our holiday.

The owners, Tim and Samir, were very attentive to our needs, as were their charming and committed staff.

The property is well located above the noise and bustle of Galle, but within an easy walk to Galle Fort.

Room tip: Tuk tuks are an easy way to travel around Galle and can be obtained outside the property or called by the staff. The walk down is fine.
Date of stay: February 2024
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank JamesD662
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