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 began its journey in 2015 in Cascais, Portugal by 3 friends who came from quite different backgrounds. Gareth from Australia left his home country behind in early 2005 with no real plan other than to meet up with a few friends and snowboard in the beautiful Austrian alps. A special place where he would meet his now lifelong partner Monika who came from the cosy ski town of St. Johann in Tirol. Quickly realising they both shared the same love for travel and snowboarding, spending the next 10 years exploring over 25 countries together and also working in 10 of them. Continually on the quest to find new places to explore off the beaten path, that led us around the world a couple of times to some incredible places. In 2009, on a surf trip to the now famous big wave surf town of Nazare Portugal, we crossed paths with Tiago who was born and bred there. This friendship would remain for some years before we all collectively decided to create a yoga & surf retreat based on our inspirations we have found along our worldly travels. We are all very passionate about creating the best experience possible for all our guests and thats the driving force behind all of our retreats. Since 2015 we have opened 3 additional properties including settling a nest for the first time outside of Europe in Sri Lanka where we designed and built our perfect retreat from the ground up, which opened in 2019. In 2020 we spread our wings further to the beautiful seaside village of Ericeira, Portugal. We can’t wait to meet you …. 

“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 "