I work in a 5* luxury resort in Dubai so I like to think that I know a thing or two about the hotelier industry. Palm Grove guest house surpassed our expectations and as a result we had an absolutely wonderful stay in Unawatuna.
Tucked away off the main road of Unawatuna's Beach Road, Palm Grove is close enough to the beach, the nightlife and the shopping, yet far away enough to enjoy the peace, tranquility and natural surroundings of Sri Lanka's dense junglesque greenery.
With five guest rooms, Palm Grove never seemed too busy. It was relaxed, friendly and a beautiful base to explore the South and we actually spent more time at the guest house then we were planning because it was so nice. There is a living room area downstairs, a shared terrace on the first floor - complete with a fully stocked beer and drinks fridge and an honesty board to mark what you had consumed. The key attraction however was the Roof Top terrace featuring a hammock, a fan and lighting that you can dim in the evening. Whether day or night, this was our favorite spot in the whole of Sri Lanka. It boasts picturesque views of the tree tops during the day where you can watch the local monkey community go about their revelries and by night its so high above the surrounding buildings that you are seemingly all alone in the jungle listening to the sounds of frogs and crickets. We would listen to chill-out music on our iPad (Free Wifi with great connection) and sip beer or wine and just completely relax in the evening. Most of the rooms have a little table and chairs of your own outside of your room to also relax in
Breakfast consisted of a pot of delicious Sri Lankan tea (or coffee), a platter of exotic fruits, toast and jam and eggs anyway - however we opted for the Sri Lankan omelette and would recommend this.
There are no clocks in the guest house which is a huge plus and we would often loose track of time. We stayed for four nights but will certainly be going back to spend much longer there. Value for money was phenomenal! And the owner Paul (Lorraine wasn't there) was fantastic - a really friendly English chap who was full of local knowledge and stories.
We hired a bike from Janath at Meedum Villa next door for about a fiver a day and explored the local town - this was an ideal way to go wherever you want with flexibility. For dinner we recommend Kingfisher Restaurant and for a snack, the Roti Shop. For groceries we suggest you venture onto the main road towards Galle.
I can't recommend a better place to spend your holiday in Sri Lanka - whether for a short break or long break. We will certainly be going back to Palm Grove Guest House
Also, we can't wait for them to open a restaurant :) This will be superb!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Palm Grove is located in an idyllic village setting. Very quiet setting. Away from the nightlife but still within walking distance to all locations. Only a 10 minute stroll to the shops,bars,restaurants and the beautiful bay of Unawatuna. There are many tours that you can take from Unawatuna to suit all tastes. The turtle hatchery is less than 20 minutes away, as is Koggala Lake where you can take a relaxing boat trip on the Lagoon and visit some of the small islands situated there. A three to four day tour will take you to Ella with its waterfalls, Nuwara Eliya with its tea plantations and greenery. The 'Temple of the Tooth' at Kandy and the nearby 'Elephant Orphanage' are also well worth a visit. ... more less
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