If you feel most at home when you’re toes are scrunching through sand and the sun is setting on the ocean horizon, Tallala Retreat might soon become your favourite place. This stylish boutique yoga and surf sanctuary is a dreamy destination resort for backpackers and young professionals alike. Whether you’re an active sun-seeker or looking for a more laid-back way of life, Tallala can cater for everything. We take a look inside this boutique resort:
Nestled alongside the blue waters of Talalla Beach on Sri Lanka’s southern tip, Tallala’s beachside location makes it popular with wave-chasing yogis. Situated approximately two and a half hours drive from Colombo Airport, the retreat is tucked into the corner of a mile-long white sand beach.
Categorised under Sea View Villas, Bamboo Huts, Deluxe Rooms, Big House Rooms, Bungalow Rooms and Bungalow Dorms (shared dorm style rooms), the accommodation options at Talalla caters to everyone from jet-set travellers to budget-conscious backpackers. There are 70 rooms in total and all rooms have open-air living spaces, en-suite bathrooms and balconies with views of the retreat’s surrounding tropical gardens, freshwater lap pool and the ocean beyond. Each space has a distinctly modern feel and flaunts polished concrete flooring and four-poster beds with billowing white mosquito nets, offset by authentic Sri Lankan furniture and fabrics.
Serving locally sourced, seasonal produce in its open-air garden restaurant, Talalla’s healthy menu favours vibrant tropical fruit, crisp seasonal vegetables and fresh local seafood. Traditional Sri Lankan delicacies such as sour mango curry and international dishes such as clay pot cooked vegetable and fish paella also feature on the menu along with an assortment of tasty juices, yummy lassis (a creamy combination of yoghurt, water, spices and fruit) and aromatic teas. Many of the resort’s herbs and spices are grown organically on the property while other regional ingredients and products are sourced from nearby markets and fishing villages to support the local community.
Offering six-night, seven-day wellness retreats, the focus of Tallala’s health programme is on ‘balanced wellbeing’ (not hardcore detoxing). Packages are custom-tailored and include a personalised exercise plan; daily yoga, meditation, pilates, ‘boxilates’ and Barre classes; one-to-one health coaching sessions; massage and beauty treatments; nutritional guidance; and a wellbeing plan to take home.
Talalla has three purpose-built yoga shalas in which classes are taught twice a day. Teachers are from all over the globe and teach various yoga styles. They host regular four, six and eight-day all-inclusive yoga retreat packages, which include daily classes, workshops, self-care exercises, spa treatments and healthy meals. The retreat also hosts seven-day surf camps for aspiring surfers who want to hone their board riding skills.
Expect to feel…sunkissed, salty and stress-free. It’s ideal for those looking for an active holiday and a bit of nutritional guidance to boot, and great for all budgets.