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||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Colombo 191 km, Nearest railway: Matara 15 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property, Sea view|
|General||Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Telephone, Safe, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Access||Wheelchair users, Secure parking|
|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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19 Feb 2014
After a long drive from Columbo we arrived at the talaramba reef villas, we have traveled all Around the world staying in lovely hotels but this is by far one of the best places we have ever been The… More
7 Feb 2014
"The perfect villa for a relaxing retreat."
The design of the villa is very open and flows into the outdoors. It is spacious and tastefully decorated. The staff are very polite and the service was faultless. Whatever we wanted was provided. We … More
6 Jan 2014
We've just returned from a wonderful two weeks at Talaramba Reef. Everything about our stay was perfect. There was loads of space and we never felt as though we were on top of each other as the… More
1 Aug 2013
Absolutely fantastic couple of weeks at Talaramba Reef. We were two families (4 adults, 4 kids) and the place could not have been more perfect. Ideally located right on the beach, the compound is just… More
13 Jun 2013
"Relaxing & Enjoyable Stay - Highly Recommended!"
Talaramba Reef is a modernised property with colonial highlights set within lush tropical grounds along the beach near Welagama.The property has 8 large rooms across 2 villas, 2 lovely pools, live in … More
9 Apr 2013
"Villa Sulanga - Beautiful location, great garden and pool"
The service was very good and the home-cooked food was amazing! Really enjoyed the home-made cinnamon ice-cream too.The rooms are excellent and incredibly spacious. Beautiful four-poster beds and comf… More
4 Nov 2012
"Best Villa ever...."
Organising a holiday for 16 is never easy but we hit the jackpot at Talaramba Reef, the pictures really do not do the place justice, this is a topical paradise with all the perks. Deepani and the tea… More
28 Aug 2012
We were delighted with the accommodation and the location is fantastic with direct access to the beach. My only regret is that we could not stay longer. The cook and staff were great and made us feel very welcome.
7 Jun 2012
I cannot speak highly enough of the staff at Talaramba Reef:
Deepani, Ranjit, Alex and the other house boys,
They went out of their way to assist us with organizing outside activities, around the house and the cooking was simply wonderful!
Which made the stay even more special. In fact my parents commented it was the best holiday they ever had! We had a wonderful time and will definitely recommend it to our friends!
The house and the facilities (swimming pool/entertainment room) were 5 star -
We even played cricket with the staff! though we lost :-(
a truly memorable holiday! thank you Talarambra Reef!
1 Mar 2012
"Lovely property with great food and staff and good beaches nearby."
Beautiful property, funky art, lovely rooms ( and linen!) and great views. We are group of mixed eaters and everyone was thrilled with Deepani and her crew who put in a massive effort. Lots to do in the surrounding areas with some great beaches to swim in not too far away and a fantastic pool to laze by.
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