Developing the Phoenix Retreat has been a real labour of love over the years. Our aim has always been to provide luxury accommodation in the most amazing tropical setting for guests who want to experience the real Sri Lanka but who also value having home comforts to hand.
You will find lofty, light filled interiors, enhanced by contemporary bespoke furniture made in Moratua and the bold use of colour from furnishings sourced in Colombo’s fashionable districts. The original oil paintings that adorn every room are all the work of the talented local artist who has a shop The Saffron Gallery in Hikkaduwa. The ornate wood carvings and signs are the work of a gifted local wood carver Suda, also from Hikkaduwa. High ceilings and natural airflow keep the villa cool, sustained by the natural cement floors.
There are air con units in all 3 bedrooms and ceiling fans throughout the property. The downstairs veranda and upstairs balcony are covered, to provide shade from the midday sun or shelter from the occasional tropical downpours.
The cabana within the grounds is also a peaceful oasis with pond, water feature and 2 hammocks, an ideal place for relaxing, listening to the waterfall and wildlife in the gardens; monitor lizards, iguanas, porcupine, mongoose,chipmonks and leaf monkeys visit the garden by day; while fruit bats fill the skies at dusk.
Sit on the jetty on the lagoon itself and you will encounter abundant and extraordinary wildlife with parakeets, kingfishers, cormorants ,sea eagles and mynah birds that roost in the jungle bordering the lagoon. The local fishermen dot the landscape at dawn and at dusk to lay their nets and return for their catch. They may offer you fresh lagoon prawns at the jetty, but you can try you hand at fishing off the house paddle boat or off the jetty
The owners will not be present during the stay, but can be contacted by email or on whatsapp at any time. There is an onsite housekeeping team who manage the property and provide housekeeping, cleaning and cooking services as well as grounds man, maintenance and security.
Our team are happy to cook breakfast, lunch and/or dinner for you, for a small extra charge for cooking services(we suggest 3,000 LKR per day) plus the cost of ingredients All you need do is decide what you wish to eat, buy the ingredients and our team will cook for you.
There are 3 bedrooms in the Retreat each with a super kingsize bed, additionally there are two single inflatable airbeds. The minimum stay is 2 nights in low season, 3 nights midseason, 5 nights high season and 1 week between 11th December and 6th January. There is a supplement for weekend stays, please enquire before booking. There is a supplement of £20 per additional person per night for more than 6 guests.
There are no pets allowed. Smoking permitted outside of the Retreat only.
There is a team of 3 drivers with tuk tuks for local and air conditioned mini bus for airport transfers and longer distance trips.
The Retreat provides you with complete privacy and safety, all home comforts in peaceful tropical surroundings, while just a short tuk tuk ride away, you can enjoy all that lively Hikkaduwa beach has to offer such as excellent surf, diving and a variety of restaurants and nightlife (500 LKR single fare to Hikkaduwa).
Nearest airport: Colombo (2 hours)
Nearest train station: Hikkaduwa (3 miles)
Car is not necessary.
Formerly, The Retreat at Blue Lagoon, we rebranded as The Phoenix Retreat in 2020, after the worldwide pandemic of Covid-19 forced us to close our doors and consider what the future might hold.We were one of the first privately owned villas to obtain accreditation, with merit (see our certificate in the photos section of this website) with the Sri Lanka Tourist Board (Tourist License / Licencia de turismo N °: SLTDA/SQA/PRO/BUN/2020/0049). See our Covid-19 policy in th menu bar.