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Shangri La Guest House
Reviewed 18 November 2013

This guest house changed its name 8 months ago to Kahuna club, but didn't tell any of the locals we had quite a job finding it. The place itself is a mixture of hotel rooms. apartments and wooden cabanas, we stayed in one of the apartments which was basic but adequate for three people. The grounds were full of wildlife with mongoose, monkeys and even porcupines wandering about. The guest house has its own restaurant with a restricted menu but was unable to serve curry and rice and on a second occasion prawns which were on the menu. I found the beach to be very commercialised and very busy.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 25 October 2013

We stayed at Kahuna Club (formally Shangri La) in October for the last 3 nights of our holiday in Sri Lanka. Luckily there was only rain for one night on our trip to Unawatuna despite October being the rainiest season. The hotel is situated very close to the beach (5 minute walk) and set back within a beautiful jungle setting and near to all the restaturants and nightlife (however its quiet enough to not be disturbed by any noise from the beach bars)

We were greeted by the very friendly owners and shown to a choice of air con rooms or fan assisted Cabanas. We chose the Cabana and although humid at night with just a fan, it was more than adequate. Facilities-wise the place had everything you need and we really felt welcome and relaxed there.

Both the owners and Kim who was working on marketing were friendly and helped us with whatever we needed. There was also no pressure at all to eat at the hotel, but when we did have a breakfast it was top quality. I would definately recommend this hotel

Room Tip: Cabana was great
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 July 2013

Shangri La consist of the main house and several cabanas, some wooden, some concrete, strewn across well groomed garden. We stayed in wooden cabanas, and although they were designed for two, we got extra bed for a third person (and a small discount). Even with three persons, it was roomy enough, so two persons will have lots of space.
Garden is cosy, with a lot of shade and several hammocks. Nice place to enjoy during midday heat.

Food in restaurant is good, but too expensive for its value. Check smaller establishments down the road towards the beach, they are much better option, especially for breakfast.

Shagnri La is located a bit away from the beach, at most 10 minutes of slow walk, but then again, its less than you need to walk up and down the same beach. Some hundred meters toward the main road there is a big fruit stand, and two hundred meters form the guest house is the main road between Galle and Matara, and a bus stop.

Service is OK.
Plus: We were leaving in the evening, but checkout was in the morning. They offered us usage of bathroom and showers before leaving.
Minus: Access to safety deposit box. It is safe, but only two owners had a key. At one point we wanted to pick things up, but they were not at the premises for several hours, and we could not get to our money and passports.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 15 February 2013

My wife and I have been visiting Unawatuna regularly for ten years, including January 2013. We have stayed at Shangri-la:Kahuna Club exclusively since we spotted it on our third trip. The tropical garden grounds are spacious, quiet and restful. The rooms are clean and comfortable. The food is always fresh and really delicious, with a chef who's happy to make special dishes to suit all tastes. Mally, the owner, is a jovial, generous and most convivial host, and his staff is young, friendly and efficient. We can't recommend the guest house highly enough. Exceptional price/quality value. I know it looks suspicious to give an "excellent" rating across the board, but we really feel that way. We know all the guest houses in Unawatuna, and there are other fine ones, but Kahuna Club is really home. (Note: there is no fitness center, so I shouldn't have rated it, but I can't delete the dots!)

Room Tip: We like the spacious high-ceilinged rooms in the main house.
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  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 February 2013 via mobile

We spent 2 nights in a double room of the main house. They also have nice cabanas and bungalows. You can relax wonderfully in the well-kept huge tropical garden with its palm trees and rich vegetation. Perfect for families with small children. One night they had a delicious barbecue with butterfish, barracuda, chicken, etc. 5 min walk to the beach.

  • Stayed: February 2013
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Reviewed 22 January 2013

Decent place to stay. Quite close the beach. Food was pretty good. They make it fresh. Service was pretty good. They helped us a lot. We had to leave because of an emergency back home and they were really helpful.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 January 2013

We had booked other budget accommodation, but when we arrived it was smelly and very basic and more expensive than advertised (and no en-suite). We found the Kahuna Club ( ex Shang ri la) by accident and found it to be clean comfortable and excellent value. The staff and proprietor couldn't have been more accommodating and the garden setting was blissful. There was room for our driver to park and the food was excellent. I cannot recommend this hotel more highly.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank Jane H
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Additional Information about Shangri La Guest House

Address: 55/1 Yaddehimulla Road, Unawatuna 80600, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle District > Unawatuna
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #67 of 142 Speciality Lodging in Unawatuna
Price Range: £14 - £34 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 12
Also Known As:
Shangri La Guest House Hotel Unawatuna
Shangri La Unawatuna
Unawatuna Shangri La

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