Joes Resort Unawatuna
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Joes Resort Unawatuna

Galle Road No 322, Peellagoda, Unawatuna 80600 Sri Lanka
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4.5
#3 of 41 villas in Unawatuna
4.5 of 5 bubbles
Location
4.2 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
4.3 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.1 of 5 bubbles
Value
Joes Resort Unawatuna is equipped with all modern comforts to bring you the best of the island’s sea, sun and sand experience.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Bar / lounge
Beach
Evening entertainment
Airport transportation
BBQ facilities
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Infinity pool
Rooftop pool
Outdoor pool
Restaurant
Breakfast in the room
Car hire
Baggage storage
Concierge
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
Laundry service
Room features
Air conditioning
Housekeeping
Room service
Safe
Flatscreen TV
Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Ocean View
Classic

Location

Galle Road No 322, Peellagoda, Unawatuna 80600 Sri Lanka
Getting there
Good for walkers
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Grade: 84 out of 100
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Koggala Airport
Mawella Lagoon Airport
29.9 mi
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Bex A wrote a review Mar 2020
Greater London, United Kingdom
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The hotel is nice and small, feels personal. The front location is on a noisy road, but once you reach your room overlooking the sea you can’t hear the cars. We slept each night with our window open and listened to the sound of the ocean :)

The rooms were fine: aircon plus ceiling fan, hairdryer, fridge, tv. Beds were comfy and they got cleaned each day.
Only negative is that the rooms are small for two people travelling from afar with luggage. My boyfriend and I both had 1 suitcase and 1 hand luggage and there was very little space once we opened them up which made our room very messy.

The dining area is inside & out which was perfect. Most days we had breakfast on the beach. At night they put on fairy lights and it’s quite sweet.

The waiters were all so polite and helpful. The kitchen staff were also very smiley and great cooks. However, the font of house / manager was a bit odd. He didn’t really talk to us unless we asked him something and even then he wasn’t really very forthcoming. It would have been nice if he was more friendly.

The food was very good. Well cooked and tasty. You could see the chefs cooking which was nice. They could improve on he quality of their coffee as it wasn’t what we were used to. In fact, we struggled to find good coffee across the entire island. You have to know where to go!

Unfortunately we arrived to Unawatuna when the Corona virus has just hit Sri Lanka, so the area has become quiet very quickly. As a result the poor hotel and neighbouring bars/ restaurants were all pretty empty. This was great for us but sad to see the effect on the locals.

Would I stay at Joe’s again? Yes, but if we were two people with luggage I would probably need to find somewhere a little bigger maybe.....
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Mohamed Amsath, General Manager at Joes Resort Unawatuna
Responded 26 Jun 2020
Hi ! Thank you for staying with us and for posting your review. The Joes team appreciates your feedback. We are delighted that you had such a wonderful stay. We hope you will recommend us to family and friends and will continue to support us in future. Thank you once again and we hope to see you soon . Thank You!
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Ranjith F wrote a review Aug 2020
Sri Lanka
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This was the first time we stayed at this hotel. It's right on the Unawatuna Beach with a substantial private beach front. The rooms were cosy and had all the basic necessary amnesties. More than anything the staff and service of the able staff under Manageress Devika was exceptional. They were very accommodating and the food was the most delicious we had for some time from a resort hotel. The servings were also plenty full even for the adult children. Ideal location for a family or group holiday specially if your need is for tasty Sri Lankan dishes.
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Date of stay: August 2020
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: Get a sea view upstairs or a suite.
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Response from Mohamed Amsath, General Manager at Joes Resort Unawatuna
Responded 23 Aug 2020
Hi Mr.Ranjith ! Thank you for staying with us and for posting your review. The Joes team appreciates your feedback. We are delighted that you had such a wonderful stay. We hope you will recommend us to family and friends and will continue to support us in future. Thank you once again and we hope to see you soon . Thank You!
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mahesh9910 wrote a review Sept 2022
Colombo, Sri Lanka
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Location: excellent with a nice beach . We choose a ground floor room so that we can use the garden too.

Room : small with all amenities. The bed was small even though they mention it to me a king size. When have younger kids opt for a triple room

Food : the meals are on a set menu however not tasty. The hotel really needs to improve this aspect. Special it is not kids friendly

Staff : friendly and very helpful
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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mahesh9910 wrote a review Dec 2020
Colombo, Sri Lanka
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Location: excellent with a nice beach . We choose a ground floor room so that we can use the garden too.

Room : small with all amenities. The bed was small even though they mention it to me a king size. We you have younger kids opt for a triple room

Food : the meals are on a set menu however not tasty. The hotel really needs to improve this aspect. Special it is not kids friendly

Staff : friendly and very helpful
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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RaviMendis wrote a review Apr 2022
Leeds, United Kingdom
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Unawatuna beach is one of the nicest in Sri Lanka. It's an inlet that is safe for children to swim in, as it doesn't take the full force of the Indian Ocean.

My visit was for two days: an excursion planned by my school friends. So we got the amazing (local) rate of Rs. 11,000 pp. Or £11pp per night.

Most Sri Lankan hotels have different rates for tourists and residents, sometimes considerably cheaper, so if you have a Sri Lankan friend, it maybe worthwhile to go with them.

Excellent local cuisine and seafood at the restaurant, if you fancy Sri Lankan.
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Ine F wrote a review Feb 2022
Huissen
3.0 of 5 bubbles
I had the most tiny room I have ever seen in my life. It was not even possible to put a chair in it, but everything was there, beach on my doorstep which was great ofcourse and everything was clean. Good amenities and comfy bed. For me, single traveller, it was enough, but as a double room it would really be too small. The reception had nice and less nice people. The breakfast was very good. Restaurant cook also very good, menu card was much nicer than they could provide. For example: no seafood at all! It partly explained the fact that nobody was dining at that place. I did once, with a very bad experience so beware of cheeting waiters! Next morning I learned my lesson well: I had to pay my dinner twice and the receptionist backed up the very rude and impolite screaming and pointing waiter.
The top deck infinitypool is great. So yes, overall a place with great potential, but really the owner must take more interest in hiring his staff. For me, personally, not a place to return to.
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Date of stay: January 2022
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Tomáš Ž. wrote a review Feb 2022
Prague, Czech Republic
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The hotel is located directly on the beach, sun loungers and parasols are available. Excellent service, solves any problem immediately. The hotel manager strives to meet the needs of guests. Quality food and excellent service. Rooftop pool with sea views. The resort is guarded 24 hours a day. There is nothing wrong with that.
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Sally22 wrote a review Jan 2022
United Kingdom
1.0 of 5 bubbles
The worst “hotel” we’ve ever stayed in in the world. A 2 star at best. Right on the roadside. Very noisy. Terrible management, totally lacking. You come in off the road and past the back kitchen to access reception. Spent 25 minutes waiting for someone to show up at reception.. Lip service to COVID precautions.
The hotel is right on the beach. But this is also a major drawback. It’s also right next to the public access to the beach so anyone can come off the bea h and into the hotel as no security or anyone on reception. Safe didn’t work and when called to fix they couldn’t. We felt really unsafe both inside and outside this place.
On the beach lots of locals continually trying to sell you anything. Young men coming leering at you and making comments.
During the night lots of noise from bass thumping. I’m sitting writing this review at 3.30am with the noise still going.
Please never stay here.
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Stay elsewhere.
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Frank S wrote a review Apr 2020
Weerawila, Sri Lanka
5.0 of 5 bubbles
oe resort Unnawatuna was really top for ending our holidays
During the day relaxing in the pool on the roof or under a tree on the beach.
Go to the beach party in the evening and have a good time.
The food was really god and the staff very friendly
Thanks for these fine moments.
And see you. all again

Frank
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Date of stay: November 2019
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Response from Mohamed Amsath, General Manager at Joes Resort Unawatuna
Responded 26 Jun 2020
Hi franks ! Thank you for staying with us and for posting your review. The Joes team appreciates your feedback. We are delighted that you had such a wonderful stay. We hope you will recommend us to family and friends and will continue to support us in future. Thank you once again and we hope to see you soon . Thank You!
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prashasthi p wrote a review Jan 2024
Colombo, Sri Lanka
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is an excellent place to visit if you are a beach lover. The view the sea bathing the sea accessibility all are really easy at this place.

The people are so nice from the booking to the visit. Each and everyone is so friendly so lovely people and they remeber what we requested at the first place they will remeber throughout the next days.

We stayed in the Junior suite it’s very spacious and gives us our own space. And the view. The room is very clean and have all the amenities we required.

There Sri Lanka. Food and the pizza is so good. They will put all the ingredients to make it delicious. They are very attentive to quality and service level

Really enjoyed unwatuna due to the convenience This place offered to us. Lovely place
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Yes this is an ideal place if u want to stay close to the beach with luxury
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Ilovemyjollies asked a question Feb 2020
417 contributions131 helpful votes
Are the rooms sea view?
Answer from KitW
London UK20 contributions8 helpful votes
About half or two thirds I reckon are facing the sea. I'm sure you can request a sea view. But the hotel is basically on the sea front so even if you don't have a sea view you can easily sit on the beach and watch the sun set
still thirugaata wrote a tip Apr 2024
Bengaluru, India93 contributions29 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Choose ground floor rooms "
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Legacy_29 wrote a tip Apr 2024
Mumbai, India25 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Take a room on ground floor "
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prashasthi p wrote a tip Jan 2024
Colombo, Sri Lanka21 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Yes this is an ideal place if u want to stay close to the beach with luxury"
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Christina S wrote a tip Nov 2022
9 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Try the infinity roof top pool it's great"
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Roshani K wrote a tip Sept 2022
7 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"value for money"
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PRICE RANGE
£69 - £114 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
joe`s bungalow hotel unawatuna
LOCATION
Sri LankaSouthern ProvinceGalle DistrictUnawatuna
NUMBER OF ROOMS
14
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Frequently Asked Questions about Joes Resort Unawatuna
Which popular attractions are close to Joes Resort Unawatuna?
Nearby attractions include Unawatuna Beach (0.2 miles), Wild & The Sage (0.2 miles), and Karaoke Una (0.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Joes Resort Unawatuna?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Joes Resort Unawatuna?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Joes Resort Unawatuna?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Joes Resort Unawatuna?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Social Unawatuna, Koha Surf Lounge, and The Hideout Unawatuna.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Joes Resort Unawatuna?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Joes Resort Unawatuna have airport transportation?
Yes, Joes Resort Unawatuna offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Joes Resort Unawatuna located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.9 miles away from the centre of Unawatuna.
Are there any historical sites close to Joes Resort Unawatuna?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Galle Fort (2.9 miles), Old Town of Galle and its Fortifications (2.6 miles), and Galle Fort Clock Tower (2.7 miles).
Does Joes Resort Unawatuna have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
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