Talalla House, tucked into a hill with breathtaking views and direct access to one of the most beautiful southern beaches in Sri Lanka, sleeps14 people, in 7 en-suite bedrooms. This villa also proudly hosts an infinity pool, rooftop garden and yoga studio. Located at the eastern end of a gorgeous bay in Tangalle – the sunsets are spectacular. The swaying coconut palms and large Banyan trees, line the golden soft sand beach, all the way along to the yoga and surf school.
Enter Talalla House via a labyrinth where sunlight passes through slits in the wall to light up a tropical fishpond. Hear the ocean as you walk the long hall, past the kitchen, and into the open living area. From here, all eyes are drawn to the highlight of Talalla, the golden sandy beach stretching in front of you for a kilometer. It is framed by the pool’s infinity edge and a lush tropical garden. In this living area, you have dining for up to 14 people at the main table and guests can lounge in the enormous sofas overlooking the ocean. The entire living area opens to the deck and pool. On the ground floor, you’ll find one en-suite bedroom adjoining the living area, with ocean views and sliding doors that open to the pool deck. From the living area, a stairway takes you to the first-floor hallway with access to four bedrooms, all with air-conditioning and private balconies with undisturbed ocean views. The master and junior suites have bathtubs on their balconies. At the end of the hall, you enter the covered, open-air yoga and Ayurveda studio facing the ocean. If you wish, this area can also function as a private covered terrace for the master suite.
Take the stairway to the rooftop with its 30 m (100 ft) long garden; from there you overlook both the beach and the open ocean. The rooftop garden has a small bar and lounge chairs, and at the far end, a vegetable and spice garden. This is the place to be for your sunset drinks. Back at the ground floor, walk past the pool through the garden to the entrance of two smaller garden rooms, each with a fan, en-suite loo, and private garden shower, perfect for teenagers or couples with kids who want to live in the garden. At the back of the house, you’ll find the staff quarters. Talalla House has a 24/7 security guard and a gated parking area. Talalla House and its location, also make this the perfect spot for a wedding, birthday, reunion or private yoga retreat.
Bedrooms at Talalla House
The villa offers seven double bedrooms with air-conditioning and en suite bathrooms. Five bedrooms are located in the main villa, while two have access from the garden. The four bedrooms on the first floor have private balconies, and the double bedroom adjoining the living area on the ground floor has sliding doors to the pool deck in front and access to a small covered patio in the back.
All bedrooms are equipped with king-size beds, room safes, WiFi, desks, and built-in wardrobes. One of our king-size beds on the first floor can convert to twin if needed. Sliding glass doors open to a private balcony with lounge chairs overlooking the tropical garden and the warm Indian Ocean. This is a private space perfect for some time alone with a book, tea, or coffee.
The bedroom ambience is timeless, with its contemporary design and concrete ceilings blending with tropical colours and a delicate interior. The teak bed frames, pendants, desks, and chairs were all custom made for the rooms. The bathrooms of both the master and junior suites incorporate bathtubs on the balconies with a glorious view of the ocean. A perfect place to cool down on your own, for kids to play, or for a glass of champagne if it’s just the two of you.
The master suite opens onto the balcony on one side and a covered terrace on the other. This area functions as a private outdoor lounge area and a place for yoga and other activities. From the terrace, garden steps lead down to the pool deck.The balconies of the junior suite and the neighbouring bedroom can be connected by a pivoting privacy door, turning the two bedrooms into one large apartment. Joining the two is perfect for families with smaller kids.
A concrete screen wraps around the entire house. The distinctive Sri Lankan screen pattern has become a hallmark of Talalla House. It keeps direct tropical sunlight out of the balconies so that the interior stays cool and pleasant during the day. Its perforated design enables air to pass through the interior of the house and you will notice its soothing effect wherever you go.
Two rustic garden bedrooms
In addition to the five bedrooms in the main house are two smaller double bedrooms accessed from the garden. Each bedroom has a ceiling fan and a unique open-air shower design that ensures privacy and enhances ventilation. The bedrooms open onto a small covered porch overlooking an expansive lawn, with views of the ocean in the background. These rustic and romantic rooms are perfect for teenagers or couples with kids who want to live near the garden on the ground floor, or who prefer an authentic tropical experience surrounded by nature.
Living Areas at Talalla House
A truly unique open-plan living and dining room leads onto a wooden deck and pool. From all areas you have striking views of the soft, golden beach in the distance, behind the infinity pool’s sharp blue edges. A beautiful handmade folding rattan screen separates the fan-cooled living area from the kitchen. When folded back, it opens the living area to the spacious, fully equipped kitchen.
The centrepiece, a five meter polished cement table built in situ, seats 14 people – illuminated by a custom made lamp. The table bridges the inside with the outside, with bar stools at the far end on the pool deck and extra tables and chairs available for bigger groups. At the back of the living area the bar is embedded in a marvellous teak wall. Under the black marble-topped counter, the wooden panels conceal cupboards,a wine cooler, and fridge.
The open design of the living area catches the breeze and guides it gently through the interior, keeping the tropical heat at bay, while ceiling fans provide an additional cooling airflow if needed. At night the whole area is secured by sliding glass doors.
The screen and freestanding stairway make up a patterned backdrop for the massive traditional teak sofas, lounge chairs, and bean bags. This is where you relax during the midday tropical heat and where families and friends get together for games and drinks in the evening, with the sound of the ocean as a soothing soundtrack.
Music can be streamed from smartphones or laptops to indoor and outdoor speakers. High speed internet is available and the TV/DVD player provides entertainment.
With its contemporary shape and organic materials, the infinity pool and deck are designed to help guests unwind and dissolve the stress of modern life. When you swim the 20 meter pool you literally overlook Talalla Bay, framed by gorgeous greenery and the fragrant smells of the tropical garden. Below your feet, the turquoise tones from the handmade Bali tiles light up your path. A shallow, 30 cm deep pool section, ideal for young children with parents close by, is perfect for taking a much-needed cool dip.
Custom made umbrella-shaded loungers will keep you out of the midday sun, with the outdoor shower right next to you on the deck. When you need to move out of the heat and into the shade, the massive sofas under the cooling fans inside are the place to be. The sofa area overlooks the pool and deck, so you won’t miss a thing.
The pool area is often a hub of activity as it extends the entire length of the main house and blends into its interior. The exquisitely designed five meter table extends onto the deck, offering a unique space to lounge, for lazy lunches or star-lit barbecues with friends and family. The sun sets over the bay right in front of you, and it looks even better with a delicious cocktail in hand.
In the morning, the pool and deck are in the shade and a refreshing sea breeze keeps the area cool. It’s an ideal spot for breakfast.
There’s always shade to be found under the giant coconut trees, and if you prefer there are sun loungers, with umbrellas, scattered around the lawn. Talalla Beach starts where the garden ends, with magnificent waves breaking just in front of the house.
Service and Facilities
Bedroom 1: Ground floor. King size bed. Air con. Overhead fan. Ensuite bathroom with shower. French windows lead to the pool deck.
Bedroom 2: First floor. King size bed. Ensuite with shower and tub. Air con. Overhead fan. Balcony. Ocean views.
Bedroom 3: First floor. King size bed. Ensuite with shower. Air con. Overhead fan. Balcony. Ocean views.
Bedroom 4: First floor. King size bed. Ensuite with shower. Air con. overhead fan. Balcony. Ocean views.
Bedroom 5: First floor. King size bed. Ensuite with shower. Air con. Overhead fan. Balcony. Ocean views.
Bedroom 6: Garden house. Queen size bed. Air con. Overhead fan. Ensuite with shower. Use of this room is extra $.
Bedroom 7: Garden house. Queen size bed. Air con. Overhead fan. Ensuite with shower. Use of this room is extra $.
Sitting / Dining: Open plan facing the pool. Overhead fans. French windows leading to pool deck.
Pool deck: Timber decking. 8 sun loungers. Beanbags.
Yoga shala: Covered area on the first floor. Overhead fans. Ocean views.
Rooftop garden: Grass roof. Outdoor seating. Shaded bar to mix the perfect sundowners.
Swimming pool: 20m x 3m. Wide steps. The shallow deck at one end.
Staff: Chef, Head steward, steward, housekeeping, garden/maintenance, 24hr security. Separate staff quarters.
Beach / Ocean: House faces west along the entire beach. Private access to public beach approx 1km long. Seasonal swimming and surfing.
Meals: Full Board is provided at US$35 per adult per day and US$17.5 for under 12 yrs.
Exclusive use whole villa and listed facilities
Internet connection capable
*Rates are subject to 11.7% service charge, taxes, etc. Please note the above rates are valid for 2018 – 2019. Please email us if you would like to make a booking after this date.