Very old colonial estate with newer buildings. We had room in new wing, good space and very nice balcony/terrace above ground facing the pool. A beautiful garden with interesting trees, a pond with lotus flowers, a white pet duck, lots to see and enjoy. The garden ends where the hill and the forest begins - bring binoculars and spend some time during the day watching monkeys and birds.
The rooms are obviously not new or modern, especially the bathroom needs a makeover before long. Only top shower with water spraying all over the room - this was fixed effectively with some toiletpaper!
Beds are very squirky and a bit hard, especially the pillows are not so comfy. They are charmingly decorated with fresh flowers, sheet and towels put in nice arrangements. Every day, not just the first day of your stay. Mosquito repellants installed.
Free and good wi-fi indoors and outside.
Breakfast is good with varied foods and fresh fruit. Lunch can be ordered all afternoon, but dinner is preferably ordered in advance. The kitchen wants this for better planning, but it leaves less space for guests' impulse. We had excellent fresh fish several nights. No alcohol sold, but we didn't miss it at all. Guests may bring alcohol and the staff will serve it.
The staff is very kind and helpful. Always a smile and a greeting when you meet them.
Visitors at this historic hotel with a botanical garden are mainly people who want peace and quiet, tranquil surroundings. Nature makes a lot of sounds, but the guests shouldn't. So party people and noisy children may be welcome, regarding to the staff, but other guests will find them very disturbing here. It is our impression that the place calls for easygoing, laidback tranquility.
All in all: a very charming hotel with a faboulous garden, perfect place to relax. Very pleasant staff, really nice and helpful. Good food, well-working wi-fi. Best for adult guests, since most come here for relaxation and will be annoyed by to much noise, running around, playing in the pool etc.
Absolutely recommended, especially if you want quiet and beautiful surroundings with a scruffy historic charm and the feeling of staying in a park or even a small zoo.
We loved it!
- 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