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Van Cleef & Arpels

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This Month we were very happy to welcome the team from the Dubai office of Van Cleef & Arpels for a Team building retreat. They had an amazing program with surf, yoga, themed parties and karaoke every night. We also had some elephants coming to visit us at the resort and everyone loved it! They had a Boat construction competition and released some sky lanterns to finish their retreat. WHAT A BLAST!   “We had a great time with you in Talalla! It was just an amazing team building!  The 34 participants enjoyed a lot the resort,  the service there…

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April at Talalla Retreat

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We are very happy to welcome our new resident yoga teachers! Sally, Jess and her son Gill. They fit right in with the team at Talalla and the feedback from the Yoga guests has been amazing! They have run their first 2 yoga retreats very successfully and all the participants had a lot of fun during the outings organised: – Visiting to the beautiful rock temple – The high tea in the old Galle Fort – Closing dinner at Jasper house and the coconut beach ceremony. We currently run two Yoga retreats twice a month at Talalla! As well as…

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Week 2 in Sri Lanka by Rebecca Plant

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My second week in Sri Lanka was a bit more hard hitting than the first. We were off to see a dog, Charlie (who has a maggot wound on his head which we had previously treated) and on the way we saw a little girl running around in the road she looked around 4 months. We named her Saffy! Somebody had thrown boiling water all over her back and neck. She was very weak and her back was a mess, we picked her up and took her back to Janey’s (the vet) house. We put her on fluids, gave her…

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Update from Rebecca Plant RVN – Week 1 in Sri Lanka!

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Life has totally changed for me! I’m currently living in a hotel room with a semi open bathroom which allows the sound of the ocean and the jungle noise to be heard all day long! We’re right on the south coast in a place called Talalla, it’s absolutely beautiful. The beach is filled with street dogs playing in the sand and lots of fishing boats. Life is very different to the North East here. For a start the driving is crazy, there are TukTuks and vans all over the road! Not to mention there are no pathways for pedestrians. There…

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Dining Experience in the Wild

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Think five-star personal service, sharing delicious cuisine and imported wines amid gratifying views of national park, however, remove artificial structures of a regular resort and you have ‘glamping’ at the Big Game Camp. Situated on the boundary of nature reserves and the Udawalawe National Park, this establishment offers semi-permanent tented safari camps together with an expert naturalist guide, where viewing a Sri Lankan Elephant is guaranteed. Big Game Camp prides itself on being eco and environmentally conscious which is upheld throughout the park’s facilities and amenities. Its focus is to promote awareness of the need to preserve and conserve the...
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New Villas, New Views

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I hear waves crashing, I smell ocean sea spray, I can see the ocean….I stayed in the Ocean View Villas. Talalla Retreat attracts peaceful-minded, surf-seeking, spiritual, travel-addicted crowds. The ‘trenders’ travel from far and wide in pursuit of temple quiet spa, prepped for holistic massages and a serene 20 meter pool… all in a sleek minimalist package. Nestled on the foreshore of the Talalla Retreat grounds are our newest accommodation villas boasting expansive views of tropical gardens and blue waters of Talalla Beach. The ground floor villas feature authentic Sri Lankan furniture, textiles, romantic secluded outdoor shower, and air conditioning,…

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When is the best surf in Sri Lanka?

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SEE FULL ALBUM We always get asked, “When is the best surf in Sri Lanka?” A common misconception is that there is no surf on the south coast during the April to October months. Here at Talalla Surf Camp, we know the truth! We have perfect waves for beginners and intermediate surfers – + without the crowds ALL YEAR ROUND. How lucky are we! This week a big swell ran through the Indian Ocean and the Surf Coaches here at Talalla managed to score one of our secret peaks absolutely firing. The beginners and intermediates on the Surf Camp scored…

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Perahera

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Pomp and ceremony live on large in Sri Lanka, and never moreso than in Perahera across the nation. A celebration of Buddhist faith, the annual Kelaniya Duruthu Maha Perahera is held every pre-full moon day of January or ‘Duruthu Poya’ in commemoration of Lord Buddha’s visit to Sri Lanka. The service begins in the temple, but the crowd of hundreds of thousands is here to see the parade. It starts with the whipcrackers – boys as young as 5 cracking man-sized whips, the crowd looking on in a mixture of anticipation and amazement. Then, the dancers. Kandyan traditional dancers, dressed…

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You must be coco-nuts!

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Climbing a 50 metre palm with only a little coconut fibre strapped around your ankles might not be everyone’s cup of (Ceylon) tea. But here at Talalla Retreat, it’s a weekly occurrence to keep our grounds in tip top condition. Nishantha is a lifetime coconut plucker  – or “poll kadanawa” in the local Sinhala – who’s been doing this for over 20 years. He scales the grand heights fearlessly and with the elegance of a cat, to keep our guests safe from falling young coconut and dead palm fronds. You might be lucky enough to watch him when you’re here!…

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Monkey Magic

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Dangling from the trees, or watching as you shower, toque macaques live only in Sri Lanka and wander wild through the jungle surrounding Talalla Retreat. Every year in the spring, babies emerge and cling to the belly of their monkey mama – the best type of shuttle, and with instant food! Naturally flexible, they are Sri Lanka’s tiny yogi’s – bending and jumping through the canopy. Seemingly flying, they’ve spent their whole lives searching the trees for the most delicious nuts and fruits. Lithe and nimble they test the branches for strength before grooming each other in a show of…

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