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Talaramba Reef

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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
Getting here is half the fun. Come by road, train or seaplane
1 of 23Talaramba Reef is a place to unwind and reconnect with the simpler pleasures in life
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Overview
8 bedrooms
10 bathrooms
24 guests
2 nights minimum
Villa
The lush tropical gardens, the steady sea breeze, and the hypnotic sound of the Indian Ocean rolling onto the reef, make this a very special place to unwind and reconnect with the simpler things in life. There are two houses at Talaramba Reef: Villa Sulanga (Wind) and Villa Vatura (Water). Intended as informal beach houses where you can kick off your shoes and relax, the wide verandas, open living areas and colonnaded courtyards, blur the boundaries between house and garden, and heighten your awareness of the natural elements around you. The open design allows cooling breezes to waft through the villas, even in the height of summer, and screens can be dropped to keep the elements out if Mother Nature's mood turns grey. Each villa has four spacious, air conditioned, double bedrooms, with ...The lush tropical gardens, the steady sea breeze, and the hypnotic sound of the Indian Ocean rolling onto the reef, make this a very special place to unwind and reconnect with the simpler things in life. There are two houses at Talaramba Reef: Villa Sulanga (Wind) and Villa Vatura (Water). Intended as informal beach houses where you can kick off your shoes and relax, the wide verandas, open living areas and colonnaded courtyards, blur the boundaries between house and garden, and heighten your awareness of the natural elements around you. The open design allows cooling breezes to waft through the villas, even in the height of summer, and screens can be dropped to keep the elements out if Mother Nature's mood turns grey. Each villa has four spacious, air conditioned, double bedrooms, with four poster beds, comfortable mattresses, and en-suite bathrooms. Up to two single beds can be added to each room for children. French windows open onto wide balconies, where you can sit and take in the stunning views across the reef and the Indian Ocean. Meals are taken on the verandah overlooking the garden and pools. Breakfast of fresh fruit, toast, eggs any way, hoppers, roti, coconut sambal, freshly squeezed juice, and tea or coffee is included. Also order in the morning, and our fabulous cooks will prepeare fresh fish straight from the fishermen on our beach, Sri Lankan curries, or western dishes for lunch or dinner, and all you pay is the market price for the ingredients. Both villas feature the work of contemporary Sri Lankan artists, and all of the furniture, bed linen and ceramics were designed and beautifully made in Sri Lanka.More
House Rules
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Meal times are strict. You will not be able to eat outside of these times as the kitchen will be closed. Breakfast 7.00 am - 10.00 am Lunch 12.00 pm - 3.00 pm Dinner 6.00 pm - 9.00 pm
Bathrooms
2 Showers, 8 Attached (ensuite)
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About the Owner
Andrew C
Languages spoken:English, French
Response Rate:100%
Response Time:Within a day
Listed Since:April 2006
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Reviewed January 12, 2021

Let me start by saying the villa was very nice The rooms had a bit of dated feel but given the year it has been for tourism in Sri Lanka which is totally acceptable and understandable. Bathrooms needs exhaust fans as it’s open door concept...More

Date of stay: January 2021
2  Thank yohanw2021
Reviewed January 12, 2021

We stayed here for the weekend and was treated like second class citizens just cause we are Sri Lankan. The manager named Ranjith told us that he’s used to entertaining foreigners only. So if you are Sri Lankan and want to be treated like stray...More

Date of stay: January 2021
1  Thank ranesha2016
Reviewed January 10, 2021

A beautiful location with 2 villas was the ideal setting for a perfect beach getaway with friends. However the service levels needs improving especially that of the manager! The water from the Bathroom shower area drips into the room and an exhaust fan is required...More

Date of stay: January 2021
1  Thank 391anikam
Reviewed January 7, 2020

We are a family of 9 adults and 7 children - from infants to 8 years olds. Talaramba Reef could not have been a more perfect setting for us to spend a family Christmas. We stayed for 10 nights. The 8 en suite bedrooms satisfied...More

Date of stay: December 2019
2  Thank Voyager55960626156
Reviewed October 28, 2019

Mine was a party of eight couples, all doctors from around the world , who were looking for a place exclusive for ourselves for a reunion. We required privacy and space. Talaramba with two villas of four rooms each was the perfect choice. Special word...More

Date of stay: October 2019
Thank Chrisantha G
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Reviewed August 6, 2019

This was a once in a lifetime holiday. I have never stayed in such a relaxing, comfortable,clean and luxurious place. Every need is attended to,managed by Deepani,and Ranjit and their hard working staff,the food is absolutely fabulous,the accomodation airy,spacious,and well thought out. You can hear...More

Date of stay: July 2019
3  Thank Erica G
Inspiration538926, VR Owner at Talaramba Reef, responded to this reviewResponded August 7, 2019

Thank you so much Erica. I’m delighted you loved your time at Talaramba. The place and our team are very special to us. Best wishes Andrew

Reviewed January 7, 2019

This was our second time at Talaramba Reef and we were all a bit worried that our very high expectations wouldn't be met. We'd first stayed here five years ago and had a brilliant holiday. Sometimes it's hard to replicate something that amazing. However, within...More

Date of stay: December 2018
2  Thank Elizabeth Y
Reviewed October 10, 2018

I  made two requests via there homepage for a three night stay in October. Either they were fully booked or weren't interested, if the latter was the case a reply would have been nice.More

Date of stay: October 2018
Thank rister
Inspiration538926, VR Owner at Talaramba Reef, responded to this reviewResponded October 12, 2018

I have received no enquiry from you through our home page. I have a 100% record of resoonding to enquiries on Tripadvisor, Airbnb and directly through our own website. If you would like to make an enquiry through andrewgdcawte@gmail.com I would be delighted to help...More

Reviewed July 18, 2018

I had the difficult task of trying to find a villa to accommodate our group of 7 families (13 adults, 11 children) from New Zealand and Australia to celebrate their old university friends' 50ths. We live in Sri Lanka and did a lot of scouting...More

Date of stay: July 2018
Thank Christine T
Reviewed June 1, 2018

This was our second time to talaramba in 4 years sometimes when you go back things can be disappointing, But not here,we could go back time and time again Everything once again was perfect The staff are amazing they work very hard to keep you...More

Date of stay: February 2018
Thank j0mwalker
Amenities
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
DVD Player
Air Conditioning
Balcony
Grill
Blender
Books
Ceiling Fans
Children's Pool
Dishwasher
Freezer
Refrigerator
Hairdryer
Highchair
Housekeeping Included
Internet Access
Iron
Kettle
Linens Provided
Microwave
Ocean Views
Outdoor Dining Area
Paper Towels Provided
Private Outdoor Pool (Unheated)
Private Garden
Safe
Cable/satellite TV
Secure Parking
Soap/Shampoo Provided
Staffed Property
Stereo System
Cooker
Telephone
Terrace
Toaster
Towels Provided
TV
Washer
Water Views
Waterfront
Wi-Fi
Fishing Nearby
Watersports Nearby
Beach Or Lakeside Relaxation
Short Term Rentals (4 Days Or Fewer)
A Winter Sun Getaway
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About the neighbourhood
If total relaxation and fine dining is your goal, then you never have to leave Talaramba Reef, but if you're feeling a little energetic, there's plenty to keep you occupied nearby: Dining There are numerous beach cafes for a drink or fresh barbequed fish along Mirissa beach, fabulous rice & curry up at Mirissa Hills cinnamon plantation, and if you want to go further afield, glamorous dining at the Galle Fort Hotel and Amangalla in Galle Fort. Cycling We have four bikes at the house for energetic types who fancy a spin through the paddies. Once off the main roads, you are embraced by the charm of rural Sri Lankan life, and two wheels provide the right pace at which to experience it. Surfing The surfing near Talaramba Reef is fantastic all year round, although good clean breaks are easier...
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Car not needed
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