Some places we do not merely visit, we become a part of. Places that touch your spirit, and replenish your soul. Where time fades, and your only schedule is the turning of the tides.
Welcome to an undiscovered paradise. Welcome to Talalla. Talalla Retreat is a boutique hotel, offering barefoot rustic charm on the Southern Beaches of Sri Lanka. The retreat sits just metres from Talalla Beach, an undiscovered cove of crystal clear turquoise water, spotless golden sand and mesmerizing sunrises and sunsets. Of all the resorts in Sri Lanka, Talalla offers its guests a level of elegant simplicity just metres from the lapping waters of a secluded cove. Here, time is measured in moments of serenity and pleasure. It is a place to get away from it all and to absorb the unsurpassed natural beauty of Sri Lanka.
A jungle paradise, Talalla is built low rise, and set into lush gardens, resplendent with tropical flora. Monkeys play in the coconut palms as they sway softly in the breeze. Monitor lizards roam freely as they have since the days of the dinosaurs. Squirrels twitter as they dart through the grass. And at night, fireflies light-up the surrounds, guiding you lightly to your villa….
Low-rise, Talalla was built with nature in mind. Mud bricks and bamboo blinds blend in seamlessly with the gardens, creating an atmosphere at one with the environment.
Relax in our 20 metre freshwater pool, perfect for laps or just bouncing around. Swing in a hammock or lounge on a sun-chair. Even take a book from the library. By evening indulge in a cocktail at the bar, or lounge on the sofa nearby.
Children at Talalla
Talalla Retreat is a “retreat” destination, and cannot accommodate children under 10 years of age during the busy season of 1 December – 31 January.
Families with young children are very welcome to visit Talalla Retreat during the months of February – November.
We ask all guests to respect this policy in the best interests and expectations of all guests visiting Talalla Retreat.
Children can only be accommodated in ground floor rooms for safety purposes. Please note that our pool is not fenced, and beach does not have lifeguard service.
Christmas and New Years Eve at Talalla
Early bookings for the Christmas and New Year period are advised.
At Talalla we celebrate the evenings of Christmas Day (December 25th) and New Year’s Eve (December 31st) with our guests offering, a sumptuous seafood BBQ buffet of western and Sri Lankan foods, fireworks and live entertainment including traditional Sri Lankan dancing, to celebrate and dance the nights away.
Christmas and New Year’s Eve reservations will carry a mandatory and non-negotiable surcharge for all guests. Adults: US$50 pp Children: US$35 pp.
How to find us.
An Air Taxi runs a convenient service from Colombo – close to the International Airport and stops in Dikwella, less than half an hour from Talalla. Please contact Sri Lankan Airlines directly to make an online booking.
We offer an airport pickup and drop off service for our guests from both Colombo and Matalla Airports.
From Colombo Airport, the journey takes around 3 hours.
Pickup with name board from Colombo airport – US$125
Drop off to Colombo airport – US$115
From Matalla Airport, the journey takes around 2 hours.
Pick up with name board from Matalla airport – LKR9000
Drop off to Matalla airport – LKR9000
Please advise at the time of booking if you would like an airport pickup.
Talalla can be easily accessed by train. From Colombo Airport, get a taxi to Maradana Station. Buy a ticket for Matara Station. On arrival to Matara, get a taxi or tuk tuk to Talalla. The cost of the taxi should be 500 rupees.
You can check train times using the official Sri Lanka Railways website, but please double-check train times locally
Talalla can be easily access by buses from Matara or Tangalle. Simply ask the driver to drop you off at the 170km marking, where you’ll see the giant Talalla sign. It’s a 10 minute walk from the main road to us here at Talalla.
Driving with/without driver
Driving to Talalla is easy. From the Galle Road (the A2), simply turn off at the 170km marker – you’ll know you’re in the right place when you see the coloured boat nearby, and the giant Talalla billboard. You’ll be on a dirt track for around 200 metres, then turn right. Continue for about 300 metres until you see the small decorated Bodhi tree and temple. Turn left at that spot! Go down the hill, around 200 metres and you’ll see the giant white walls of Talalla on your right.
Talalla offers parking as well as 6 driver beds. Please note that driver beds cannot be booked and are therefore subject to availabilty at the time of arrival. Driver meals and drinks are not provided.
At your home away from home, all the elements essential to a completely relaxing experience await.
At the hotel
- Direct beach access
- Spa, massage, beauty, therapies
- Surfing lessons & surf hire
- Two yoga pavilions
- Yoga retreats & daily classes
- Health and wellness retreats
- Free wireless internet
- 20m swimming pool
- Gourmet restaurant
- Laundry & ironing
- Traditional Sri Lankan weddings
- Bespoke private dining
- Reception open 0700 – 2200
- Conference & meeting Facilities
- Transport and transfer arrangements
- Day trips that include local attractions, towns and wildlife. These trips are detailed on our website and can be arranged from Talalla.
We invite you to indulge in this perfect paradise.
In the rooms
- Balcony or patio
- Double or twin bed configuration
- Garden or pool view
- Ceiling fans
- Open-air rooms
- Room service available
- Sky-view bathroom with solar hot water
- Writing Desk
- Lounge area with sofa and table
- Complimentary toiletries
- Mosquito net
- Medical facilities
- Travel agents
- Vehicle hire