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“A Comfortable Stay”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of CoCo Bay Unawatuna

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CoCo Bay Unawatuna
Ranked #2 of 29 Hotels in Unawatuna
Certificate of Excellence
Melbourne, Australia
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53 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“A Comfortable Stay”
Reviewed 5 August 2014

We opted for the aqua romance room with our own pool at ground level. The room and bathroom is very spacious and decor is new and modern. The complex is right on the beach, but the water is not as clear as the local beach a few kms away, this might be due to the nearby fishing boats. The beach looks across the water towards Galle Fort. The swimming pool is fenced off between rooms, a good size and depth, but very cold and hard to get out of.
Breakfast and dinner were all good with a wide selection on the dinner menu.
I was very impressed how attentive management were to fixing a few issues (hot water and internet) making the stay even more pleasurable.
Thank you for being so welcoming and I recommend this hotel to others.

Room Tip: All rooms face the water, it depends what size you are after and whether you want your own pool.
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Svdes79, Owner at CoCo Bay Unawatuna, responded to this review, 6 August 2014
Thank you for writing to trip advisor. We are delighted you enjoyed your stay with us and apologize for the problem with hot water and WIFI as we had just finished a refurbishment program. Both issues were fixed with minimum delay and we now have a faster email connection .
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 August 2014

We stayed here after six very busy days touring the island. It is beautiful and freshly refurished. The rooms are bright and clean with luxurious touches all over the place. The food was simply delicious. We stayed on a full board basis. As there is a complimentary fruit basket, we tended to breakfast on that (or fresh fruit we had picked up in Galle), before taking hotel breakfast around 11am (open until 2pm) and then really digging into the 6 course evening meals. The menu changed nightly but always had fresh sea food and local dishes.
This is a little out of the tourist area but you can reach Galle very easily via tuk tuk at around £1.50 each way.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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Svdes79, Owner at CoCo Bay Unawatuna, responded to this review, 6 August 2014
we are delighted you enjoyed your stay at the COCO BAY and thank you for taking the time to write to trip advisor. We look forward to welcoming you back on your next visit to Sri Lanka.
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Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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35 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 August 2014

I note that some reviews have been disappointed by the hotels location and claims but basically they are working with what they have. Yes, it's a bit expensive for this area & you will get cheeper but probably not with all that Coco bay offers.

On the downside - jacuzzi bath-no water supply to start with & then got in and it leaked ( I would take these out as they're a bit of a gimmick and poor quality) 2 requests for a bar of soap; Plunge pool - broken tile on edge; Smelly drains on approaching room but disappeared after 2 days; Scooped beds that you can't lay on your stomach on without dislocating your spine! The hotel design lacks local character.

On the upside - great views across the beech from rooms & restaurant; great attentive staff; on half board and we're not disappointed by the food choice & quality; breakfast is served from 7.30 am to 2pm; tours ( recommend Chameera Cycling tours); pillow choice including memory foam; AC that works how you want it to; peaceful; close enough to walk to village to soak up the bustle and explore local life;

On balance we will probably return.


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Room Tip: All rooms have great sea views. Ground floor rooms offer a shared pool with fence divide.
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Svdes79, Owner at CoCo Bay Unawatuna, responded to this review, 6 August 2014
Thank you for your most constructive comments.
We just completed a refurbishment program an had a few teething problems but are glad that all have been fixed now.
We look forward to welcoming you back to COCO BAY on your next visit.
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 29 July 2014 via mobile

We recently stayed at this hotel. In fact the first day opening after the refurbishment. We were upgraded to a suite which was on the first floor and was very generous in size and modern. We appreciated the small touches of a boutique hotel. Pillow selection, soap selection of our choice, complimentary fruit platters and cookies for afternoon tea. It's these little things that make a hotel great. Thank you.
The hotel is on a small private beach which management have kept relatively clean and which is secluded by a rock wall from the public beach; it has a small swimming pool; there are views across the bay to the fort; and the restaurant takes advantage of the vista across the bay. Our dining experience on the beachfront was just lovely. The chef was great offering to organise lobster or fish of our choice and we found the restaurant food above average for Sri Lanka.

Unfortunately the main Unawatuna beach is filthy. In fact we found many beaches across Sri Lanka that are the base for local fisherman spoilt and polluted which is such a shame. As tourism grows hopefully the government will sort this out.

The CoCo beach is delightful and I would highly recommend staying. And don't forget to visit Jungle Beach by grabbing a Tuk tuk. Well worthwhile.

Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Svdes79, Owner at CoCo Bay Unawatuna, responded to this review, 31 July 2014
Thank you for taking time to write to trip advisor and the positive comments which are truly appreciated.
We have taken note of your comment on the state of the main Unawatuna Beach which which is a 5 minute TUK TUK ride from the resort. We are glad to inform you that steps have been taken to clean up and maintain this part of the beach as well.
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 July 2014

We've just returned from 2 weeks travelling in Sri Lanka, staying at many different hotels. CoCo Bay, Unawatuna was fantastic! The staff are so friendly and helpful, its just like being with friends. CoCo Bay is great because there are only about 14 rooms, so it never feels busy. It's right on the beach front, which can be a bit windy depending on time of the year, but the breeze dropped in the evenings and eating dinner on the beach in balmy weather was fantastic.There was an amazing selection of food on offer, but our favourites were the Sri Lankan dishes, delicious!
The rooms were beautifully appointed and the suite room we had was so spacious, great balcony and gorgeous view of the beach/sunset. What amazed me is how the staff always had our room cleaned and prepared while we were out, without ever having to ask and never getting in our way. Fabulous, friendly service. We loved our few days here, and we'll be back for sure!

Room Tip: All the rooms in this hotel are great. A few have private plunge pools, 4 new rooms on the top floor...
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Svdes79, Owner at CoCo Bay Unawatuna, responded to this review, 31 July 2014
We are delighted you enjoyed your stay at the COCO BAY and thank you for the positive comments made on Trip Advisor.
The staff join me in sending our best wishes and look forward with much anticipation to your next visit
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Geneva, Switzerland
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10 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 July 2014

We stayed here for two nights and had a mixed experience. It has to be said that the staff were really friendly and did a great job. The rooms in the hotel are really spacious and beautifully done. However, we booked one of the room with a plunge pool on the ground floor. The bathroom, although huge, was very smelly!! The smell was coming from the drains. We spoke to the manager who moved us to another room which didn't have the pool anymore :-(. However, they did try to make up for it in other ways. The hotel is about 4 km outside Unawatuna so if you are looking for hustle and bustle this might not be the best option. It does have it's own private beach to make up for it.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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Svdes79, Owner at CoCo Bay Unawatuna, responded to this review, 28 July 2014
We are extremely sorry for the inconvenience you experienced with the smell in the bathroom. We had just opened after a refurbishment and this was due to a loose water seal and was repaired the very next day.
Thank you for the positive comments on the rest of your stay and we sincerely hope you will consider staying with us on your next visit.
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Dhaka City, Bangladesh
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36 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 2014 via mobile

I along with my wife and 21 month old daughter stayed in this hotel for two nights in december 2013. We booked half board, the food was great. Location is very good, right on a small beach. our guide find it difficult to locate the hotel first as it is little inside the main road. The staffs are very friendly and helpful. Rooms are clean and nicely decorated, its a new hotel, you can feel it. Overall i ll rate this hotel excellent.

  • Stayed December 2013
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Svdes79, Owner at CoCo Bay Unawatuna, responded to this review, 28 July 2014
Thank you for taking time to write to Trip Advisor. We are glad you enjoyed your stay with us the staff look forward to welcoming you back to the COCO BAY on 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
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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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