Upon arrival, first impressions weren't wonderful... the entrance gates were straight onto the very busy main road; and I feared that descriptions of "historic" and "characterful" basically meant "a bit run down"! One of the two pools was under repair - the other a milky colour; tarapaulin was stretched over sections of roof; our 'old' rooms were a bit musty; and plastic corrugated roofing topped the ensuite bathrooms. But during our 4 day stay we slowly grew to really like the place. The staff were absolutely wonderful; the pool was great for our young boys and the breakfasts were fresh. As a wider location, it was good being a bit removed from the crowds of the beach and main drag; with easy tuk-tuk access to both, and also to Galle. We didn't love the dinners (other guests did!) - but no minor quibbles could overwrite the sheer goodwill of the staff. Our rooms themselves weren't great - we had been strongly advised to try and get rooms in the new block (which were weren't able to do). These were better and are highly recommeneded.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nooit Gedacht Heritage Hotel, Also known as Nooit Gedacht Ayurveda Health Resort is a historical Colonial style villa built in 1735. It was once the country home of a Dutch governor name De jong and was later taken over by the British as a military logistic centre. It is just 10 minutes walk away from the Unawatuna beach & 5 Km from UNESCO world heritage site of Galle fort. Nestled at the foot of Rumassala mountain (referred as Sanjeewani Mountain in the epic of Ramayana ) Nooit Gedacht is situated in the middle of a palm garden full of natural flora & fauna & a lotus lake. Guests can also enjoy traditional Ayurveda treatments, Spa, yoga & meditation while they indulge them selves in the tranquility that this place has to offer. Nooit Gedacht...Your Home in the Sun, is a place with old world charm & modern comforts that you must not miss while you are in Unawatuna! Come & enjoy the beauty & simplicity this place has to offer. Please note there are NO branches of Nooit Gedacht in the vicinity. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Nooit Gedacht - Ayurveda Health Hotel Unawatuna