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Cottage -
2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4
Unawatuna, Galle District, Southern Province

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Rye, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Sensational hideaway”
Reviewed 11 August 2018 for a stay in August 2018

Great view and very comfortable villa. Compact pool. Safe and secure. Great local food should you wish to eat in. Tranquil and peaceful hideaway with very helpful staff.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
21 Aug 2018
Thanks for your review Christine!
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claire t
Level 5 Contributor
64 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Words cannot express our stay here!”
Reviewed 8 July 2018 for a stay in December 2017

I cannot express how incredible our stay at Unakanda. From the moment we walked in, we felt welcomed and at home. Everything is perfect, from the actual rooms, stunning outdoor bathroom, and the infinity pool overlooking the bay. Chi is an incredible cook. He created meals for us each night of our stay and we just loved his cooking and energy.

I cannot fault this place!! If your in the area this is a must stay!!!!!!

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
8 Jul 2018
This is lovely to read thanks Claire! We will pass on your compliments to Chi and the rest of the team :)
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343Kay
Lismore, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Simply the best ! ”
Reviewed 3 July 2018 for a stay in March 2018

We recently had the most memorable stay here with our son and daughter in law. The house was great and relaxing after a hectic day of sightseeing, noise and traffic. We would come back and cool off in the pool and be greeted by the wonderful staff who became our friends in such a short time. The food was amazing . Thanks guys for making our holiday so special. We really enjoyed our stay with you.

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Management Response
5 Jul 2018
Thank you Kay! Team Unakanda are happy and proud to know you guys enjoyed your stay so much :)
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Shawn C
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
“Amazing ”
Reviewed 20 March 2018 for a stay in March 2018

Our time here was truly not long enough. The location away from the hustle and bustle was serene and relaxing but still close enough if that's your thing. The view from the pool, the beautiful main bathroom, the gardens, but most of all the amazing and friendly staff that just make you feel so welcome.
Would definitely stay here again.

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Management Response
20 Mar 2018
Hi Barbie & Shawn, thanks for the lovely words. So glad you guys enjoyed your stay after all our communication :) Welcome back any time!
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SimonLich...
Lichfield, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
182 reviews
39 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 216 helpful votes
“Sometimes words are not enough.......”
Reviewed 8 March 2018 for a stay in February 2018
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I had exceptionally high expectations of Unakanda having read many of the previous reviews. I was somewhat worried however that a stay of 17 days have been a little long but I was so, so wrong.

I have travelled extensively over many years and tend in the depths of the English winter to opt for a tropical destination so to escape the grey winter. Sri Lanka is a wonderful destination with a diverse landscape, ancient historical sites, beautiful beaches and superb food.

However as I’ve gotten a little older and as the stress and strains of work seem to ever increase I was looking for something that offered total relaxation and after a holiday last year marred by screaming kids, solitude.

It transpired that Unakanda delivered on and exceeded all my requirements and expectations!

The house is beautiful, secluded and being on a hillside affords good views over Unawatuna. The house is light, bright and airy with two good size air conditioned bedrooms. Both bathrooms are great but the semi-outside one is very special.

Outside the terrace offers ample shade from the hot sun but also areas of full sun so you regulate your sun bathing to suit. The pool is larger in reality than it looks in the photos and sitting in there especially under the stars is a real luxury.

You are looked after like royalty and the cooking is excellent. During our stay Chi catered for our every whim conjuring up dishes from both Sri Lankan and Western cuisine. He also performed many errands for us such as fetching beer, laundry as well as organising tuk tuks and booking massages. Nothing was too much trouble.

There really is no need to leave the villa for anything but not to do so would mean missing out on exploring the area including sampling one the many local restaurants.

Unakanda is owned by Shar and Tim and from initial communication through booking and the eventual stay their help, advise and support has been exemplary and although they are not on site ( or even in the country) you have the reassurance of their help and support should you need it.

To appreciate everything that Unakanda has to offer you really have to experience it for yourself. It’s very unlike me to visit the same place twice after all the world has so much to offer. However before my stay was even over I had booked again for next such was my love.

Unakanda is difficult to sum up. It has a magic that gets to you. Sometimes words are not enough......

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
20 Mar 2018
Simon, we are delighted and humbled by your wonderful review. Thank you so much for taking so much time over it. Look forward to welcoming you back in a year.....
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harrisade
Wellington, New Zealand
2 reviews
“You won't find a bad review on Unakanda because it is perfect!”
Reviewed 28 September 2017 for a stay in September 2017

We read the amazing reviews and Unakanda lived up to all our expectations & was a highlight of our travels in Sri Lanka! Stop reading now and book!
You're set away for the busy beach area, yet not too far to walk to beach or shops. It is so peaceful, private and relaxing. Enjoy your own pool and the outstanding Sri Lankan food cooked for you.Great coffee @ Kat's at the bottom of the hill too.
The service from Manoj & Chi is genuine and heartfelt. Nothing is ever too much trouble.
However long you stay, you'll wish it was longer.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
20 Mar 2018
Cheers Addy! Glad you guys enjoyed yourself and thanks for the photos and help in the garden :)
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mmercanti
Toronto, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Most amazing place ever ”
Reviewed 3 September 2017 for a stay in September 2017

Unakanda was a dream come true. It is perfect in every way- spacious, modern, clean yet cozy and comfortable. We couldn't imagine staying anywhere in Sri Lanka and almost wish we could have extended our stay. Not only are you perched up on a hill with the MOST incredible views, you have an infinity pool to boot. Chirath and manoj also made our trip 5 stars always answering our questions, arranging us Tuk tuks and best of all creating the most delicious dinner we had in all of Sri Lanka. We are still dreaming of the pumpkin curry! We cannot wait to return. Do yourself a favour and stay here

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Management Response
3 Sep 2017
Thanks so much Marisa! We are flattered you guys chose us for your honeymoon and hope you have a fabulous time in Marrakech :)
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