TURTLE BAY – Tangalle
Turle Bay Hotel, is a one-of-a-kind boutique hotel situated just 2.5 hours’ drive from the Colombo International Airport, in Kalametiya, near Tangalle, on the southern part of Sri Lanka. The hotel is situated in an ideal spot that is visited by the largest population of turtles on the entire island, which is how the hotel derived its name, Turtle Bay. Turtle Bay Hotel is a beautiful and tranquil little beach hotel that is truly a treasure surrounded by natural beauty that will free you to enjoy the true serenity and beauty of Sri Lanka at your own pace.
Turtle Bay Hotel promises an unforgettable holiday experience, replete with all the modern amenities such as outdoor swimming pool, inhouse restaurant and bar, spacious bathrooms with hot water as well as rooms with terraces or balconies with beautiful views.
The hotel’s unique offerings encompass the highest standards of service that includes personal attention by hotel staff, mouthwatering food that includes fusion as well as authentic local and international dishes, ayurvedha massages and detox treatments as well as the opportunity to explore the beauty of Sri Lanka’s southern coast, with a wide range of activities that are all within quick and easy reach of the hotel such as paddling and biking, as well as excursions to national parks, Kalmetiya Bird Santuary, Mulkirigala Rock Temple, whale watching as well as diving / snorkeling with the turtles.
There are seven species of turtles in the world today, out of which five species visit the island’s southern coast for nesting. These include the green turtle, the hawksbill turtle, the loggerhead turtle, the Oliver Ridley turtle and the leatherback turtle. The leatherback turtle is the largest and rarest of the turtle species found in Sri Lankan waters. When you go snorkeling at Turtle Bay beach, you stand a chance to not just watch but also swim along with these beautiful and endangered creatures in their natural habitat.
The rooms at Turtle Bay are large, spacious, clean and comfortable with a special ambience, and have been named after the different turtle species. The superior rooms come with a terrace or balcony, that offer beautiful sunset views of the Kalamathiya Bay, where you can sit and relax and breathe in the salty air, letting the breeze blow through your hair in peaceful bliss. Unlike other hotels that may be too busy, with just seven rooms, Turtle Bay promises a private, tranquil holiday, where you can truly relax, unwind and enjoy the beauty of Sri Lanka. The hotel beach is also quite a private one, without many crowds lingering about, which is ideal for couples or even for families looking for a quiet getaway from the daily hustle and bustle of life. You can also get a glimpse into the local life of villagers by visiting the small fishing village and harbour in the adjacent village.
Meals at Turtle Bay
Turtle Bay Hotel is popular for its delicious and mouthwatering food featuring a wide range of cuisines. Their flexibility in terms of dining means that meals will no longer be a boring affair and you can choose where you want to dine, be it at the restaurant, on the beach, in your room or anywhere else that you wish. They offer a great selection of mouthwatering dishes, from authentic local dishes to a variety of fusion dishes as well as international dishes. You also have the option of selecting from a range of fresh produce caught fresh off the boat by the village fishermen. Turtle Bay Hotel is well known for its scrumptious and wide-ranging breakfast menu that serves both Sri Lankan as well as European dishes.
The hotel restaurant also has a bar where you can enjoy your selection of wines or cocktails to suit your mood and tantalise your tastebuds.
If you are lucky, you will also get an opportunity to be part of a cooking demonstration conducted by the chef, who will even teach guests how to make traditional Sri Lankan dishes.
Ayurvedha massages / detox treatments
At Turtle Bay Hotel, you can experience a traditional Ayurveda massage that will help you to relax, remove any stress and tension so that you can experience a truly peaceful and relaxing holiday, and return to your home country totally rejuvenated body, mind and soul. The hotel also provides full body massages, oil or stamp massages, neck / shoulder / head as well as foot massages. The use of authentic and pure Ayurvedic oils ensure that massages are effective and safe in relieving stress and tension.
Guests also have the option of taking on some yoga classes or meditation while you are here, with a yoga teacher present at the hotel premises.
Turtle Bay Hotel also offers guests an Ayurvedic diet programme and detox treatments. The Ayurvedic diet will include special curries made to suit the three types of “dosha” types, that is sure to leave you feeling revitalised and energised. The Ayurveda and detox treatments are carried out upon consultation with a medical doctor, so guests can enjoy the experience with the added assurance that the process is totally healthy and safe.
If you are visiting Tangalle, Turtle Bay Hotel is a holiday experience that you would not want to miss. With only seven rooms on offer however, you may need to book well in advance, especially during the peak season.
- Gurupokuna Road, Kalamethiya, Tangalle, Sri Lanka.
- Bicycle Rental (Additional charge)
- Live Music/Performance
- Cooking Class
- Tour or Class about Local Culture (Additional charge)
- Happy Hour
- Themed Dinner Nights (Additional charge)
- Bike Tours
- Walking Tours
- Evening Entertainment
- Cycling (Off-site)
- Fishing (Additional charge) (Off-site)
- Kalametiya Bird Sanctuary – 800 M – (2 Min)
- Mulkirigala Rock Temple – 29.8 Km – (41 Min)
- Uda Walawa National Park – 50.4 Km – (1 Hr. 13 Min)
- Bundala National Park – 42.5 Km – (54 Min)
- Yala National Park – 82.5 Km – (1 Hr 23 Min)
- Whales & Turtles Watching – Mirissa – 16.8 Km – (29 Min)
- Tangalle Lagoon – 21 Km – (33 Min)
- Ridiyagama Safari Park – 33.7 Km – (46 Min)
- Hummanaya Blow Hole – 37.8 Km – (57 Min)
- Mirijjawila Botanical Garden – 23.4 Km – (35 Min)
- Bundala National Park – 42.5 Km – (54 Min)