- The food, while adequate, is not amazing. The table service is good, and there is nothing "wrong" with the food, it's just not very exciting.
- The bathrooms all seem to have the nice square "rainfall" shower heads, but they don't work and you have to use the hand held appliance. This is not such a big deal, except that when they show you the room you tend to assume the installed appliances work. (They didn't work in any of the two rooms I stayed in, nor in my neighbour's).
- They are VERY insistent that you should bring your valuables to the safe room. It's very likely that they're only doing it for the guests' safety and I don't question their honesty, but it got to a point where the staff were asking me about it whenever they saw me and I ended up just bringing a few things to make them stop.
- There are times when it's impossible to find somebody who speaks English to help you (and they will not go find someone who does, they will just shrug).
- The location might not be great if you want beach chairs, boats and music, or if you want to have a proper swim, but if you want a quiet, secluded, spotless stretch of beach, it's perfect.
- On the last night of my stay I was moved to one of the bigger, air conditioned rooms (with TV, minifridge and private balcony) at no extra cost (I didn't get the exact reason, but it had to do with a wedding that was being celebrated on the resort). Being asked to move all your things in five minutes early in the morning is inconvenient, so it's good that they acknowledged this by upgrading me.
- Other reviews talk about buffets or "dish of the day" menus, but apparently that only happens in high season or when there are enough guests. When I was there (September), I was allowed to have anything I wanted from the menu (and I was even encouraged to order starters and desert when I didn't). When I went to settle my drinks bill there was a glass of wine that I hadn't ordered and that was promptly taken off.
- The rooms were spotlessly clean and well ventilated.
- The taxi service to Colombo airport was punctual and very comfortable. It's 1000 rupees more than hiring a service in Unawatuna town, but to me it was worth it.
Tip: if you intend to stay here, be prepared to argue with tuktuk/taxi drivers A LOT. Apparently the resort doesn't pay commission to touts, which is a good thing, but it means that everyone will try very hard to get you to stay somewhere else, and they will lie to you if they have to (it's closed! it's 100 dollars for a bad room! you will get food poisoning!).
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