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Talalla Bay Beach House

Stunning beach and beautiful views.
Stunning beach and beautiful views.
Stunning beach and beautiful views.
Beautiful sunsets
Front View of the house in the evening.
Outside, covered, Dining area
Dining table
Talalla
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5 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8

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Obbie75
Oosterhout, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Paradise (Ranga-Style!)”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014 for a stay in February 2014

Just perfect, this old Colonial beach house is 10 steps away from a quiet untouristy beach. You wake up, take as swim in the ocean, have a shower and enjoy breakfast! We visited this place at the end of our 4 week tour of Sri Lanka, and only here we truly managed to relax. It's just beautiful! The beach house is nicely decorated, beds are good, it's fairly clean (only minor point of improvement: the crew should put a bit more effort into keeping this place clean).

And the food? Ranga is your chef and he knows how to cook, enthousiastic, creative, it's just jummy! Try the rotti, try the fish curry, try the pasta (and make Ranga a happy man!): it's all 100% Ranga-Style!

The Talalle retreat (5 minutes walk) offers yoga classes and has a surf camp, a perfect combination!

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Management Response
Oct 8, 2014
Ah thankyou so much for your kind review and compliments. Yes we love Ranga style too and we are so glad you had a wonderful time! The staff have now improved on their cleaning skills.
We hope you can come and visit us again!
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Balderoo
Copenhagen, New York
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“The perfect beach retreat”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014 for a stay in March 2014

I spent 2 nights at the beach house with my girlfriend, and we simply loved the place! Hidden at the end of an almost empty beach, it is perfect for getting away from the more crowded beaches and standard resorts in the area. The staff is really nice and helpful, the place is clean and well kept, the food they make is gorgeous and it's good value for the price. It's the only place actually _on_ Talalla beach, the few other places to stay at Talalla are hidden away from the beach.

While the house if fairly simple, they offered all we needed to relax and have a good time. There are two really good authentic restaurants in walking distance (ask the staff), if you want to order from a menu, and at the neighbouring (more touristy place 5 minutes walk into the woods) you can pay for swimming in a pool, yoga lessons, a bar and surf lessons if you like.

The staff can also arrange fishing trips with the local fishermen, and are very knowledgable on the area.

Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Mar 2, 2014
Dear Balder.
Thankyou so much for your kind review.
We are very glad you had such a wonderful time!
It was great to have you there and we hope to see you again there soon. Give us a call!. Warm regards
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TikiTolo
Hong Kong, China
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Beautiful location, awesome food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014 for a stay in January 2014

The location is perfect -- at the end of a beautiful, long, undeveloped beach. The ocean was great fun to swim in, with waves to dive through or body surf on. Be careful with kids, because there is definitely a current that can sweep them onto the rocks and then out to sea. But strong swimmers will have fun! The ocean/beach are magnificent!

The food was awesome. Ranga the Cook/Manager understood our likes/dislikes immediately (e.g. no garlic, but yes spicy). The meals were presented beautifully, tasted excellent. Both western and Sri Lankan.

The house is not really a villa, more like a collection of individual cinder block rooms opening onto a verandah (both upstairs and downstairs) with a dining area (open) next to the kitchen. Rooms were clean and comfortable enough with clean bedding (Barefoot brand, very nice) and towels (old). Bathrooms also cinder-block/cement, but clean. Hot water showers functioned perfectly!

Kitchen is a bit gnarly, so I wouldn't inspect it.

This is a down-to-earth place in a very beautiful setting. It is not a luxury villa, and it does not have luxury service (though Ranga was nice and very friendly). My rating is based on this understanding.

Traveling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Jan 15, 2014
Dear Beatrice.

Thankyou so much for your kind review and feedback.
It really is a gorgeous spot and we are so very glad you had a fabulous time!
The Kitchen has now been painted and had work done to it
Please come back to see us again sometime!! Warm Regards
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Lomax V
Toronto, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Great Find”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014 for a stay in January 2014

This is exactly what we had in mind when we imagined staying on a beach in Sri Lanka. The beach is perfect and so is this guest house, with the best location in Talalla. A nice intimate setting overlooking the water… with no sounds but the ocean waves crashing on shore. On top of this, a very pleasant manager/cook on site.
We looked at all the places to stay in Talalla and this is definitely the best place and the best value.

Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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Management Response
Jan 4, 2014
Hi there Rick.

Thankyou so much for this review. We are very happy that you enjoyed your stay and hope you can make it to see us again soon.

Best Regards
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Orange_Tr...
New Delhi, India
1 review
“Overall a lovely place to vacation”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013 for a stay in October 2013

I stayed recently in Talalla Bay with a group of friends for 5 nights. While there were positives and negatives to the experience, overall it was a really lovely place to stay and I would recommend it to anyone.

I'll start with the positives, which definitely outweighed the negatives:
-The best part by far was Ranga, the house manager/cook/overall cool guy. His food was simply amazing and he was fun to be around. He helped us navigate the neighborhood and even took us on a short hike to a neighboring fishing village. I feel like we got to see the real, everyday Sri Lankan life instead of some touristy-resort village.
- The rooms were clean and the beds firm, but comfy.
- The location was spectacular. You're literally a few steps away from a beautiful, fairly isolated beach with clean water and big enough waves for surfing. It's really a paradise. Talalla Bay is about an hour drive from Galle, which makes for a nice day trip. It's also about 4 hours from Udewalawa Park where we went on a nice safari.
- The nearby resort allows you to schedule massages, yoga, or surfing lessons with them. Definitely a nice perk.
- Did I mention the ocean is right there? Spending your days listening to waves crashing is just priceless.
- Speaking of price - it can't be beat. You get a lot of value for your money here.

Like anywhere, there were some negatives and I'd be remiss not to address them here:
- Two of my friends slipped on the stairs leading to the upper floor, resulting in some nasty bruises and a lot of pain. When wet, the stairs are treacherous if you're not extra careful.
- We had a bit of an ant problem when we first arrive. It was quickly addressed, but it's definitely not fun to get into a place at 4am and have ants in the bed.
- The humidity combined with no a/c definitely leaves the air a bit thick and stuffy in the rooms. Not a huge issue, but it's good to know what you're getting into.

So in the end I would absolutely recommend this location. It's beautiful and relaxing - everything we were hoping for on our vacation. Thanks to the owners and the staff for a great time.

4 of 5 stars How easy was it to book the property? 4 of 5 stars How easy was key pickup/access to the property?
3 of 5 stars Overall condition of the property 3 of 5 stars Bedding & mattresses
4 of 5 stars Kitchen & utensils 4 of 5 stars Bathroom cleanliness
4 of 5 stars Other facilities & amenities 4 of 5 stars Service
Liked best: the location
Liked least: the bugs
Traveling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Management Response
Oct 20, 2013
Dear Tracey.

Thankyou so much for your kind review and for coming to stay at Talalla Bay Beach House.
We are so happy that you enjoyed the House, its beautiful location and Ranga's cooking!

We have now sorted the stairs and they will no longer pose a problem to anyone. In Sri Lanka you are constantly surrounded by all sorts of wildlife but we think we may have found the solution to stopping the ants coming into the rooms.

Many thanks and the very best regards.
Hope to see you again!
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A FlipKey verified reviewer
London
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013 for a stay in August 2013
5 of 5 stars Value 5 of 5 stars Rooms
5 of 5 stars Location 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk 5 of 5 stars Service
Would I recommend this vacation rental to my best friend?  
Recommended for:
A romantic getaway Luxury-minded travelers
Rugged travelers
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Management Response
Sep 2, 2013
Hi there Jacqui.

Thankyou so much and im very glad you enjoyed your time here.
Would be great to see you back sometime soon!

Best wishes
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Anna R
London, England, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Heaven on earth”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013 for a stay in July 2013

My family and I thoroughly enjoyed our time at Talalla. It is truly heavenly - perfect yellow sand on the beach, crystal clear waters, simple but very comfortable accommodation and absolutely delicious food provided by chef Ranga. I have travelled around Sri Lanka and can safely say Talalla is THE most gorgeous beach. In July (the low season) the weather was perfect and we only had to share the beach with fishermen and the occasional yogi from the Talalla retreat next door.

5 of 5 stars How easy was it to book the property? 5 of 5 stars How helpful were the directions to the property?
5 of 5 stars How easy was key pickup/access to the property? 5 of 5 stars Overall condition of the property
3 of 5 stars Bedding & mattresses 5 of 5 stars Kitchen & utensils
5 of 5 stars Bathroom cleanliness 5 of 5 stars Other facilities & amenities
5 of 5 stars Service
Liked best: The view
Liked least: Mattresses quite thin
Traveling group: Extended Family
Your age range 18-24
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children Large groups
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Management Response
Jul 15, 2013
Many many thanks for your review Anna.
I'm so glad you had a lovely time at Talalla. It is a great spot
I very much hope we can see you again soon!
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