Marilyn and John Kramm (Balapitya), October 2013
We have just returned from four peaceful, undisturbed and relaxing days around the swimming pool at ‘The Retreat”. The house is spacious, well presented, and the furniture and finishing are of a high standard. The large air conditioned bedrooms are very comfortable and well appointed with ensuite bathrooms. Double doors lead onto a large balcony, revealing a beautiful view of the garden and river. The “on site” staff are helpful and unobtrusive, and they keep the garden and house clean and tidy. The four person rowing boat was ideal for a little fishing or just a quiet paddle around the lagoon. We did not use the television once, and for us this break was heaven. However Hiddakduwa and Galle were only minutes away with plenty of restaurants and shops. I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone who wanted “to get away from it all”.
Dave Whittingham and Jill McArthur(Leamington Spa) , August 2013
Michelle and Andy Bailey, (Spalding), December/January 2014
Laura Shepherd, (Norfolk), February 2014
Leanne Crawford, (Norfolk), February 2014
Andrew Heskett, (Sunderland), February 2014
Pat and Lesley Sage,(Moulton, Lincs), March 2014
Joe and Helen Davies,(Henley in Arden), April 2014
Jude Swinson via Trip Advisor. July 2014
Our stay was amazing. The villa was perfect. We definitely need to come back, we promised to Preme and Suneetha! They were fantastic for us at the villa, with their smiles, service and delicious meals. We also enjoyed taking time with Sanjee, he was the best guide and driver we could expect for a 4-day trip around Sri-Lanka. We loved it and found new friends! Go ahead
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.
Kia, Dubai, UAE
Aleksandra Popova (via Airbnb) January 2015
Our stay at the villa was really magnificent! Photos can’t even describe the beauty of that place! Everything was perfect and everybody were very helpful! Many thanks to Sunitha, Preme, Sanje and of course Philippa! In love with Sri Lanka and in love with The Retreat at Blue Lagoon!
I went with some friends to the retreat, And what a treat it was… Absolutely stunning the pictures do not do it justice, the owners Pilippa and Paul were so helpful, even before we got there. Prem and Sunitha were on hand every day to make sure you wanted for nothing. Prem cleaned the pool everyday and made sure the sun beds were out. I even mentioned one day that I had not had a fresh coconut, Prem climbed the tree with string tied around his feet and bought me a coconut, Wow! There was lots of wildlife and beautiful flower everywhere in the garden. Sunitha is a fantastic cook I wish she could have come home with me. They are one very special couple. Channa and Saman the tuc tuc drivers were brilliant they knew all the right places to go and they were very friendly. ( like family).we went whale watching and to a turtle sanctuary, on an elephant. To a temple. Feeding turtles in the sea and much much more. I cannot explain how wounderful, stunning and relaxing the retreat is. It should be named the TREAT! I can’t wait to go back only this time I might just stop :-)…. Please don’t miss out on a wounderful experience go!! You won’t regret it, a memory that will last a lifetime.
“The Amazing Retreat”
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.
David Zenesa (via Airbnb) March 2015
This a very last minute booking when another accommodation fell through. Samantha was fantastic at responding to our emails and providing information before booking. Driver Upal was waiting to collect us at the airport even although we were delayed for a couple of hours as we had no baggage. He was professional and courteous and drove us to the villa in hua air conditioned van. What Morag loved about your listing: Prem and Sunitha and everything they did to (website hidden). Cleaning. Pool maintenance. Arranging transport. Prawn delivery!! Fishing trips. Loved the spacious villa Luxury bedlinen Comfortable beds Fantastic pool Decking overhanging the stunning lagoon. Drinks on balcony overlooking lagoon Ultimately we felt totally safe and protected which is so important when staying in a foreign country with children . Presence of a guard dog roaming at night was reassuring. What Morag thought you could improve about the experience: Nothing to improve on.
Michael via Homeaway, July 2015
Very well maintained holiday home. Very clean and comfortable. Lovely, peaceful location. The photos on the website do not do this villa justice! Pool was cleaned every morning by Prem who co managed the property with his wife Sunita who cooked delicious meals at your request (guests pay for the ingredients and it is at the guests’ discretion what to pay Sunita for her cooking time at the end of your stay) . The water temperature of the pool was perfect even though it was not heated. Prem took us on the lake in the rowing boat one evening which was very relaxing. Lots of wildlife to see, including birds, chipmunks etc. Although Prem and Sunita live in separate accommodation a few yards from the Retreat they do not impose and respect your privacy but are always on hand to help if needed. Galle Forte, Turtle Sanctuary and River Boat Cruise are a must and all within a tuk tuk ride. There are 3 brothers assigned to the villa operating tuk tuk and mini van service which was very good value, very friendly and polite. We used them to visit nearby attractions and our return trip to Colombo airport. We would highly recommend The Retreat for both couples and families. Our only regret was we didn’t stay longer! Would definitely stay here again! Thank you to Sunita and Prem for making our stay so enjoyable.
Shekhar, Chevy Chase, Maryland, US, July 2015
We had a lovely time in this enchanting house. It really is a little slice of paradise. Our kids spent most of their time in the large, impeccably kept pool. We all enjoyed waking up to the symphony of bird and insect life in the gardens. One evening we took the boat out on the lake just as the sun was setting over the mangroves. Prem and Suneela pampered us at every opportunity, while Sanji took us to all the sights in his convoy of tuk tuks. A great family vacation; we will return as soon as possible.
Superbe villa au calme dans un cadre idyllique. Sunitha et Preme étaient aux petits soins et nous ont préparé d’excellents plats locaux. Description fidèle à la réalité. Je recommande vivement pour une mise au vert. Nous y avons passé 3 semaines exceptionnelles en famille. Seule point de vigilance, le taxi attitré de la maison, Sanjee, qui pratique des prix très au dessus de la moyenne locale. A mettre en concurrence (nombreuses possibilité à Hikkaduwa) ou en prendre un autre comme nous l’avons fait après avoir comparé les prix.
“Can’t wait to get back”
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:))
Lauren, UK, 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
Angela, Spalding, UK, January 2016
“A trip of a lifetime”
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 queeOn 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
Selina, Sydney, Australia, January 2016
“Peaceful retreat on the lake”
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.
Liam, Kings Lynn, UK, 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
Georges, Dubai, United Arab Emirates February 2016
every thing was awesome,specially the crew of the villa and the drivers.Sangi was a perfect person,he help us in many things and he took us to different places to discover hikkaduwa
Ziad, Dubai, UAE March 2016
Best place ever … Relaxing and calm area. 3 nights was superb , from the time we step In till the check out day we were so happy. I highly recommend the retreat hotel . Philippa and team thank you so much and for sure you will see me again
Morag, United Kingdom
This a very last minute booking when another accommodation fell through. Samantha was fantastic at responding to our emails and providing information before booking. Driver Upal was waiting to collect us at the airport even although we were delayed for a couple of hours as we had no baggage. He was professional and courteous and drove us to the villa in hua air conditioned van.
David, Sydney, Australia
We had a wonderful experience and are determined to come back. The house is beautiful and perfectly clean and the pool is huge and always warm. There is a lovely couple who live on site in another house, Prem who takes care of the garden and Sunitha who keeps the house clean and cooks the most delicious food. They also spent time with our children and developed a very beautiful and genuine bond with them. We really enjoyed their company and excellent service. We had an absolutely perfect experience and wish we could live there all year long!
The Gruttner Family, Hong Kong, China, April 2016
“A perfect place to unwind and reflect on your travel experience….”We (Family of 5 with teenage “children”) stayed at “The Retreat” for 4 nights at the end of April. It was a last minute booking and quite frankly, we were originally looking for a place on the beach. However, the “Retreat” looked pretty special – so why not try it? Lucky we booked the “Retreat”! The villa’s position right on the lagoon gives it an open and airy feel, the coolness of the surrounding tropical garden and swimming pool provide a welcome relief from the hussle and bustle of the hot and sometimes busy beach area. Tastefully decorated,the non-resident owners have created a small slice of heaven for us to enjoy. Resident managers Preme & Sunnitha, who live in a separate house on the grounds, are there for you should you need anything. Sunnitha’s magnificent cooking skills (and the fact that both her and Preme will never let you even touch a dirty dish) allowes for ultimate relaxation. It’s the perfect base to explore the area, knowing you can come back from your ventures in the afternoon for a swim, gin and tonic and an authentic SriLankan meal. As it turned out…. this place is special and should be part of anyone’s holiday itinerary.
Tasha, Boston, UK, April 2016
“Best adventure ever!”
The villa is absolutely gorgeous, the swimming pool was always lovely warm. The staff were so lovely, the food they made was absolutely delicious. Always had someone to get us when we wanted to go into the town. Never felt so welcome in my life. If you want to go Sri Lanka hikkaduwa, then this is the place you should stay. It felt just like home!
Anthony, Gateshead, United Kingdom, June 2016
What an amazing time and experience we had over the 3 days in this Villa. Everything and we mean everything was just perfect, the gardens, the superb pool and the not forgetting the villa interior. A special thanks must go to Prem and Suneta who looked after us so well during our stay
Catherine, Living in Phuket, from South Africa, July 2016
Such a lovely tranquil property! Loads of wild life and lush greenery. The manager and manageress are a kind and gentle couple and very very helpful. We’ll certainly be back.
Mary, Beaumaris, United Kingdom, July 2016
My husband and 3 children spent two nights at the Retreat last week and it was a truly relaxing experience. The villa is really beautiful and exactly as described. There was plenty of space for us all to spread out. The house is more like a home with every mod con you need. The pool is gorgeous, large and really refreshing. Preme & Sunitha, the villa’s housekeepers, were fantastic! Both are very quiet and gentle and they looked after us so well. Sunitha cooked a fabulous meal for us on the first night and also breakfast both mornings…..we felt truly spoilt! Preme also kindly took the kids for a boat ride on the lagoon. They loved it! I would, without any hesitation whatsoever, recommend this beautiful villa for anyone visiting this area.
Joe, Fareham, UK, August 2016
You certainly will not be disappointed when you arrive at The Retreat! Beautiful villa with an amazing emerald green coloured pool, tastefully landscaped and well cared for. Prem and Suneetha are truly wonderful people, who after 11 nights you really get to know, and sad to have to leave. Suneetha cooking is outstanding. We enjoyed popping to the market to get fresh veg and fish for Suneetha to prepare, 5*. We vIsited several places whilst there, with the aid of Sanji and crew. We also tagged on a 3 day tour to the hill country, again, Sanji organised this and came with us (great guy!!)
A wonderful, relaxing, family holiday with our boys. Not forgetting the perfect weather!
Emmanuel via Homeaway, August 2016
The four of us have had wonderful time at the villa where we spent nearly two weeks. The organization was efficient with Philippa. The villa and its surroundings are truly beautiful. We have been taken in charge from day one by the amazing staff. Suneetha and Prem were very discrete but always available to cook fabulous dishes and care about us. Channa and Sanjee have set up outstanding trips across Sri Lanka for us and made us discover such amazing places. We definitely recommend this place as well as the very nice, kind, dedicated and remarquable staff
Janos, Berlin, Germany, October 2016
LIKE PARADISE! We knew from the start that our stay would be something special. We had a pickup in the middle of the night at Colombo airport and when we arrived at The Retreat breakfast was already on the table. To spend our days with Sunitha, Preme and Sanji was such a delight. Just to name a few highlights: Fishing in the evening, watching megabats, fresh coconuts, playing table tennis, sitting under the cabana and watching lizards and enjoying Sunitha’s sri lankan breakfast and dinner … it could go on forever. Thank you for this lovely stay!
Lian, Alphington, Australia, November 2016
Paradise! So much more than expected. A beautiful setting with some amazing wildlife. We were welcomed by the warm housekeepers and thoroughly spoiled by them! Our kids didn’t want to leave them, in fact we all didn’t want to leave such a beautiful spot. Sunitha’s cooking was mouth-watering. Lots of nice beaches a tuk tuk drive away. Highly recommended for the ultimate paradise break! Also highly recommend the driver Upul for your whole time in Sri Lanka… We are on a 2 week tour and he is taking us everywhere and is fantastic.
Ousep, Mumbai, India, November 2016
The apartment is very well designed and has 3 rooms on the 1st floor, with a huge inter connected balcony. The swimming pool is clean and well maintained and there is also a lagoon with a small pier where one can sit and relax. It is located a little away from the beach(10 minute drive) and we had our own transportation so that was convenient, otherwise multiple tuk tuks can be arranged on site. We had a meal cooked for us in the kitchen by the staff that stays on the property which was fantastic. There a lot of mosquitos which is common throughout Sri Lanka, so carry a lot of repellant. Table tennis table was a great draw and there is also a good selection of books to choose from
Janine, Kings Lynn, UK, November 2016
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
Laura, Grimston, UK, November 2016
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
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!