We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Nearby Hotels
Reviews (806)
Filter reviews
806 results
Traveller rating
371
244
107
56
28
Traveller type
Time of year
LanguageAll languages
More languages
371
244
107
56
28
Show reviews that mention
All reviews open air yoga classes first floor sri lanka surf camp bamboo hut buffet style big house beautiful beach great surf spa treatments ground floor relaxed atmosphere nice pool palm trees open shower deluxe room
Filter
Updating list...
168 - 173 of 806 reviews
Reviewed 26 March 2018

Talalla Bay is wonderful - a natural half moon bay, beautiful sand, good swimming, and more local fishermen on the beach than tourists. There are 5 small, locally run restaurants on the beach, all with some accommodation, plus the distinctly more up market, "international" and highly developed Talalla Retreat.
It has been well designed, is spacious, immaculately maintained, well run and a relaxing place to stay. The pool is pristine clean with plenty of sun loungers, but the beach is the star of the show - no sun loungers or umbrellas though. The rooms are "outdoor" (exterior walls upto 4 feet high), but well equipped. Breakfast and dinner are self-service, both offering about 10 or more dishes, which are freshly prepared and change everyday, but are, all the same, variations on a theme.
It is overwhelmingly occupied (at least in February) by yoga and surf aficionados aged 25-35 - hence retreat in the name, but us oldsters still felt perfectly comfortably there.
We'd go to Talalla bay again, but would probably choose one of the less busy "local" accommodation-plus-restaurants on the beach for a fraction of the price - they all looked, clean, friendly, had A/C, and direct beach access. What's not to like?

Room tip: Pay more for a room with sea view, ideally on first, not ground, floor.
Date of stay: February 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Service
Thank Martin P
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
laurie432, Owner at Talalla Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 28 March 2018

Hi Martin.....I am very glad to hear that even though you were not in the 25/35 age bracket and yoga and surfing wasnt your thing you still felt perfectly comfortable.......Talalla is for all peoples to enjoy..Thanks

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 25 March 2018

First of all I don’t think this place is a retreat. It is a resort, even if it is quiet and spacious and calm near the wonderful beach. The ‘retreat’ is most likely used about the focus on yoga that takes places in no less than three shalas. I don’t do yoga, but it appeared that the many young women, who seem to be the primary type of guests at this place were fond of the classes. Or at least I hope so as the prices in the place are quite high.
There are different types of accommodation, huts with the nature out- and inside the house and separate buildings with 4 rooms, those on the first floor with bamboo walls and those in the ground floor with windows and aircon. The bathroom is open air and it works very well.
There is a swimming pool area with sun beds, and also a small spa offering massages.
The grounds are very spacious so there’s lots of room to find a place in the sun. The grounds are very well kept.
The dining area is at the centre of the resort, and here they serve buffet breakfast and dinner. We stayed for 3 nights and honestly the selection was the same each day. The food is ok, no more. The staff is ok, and when reminded will take away your dirty plates. There are many waiters in the dining area and they seem to like to talk to each other... if you know what I mean.
The star of the place is by far the exceptional beach, the crystal clear water and the calmness. So what did I miss? I think I missed hospitality. When we left the place we settled the bill, the process was efficient and fast - not a smile, not a question, have you enjoyed your stay? We hope to see you again- or something that would make me feel appreciated, but at least one of the security guys gave a wave, when we left.

Date of stay: March 2018
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank Lone H
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
TalallaManagement, Owner at Talalla Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 11 April 2018

Hi and I am sad that I have to agree that sometimes our staff at reception are not as hospitable as some guests would like.
They are very well intentioned and have had admin. issues that have been hard for them but I still agree so we are doing the following
1...we have arranged to have a hospitality expert coach our staff ...the problem is we have been full for the last five months and these workshops won't happen till the month of May.
2...we are building a new reception area with much improved work space and guest comfort.
3...some staff will be assigned to office work and new staff found.
And you are correct...we are a resort/hotel that has retreats and many related workshops.

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 23 March 2018

Talalla is very unconventional. I would stay again, but can't help that feel it could be so much better without becoming too commercial.
The grounds and location are great. The beach is very unspoilt and is swimmable. (good waves for body surfing but not proper surfing.) Pool is loverly.
The grounds are very spacious with lots of room for sun beds without being too near other people. The grounds were full of wild life and there is a real sense of calm.
There is no room service or sun bed service which is a bit of a pity as non of the rooms have fridges.
The there are a range of rooms. You can either be near the beach, or near the pool.we had a bamboo hut which was near the see and open to the elements which was fun. Ask for sea view hut or room, the other ones near the pool had less cooling wind and were a bit closer together. If you are near the beach you will hear the noise from the waves, which we liked but may a disturb some people. We were worried about lack of AC before we went, but it was not a problem, with fans in the room.
The hotel has a feeding area which serves as the reception as well. Its kind of like a canteen, and the food was not great. Buffet breakfast and dinner. Waiting staff were friendly though.
What the hotel lacked was a proper reception with really helpful advice and a proper bar area. It would have been great to have one by the beach.
All the activities ie yoga and surfing were extra. And while i get why that is, oost did mount up. I especially thought there could have been more variety, times and types of Yoga and surfing.
In terms of food, we ate at some of the other bars along the beach which were of an equal if not better standard.
However the real jewel in the crown was Zephyr towards the end of Talalla beach. This served great food at a similar price to Talalla Retreat and was delicious. The bars is very stylish and service friendly.(they have a few rooms to although these are quite close to the restaurant.)
If you could combine Zephyr and Talalla it would be ideal. In the mean time enjoy the walk down the beach.

Room tip: Ask for sea view hut or room, the other ones near the pool had less cooling wind and were a bit closer together.
Date of stay: March 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Sleep Quality
    • Service
Thank Puds2014
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
laurie432, Manager at Talalla Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 26 March 2018

Hi...I do agree with some of your suggestions....which is why we are now building a seperate reception area...and the old reception area will be a bar......I too like zepher..a welcome addition to the Talalla area.....but I think our food is as good if not better.....but it is different...zepher is A la carte while Talalla is a buffet.....but again thank you for a well thought out review.

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 21 March 2018 via mobile

We visited this hotel for dinner on a recommendation from a guest at our hotel.
The buffet was mostly cold
The staff were very standoffish and wouldn't give us the wifi password as not staying in hotel even though we were there for dinner.
Cocktails were poor. I would avoid this place for food
Grounds were gorgeous!

Date of stay: March 2018
Trip type: Travelled with family
1  Thank Victoria D
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 21 March 2018 via mobile

The grounds are lovely, and so are the bedrooms. It has a great swimming pool with loads of sun beds scattered around the site, and a good mixture of shade and sun. The retreat leads directly on to the amazing beach with enough showers to wash the sand off after going into the sea.

However, there are several areas that could be improved massively...

Firstly, some of the staff at the retreat are very unfriendly and equally unhelpful. We were actually late 2 minutes for the lunch cut off time and were refused anything from the menu (which is obviously our fault for being late), but one of the waiters decided to speak to his colleague about us behind our back twice in plain sight. This is something I have never seen in any type of hospitality, and it continues with other members of staff literally sighing at the thought of giving you any kind of help (providing WiFi passwords, bringing you a drink etc.).

Secondly, the prices inside of the retreat are ridiculously high for Sri Lanka. We have stayed in much nicer places during our stay and have offered far better meals for less than a quarter of the price. Prices for surfing and yoga are also pretty high. Considering I rented a surfboard in Weligama two days ago for a couple of Euros for the afternoon, 30 Dollars is pretty steep. However, as there is not really much of a town in Talalla you are restricted, and they most certainly trap you with this.

Lastly, the bed sheets had a red stain over where the pillows lie, which is pretty disgusting considering it would be very hard to miss this ugly patch when making the bed.

It is a shame to have to pull out so many negatives when the place has so much potential, but hopefully these things can be fixed.

Date of stay: March 2018
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank Dan P
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
View more reviews