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The Frangipani Tree by Edwards Collection
Ranked #7 of 33 Hotels in Unawatuna
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 24 December 2011

Tis hotel was fantastic. There were a few little issues with costs, but nothi to reduce the overall rating of e hotel.

We had an upper room, which had an excellent view over the beach and pool. The room and bathroom were both huge, and clean. There is some rust in places, which is to be expected in the tropics by the beach in rooms that open to the air.

The food was all excellent, thou those who are not seafood fans will find their selection a little limited.

The only issues I have with is hotel are that the wine was over priced for the quality, and the cost of the car or van from the hotel to Negombo on checkout was more than initially quoted (11500 rupees instead of 10000).

The staff were very friendly, and I loved the fact that you didn't need to sign or give your room number for things,as it is such a small place, with only 9 suites, the staff always remember your room!

Service could be a little slow, but that seemed to be standard in Sri Lanka.

We usually spend a week or so each year at a beach resort in Thailand, but this hotel has led us to reconsider. Too bad a $50 visa fee is coming in for Sri Lanka from Jan 1

  • Stayed: December 2011
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Reviewed 16 December 2011

I loved staying at this boutique hotel on the beach. Everything about it is elegant. The furniture, the flooring, the beds, bedlinen and quality of pillows. I had the large room above the library/tv area - of which I believe there are 2 on this floor whereas there are 8 garden rooms which are very stylish with outside bathrooms. The food is excellent and some of the best I have had in Sri Lanka. The menu is not overly large but interesting and beautifully presented. Whilst I was there, a mens' fashion photo shoot was going on which gave interesting diversion to hours spent turtle watching. It is not advisable to swim in the sea here, hence the lovely pool in the grounds. Staggering sunsets.......with the stilt fisherman as a backdrop.....a perfect and peaceful few days. I will certainly be staying here again.

Room Tip: Depends on whether you like outdoor bathrooms or indoor ones. You have a choice.
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  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 11 December 2011

My partner and I spent five heavenly days and although it rained intermittently (unexpected for this time of year we were told) we couldn’t have asked for better service (breakfast was served at any time we pleased), the food was fantastic and the setting simply beautiful. The infinity swimming pool is the centre piece of this small, intimate resort. Huge bedrooms with an extremely generous bathroom, amazingly comfortable beds, views to die for, we couldn’t have asked for more. The whole team made this perfect holiday an unforgettable one.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 November 2011

My partner and I spent three lovely nights at Frangipani Tree last year. Although it's right next to the main road, the high white wash walls takes out most of the street sounds. When you walk into the hotel, you'll feel like you've stepped into your home ground and welcomed by a cold tropical drink and the sounds of the ocean beckoning. All the travelling (travelling around Sri Lanka is a exhausting experience given the narrow and poorly maintained roads with crazy drivers. It's probably the heat as well.)

The room we stayed in was huge with a high ceiling. The lighting isn't the best but I can live with it. My only complain about it was that mosquitoes are the regular guests in the evenings but this happens everywhere even with the mosquito coils. Just bring your own repellents. Also the towels were damp and yukky. I think it's a good idea to bring your own towel when you go to Sri Lanka, especially during rainy season, things just don't dry up and most boutique hotels don't use commercial dryers.

Really yummy food. The wonderful thing about small hotels in Sri Lanka is their practice of planning your food preferences with you daily. It's a very good idea to speak to the manager at the start of your stay about your food preferences and also do it for every meal. They really appreciate that because they usually shop for food in the morning for your dinner meal. They buy and cook what you like and nothing gets wasted. They are very careful about not wasting food. I for one have trouble with digesting coconut so ask them to do their curry versions without coconut. It's great to know that out of all the curry-eating countries, Sri Lanka is probably the best for having versions without coconut! So enjoy!

The sea isn't for swimming unfortunately because of the tides and corals but it's THE VERY BEST to count sea turtles. Every afternoon I would sit there with a tropical juice in hand and count the sea turtles coming up to take a breath of air before diving to hunt again. You can luxuriate here while being the part-time Animal conservationist. Exciting.

And don't forget to eat Lunch at the famous Galle Fort Hotel (20minutes Tuk tuk drive away). They probably have the best Sri Lankan luncheon around. Good to do lunch and lounge for tea. Then walk around the area till you're tired then back to the Frangipani Tree for a late afternoon snooze or swim, then go count the turtles. By late 6ish, huge flocks of swallows fly back to roost. The chirping is deafening and the skies turn black in waves against the sunset as they return. After which you can settle back for dinner and early sleep. There's no TV to waste your life here on so you will be forced to enjoy each other's company. :-)

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 November 2011

My wife and I went to this resort after some careful reviews done through tripadvisor and we were not disappointed at all. This resort was fantastic with great view of Indian ocean. I was scared to read some reviews about rains during November, but was pleasantly surprised to see good sunshine throughout our stay. There was intermittant rains, but only in the evenings. The main attraction of the resort is the swimming pool, and the service. The chef was fantastic and he cooked some good south indian and north indian vegetarian food (as we were vegetarians) which made our trip very fulfilling. Over all great resort and wonderful crew. One thing that was lacking, was the non availability of any travel desk in the resort. Also a word of caution, Sri lanka is by no means a cheap destination, the costs were exorbitant.

Room Tip: Please choose a sea facing villa and you would love the view of sunrise and sunset
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  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 October 2011

it was perfect as our last stop before drive back to Colombo, gorgeous view, room had this quaint old worldly charm and although you do get mosquitoes and tiny ants if you leave your windows open, cant complain. Vijaya beach is a ten minute easy walk from the hotel and we spent endless hours watching the sunset with some excellent mojitos.......

Stayed: October 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 8 September 2011

The Frangipani Tree was the best place we've ever stayed anywhere in the world and they looked after us the way only family probably could. They made our wedding day so beautiful and a day I don't think any of our guests will ever forget.

It all started when we emailed the owner about 10 months before the wedding. He was ultra helpful and kept the communication going all throughout. He was on business when we were there but we were looked after by the General Manager of the Fort Printers and Frangipani Tree. The way Mr Waralathika looked after us was above and beyond the call of duty. He made sure that every little detail for the wedding and the days before was impeccable, from taking us to meet the registrar, florists and hairdresser, bringing in fresh water lillies to line the aisle with on the day, putting fairy lights around the hotel for the wedding and many more tiny details.

Robyn, the acting manager, on the day showed so much intuition and this came across from most of the staff who worked there. They go out of their way to make sure your needs are seen to so that you have the best stay possible.

The food and drinks there were some of the best we had in Sri Lanka (including bbq'd giant prawns, fresh juices, fish tacos...). Excellent breakfasts.

The design is simple but quite luxurious. The pool - outstanding. Fantastic showers, comfortable beds with proper mosquito nets and nice sitting areas. Well maintained tennis court also which our guests made use of. When you walk in the place kind of blows you away with its location and calm atmosphere.

Everyone at the wedding (20 of us) said that the Frangipani Tree was the highlight of their stay in Sri Lanka and no other hotel beat it for quality and service. When we left my husband and I were overwhelmed by what an incredible time we had there. Thank you very much to the Frangipani Tree for what were the best three days of our lives yet!

Room Tip: All the villas are outstanding.
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  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Address: 812 Matara Road, Unawatuna 80600, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle District > Unawatuna
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Romantic Hotel in Unawatuna
#3 Family Hotel in Unawatuna
#3 Spa Hotel in Unawatuna
#4 Luxury Hotel in Unawatuna
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Unawatuna
Price Range: £164 - £351 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — The Frangipani Tree by Edwards Collection 5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Spend Time with Sea Turtles and Sparrows who visit this beautiful property Set on an improbable juxtaposition of simplicity and luxury overlooking the turquoise Indian Ocean. The Frangipani Tree is sun, sand, trees, culinary, sensuous and spiritual indulgences among Intimate, Exclusive and Elegant surroundings. ... more   less 
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