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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, sunset beach meditation, national park tours & temple visits..  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 open all day selling healthy locally sourced food and delicious drinks including cocktails. 



Our Story

The Salty Pelican yoga & surf retreat was started originally in Portugal by 3 friends in late 2015, who spent the last 20 years collectively backpacking and working their way around the world. We have created our yoga & surf retreats based on inspirations we have found along our journey and added them with a touch of our own. What makes The Salty Pelican retreats stand out from the rest - is that we are experienced travellers just like yourselves and we understand all the needs you may have whilst staying with us. We have extensive knowledge to share with you about about Sri Lanka and your future travels... we can't wait to meet you.


The Salty Pelican founders first came to Sri Lanka in 2017 and fell in love with the people, the island vibes and the balmy tropical weather straight away. Fresh off the plane from Portugal… just a few hours later we found ourselves in a tuk tuk bouncing down a muddy dirt road rife with potholes and puddles. Weaving through the narrow roads on a sweaty tropical day, we slowly begin to see the dense jungle clearing and we get our first real glimpse of the magical hidden horseshoe bay of Hiriketiya. It’s everything and much more than we had ever anticipated… the turquoise bay is picture perfect with a nice gentle rollers hitting the point with a few lone surfers amongst it and a warm sea breeze whistling through the coconut palms. Paradise… it feels like we have arrived and looking around the feeling looks mutual… without any real hesitation we collectively decided, and almost without words, that this would be where The Salty Pelican will settle it’s new nest. 


Within the short weeks we stayed in Hiriketiya, we already had our eyes on a beautiful plot of land and negotiated to finalise the purchase upon our arrival back in Portugal. This dream now had legs and we felt ourselves slowly beginning to run. Over the course of 2018 and 2019 we worked closely with an architectural design team followed by the intense shortened construction period. It would take us less than 14 months for the entire process from the initial designs concepts with our architect to the retreats completion on christmas day 2019. An outstanding accomplishment for all involved.… Anyone can set a goal, but being consistent, showing up day-in and day-out, even with relentless monsoonal rain, is what really separates the success for this project. 



The property which was riddled with coconut palms was transformed into a breathtaking luxury yoga & surf retreat boasting a capacity of 46 persons, 15 bathrooms, infinity swimming pool, tropical gardens, a beautifully handcrafted yoga shala, poolside restaurant & bar, outdoor lounging areas, rooftop sunset deck and a poolside wellness centre. Gareth our founder, played a huge role in the design process and helped design almost every single aspect of the project to the finest detail in collaboration with Trevor the head architect and project manager from Shakticola design services. Crystal Construction company worked tirelessly to deliver our dream in just 10 months of construction which is totally mind boggling considering the complexity of the design and having to work through the wettest and longest monsoon seasons recorded in a long time. There were countless challenges and variations that had to be addressed in such a short period but everyone worked miraculously as a united team to get the project over the line in not only record time but with an exceptional high quality finish.


Our grand opening day on christmas day 2019…we were to our surprise fully booked with a house full of happy guests for the opening season. It still amazes us till this day, what we can really achieve when we put our heads down and focus on the goals ahead. Hats off to everyone involved for making our dreams a reality. 

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

In 2020… Just weeks after the grand opening in Sri Lanka…. realising The Salty Pelican had some great momentum, we decided to jump straight into opening the next project in the beautiful sleepy seaside fishing town of Ericeira on Portugal’s sunny west coast. Although the Covid-19 pandemic would eventually have the final say and push back our ambitious opening plans considerably later till Easter 2021. Everything eventually fell into place slowly and the biggest lesson we learnt from 2020, was to just to have a little more patience.

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 "






Our retreats are some of the best reviewed online, offering highly regarded surf & yoga experiences at some of the most amazing locations throughout the world. We have poured our own heart and soul into creating these special places you can begin to call home.... A place to be happy... A place to feel like your own. We guarantee to provide all our guests with the best surf & yoga experiences. Whether you’re a complete beginner or a seasoned pro... our packages are tailored to cater to all levels of surfers & Yogi's. A team of certified instructors who follow a very unique approach in teaching, will make sure that you learn the proper techniques and have loads of fun whilst doing so. Come join us for one of the best weeks of your life... we can promise you that...

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