Stayed at The Retreat for 3 weeks in March 2015.
We all saw the photos on it's web page and Trip Advisor but they really do not do it justice - what an amazing place! Although we spent some days away from the villa and a few days out and about locally we were always itching to get back to the sanctuary of The Retreat. All you really needed to do is get yourself comfy on one of the loungers by the pool and watch and listen! There are so many things going on around you with the birds and wildlife.
The Sri Lankan people we met are kind, caring and willing to oblige at every opportunity. The team that look after you are fabulous and cannot do enough to make your stay memorable. Premme and Sunitha, who maintain the villa to a very high standard, are wonderful people and we will miss them very much, especially Sunitha's cooking (it was so good we asked her to cook nearly every night)!
If you want a quiet and relaxing place to stay whilst visiting Sri Lanka, I cannot recommend The Retreat highly enough, we will certainly return.
The house was absolutely amazing. Everything and more that you could ever have dreamed of. The housekeepers Prem and Sunitha were very kind to us, and Sunithas cooking is absolutely amazing. My family and I couldn't have dreamed if a better place to start our vacation in Sri Lanka. Even though the house is a bit hard to find and far away from the beach we wouldn't have stayed any where else in Hikkaduwa. Every body should treat themselves with a stay at the villa. The pictures of the interior of the house, doesn't do any justice to experiencing the house in reality. It's much nicer than what the pictures show.
We stayed at The retreat, total of 6 adults and 2 small kids(under 7). The villa is very nice, comfortable and situated perfectly on a lake. The bedrooms are large, bathrooms are modern and the grounds are excellent. We thoroughly enjoyed the swimming pool, which was kept clean every morning by Prem. Prem's wife Sunitha does excellent cooking and we enjoyed her breakfasts and dinners. Sunitha also took care of our laundry and numerous other chores. since the Villa is right on the lake, we were able to do fishing and go on boat ride. The Hikkaduwana beach is about 15 mins tuk tuk ride. Our entire stay at the villa was excellent and we were very well taken care of by Sunitha and Prem. If there was one thing that was a nuisance, it was the mosquitoes(byproduct of being on a lake with lot of greenery). Take a lot of bug spray/cream.
This 3 bed/3.5 bath house is set in a quiet corner of the lagoon. We had two families with four children aged 5 to 7. The kids never wanted to leave the house. We took the boat out in the lagoon, swam in the lovely pool, and ate food created for us by Sunitha. It was simple and easy and we were well taken care of by the staff. I would recommend asking the owners to book your incoming taxi - the house is quite difficult to find if you don't know where you are going. Also, the pool's shallowest depth is over 1 m, so the two smallest children couldn't stand on tiptoe.
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We stayed at The Retreat in July. The villa is absolutely beautiful...a real 5 star experience! Prem and Sunitha are truly wonderful hosts who looked after us really well. I would highly recommend Sunitha's cooking - homemade Sri lankan dishes - delicious!! Prem kept the grounds spotless, cleaning the pool every morning and both always had a smile to greet you. Our drivers, Channa, Sanjay and Upul are very knowledgeable about Sri Lanka. We wouldn't have seen the best Sri Lanka has to offer if it wasn't for them. They are very proud of their country and quite rightly so!!
We experienced the elephant festival - a definite must see - a very grand affair. Also, take a train ride up the mountains to see the tea fields - a fabulous experience.
We will definitely be returning one day as this is one of our best holidays ever!!