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“Ultimate boutique luxury” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of CoCo Bay Unawatuna

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CoCo Bay Unawatuna
Ranked #2 of 29 Hotels in Unawatuna
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Geneva, Switzerland
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Ultimate boutique luxury”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2013

We stayed at this hotel just before Christmas for two nights and wished we had stayed two weeks. We had an Ocean Privilege Suite. Brand new, palatial room and bathroom (including lovely jacuzzi), balcony complete with day bed and comfortable tables and chairs, impeccable and unobtrusive service. The beach is small but private with fantastic views. The best hotel we stayed in out of the 9 different hotels we tried in Sri Lanka. The owners have put so much thought into tis place they deserve a huge success. The foods, by the way, is excellent and very good value for money and the barman makes a mean mojito. Loved this pace!

Room Tip: Ocean Privilege Suites are stunning
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Anna S
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Vinodh1536, Owner at CoCo Bay Unawatuna, responded to this review, 15 January 2013
Thank you for your review which is sincerely appreciated. We look forward to your next visit.
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Kongens Lyngby, Denmark
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2013

Sri Lanka can be proud of this newly built hotel where we spent 10 fantastic days during december 2012. The very well designed hotel right next to a nice and safe beach (many of the beaches near by are not very suitable for swimming due to large waves and current) delivered the facilities of a five star hotel and at the same time it kept the personal feel of having relatively few rooms.
The excellent, friendly and motivated staff made everyday a pleasure, and the level of service was like no other we have ever experienced. They all took a great effort in making us feel happy, satisfied and entertained at all times and our kids were pampered with attention, small gifts and humorous gimmicks.
The owner should be proud of his golden team!
There is no doubt that we'll be back as soon as possible.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Hanne Ida A
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Vinodh1536, Owner at CoCo Bay Unawatuna, responded to this review, 15 January 2013
Thank you for your review. We are glad you enjoyed your stay and look forward to your next visit
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2013

My husband and I have just left coco bay resort this morning after a 6 night stay.
Beautiful place!
Excellent staff all round! Very friendly can't do enough for you.
We stayed in the aqua romance room it was absolutely beautiful.
Met Lukas&Yana spent new years eve with them had a great night (thank you) :)
10/10 for this new hotel!!

Marie and Paul (Sheffield).

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank Marie773
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Vinodh1536, Owner at CoCo Bay Unawatuna, responded to this review, 15 January 2013
Thank you for your encouraging review. We hope we will have the pleasure of hosting you at the coco bay again in the not too distant future
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2012

My closest Childhood friend and myself meet every year during the Christmas holidays for the last twenty odd years and took a risk this time to try something different....and boy did it really pay off...

We were one of the few early guests and were extremely skeptical on our drive to Galle from Colombo...but our gamble paid off.

As soon as we got in to the hotel ...we were blown away with the breathtaking view of the sea and the welcome we received.

It was one of the best holidays we have had...the rooms were awesome....where one could have a view of the sea while relaxing in the jacuzzi....the rooms were well thought through and one could also relax in a spacious balcony and dine in as well.

The food was brilliant and we were able to request out of the menu and the chef delivered....the crab curry was out of this world...must try.

The breakfast was menu was extensive and beautifully presented.....it seems that they took a personal pride in their food.

The other beauty of the place is the privacy one had and one felt that the place belonged to only you...it was absolutely relaxing,very tranquil and truly paradise.

Will be back for sure...

Room Tip: They cater to family suites as well as beautifully appointed rooms for couple with their private po...
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Raghu R
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Vinodh1536, Owner at CoCo Bay Unawatuna, responded to this review, 3 January 2013
Dear Mr Raghu,
Thank you for your encouraging comments which are sincerely appreciated. It was our pleasure tou have hosted you and Vivek ,your friend from India and we hope you will return to the Coco bay.
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Singapore, Singapore
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21 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2012

We took a risk by booking the hotel months ahead of its opening, going by the (presumably mockup) photos, email conversation with the owner Vinodh and basically gut feel. As I was travelling with my family of 10, including children ages 9 to 21, I was extremely nervous as our van pulled in into the property. We were pleasantly surprised. Clearly a lot of thought, care and personal touch went into ensuring this small boutique hotel delivered on its promise. From well-appointed huge bathrooms, each with its own jacuzzi to the sizeable balconies with recliners, chairs and a table, each with gorgeous views of the private beach and the sea. With the waves lapping just about 50m from the balconies, the sound of the waves were therapeutic.

The common areas were also well done. No airconditioning needed at the windly lounge areas and dining areas, a nice pool table providing opportunities for bonding with my kids.

And finally the service - we met the owner Vinodh and his wife, who were obviously (and deservedly) proud of their place, the hotel manager Reny and his staff went out of their way to ensure our stay was not just comfortable but thoroughly pleasurable. Being a small property with 12 rooms, most of the staff got to know us personally. We were on half-board which included dinner with a selectable set menu, but both Vinodh and Reny told us we could request "anything" from the chef, just tell him in advance. And the chef actually followed up on this by seeking us out to find out what we wanted. We put this to the test by ordering a crab dinner and the chef totally delivered - twice! And the breakfast could be had anytime between 7 AM to 6 PM!

I am not sure whether all this special attention was because we were one of the first guests, but I sense that the team at Coco Bay Unawatuna was truly proud of their place and sincerely wanted to please.

To be sure, there were some kinks which is not to be unexpected with a property opened barely two weeks ago, but it was overall a great experience, worth repeating. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank AlwiHafiz
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Vinodh1536, Owner at CoCo Bay Unawatuna, responded to this review, 3 January 2013
Dear Mr Hafiz,
Our sincere thanks for your encouraging review which is sincerely appreciated.
It was indeed a pleasure for the Coco bay team to have hosted you and your extended family at the resort. We are thrilled you enjoyed your stay and hope you will visit us again
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2012

We had an absolutely fantastic time at the CoCo bay. Reni and his team are a great team providing a fantastic service. We stayed there over a period of 5 days in the ocean suite and opted for the half board package. Ours was a last minute reservation that we did direct with the hotel. Reni was really great, got us a good offer, send a cab to pick us up at the airport and welcomed us personally when we reached the hotel. We had a 'no quibble' early check in (In fact Reni went out of the way to make sure our room was ready for early check in)

The whole hotel just felt like a really personal experience. There are 12 rooms, all having great views of the sea. They offered us the option of having breakfast served in the room which was fantastic considering the view we had from our balcony. The restaurant area is bright & spacious and looks into the sea. There is an option for dining right under the stars which we did a couple of times. Chef Sam personally checked on what we wanted for dinner which we thought was really a nice touch. The food was excellent and extremely reasonably priced. We have a 2 year old & the hotel staff just adopted him.

They are a brand new hotel & there will be 'teething' issues but the professional service of the team and the great views & hospitality just made it seem trivial. I am sure we will be back..

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Coastgaurd
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Vinodh1536, Owner at CoCo Bay Unawatuna, responded to this review, 3 January 2013
Thank you so much for your review which is sincerely appreciated. It was a real pleasure for the Coco Bay team to have hosted you and we look forward with much anticipation to your next visit.
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Property: CoCo Bay Unawatuna
Address: 10/4 Roomassala Road | Roomassala, Unawatuna, Galle 80600, Sri Lanka
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Region: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle > Unawatuna
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 29 Hotels in Unawatuna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — CoCo Bay Unawatuna 4*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located right on the beach in a secluded Bay, one hop away from the main resort area of Unawatuna and Galle town, it is one of the most stunning holiday locations in Sri Lanka. COCO BAY has 200 metres of sandy beach frontage with a superb view of Galle fort and is located in the midst of a picturesque fishing village with traditional catamarans that characterize this beautiful part of southern Sri Lanka. All rooms and suites have a stunning ocean view and feature private jacuzzi , rain shower, complimentary WIFI, LED TV with international news, sports, movie and foreign language channels,mini bar, digital safes, extra large signature beds with pillow menu, soap selection and large balconies with day beds. The AQUA ROMANCE ROOMS have small private pools. LE MER Beach Restaurant with a distinct French touch serves days fresh sea food, the best of local southern cuisine and international dishes of high quality. Yummy Italian PIZZA and authentic FRENCH BAGUETTES are also on offer. The CHILL OUT lounge bar offers a selection of great wines and exciting cocktails and offers HAPPY HOURS daily between 5.30 and 7.30 PM. A swimming pool by the beach with a kiddies pool and a gym are available. Airport transfers, excursions and round trips can be arranged ... more   less 
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