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“Very relaxing, quiet retreat....good value”

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Dalawella Beach Resort
Ranked #72 of 145 Unawatuna B&B and Inns
Dartmoor National Park, United Kingdom
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“Very relaxing, quiet retreat....good value”
Reviewed 13 January 2013

We have been staying at The Dalawella Resort for two nights, we booked for four and have decided to stay longer. It is very quiet and the beach is beautiful. Other visitors are saying that the hotels in Galle are much more expensive and no where near as beautiful. The rooms are simple but clean, the beach cabana is very pretty, nice big shower room and nice and clean. Could do with a few more sun beds but ten minutes walk down the beach there are more on offer and a swim safe Laguna. Would definitely recommend anyone to stay here if you are on a medium budget and want to be right by the sea. As we sit on our balcony you can see turtles swimming in the sea in front of you. Beautiful and such a breath of fresh air after e travelling around India for a couple of months. The staff are very friendly, smiling all the time and so helpful serving breakfast to us way past the cut off time as we slept in....

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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 January 2013

The hotel is located a bit away from the busy main beach in Unawatuna which suited us perfectly. The waves are a bit too high here but only a short walk on the beach away is a natural rock pool perfect for swimming and a bit of snorkelling.
The staff are incredibly friendly and helpful and the food absolutely delicious as everything is prepared freshly. They go and buy the fish we order! We've been offered a range of Sri Lankan delicacies such as rare fruits.
The rooms are spacious and clean and well lit!
A perfect stay! :-)

  • Stayed January 2013
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Bengaluru, India
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Reviewed 6 November 2012

What i liked about this place was the location, attentive staff. Small resort with 8 rooms. Only downside i saw was couple of dogs on the beach which bothering my son little bit. They have excellent view of the beach from the seabeds.
We did the right thing in choosing this resort. Thanks a lot for making for stay comfortable and memorable.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with family
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Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
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Reviewed 2 November 2012

We just returned from four nights in the Cultural Triangle followed by four nights on the beach at Dallawella. Despite the mixed TA reviews, we chose to give them a try. <Good Call> It was a busy week and the nearby competitors were going to cost considerably more $$. Dallawella has only 8 rooms and we were hoping for some quiet beach time. The location feels remote, but the sights are easily accesible. Every morning you can view the stilt fisherman, and it's a nice stretch of semi private beach to walk or run. Dalawella is not a luxury accommodation. but it is smartly appointed, has powerful A/C, good size fridge, and not only was it CLEAN, there was always a fragrant cinnamon smell. They gave us Ritz Carlton service at a great rate. Kumada ( Sorry for spelling?) introduced himself and attended to us for the duration. He rented us motor scooters, provided maps, directions, answered questions, and gave honest advice about the area. Coffee was brought to our room promptly, and he happily honored meal requests at off hours. Laundry came back the same day, and one very large souvenir we were worried about packing was boxed up and ready for transport while we were off sight seeing. He was by far the best room/building attendant we have had to date. His interactions were non intrusive but his experience and intuition with hospitality make it a "return to" destination for us. There are more pictures of rooms and views posted on Agoda, and they ARE exactly what we saw!!!!

Room Tip: We inquired about an upgrade to the Cabana, but it has no A/C. Truthfully we enjoyed a second floor...
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 August 2012

Just spent 3 days at this beach hotel. It's main great asset is the location - literally set on a stunning clean quiet beach. No noisy music - just the sound of the waves crashing on the shore - bliss. We ate at the hotel on every evening of our stay and the food was simple but edible - I recommend the most delicious tomato soup I have ever tasted. The chef and "manager" were attentive.
On the down side the room was small as was the bathroom and shower and not entirely clean. Beware the sachets of shampoo (they contain black hair dye) !!
The bedroom was cramped and the kettle didnt work.The WiFi was dodgy and meant I had to take the tiny router to my room.
On our last morning over breakfast all the staff seemed to be concerned we might "do a runner" and hovered until we settled the entire food and drinks bill. Credit cards could not be taked as "the phone line was down" !! At one point the "manager" followed us into our room to advise us of that day's exchange rate !! We finally agreed a price - food etc in Sri Lankan Rupees and the car pick up from Colombo ($100) in GB pounds. For most of our stay we were the only guests.
BUT watch out for the airport pick up driver. Mad Max !! This was a journey from hell - highly dangerous and quite frankly he should never be allowed behind the wheel of a car again. Not for the feint hearted.
Despite all of that - the location was fantastic.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with friends
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 28 April 2012

We just returned from a 3 night stay at Dalawella. We stayed in the beach cabana they have which is set round the corner from the main part of the hotel and we loved it. It's obviously very basic (it's a beach cabana!) but there's a big four poster bed and the bathroom was massive. What we loved most is that we got to have breakfast and chill out on our own porch.

Dalawella is not on Unawatuna beach, it's in a smaller cove down the beach. The sea right outside the hotel is very rough and rocky; makes for an amazing view but not for swimming. We wandered down the beach and over some rocks and found a lovely natural pool in the sea which we used instead. The beach was very quiet (probably because it's almost Monsoon so end of the season).

Unawatuna beach is a very short tuk-tuk ride away but looking back we'd probably stay on Unawatuna itself next time as flagging one down in the dark on the main road wasn't always fun. The owner recommended we walk a 'short distance' to another hotel to cut onto the beach and then walk down, however we'd definitely not recommend trying it after our experience - cars and buses FLY down the road. It wasn't pleasant.

The food on the whole was average; breakfast was lovely (recommend the Sri Lankan omlette) however the other food we had there was well below average (undercooked chicken...).

Our only other slight complaints were the fan in the cabana was definitely not working properly; very loud and barely making any difference to the temperature and also, despite being asked not to, the staff insisted on sweeping the grounds (and in particular the area right next to the cabana at 5am). Loudly.

Overall we had a lovely time. We enjoyed being cut off for a few days and loved the sound of the ocean at night.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 April 2012

The Dalawella is not flash or elegant, but it offers clean and pleasant accommodation with the advantage of being right on the beach. The rooms are quite plain but have really high ceilings and air-con which really helps in this climate. You could probably take your own towels as the ones provided are small & very thin ! The outside area has shady palms and a couple of loungers, the dining area is again quite simple but adequate. Breakfast is fruit juice, eggs and toast with tea or coffee. This seemed fair as the cost of staying here is very reasonable. In the evening you have to go along a fairly unattractive road to find restaurants - nothing in the way of nightlife. Best thing is the staff - they are really welcoming & helpful, eager to make you feel comfortable.

Room Tip: There are only seven ! All seem to have a balcony and face the beach rather than the road. All are w...
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Dalawella Beach Resort
Address: 445 Matara Road, Dalawella, Unawatuna 80600, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle District > Unawatuna
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Ranked #72 of 145 B&Bs / Inns in Unawatuna
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Hotel Class:3 star — Dalawella Beach Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 8
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