My wife and I stayed in room A1 for one week while learning to scuba dive and in room B1 after we extended our stay for 2 additional nights. Both rooms were very clean, well maintained and comfortable. Room A1 was very spacious and room B1, while not quite as large, was still a reasonable size. Both rooms had air conditioning and although some other reviews complain of having no control over the unit, we were left with the remote control and instructions on how to use it so perhaps they've changed their policy since those previous reviews were written.
As others have mentioned, Renate - Hans' wife - does ask that you don't bring your own food or drink inside, but we didn't find that to be an issue as the food provided was fantastic and reasonably priced, and they offer free water refills from the kitchen whenever you want. The door to the kitchen is open and from what we could see, it looks very clean and well run and the chef and staff are friendly and very accommodating to requests. You can order food or drinks almost whenever you like, as long as you give some advance notice because all of the food is made fresh. The Sri Lankan chicken curry, for example (which we would highly recommend), takes about an hour to prepare. Just let them know when you want dinner or lunch and what you want and they'll call your room when it's ready!
A picturesque beach with a natural pool in the sea is accessible from the front of the garden, the town of Unawatuna is just a few minutes away by tuk-tuk (where the diving center is located) and the larger town in Galle isn't too much further either. Our only real complaint about the location was that, as others have mentioned, the trains do have an unfortunate tendency to blast their horns quite loudly as they pass by early in the morning, and there are vehicles selling bread and other wares that play the same loud music as they travel up and down the road for hours at a time, but sit on the balcony/deck or out in the garden and let the sound of the sea drown out the noise.
Renate and all of the staff were very attentive and interested in our day to day activities. We both felt taken care of and were able to completely relax in between dives.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- ROCKSIDE CABANAS HOTEL - directly at the Mihiripenna/Dalawella beach! Jump from your bed straight into the 28° C warm water of the ocean. Relax in a hammock under the coconut palms in the 1.000 m² garden of the ROCKSIDE in Mihiripenna near Unawatuna. And in the evening you'll probably lounge in our garden restaurant or on your veranda, sipping a cool drink and enjoying the spectacular sunset over the sea.If you want to perfectly relax just ask us to take care of you - or stay completely private in your CABANA or your APARTMENT. At our own UNAWATUNA DIVING CENTRE, PADI Resort S-36133, situated directly on the beach, only 2 km away from ROCKSIDE we offer you daily snorkeling trips and fun dives to our different dive spots (reef, rock, wrack). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rockside Cabanas Hotel Unawatuna