The retreat was our first stop on a 3 week first time visit to Sri lanka and we fell in love with the place. The villa and grounds are just stunning, everything is so well cared for and it is truly a place to relax and be spoilt. Our children range from 8 to 17 they all loved it and were all happy in the pool or spotting the local wildlife. The whole team at The Retreat are amazing - we used Channa, Sanjay and the Hikkasurf team throughout our stay in Sri Lanka and they even came to pick us up when we missed the train! Prem and Sunitha are just lovely - Sunithas cooking was the best food we tasted in Sri Lanka - I recommend the curried banana. We were only there for 6 nights but we felt so welcome and nothing was too much trouble. One of our teenagers is dog mad and after finding one locally with a poorly ear Channa took us to the pharmacy to get some medication and Prem and Sunitha administered it after we had left - Channa then sent us a picture to show it had healed -my daughter was so delighted! That is the kind of people that run the retreat - some of the nicest and kindest you will meet. We will be returning to Sri Lanka in 2019 and the retreat will definitely be on our list.
We used the Retreat as a base to explore the area. It was perfect for our needs. We are a family of 4, our 2 children in their early twenties. Sunitha, the housekeeper and her husband, Prem, who maintains the pool and the gardens, were very friendly and informative. We felt welcomed and relaxed as soon as we arrived.
We used the tuk tuk company, that is recommended by the villa, for all our travelling needs. The "boys" showed us around the area, stopping at the usual sights, but also gave us ideas as to where to visit. We hired two tuk tuks every other day and we went to a tea plantation, Galle, around Hikkaduwa, tsunami museum, river boat ride, moon stone mine, turtle sanctuary and still found time to chill around the pool back at The Retreat.
The villa had everything we needed. Sunitha cooked dinner for us every evening. She is an excellent cook and as well as my daughter being a vegetarian, she provided so many delicious meals. Prem and my husband, or my son, went to the local shops each day to buy provisions for the day, on the back of their scooter. The whole house was kept spotless and the bedrooms were very large. (The only negative thing about the place was having to get up every few hours in the night to turn the aircon back on in the bedrooms. It is on a timer switch with about 4 hours as its maximum.). We were very lucky with the weather for the beginning of July. We had no rain during the day during our entire stay of a week. It did rain in the evenings, which cleared the air. We had sunshine and a few clouds. We couldn't swim in the ocean as the waves were too rough, but we were taken to Jungle Beach by tuk tuk, where there is a natural cove and we swam there one morning. All in all it was a great holiday using The Retreat as our base and would definitely recommend it to anyone wanting a peaceful, spacious place to stay.
I have recently returned from the Retreat which belongs to the Parents of one of my work collegues therefore I followed in the footsteps of many of my collegues who have been here before and they all said that you would love it so i knew we would not be disappointed. But i could not have imagined the experiences that we have encountered. The Retreat is just that a home away from all the stresses of everyday life, with everything you could wish for to make your stay perfect. But the Icing on the cake comes from the resident team. We was treated like kings and queens here at The Retreat by Prem and Sunitha two of the kindest people you could wish to meet who have such a passion to make your stay one you will always remember. To make the perfect package the owners of the Retreat have brought on board a local family tour company Hikkasurf were drivers Channa Kumara and his team have given a first class service from Guided tours to Tuk Tuks anytime day or night to take you out and about. It is with a lump in my throat and a tear in my eye when we said our goodbyes on the last day and we had to bid farewell to these amazing people, but overall thank you for letting me have this opportunity of living in Paradise for 2 weeks.
All advance planning at booking stage was handled in a first class manner by the owners, I had many questions prior to departure and all communication via email was handled in a timely manner.
We will definitely be back.
This was our 2nd visit to the villa. We first went in 2015 and covered a lot of Sri Lanka seeing all the sights. This time we went to enjoy the villa and the local beaches using the local train as well as Tuk Tuk's. We were so looking forward to returning to the villa, which has all the luxuries to make a self catering holiday like a 5* all inclusive holiday. Shopping is easy, we took Suneetha and Channa on our first morning and got 3 weeks supplies in Galle, stocked the freezer and cupboards. We stayed by the pool watched mongoose, birds of all sizes, went to the beach swam with turtles had lunch in some lovely restaurants along the Hikkaduwa coast, went on a safari, saw elephants, crocodiles and many other small animals and birds. However, most days we spent swimming and reading by the lovely pool at the villa and spent our evenings eating the wonderful food that was prepared and cooked for us by Suneetha and Preme. All in all an amazing holiday again and we are looking forward to another 3 weeks in 2019!
We love this house! It really is a retreat. The location is fantastic - far enough from hustle and bustle but close enough to shops, beach and tourist attractions. The villa itself is amazing, like something out of the pages of Homes and Gardens. Whether we were having breakfast overlooking the pool and lake, swinging on the hammocks, or sitting and chilling on the upstairs balcony, we couldn't believe how lucky we were.
But what makes staying here an extra special experience are Prem and Suneetha (the household staff). We cannot thank them enough for looking after us so well. The house and garden were always immaculate, Suneetha's cooking was wonderful and they were so kind to our boys. We don't think you will find another couple as nice as them in Sri Lanka!
Another plus for this villa are the Hikka Surf team who helped arrange all our excursions and tours. They were friendly and eager to help us enjoy our stay. One recommendation we make is to visit the Virgin White Tea Plantation in Handunugoda. An amazing experience, particularly if you like tea!
We totally recommend The Retreatat Blue Lagoon - you won't be sorry you stayed here!