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Cantaloupe Aqua

4.0 of 5 Small Hotel   |   Matara Road, Habaraduwa | Talpe, Unawatuna, Galle GL 80630, Sri Lanka
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Ranked #21 of 83 Unawatuna B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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London, England, United Kingdom
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62 reviews 62 reviews
16 hotel reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I say cosy for couples as its really not meant for families with children as space for them to run around is limited.Its a small boutique hotel close to the beach .The sea was very rough when we were there and was unable to use the beach very much.The staff are extremely friendly, obliging and willing . The chef catered... More

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Traralgon, Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My Fiancé and I visited Cantaloupe Aqua in April 2014. We absolutely enjoyed our stay there. The rooms were comfortable clean and modern. The customer service was excellent. We were well looked after by "Maneel" one of the managers who was there during our 3 day stay. The food is fresh modern fusion. Try their fantastic thai food with a... More

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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66 reviews 66 reviews
29 hotel reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We went for Dinner, it was amazing, just by the beach in Habaraduwa, the service is excellent, the food was nice, and we enjoyed the drinks by the sea, great view of the indian ocean, very friendly staff, and food is all on international standard, you will find a variety of thai food in the Menu too.

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23 reviews 23 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Our visit to the cantaloupe aqua was excellent. It is a small boutique hotel right on the beach where we were made to feel very welcome, the room is huge and cleaned while we had breakfast at the open air restaurant, proper bacon and eggs were on the menu, and again while we had dinner the room was swept and... More

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I've been to a quite a lot of beach hotels down south but theres something to this place that deviates it from the others completely. I'm not sure whether its the ambiance or the white interior with bright colored accessories or simply the Andy Warhol inspired pop arts all over, probably the whole package. & oh yeah not forgetting the... More

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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11 hotel reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a great beuatique hotel where we stayed for one night on our tour of sri lanka. Overall my wife and I really enjoyed the fact that it was so different, but it wasn't really right for the family. We got the impression that they really were not that geared up for children. The set menu we had (we... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We chose Cantaloupe to get married in recently and everything was perfect. We stayed in the 'Ultra Chic' suite, lovely big room with a jacuzzi overlooking the sea. As it was our wedding/honeymoon, the h/k staff put rose petals in the bedroom at night. It's lovely to go to sleep listening to the waves hit the beach outside. Over the... More

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8 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were on a 12 day tour of LK and landed here as last leg of our tour. We had come here after Yala Safari at Cinnamon Wild , before which we were in Colombo, Habarana, Trinco, Kandy, Nuwara mostly 4-star hotels. The good:- You cannot get closer to the beach but swimming is not an option as it is... More

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San Francisco, California
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5 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Stayed with my girlfriend at this place and its a nice boutique style hotel. I'll start with the good great: right on a beautiful beach, modern design, food was consistently very good (except the hamburger), staff was helpful. Onto the bad: It is no where near Unawatuna Beach so the city is deceptive. Its actually a city away. 20-25 minutes... More

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caqua_management, Manager at Cantaloupe Aqua, responded to this review

Dear William D, Firstly, we would like to thank you very much for your kind and detailed review! Cantaloupe Aqua’s style was personally designed by our CEO, creating a modern, chic and unique hotel, in the good hope, to make everyone feel relaxed and comfortable. Aqua is located in Thalpe/Habaraduwa, right next to Unawatuna, to which the beach belongs. After... More

Pune, India
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4 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

This was the hotel we were waiting for; the last leg of our epic trip to Sri Lanka. And we were not disappointed. Located right on the beach; and i mean you can step out of the hotel right into the waves. Stunning location and lots of place to laze around sipping cocktails and enjoying the beach-y atmosphere! The staff... More

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caqua_management, Manager at Cantaloupe Aqua, responded to this review

Dear SaloniW92, Thank you very much for your wonderful review! Aqua’s location, indeed, is directly at a golden beach strip close to Unawatuna and an approximate drive of 15 to 20 minutes away from Galle, depending on the final destination in Galle and the traffic. We also would like to thank you for your compliment towards our service, which will... More

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Address: Matara Road, Habaraduwa | Talpe, Unawatuna, Galle GL 80630, Sri Lanka
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Location: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle > Unawatuna
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Hotel Class:4 star — Cantaloupe Aqua 4*
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Welcome to Cantaloupe AQUA, our private hotel and beach club. AQUA again has been awarded the Trip Advisor 'Certificate of Excellence'for 2014. Cantaloupe Aqua is a 15 room affordable seafront boutique hotel style in Unawatuna (Galle) Sri Lanka. The concept of the hotel is inspired by famous beach clubs around the world; it's the only one of its kind in Sri Lanka. AQUA combines contemporary spaces, amazing music, and food to create the ultimate beach getaway. A further attraction of AQUA is that it features a private beach in one of Sri Lanka's most upmarket beach strips, Talpe. Through the year Aqua changes it's character from Up-beat to relaxation based on events and promotions taking place at the hotel. During the peak season (Dec-Jan, Mar-Apr, July-Aug) Cantaloupe AQUA hosts numerous sun set cocktails and Brunch Parties with an upbeat atmosphere. In keeping with our relaxing weekdays and Upbeat week ends. The parties however do not go on much later than mid night. All guests are given free access pass to the eventDuring quieter months of the year Cantaloupe is the prefect retreat for families with kids and Guests looking for ultimate relaxation. Please confirm with front desk on dates of events coinciding with your arrival to make sure if alternative accommodation needs to be arranged on the day/night of the event. AQUA cuisine just like aqua is inspired! Our inspiration created a menu, which is a combination of Thai Fusion, Japanese, Western and Sri Lankan. From fresh seafood platters with tamarind sauce to Prime Imported Steaks COCONUT will provide you with an exquisite culinary experience. The restaurant area is a veranda, which opens out to the Jacuzzi area. The theme is euro chic with white taking prominence with feature art adding color and character."Dine where the action is infinity poolside, beach side, indoors, outdoors, under the stars, on a deck or on the beach!" AQUA offers you numerous options and spaces to wine, dine, lounge, party or just chill! Nandana, Cantaloupe AQUA's Executive Chef, who has recently returned after completing a culinary course at the world famous, Blue Elephant Cooking School, is always busily preparing some delectable dish for the Coconut Restaurant guests. Nandana's food philosophy and culinary style is extremely simple but never fails to impress, any one of his dishes will have sentiments from at least two nations of the world. Fusion is his greatest skill. When describing his technique, the characteristically shy Chef, becomes vividly animated by his passion. His guests are constantly in an exciting state of anticipation, awaiting the next surprise Nandana will turnout. He prides himself in stocking the kitchen with the finest and freshest local produce and ingredients. His latest culinary conquest is Coconut's new Tapas Menu, which he has painstakingly crafted to weave in elements of Sri Lanka's tantilising flavors. He also just finalized the Thai-Fusion menu and it has already racked up rave reviews. The dining experience Cantaloupe AQUA plate up is easily one of the best in the south! 'Due to unforeseeable circumstances, Cantaloupe Aqua being primarily a beach front property has encountered difficulties providing guests with direct beach access in front of the property depending on the time of year and the seasonal weather changes. Due to man made structures built into the sea on the coastal line and global warming, which has caused inconsistent patterns of sand deposits. Sea erosion has caused Aqua to lose it's beach during some months of the year. In the event the beach is inaccessible our front desk staff will be more than happy to offer you complimentary transport to the closest beach on the right hand side of the property, which is also accessible by a 10 minute walk' - Management ... more   less 
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