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“Hammocks, monkey spotting and no clocks - it's the simple luxuries in life that matter!”
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Palm Grove
Ranked #3 of 156 Unawatuna B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 11 November 2013

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!

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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 November 2013

We came to Palm Grove as it was recommended to us by a fabulous Sri Lankan tour operator (Lakpura Travels) but only intended to stay a couple of nights at first. Well after 9 nights we (family of 4 with 2 kids) can safely say that this is a delightful place with adorable owners (Paul, Lorraine and Charlie the labrador), kind and helpful staff, beautiful flowers and plants all over the place, very pleasant roof and 1st floor gardens, a very relaxing atmosphere and only a 5 minute walk away from the beach or the very tasty Flower Garden restaurant (really recommend the Vegi vegi pizza). The rates are very good for the quality of accommodation (I say this after having spent 4 weeks travelling around this beautiful country in which hotels tend to be fairly expensive compared to the very affordable food). A gorgeous breakfast (free for children which is very generous, otherwise 4$ per person which is a tad cheaper than the beach breakfasts) and great serve yourself drinks and play your own music policy (just put a tick against your room number and stick your ipod in the amp). All in all a great stay that we would really recommend to both families and couples looking for a good time. We will be coming back!

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 October 2013

The accommodation is located in a quiet part of unawatuna and the balcony overlooks greenery and tall palm trees. The rooms are spacious, spotless and the beds comfy and clean. The breakfast that you can purchase is huge and tasty and prepared with love:) The owner is helpful and friendly.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 23 October 2013

we stayed at the pal grove for 2 week. With are 2children .it a lovely B&b the staff and the owner .lorraine and Paul could not do enough for you lovely people. Great with the kids .sort trip for you tell you where to go and get the best price. The family room was big lost off room very clean .the .the breakfast was very good everyday and the kids loved it to .your not far from beach great place to go and chill out for 2 week with your family and be and forget worries we will be going back to Sri Lanka and we would stay at palm grove and the price was Asda price

Room Tip: We stayed in the family room and it's was a very big room and very very clean
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 10 October 2013

One of the highlights of our time in Sri Lanka. The owner, Paul, was a great guy who loved a chat and made us feel very welcome. The rooms were kept immaculately clean and it was the best shower we had for the whole trip. Excellent value and I would highly recommend.

Stayed: October 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 25 September 2013

Palm Grove is nestled down a little side street under lots of coconut trees. It's a beautiful little guesthouse with lots of nice little features and it's very homely! Also I've never seen so many potted plants that are all so immaculately kept! There's a lovely roof terrace with a hammock to chill out in after a hard day at the beach. The rooms are spacious and clean.
We were the only people here for the majority of our stay (but all of Una was quiet due to off season). Paul was very helpful and they have a lovely 1 year Labrador (Charlie) who is very friendly!

Overall an extremely pleasant place to stay!

  • Stayed: September 2013
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Reviewed 24 September 2013

Very nice and peaceful place. We stayed in a big, clean room and had a good bed & shower. The owner Paul is very friendly and so is his labrador Charlie. It is not at the beach, but I'm sure that's only a good thing, as it is more quiet.

Stayed: September 2013
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Address: Egodawatte, Unawatuna 80600, Sri Lanka
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Region: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle District > Unawatuna
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 156 B&Bs / Inns in Unawatuna
Price Range: £23 - £55 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
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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