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“Relaxing & Enjoyable Stay - Highly Recommended!”
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Review of Talaramba Reef

Talaramba Reef is a place to unwind and reconnect with the simpler pleasures in life
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Talaramba Reef is a place to unwind and reconnect with the simpler pleasures in life
Each villa has it's own swimming pool All bedrooms are air conditioned, although often the fan is enough to keep you cool
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Talaramba Reef is a place to unwind and reconnect with the simpler pleasures in life
Each villa has it's own swimming pool
All bedrooms are air conditioned, although often the fan is enough to keep you cool
Mosquito nets are there if you choose to sleep with the doors open and the sea breeze cooling you
Work by local Sri Lankan artists is featured throughout Talaramba Reef
En-suite bathrooms feature open showers, dual basins, and baths for a long soak.
Living rooms are open and airy, with enough comfortable seating for everyone
Exquisite woodwork adorns the villas throughout
The extensive gardens are a particular feature of Talaramba Reef
Spend your days doing nothing but relaxing
Work up an appetite with a stroll along the beach at sunset
Dusk is a particularly tranquil and special time
Dinner is taken on the terrace
Sri Lankan curries are a specialty of the house
Breakfast is fruit, eggs, toast, juice, tea or coffee
Our friendly, attentive team, will take care of every need
Take afternoon tea enjoying the view over the Indian Ocean
Or just relax on the balcony, lulled by the rythm of the waves
Pool towels, bathroom towels, and crisp bed linen are all provided
You'll see the iconic stilt fishermen plying their trade right at the end of our garden
Stunning Mirissa beach is only 2 minutes by tuk tuk
Mirissa is one of Sri Lanka's best surfing spots
Getting here is half the fun. Come by road, train or seaplane
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8 Bedrooms, 10 Bathrooms, Sleeps 24
Mirissa, Southern Province

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London, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Relaxing & Enjoyable Stay - Highly Recommended!”
Reviewed June 13, 2013 for a stay in November 2012

Talaramba Reef is a modernised property with colonial highlights set within lush tropical grounds along the beach near Welagama.
The property has 8 large rooms across 2 villas, 2 lovely pools, live in staff and reasonable sized grounds . 6 of the rooms overlooks the sea and is a short drive away from the beach where you can swim.

During November I stayed here with family, we occupied the entire property for 5 days and our stay was enjoyable and relaxing. Staff were friendly and always willing to help – nothing was too much trouble. Activities and site seeing are available to book through the villa manager - Deepani, we enjoyed massages one day and went fishing another day. Food is made to order (both western and eastern meals were available). Each day we had breakfast, afternoon tea and dinner in the villa and on the day of our arrival lunch as well. Each morning we would decide the menu with Deepani, and they even cooked our catch from the day out fishing!

Rooms are modern and spacious (they appear to be recently renovated), with large comfortable 4 poster beds, AC and space for an additional single bed or cot in each room. One point to note with the rooms is that the room and bathroom are open plan/integrated, therefore there are no doors closing off the shower/bath tub which may be tricky if you are sharing the room.

A few other points to note: you need a car to get around as there is not much within walking distance, Deepani can organise a tuk tuk, but going long distance in this is not really comfortable. Although the property has WiFi, the signal strength is not fabulous, it dropped out a couple of times during our stay which made it a little difficult if you need to check in for work. Also if you want specific “western” food you may need to advise management in advance as not all types of ingredients are available. For example, although these are not scarce in the area I needed quite a lot of limes to make G&T’s and there appeared to be a shortage whilst we stayed in the area.

Overall we all had a fabulous stay and I would highly recommend this villa, I have no negative points to share, staying at this villa is a great way to experience Sri Lanka whilst still having some modern comforts from home! Thanks very much to Deepani & her team for a great experience!

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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“Villa Sulanga - Beautiful location, great garden and pool”
Reviewed April 8, 2013 for a stay in March 2013

The service was very good and the home-cooked food was amazing! Really enjoyed the home-made cinnamon ice-cream too.

The rooms are excellent and incredibly spacious. Beautiful four-poster beds and comfortable mattresses. One can either sleep with all doors open under the mosquito nets or have the a/c on. The bathrooms are large with an open-floor plan.

Even though I was here for work with colleagues we all agree that it would be an amazing place to organise a party with friends and book out both villas. The swimming pool is also very inviting.

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Liked best: Location, privacy and food
Travelling group: Other
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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rachel e
Sydney, Australia
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“Best Villa ever....”
Reviewed November 4, 2012 for a stay in October 2012

Organising a holiday for 16 is never easy but we hit the jackpot at Talaramba Reef, the pictures really do not do the place justice, this is a topical paradise with all the perks. Deepani and the team catered to our every need, the food was fabulous and served just the way you asked. Afternoon tea was a real treat, especially with fresh home made cake. We took over both villas and had the place to ourselves, its very rare to find a place with equal sized bedrooms and all on-suite so no one felt short changes. With 2 pools, a beach, garden, TV rooms and large social areas there was plenty of communal space you really could make it your home. Easy to get around and see the true Sri Lanka from drinks on the beach, safari, tea plantations or massages, its all on your doorstep.
I would highly recommend this place to any group of people, its amazing value and you wont be disappointing.

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Liked best: the over all service and the villa was amazing
Liked least: nothing! it was all perfect
Travelling group: Large Group
Your age range 25-34
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Reviewed August 27, 2012 for a stay in August 2012

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Liked best: Great location
Travelling group: Young Children
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Reviewed June 7, 2012 for a stay in April 2012

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Liked best: everything!
Liked least: Need a sign on the main road.
Travelling group: Family with Young Children
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Reviewed March 1, 2012 for a stay in February 2012

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Liked best: Just gorgeous ! everything !
Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 35-49
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Rebecca W
Cornwall, UK
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“The first of many visits to Talaramba”
Reviewed December 5, 2011 for a stay in November 2011

The Villa was simply perfect. Stunning architecture and decor, safe and spacious for the children to play and relaxing for us all, the swimming pool, Ranjt and Depani being the gems in its crown. The beach and surrounding area we never tired of and there is still so much to explore. This holiday left us all wanting more of SW Sri Lanka, we shall be returning to Talaramba Reef next year.

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Liked best: Sitting on the verandah in the evening, listening to sea on the reef
Travelling group: Family with Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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