Villa | 8 bedrooms | sleeps 24
The lush tropical gardens, the steady sea breeze, and the hypnotic sound of the Indian Ocean rolling onto the reef, make this a very special place to unwind and reconnect with the simpler things in life.
There are two houses at Talaramba Reef: Villa Sulanga (Wind) and Villa Vatura (Water). Intended as informal beach houses where you can kick off your shoes and relax, the wide verandas, open living areas and colonnaded courtyards, blur the boundaries between house and garden, and heighten your awareness of the natural elements around you. The open design allows cooling breezes to waft through the villas, even in the height of summer, and screens can be dropped to keep the elements out if Mother Nature's mood turns grey.
Each villa has four spacious, air conditioned, double bedrooms, with four poster beds, comfortable mattresses, and en-suite bathrooms. Up to two single beds can be added to each room for children.French windows open onto wide balconies, where you can sit and take in the stunning views across the reef and the Indian Ocean.
Meals are taken on the verandah overlooking the garden and pools. Breakfast of fresh fruit, toast, eggs any way, hoppers, roti, coconut sambal, freshly squeezed juice, and tea or coffee is included. Also order in the morning, and our fabulous cooks will prepeare fresh fish straight from the fishermen on our beach, Sri Lankan curries, or western dishes for lunch or dinner, and all you pay is the market price for the ingredients.
Both villas feature the work of contemporary Sri Lankan artists, and all of the furniture, bed linen and ceramics were designed and beautifully made in Sri Lanka.
|Size||Sleeps up to 24, 8 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||On the beach|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Colombo 191 km, Nearest railway: Matara 15 km|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Further details outdoors|
We also have a petanque court under the shade of a cashew tree, and a croquet lawn. both the scene of many an afternoons intense competition.
The Sri Lanka Southern Coast region
The warm and breezy coast of Southern Sri Lanka has charmed and captivated visitors for centuries – from King Solomon and Chinese Admiral Zheng He, to traders from the Arabian Peninsula, and the Portuguese, Dutch and British of more recent colonial times. As a result the area has a fascinating and vibrant culture, expressed not least through its varied architecture, fabulous food and vibrant festivals.
If total relaxation and fine dining is your goal, then you never have to leave Talaramba Reef, but if you're feeling a little energetic, there's plenty to keep you occupied nearby:
There are numerous beach cafes for a drink or fresh barbequed fish along Mirissa beach, fabulous rice & curry up at Mirissa Hills cinnamon plantation, and if you want to go further afield, glamorous dining at the Galle Fort Hotel and Amangalla in Galle Fort.
We have four bikes at the house for energetic types who fancy a spin through the paddies. Once off the main roads, you are embraced by the charm of rural Sri Lankan life, and two wheels provide the right pace at which to experience it.
The surfing near Talaramba Reef is fantastic all year round, although good clean breaks are easier to find between November and April. There are good surf spots a couple of kilometers up the road towards Matara, and in Mirissa, as well as Ahangama and Midigama. Beginners and kids can take longboard lessons in nearby Weligama.
Game fishing is available with Mirissa Water Sports out of Mirissa harbor, and there's great shore fishing from the beach and rocks.
Ayurveda is a system of traditional medicine and holistic wellness native to India and Sri Lanka. Excellent ayurvedic consultations and treatment programmes are offered up the road from Talaramba at Barberyn Beach Ayurvedic Resort in Weligama.
The Secret Root Spa in Mirissa offers fabulous massages in a peaceful, simple garden environment, or their masseurs will come to you at the villas if you prefer.
Our local tea plantation, Handunugoda Tea Estate, produces Virgin White Tipped tea, which costs more than silver and is harvested using a variation of an ancient Chinese tradition developed for the emperor. The original method had virgins cutting the leaves into a bowl with golden scissors so the tea is untouched by human hand. The modern version, more prosaically, has the workers wearing gloves.
With Sri Lanka being predominantly Buddhist, there are temples and stupas everywhere, some large and welcoming of tourists, others small and very local. When visiting a temple or stupa, please dress conservatively, take shoes and hats off before entering, and leave a donation for the monks.
Southern Sri Lanka is one of the best places in the world to see blue whales. Whilst it is an incredible experience seeing these giant mammals up close, we are also very conscious of the effect that unregulated pursuit will have on their annual visits. If you want to go whale watching then please use a government licensed company, such as Mirissa Water Sports. This will also ensure that you return safely.
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6 Nov 2014
"Fantastic Villas - Fabulous !!!"
We hired both Villas for my husbands 50th Birthday party !!!The villas and the grounds are gorgeous'The staff are delightful and met our every need. They ensured that everything ran smoothly and … More
11 Sep 2014
"Talaramba Reef Heaven"
We had a large group go to Talaramba Reef for a birthday celebration and we couldn't have chosen a better. The two houses are a mirror of each other and all the rooms are exactly the same making… More
8 May 2014
"Ticked all the boxes"
We stayed at Talaramba Reef for just over two weeks and loved every minute of it. Our children are young and there 4 of them between 10 months and 3 years and these Villas suited us perfectly. But t… More
6 May 2014
"Best Family Vacation ever !!!"
We had one of our best holidays in our Family Life at the Villas !!!!! It is so perfect for families . First of all it is auch a beautiful spot and the houses are gorgeous , also the Art and the furn… More
4 May 2014
"A really special place"
Staying at Talamba Reef is def one of the best holidays of my life. 9 of us rented one of the villas in March 2014 for about a week. Everything was amazing; considerate, polite, friendly service, exce… More
24 Apr 2014
Our stay at Villa Sulanga was unforgettable. Very clean, comfortable and spacious villa. Lovely big pool at the back of the villa. The service provided by the villa staff was second to none. The home … More
23 Apr 2014
"A little slice of heaven on the Sri Lankan coast..."
The villa is magnificent. The surrounds stunning, and the hospitality is second to none.My sister and I stayed at Villa Sulanga for two nights in April. We did not want to leave.There has obviously be… More
16 Apr 2014
"An Amazing Place"
This was the most relaxing holiday we have ever been on.I cannot speak highly enough of Talaramba Reef (we stayed at villa vatura). The villa was amazing and Deepani and the staff were exceptional. It… More
11 Mar 2014
"A few days in paradise"
We spent 4 days in Talaramba Reef (Villa Sulanga) in february, and it was, for my friends and me, like a stay in paradise. The house is huge and well decorated, the rooms very clean and comfortable, t… More
10 Mar 2014
Stayed for a week with family and had a fantastic time. Property is beautiful with a large garden (great for croquet, petanque, cricket and football) giving direct acces to the beach. As the reef goes… More
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