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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Reviewed 3 February 2015

Staid in a big bright room with sea view. Comfortable, clean, great jacuzzi, one of the better place we staid in Sri Lanka. Food was also good. Although it is next to the sea, there is no beach here. Restaurant staff should be better trained,

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Paloma scott S, Director and Board Representative at Calamander Unawatuna Beach, responded to this review

Dear Guest, We are delighted to read that you enjoyed staying in our hotel and you found all the amenities of a high standard. The public beach has been eroded by the strong current created by the break water on the eastern side of the bay. To ensure that our guests have a beach to sit on, we have created...

Oslo, Norway
Reviewed 30 January 2015 via mobile

If we visit Unawatuna again, I would stay at this same hotel (also called CBR). We were fortunate to get a nice large room with beautiful sea view (not many has). Friendly staff, good house keeping and good breakfast, but avoid the buffés. Go out for dinner on the beach (5-10.min walk) and go for seafood and choose between several...

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Paloma scott S, Director at Calamander Unawatuna Beach, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are pleased to hear that you have enjoyed the service of our friendly staff and the breakfast buffet, which is one of the best available on the south coast. We regret to hear that the dinner buffet was not to your choice. We are aiming to have...

Visakhapatnam, India
Reviewed 27 January 2015

We stayed here in second week of Jan'15 for 2 nights and must say a wonderful resort in Unawatuna. As we visited when the tourists were less, we did not find much of crowd and it was pleasant. As the bar lounge area and lounge near the beach is small, they can get overcrowded during peak season time. There is...

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Paloma scott S, Director and Board Representative at Calamander Unawatuna Beach, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you very much for taking the time to review your stay in our hotel. We are delighted that you and your family were able to relax and enjoy the beautiful sunsets. It is one of the very special aspects of where we are sited on Unawatuna Bay. We have noted your comments regarding the AC size and...

zurich
Reviewed 21 January 2015

Almost all of the service and restaurant staff was very friendly, helpful and courteous. We liked the place, Unawatuna is not the biggest and busiest bay, but this was what we liked and have been looking for. The hotel is located at the end of the bay, which is okay. We booked not a standard room, which was not located...

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Paloma scott S, Director at Calamander Unawatuna Beach, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to review the various aspects of your stay. We are glad that you have enjoyed the variety of the food and the leisure activities on offer. Thanks again for your recommendation and we do hope to welcome you again in future. Kind regards, Miss Paloma Scott

india
Reviewed 19 January 2015

Memorable experience of staying in this cozy beach resort in 2012. Excellent sea-food served here along with the choicest wines. And the shores are just a minute away from your room. This place was completely washed away in the Tsunami of 2004 killing hundreds in Galle itself. BUT the BIG drawback I encountered was while checking out. After I checked...

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Paloma scott S, Director and Board Representative at Calamander Unawatuna Beach, responded to this review

Dear Guest, We are sorry that we have not heard from you to verify your stay with us. We have written to you on the private message board, as we have no record of your stay; we are very puzzled by the incident of the safe box and the key. Our rooms have electronic safes. We do not use keys....

Hobart, Australia
Reviewed 18 January 2015

Spent a week at this place. First night pretty ordinary, had booked a deluxe room, which was anything but. Noisy, with thin walls, shocking bed and very dated decor. Upgraded to the Superior rooms for the remaining 6 nights. These are definitely the ones to stay in. Very modern, the rooms were spacious, clean, and the bed was soooo comfortable....

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Paloma scott S, Director and Board Representative at Calamander Unawatuna Beach, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you very much for taking the time to review our hotel. It obviously had a great impression on you that you remembered both the good and the bad in such detail, several months on. And to read such an expressive, punchy headline that is both complimentary and critical, leads the reader to want to know more. There...

Reviewed 12 January 2015

After being severely let down by the hotel we'd booked, and then spending the night in a really grotty hotel down the street - Unawatuna Beach Resort saved our skins when we were left with nowhere else to stay at the busiest time of year - and we couldn't have been happier to have ended up there! We were greeted...

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Paloma scott S, Director and Board Representative at Calamander Unawatuna Beach, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you very much for taking the time to review our service and the experience you had staying in our hotel. Management is delighted that we were able to accommodate you during our busy period and that Suranga did a fine job of looking after you. It is very good for us to know that you enjoyed our...

New York City, New York
Reviewed 11 January 2015

Calamander or UBA as the locals refer to it was my least favorite hotel during my two weeks in Sri Lanka, their website describes beautiful beaches and rooms with views but sadly this hotel has neither (the beach has been washed away from in front of the hotel due to a new sea wall built that has changed the ocean's...

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Paloma scott S, Director & Board Representative at Calamander Unawatuna Beach, responded to this review

Dear Guest, We accept your criticisms and we noted all you have said regarding our website, pool, staff, housekeeping, buffet, breakfast and check-out. We are sincerely sorry that your experience of our hotel was so negative in so many areas. The process of change and improvement is never easy and clearly we have a long way to go. We cannot...

Plymouth, United Kingdom
Reviewed 10 January 2015

I think there are several other reviews that voice the same criticisms that I am about to make and others that give the same praise. So, I feel that what I am about to write is valid. I do travel a lot and visit many countries, so I believe I have a broad experience of hotels. I made a last...

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Paloma scott S, Director and Board Representative at Calamander Unawatuna Beach, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Firstly, thank you very much for the time and effort you have made to examine, give negative and positive criticisms and show a balanced assessment of our operation. You have a very valid point regarding the echoing of sound from the corridors. And this is something we need to address physically. Of course most hotels have carpeted corridors...

Reviewed 8 January 2015 via mobile

The most wonderful and friendly staff I have ever encountered. Beautiful surroundings however our view from our room wasn't that great otherwise modern clean rooms, bathroom needs a showercurtain. The food was ok but not great. I would like to acknowledge a couple of persons from the staff but unfortunately I can't remember their names. In short, the best hotel...

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Paloma scott S, Director & Board Representative at Calamander Unawatuna Beach, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Just want to thank you for your compliments and your comment about the shower curtain and the food. The shower curtain is something that we are aware that we do have to resolve; however it was a design decision not to have one but clearly it does need to be rethought. Regarding food: we are trying to balance...

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Amenities

Highlights
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Room Service
  • Restaurant
  • Beachfront
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free Parking
About the property
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair Access
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  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
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  • Smoking rooms available
  • Accessible rooms
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Minibar
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  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Public Wifi
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  • Room Service
  • Airport Transportation
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Laundry Service
  • Concierge
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Free Parking
  • Babysitting
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Calamander Unawatuna Beach is one of Sri Lanka's most popular beach resorts, located directly on Unawatuna Bay. The most renowned holiday destination on the South coast, Unawatuna Beach is famous for its natural beauty, laid back ambience, proximity to Galle Fort, a Unesco World Heritage site, and is the best beach in the country. UBR, established over 30 years ago, has been transformed, since November 2011, as Calamander Unawatuna Beach. The resort retains the relaxed character of the former UBR, the excellent service from long standing staff, good food and al fresco dining. The only hotel on Unawatuna Beach with swimming pools, Calamander Unawatuna Beach has built the first glass fronted lap pool in Sri Lanka and the longest, at 25 metres, in the Asia Pacific region. In addition a stunning Italian mosaic, 25 metres in length, outdoor pool, with adjoining jacuzzi and a separate children's paddling pool. Calamander Unawatuna Beach is a 4 star class hotel with five star facilities. It is the first beach hotel in Sri Lanka with accredited carbon neutral status and future projects aim to develop sustainable eco-technology in the hotel's power generation and transport services. Guests are encouraged to engage in utilising the resort's facilities in the most eco-friendly way, without compromising on comfort and are invited to offset their individual carbon foot print with a small, voluntary, financial contribution, to the hotel's carbon neutral status. Calamander Unawatuna Beach is a trail blazer in Sri Lanka, for the 'affordable luxury' concept. Its design ethos of modernity, complimenting the beauty of its geography, has proven to be popular with our guests from all over the world. This together with high standards of service, Calamander Unawatuna Beach is now renowned for being a family friendly resort welcoming Sri Lankans as well as foreign guests. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Calamander Unawatuna Beach

Address: Parangiyawatta, Unawatuna, Galle 80600, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle > Unawatuna
Price Range: $107 - $360 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Calamander Unawatuna Beach 4*
Number of rooms: 83
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Also Known As:
Unawatuna Beach Hotel Unawatuna
Unawatuna Beach Resort
Hotel Style:
#5 Luxury Hotel in Unawatuna
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Unawatuna
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“The higher floors may have better views.”
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“Junior suite heeft een jacuzzi en is extreem groot! Bedden zijn van goede kwaliteit”
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“i opted for garden view. nut got the good view of the sea not only from the balcony but also from the bed.”
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