The all inclusive week we spent in The Salty Pelican Retreat was the best week of a month long trip to Sri Lanka. The staff were so friendly and accommodating. The facilities were clean, modern and of an incredibly high standard. We were welcomed warmly by Rayne, who showed us around, and spent the week making sure our stay was top class, and it was. The surf coordinator Leila made everything so easy for beginners when it came to surfing - organising everything from times to tuk tuks and helping us in the water. We had the best fun and made great memories with her. We have unsuccessfully tried surf lessons before but these instructors had us standing on the boards on the first day, with improvements every day and this is thanks to Leila, Waka and the guys in his surf school - Kavi, Manna, Numesh and Sahiru. The Mexican restaurant was also of a very high standard. We are so happy we got the all inclusive package as we got to enjoy a variety of beautiful breakfasts each morning after yoga. The food was fresh, beautifully presented, and also unbelievably tasty. We also availed of lunch and dinner options, which included traditional Sri Lanka food, because it was so good. Our yoga teacher, Gaurawa, who came down from Colombo to teach us for the week made our stay in Salty Pelican unforgettable. We were a mixture of beginners and intermediate when it came to yoga, and he made the class accessible to all, and enjoyable too. We learned new skills in our yoga and Pranyama practise in an authentic setting. Lying down listening to the jungle in the background during our daily classes was just magical. To say we enjoyed our time in Salty Pelicans to the fullest is an understatement. There was no stone left unturned in terms of service and for this we have to thank Akila, Sanju, Dinuka, Hassan, Isuru, Hashen, Wajira, Tharuka, and Melani. It was a pleasure to stay in Salty and to get to know the staff. They are warm welcoming people and we cannot thank them enough. 100% recommending this to anyone and we ourselves can’t wait to come back. Salty is a pure paradise in south Sri Lanka. 11/10…
Thank you Salty Pelican for making our best stay in Sri Lanka. We had a very warm welcome by Rayne and Leyla, which made our stay so great. We also enjoyed having surf lessons and massage treatments. The restaurant is so good, best food we had in Sri Lanka. Very close to Hiriketiya beach and very comfortable to move around the area. The rooms are amazing and the services provided in the hotel are very helpful.
Everything was perfect. Impeccable and spacious rooms with air conditioning and ventilation. A swimming pool with a terrace where you can do yoga. Massage service available all day. Walking distance to the beach. And the best thing without doubt, the attention of all the staff, from the cooks and waiters who serve you always with a smile and lots of love to the AMAZING Leila and Rayne, who are always attentive and wonderful. Also, Leila taught me how to surf and the first day I was already standing on the board. It is impossible to improve this experience. ♥️
The staff is really really helpful and nice. Yoga was amazing and the surf lesson even more. Breakfast was by far one the most tasteful we ever had and the rooms and common places are really beautiful. Don't hesitate, just book it.
The location, the people, the food, the yoga and surfing activities - simply everything is absolutely amazing! Everything is carried out and made with so much love and thought, you cannot feel else but just home. It is a perfect spot for solo travellers, but also for friends and couples. You will have perfect company whatsoever! I will for sure return to this magical place✨ G, thanks for being so caring and nice and for making everyone feel home🙏💛
Me and 3 other friends stayed here for 7 nights (we had the surf an yoga package). It was an amazing experience from start to end, we had a really great time. Dont worry if you are a beginner when it times to surfing, becayse they take so good take of you! They have the most amazing surf team. The food, rooms, pool everything is so nice and we had nothing to put a finger on Would definalty recommend this to everyone!
Myself and partner Mitch stayed at the Salty Pelican for 7 nights. We did the surf and yoga package We were absolutely blown away with how stunning the accomodation was. The staff were over accomodating. The food is delicious, we ended up eating there most nights as it was too good to pass up. Our surf teachers were ZEE and KELLY - Two of the biggest legends. Taught us so much out in the surf - left feeling confident and keen to get out and chase more waves over Sri Lanka. I would highly recommend this retreat to anyone visiting Sri Lanka.
Where do I begin! The happiest place I have ever been, I booked for two days and ended up staying a month! Massive thank you to all of the staff at Saltys for making everyday a good one, but a huge shout out to G, Kelly and Ze. G - I’ve never met a general manager who cares so genuinely about every guest, you’ve done incredibly well to create a family within Salty Pelican and I’m very lucky to have felt a part of that family by the time I left. It was amazing to see how much you value your staff and guests, everything from the food to the breathwork classes was great and I shall try and find some one in the UK half as good as you so I can continue learning to breathe! Kelly - the reason I became the most extended guest at Saltys! You gave me the best welcome and became an instant friend so thank you. Your energy both on reception and during surf lessons is unrivalled and I will miss you so much. Thank you for being such an amazing surf instructor, your advice was so helpful and I will be forever grateful for you teaching me to turn, paddling through the big ones and helping me catch my first decent wave! Ze - thank you for being the most amazing instructor! You are the most insane surfer to watch and I feel privileged to have been taught by you. You pay so much attention to every person in the lesson, and your knowledge of the sea along with your support and advice gave me so much confidence. Thanks for genuinely caring about me improving - very happy to have left Sri Lanka with a new hobby! Kelly and Ze I can’t wait to come visit you wherever you land next. You made everyday fun - the best team of instructors anyone could have. Genuinely couldn’t recommend this place more, thank you to everyone and hopefully see you again!…
One of the best retreats you will stay at. From check-in to check-out you are in paradise with everything you want to unwind. Relax poolside, surf at nearby beaches, or enjoy am/pm yoga. Great services and package deals. Youre guaranteed to meet other amazing guests from all around the world. The food and drinks are also great. I was recommended this place while traveling Sri Lanka, and now im recommending this as a must for any traveler trying to experience one of the best beach towns in this country. The only downside is when you realize you cant stay forever
Wow!! Absolutely perfect! I could not have found a better place in the world to have done a surfing/yoga/meditation holiday. I booked the 10 day package and ended up staying for 18! Everyone extends! The accommodation is awesome, Hiriketiya is the best kept secret in Sri Lanka, the place is SO friendly and social - made so many friends - and all the staff were just amazing. Gianluca made sure Salty Pelican was not just a very fancy hostel but a truly warm, welcoming and accepting home for all who stay there. And the surf instructors were fantastic. Especially Ze - he took me under his wing and turned me from a shaky beginner to a confident intermediate surfer and taught me SO much about surfing and how to continue to learn to surf myself - I could not have asked for better.