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  • About this holiday

    The Sun House in Galle is recommended for those seeking historical elegance and traditional colonial style. The hotel has a relaxed ambience and guests will particularly enjoy the excellent cuisine served at the restaurant. It is just a short walk from Galle and Fort Galle as well as the shops, markets and harbour. Return to the hotel to relax in the tropical gardens or by the pool. The Sun House is an excellent choice for a stay in Galle as part of one of our touring holidays of Sri Lanka.

    The journey and how you get there


    Afternoon tea

    Included in your holiday

    Expressions Holidays includes scheduled flights with Sri Lankan London to Colombo return in economy, private car transfers, bed and breakfast based on two people sharing a double or twin room.

    Holiday prices

    Sample price is per person based on two people sharing a Type A double or twin room 
    £1,620 for 7 nights 
    The price displayed here is a guide only for this hotel and each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect the actual flight costs and all up-to-date special offers.

    Special Offers

    • Sri Lanka 2019 autumn early booking offer
      Book a holiday of at least 7 nights to Sri Lanka by 31 August 2019 for stays between now and 30 November 2019 and receive a reduction of £100 per person.
    • Sri Lanka 2020 early booking offer
      Book a holiday of at least 7 nights to Sri Lanka by 30 September 2019 for stays between 1 December 2019 and 31 March 2020 and receive a reduction of £150 per person.

    Hotel code


    Our opinion

    The Sun House has a country home feel, with great food and laid-back atmosphere, yet a short walk from the hustle and bustle of Galle.

    Hotel description

    Once the home of a Scottish spice merchant, The Sun House is perched on a hill a 5 minute stroll away from the centre of the seaside town of Galle, and the world heritage site of Fort Galle. This 1860s colonial house has seven highly individual bedrooms and is well known for its fine dining, its privacy, its eclectic collection of artwork, books and furniture. At The Sun House guests are transported back to the relaxed lifestyle of the planters, when a day began with a hearty breakfast and finished with a cocktail at sunset in charming and elegant surroundings. The large central living area is the heart of the house where you can browse through books, sink into a relaxing sofa, listen to whatever music takes your fancy while enjoying a pot of up-country tea or perhaps something a little stronger like the famous “Sun House Sour” (Dick’s Bar has been nominated as one of the best cocktail bars in the world).Renowned for some of the best food in Sri Lanka, The Sun House offers contemporary gourmet cuisine with a focus on the highest quality ingredients fresh from the local markets each day. Try the exquisitely prepared seafood and the most delicious and innovative Sri Lankan curries, string hoppers and sambals, such as red curry fish fillet wrapped in banana leaf – simply divine. Meals can be taken in either the dining room, on one of the house’s airy verandahs or in the garden under the mango tree. There are two beautiful tropical gardens: the fragrant frangipani (“temple tree”) garden, leading to the swimming pool, and the idyllic mango garden which faces a stunning view of Galle harbour. All the bedrooms are filled with colonial antique furniture, dreamy four poster beds and each has an elegant bathroom. The finest quality bed linen and bath towels, stunning tropical flower arrangements and lovely extra touches show that the difference really is in the detail. The Sun House is a peaceful place offering a friendly and relaxed environment with service that is discreet yet efficient. It is the perfect spot to explore Galle and the surrounding area and most importantly relax, unwind and eat well.



    Official star rating

    no rating

    Annual opening

    All year

    Distance from airport

    About 3 hours by car

    Closest airport


    Room types

    There are 7 rooms available at Sun House. Categories are as follows:
    Standard Room (Sun & Sky, Kingfisher & Parrotfish). A/C, newly renovated en-suite bathrooms.
    Deluxe Room (Araliya & Hibiscus). larger rooms, A/C, newly renovated bathroom and outdoor space.
    Suite (Dumas Suite or Cinnamon Suite). Individual suites with character, spacious rooms, en-suite bathrooms and living area separate.

    Hotel facilities and services

    Facilities at the Sun House include: Alfresco dining, Bamboo Bar and Grill, Dick's Bar, Swimming Pool, Library, Moon Light Movies, Massage / Yoga, Newly restored Vintage Rover available for hire

    Water sports

    Land sports

    Out and aboutnearby/local interest

    Local to the Sun House are Galle Fort, Galle town for shops, markets, fishing harbour, Inland villages, Kottawe and Hiyare Nature Reserves, Koggala Lake, Samakanda organic farm (walks and rice & curry), Unuwatuna beach.
    Special Events January - Galle Literary Festival; July – Unuwatuna Perahera, kite flying in Galle.

    Sports nearby


    Minimum stays

    2 nights

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