More than just a yoga & surf retreat in Sri Lanka…  At The Salty Pelican you will find a variety of  premium shared rooms and superior rooms all with private ensuite bathrooms and balconies overlooking the pool for up to 46 guests. Along with an amazing open plan living area adjacent to the pool deck with large infinity pool for swimming and relaxing with the gentle water massage jets... Kick-up your feet in our beautiful tropical garden after a long day at the beach. Our retreat we designed and built from from the ground up!  So you'll find everything new, comfortable, modern, secure and clean. We give you comfort, luxury and quality for the lowest price we possibly can at this great location, right in the centre of the Southern coast of Sri Lanka. The Salty Pelican is easily reached from Colombo international airport with private air conditioned transfer or an epic coastal jungle train ride. Steps from our yoga & surf retreat you will find everything you need, from surfing spots, beach loungers, local restaurants, beach bars, supermarket, bakery, beachfront cafes, a bank and even some amazing National wildlife safari parks. You can spend your days at the awesome beaches that surround The Salty Pelican and your nights around our social open living space with pool, restaurant and bar or on our rooftop terrace for those magical sunsets. So whether your after peace of mind, relaxing massages, beautiful beaches or that special sunset drink... we have located at the perfect spot for you to enjoy. You will find the atmosphere here at The Salty Pelican is lively, friendly and has staff that actually cares about you.


" The Salty Pelican Yoga & Surf Retreat  in Sri Lanka, offers safe and secure, social luxury accommodation at a price that won't  break your travel budget "


Be sure to check our many weekly activities when you arrive. We have established a diverse range of highly activities which includes grilled seafood BBQ nights, Sri Lankan curry & wine nights, Udawalawe National Park elephant safari tour. So kick back on your beanbag or sun lounger by our pool, grab yourself an ice cold drink in your hand and really appreciate this experience in a breathtaking location... We guarantee you’ll have a great day every day! Our poolside restaurant is serves an all day menu with locally sourced food and delicious drinks including cocktails. 



Our Story

The Salty Pelican yoga & surf retreat began its official journey back in 2015 in Cascais, Portugal by 3 friends who all came from quite different roots. Gareth from Australia left his home country behind in early 2005 with a one-way ticket booked to the beautiful Austrian alps, with one idea in mind, to meet up with some friends to snowboard. A special place where he would meet his life long partner, Monika who was raised in Tirol, Austria. Quickly both realised they shared the same love for travel, mountains and snow, spending the next 10 years exploring over 25 countries together and working in over 10 of them. Taking them to places off the beaten path and leading them around the world a couple of times to some incredible spots. In 2009, on a surf trip to the then, not so famous big wave surf mecca of Nazare in Portugal, they crossed paths with a local by the name of Tiago. This friendship would remain for some years before collectively they initially decided to create a yoga & surf retreat together based in Cascais, Portugal but slowly and surely they expanded to a further 3 more locations throughout Portugal and also as far as Sri Lanka over the years. They're all very passionate about creating the best experience possible for their guests and that's the driving force behind all of our retreats in both Portugal & Sri Lanka. We can’t wait to meet you…. 


“If something is important enough, even if the odds are against you, you should still do it.”


Our Mission

We strive to promote real value for money services for all our guests and continually try to develop the quality of life during your stay with us. We offer an innovative programme of attractive activities and events for our guests and strive to stand out as a real alternative when compared to other forms of accommodation in the area. We have travelled to many places & retreats around the world and understand what you are looking for in a yoga retreat.


" We try to balance a lively atmosphere with comfort and a good night's  sleep. "


Ultimately our goal is to create a great environment for you to hang out, meet people or just relax after a long day.


" We love Hiriketiya, we love Sri Lanka and we want you to fall in love with it too "