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!
What a truly remarkable place to visit. The villa was 5* surrounded by beautiful trees and overlooking a lake, a garden of Eden.
We spent days relaxing round the pool and being waited on by Prem & Sinetha, we felt like a king and queen.
On trips out we went white water rafting, elephant rides and visiting beautiful beaches.
I have already recommended The Retreat to all our friends and family and hope we can go back again very soon.
Thanks again to Philippa and Paul (the owners) for making this our most unforgettable holiday ever!
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If you want your very own private piece of paradise, this is definitely the place to stay. A beautiful building set in a stunning location overlooking the river. I cannot fault 'The Retreat', we were very well looked after by Preme and Sunitha, who take fantastic care of the property and the guests. This was my first trip to Sri Lanka and I would definitely visit again and stay here. Thoroughly recommend this to anyone, amazingly beautiful place to unwind and relax. I can't say enough positive things about my stay here.
Back again to the retreat and still amazed by the beautiful location and surroundings! The villa is so wonderfully maintained and so comfortable to be in! Prem and Sunitha are the best hosts in the world, so caring, kind and respectful! Think this is probably my favourite place on the planet