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“The retreat”
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39 reviews
relax by the private pool
open plan living and dining area
dining area and staircase to first floor
indoor dining area
formal indoor dining
kitchen island and hob
the kitchen
double staircase
the view upstairs
upstairs landing
upstairs landing to third bedroom
master bedroom
master bedroom view
master bedroom dressing area
master bedroom and veranda
master bedroom en-suite
veranda off master bedroom
bedroom 2
bedroom 2
bedroom 2 dressing area
bedroom 2 en-suite
bedroom 2 veranda
bedroom 3
bedroom 3 dressing area
bedroom 3
bedroom 3 en-suite
outside dining area
outside dining table and stools
ground floor veranda
Lagoon view of The Retreat
the cabana
cabana view with ponds
our paddle boat on the lagoon
jetty view of the lagoon
front view of the villa
three wheeler in the driveway
the pool and gardens
rear view of the villa
sunbeds by the pool
pool view of The Retreat
side entrance
the fantastic team at The Retreat
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3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Hikkaduwa, Galle District, Southern Province

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Liam B
1 review
“The retreat”
Reviewed February 25, 2016 for a stay in January 2016

This can only be described as a beautiful place! My first impression when we all got there was probably similar to everyone else's "wow". The pictures honestly do not do this place justice! It's relaxing for the days when you don't want much to do, but should you want a day trip go to the beach, into the town, etc. booking with the local guys (Channa, sanjee and uppul) could not be easier, they have a vast knowledge and can reccomend places to go and see! Everyone is very friendly and helpful. Prem and sanita, who look after the house, make your say so much better, washing is done, beds changed and made everyday (regardless if you do the yourself!) and they never seem to stop to ensure that your stay is as comfortable and relaxing as possible. Overall great location, beautiful villa, friendly staff - you're very own 'retreat' away from reality!

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Traveling group: Friends
Your age range 25-34
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Large groups
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Management Response
Feb 26, 2016
Thank you Liam for your very positive comments. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay and especially with your comments about our staff. We will be sure to pass those on
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Amman106
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
1 review
“Can't wait to get back”
Reviewed February 21, 2016 for a stay in November 2015

My wife, 3 kids, mom and mom's friend stayed there for 2 weeks in November 2015. We had a great time. The house is awesome, the grounds are beautiful, it's quiet but close to the beach, Prem and Sunitha are fabulous and the pool was the center of our life for the entire trip. My kids (5, 3 and 9 months) were safe and secure and loved seeing tree frogs and mongooses and monitor lizards and beautiful birds (when they could be bothered to get out of the pool). Sunitha is a great cook of local dishes and Prem will take care of you, whether buying cinnamon wood for grilling steaks or picking up some water or vegetables. We rented a little chalet at the beach a couple days and stayed at the beach all day and did a couple trips but honestly, we only wanted to enjoy the family around the house. We did go to the nearby restaurant - a little pricey but very nice. The kids enjoyed the turtle hatchery and we enjoyed the river boat trip - only a couple hours but kept the kids attention throughout. While I was quite happy to eat Sunitha's cooking every day we did go out to the JHL restaurant (very good) and had dinner on the beach one night at The Joint. My kids are still talking about Sri Lanka 3 months later. We can't wait to go back. And I've already recommended The Retreat to friends. Book a car through the owner - very easy and reasonably priced. The internet wasn't the best but it was good enough that I got some work done (I wish it had been off the entire time:))

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Liked best: great house, great layout, location on lake, pool, quiet
Liked least: nothing comes to mind
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Families with young children
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Management Response
Feb 25, 2016
I believe this is a review from Chad Bowen and not Amman (blip with the site?). Thanks Chad for this amazing review, we are so pleased you enjoyed your stay and would love to welcome you all back sometime!
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Selenial
Sydney
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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“Peaceful retreat on the lake”
Reviewed January 18, 2016 for a stay in January 2016

After a week on the beach in Hikkaduwa, we decided to come here for some peace and it is lovely and quiet while still close to town. The pool is large and you can row the boat, fish of the jetty and watch the large water monitors as they walk across the garden. Sunitha and Prem are lovely people who help with the breakfast and if you want any other meal prepared; just pick up the ingredients and let Sunitha do her magic. Her food is lovely.

You are a little isolated but that is part of the charm and while it is close to town you are locked into the local drivers that the owner will tell you about. That said the tuk tuk rate is fair so that is ok. There is one restaurant, Mangrovia Lagoon, which is walking distant and a special treat so that is good.

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Liked best: Being on the lake
Traveling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Management Response
Jan 19, 2016
Thank you Dan for this review, I am pleased you enjoyed your stay and I will ensure that Prem and Sunitha are told about your very positive comments
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Venture59...
2 reviews
“miss”
Reviewed January 15, 2016 for a stay in December 2015

The Retreat can only be described as a luxury tropical oasis. Greeted by our happy driver at the airport, we were swiftly transported into our new home. I was staying at the Retreat with 6 friends for Christmas, and wanted somewhere special to enjoy company, nature and relax - and it did just that. The house itself is impeccably decorated and has every amenity you could wish for. Exploring the grounds you will find a gorgeous pool, hammock chill out area with fish pool and your own boat to explore the lagoon - we were so taken aback by the beauty of it all that one of my friends shed a tear! This is by far the best place we have stayed on our trip so far and cannot recommended the retreat and all its staff enough. Many thanks to all for making Christmas such a memorable one

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Management Response
Jan 18, 2016
thank you Lauren for this great review! I am so happy you had a fabulous and memorable Christmas in Sri Lanka and at The Retreat. I hope you and your party will make a return visit in the future
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marstew
Norfolk
2 reviews
“The Amazing Retreat”
Reviewed April 4, 2015 for a stay in March 2015

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.

Traveling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Apr 9, 2015
thank you so much for this review, we are very pleased you had such a wonderful time and will be sure to pass your compliments to our staff. We would love to welcome you back soon
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Marie R
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“The best place I'd ever stayed”
Reviewed February 28, 2015 for a stay in February 2015

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.

Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Mar 1, 2015
Thank you so much for the great review. Please do recommend us to friends and family and should you decide to make a return trip we can offer you a 10% discount on the total cost of your stay
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Manisha A
1 review
“Beautiful place with excellent caretakers”
Reviewed January 5, 2015 for a stay in December 2014

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.

Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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