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“Third great time!”
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Palm Grove
Ranked #2 of 145 Unawatuna B&B and Inns
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Stirling
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“Third great time!”
Reviewed 3 August 2014

I stayed for six nights at the end of June and the standard of service and the quality of the rooms was the same excellent standard. I have found Palm Grove to be the most social and friendly guesthouse in Unawatuna. This is largely to the owners who stay very close to the business and are a wonderful source of information. They set a night standard for their staff.
If you travel from Colombo on the Expressway coach get off at the end of the expressway, don't stay on until Galle, there are always tuk tuks seeking business here.

Room Tip: I have had rooms both upstairs and downstairs and found them all very good. These are large airy roo...
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 29 July 2014

We spent the last days of our trip under the Unawatuna sun in this fabulous guesthouse. Owned by a gregarious British couple, Palm Groves serves its travelers with a beautiful inn packed to the brim with knick knacks, lovely decorated rooms, and even pancakes! The owners will do EVERYTHING in their power to get you what you need. On the day we left, they helped us get a driver to take us to the airport for our night flight and even allowed us to stay in our room late- so that we could shower before stepping on to our 12 hour flights bound for home. It is slightly farther from the beach than we would have liked, but that perhaps made it a quieter location than an inn that would have been closer. Stocked drinks are on an honor system and the free WIFI was great. Don't forget to peer out the back from the main balcony around sundown to see the spider and squirrel monkeys in all their glory!

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Newquay, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 June 2014

Myself, my wife and my nephew visited Unawatuna and stayed at Palm Grove.

What can i say ....
Excellent service, beautiful location, great breakfast and the rooms were loveley. The staff was 5 star, excellent friendly service with lots of smiles and the boily eggs were top notch. The staff were there for our every beck and call, it was like been pampered every day.
The rooms were comfy, clean and cool, it was an even more of a treat when we saw that they were four poster beds. Excellent i must say.
The stunning gardens and the palm trees are breathtaking and the hammock on the top viranda is a very special touch. What more can i say ..... excellent and we cant wait to visit Palmgrave again next year. thankyou paul and lorraine for such a great stay !! :)

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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 14 June 2014

One of the, overall nicest and best value for money, places I have ever stayed in. It's a cosy little place set in beautiful surroundings and an absolutely lovely couple and their staff looking after you!

It is a little pricey compared to some other places (especially if you like us come from inland Sri Lanka), but considering the huge breakfast that is included in the price it is great value for money. Me and my friend calculated that just the food would probably cost us around 2500 rupees if having it outside.

The rooms are spacious and clean with very comfortable beds! The bathroom/showers are clean and with hot water, really nice! The very best is the outsides though. The B&B has two absolutely fantastic terraces. We would take our breakfast on the top one, with a view of the forest and monkeys and after just chill in the hammock and lounge chairs. So relaxing! The other terrace seems like the perfect place to hang out with other guests (we were alone since it was low season), have a beer, listen to music or maybe swap out your book.

We were so happy with Palm Grove and Lorraine and Poul, and I will recommend anyone travelling to Sri Lanka to stay with them! Just make sure to make your reservation if you are travelling during high season!

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 21 April 2014

The palm grove is a bit expensive, but definitely worth the money. The place is clean, rooms are comfortable and nice and the staff is very friendly. The common area is good to have a chat and get to know other travellers and have a beer before going to bed. The British owner always have good tipps and recommendations and are helpful and friendly. We enjoyed our stay there a lot!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 March 2014

The decor of the place could be better but the friendliness of the hosts (and their excellent restaurant recco's) made our stay a memorable one. We decided to extend our stay because Unawatuna offered so much.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Paris, France
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Reviewed 30 March 2014

We called one day before arrival and were lucky that there was a (family) room free, although we were just two the room was great. A very warm welcome, the place had a great atmosphere. The owners are very friendly and helpful and understand what today's travellers want.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Palm Grove
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 #2 of 145 B&Bs / Inns in Unawatuna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
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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