Talalla Retreat, Talalla Sri Lanka, The Deep South
Located on the southern tip of the island, Talalla Retreat is a new boutique hotel and retreat offering luxurious accommodation and peaceful surroundings at competitive rates. Spread across large grassy grounds on a largely deserted beach east of Matara, the Talalla retreat is far removed from the more touristy beach destinations on the southern strip.
The retreat consists of eight elegantly decorated two-storey villas, each with four spacious bedrooms with en suite, open-sky bathrooms. There are no televisions or telephones in the rooms - no air conditioning either as the rooms are designed with open spaces at both the front and rear to allow the air to travel freely throughout the day and night. The modern, sleek design is consistent throughout the property and the lush environment in which the villas are scattered has been beautifully landscaped.
The fresh water swimming pool is the central focus of the property but the beautiful beach offers safe swimming year-round. There is a large yoga pavilion overlooking the pool and a spa which offers a wide variety of treatments, therapies and massages. The restaurant serves a mixture of Sri Lankan and international cuisine. The retreat is located close to a number of surf points and is also within reach of the more famous beach destination on the coast to which day trips can be easily made.
The overall atmosphere is serene and peaceful and the Talalla retreat is great place to relax. The hotel also organises excursions to many of the local sites and attractions, from hidden beaches to glorious temples.
Superior - This is what we would describe as our standard category. These will be decent 3/4* hotels providing a really good level of service. We would generally expect them to be providing a little something extra, in terms of character, guest experience or facilities too.