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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 81 Unawatuna B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 6 days ago
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Dublin, Ireland
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40 reviews 40 reviews
24 hotel reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Just stayed at this hotel for two nights.... Can't argue with the location what so ever, it's on a beautiful stretch of beach which at the moment is empty.....so what it does really well.. 1. Location 2. Dinner was really good, breakfast, just ok. 3. Rooms and bathroom were really big and comfy, always cleaned daily, good shower with lovely... More

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
14 reviews 14 reviews
4 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We arrived at 8 am in the morning and the staff did not shy away from giving us an early check in. We stayed there for 3 days and the room was clean with a spectacular view of the sea. We enjoyed the meals in the presence of Chief Nandana (hats off to him and his junior crew). I would... More

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caqua_management, Manager at Cantaloupe Aqua, responded to this review

Dear Mcenroy, Please let me thank you so very much for your lovely review and wonderful words! For sure, we will share these words with the staff. We value our guests a lot and always try to make them feel comfortable and give them a “home like” feeling at Cantaloupe Aqua. There for, an early check in, which of course... More

Mumbai (Bombay), India
15 reviews 15 reviews
11 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Stayed as a family for 3 nights i must say the property is very chic , modern and tastefully done right on the beach. rooms very big and spacious , neat bathrooms, very good breakfast. the only drawback was the pool.... its very very tiny. its more like a jacuzzi. everything else was simply great. the staff took care of... More

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caqua_management, Manager at Cantaloupe Aqua, responded to this review

Dear Nisha N, Thank you very much for your warm words, which will definitely be forwarded to our staff members! The Cantaloupe Aqua family would love to have the opportunity to welcome you back to Aqua or Levels, our new property opening on the 01st July 2014, featuring a much bigger pool, also overlooking greenery and the Indian Ocean. This... More

Vienna, Wien, Austria
18 reviews 18 reviews
15 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

The Aqua Chic Suite at Cantaloupe Aqua Beach was definitely the most beautiful place we ever had the pleasure of staying at... simply WOW!!! I will never forget the moment when we entered the room... I was ready to cry out of pure joy, it was soooooooh totally breathtakingly amazing!! The sea in front of you, and the architecture of... More

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caqua_management, Manager at Cantaloupe Aqua, responded to this review

Dear Szuszanna, We can not thank you enough for your wonderful compliment, which has been forwarded to our staff as well! Szuszanna, for your next visit, may we offer you a stay in our Aqua Ultra Chic Suite. Our most private and biggest Suite – also with a private Jacuzzi and balcony, which is perfect to unwind. Cantaloupe Villas is... More

Lagos, Nigeria
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35 reviews 35 reviews
15 hotel reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014 via mobile

A few km after busy unawatuna, an empty beach, only the hotel. Settings and view over the ocean is outstanding for sure, the restaurant on site is very nice, great cocktails and best breakfast menu of all our stay but the room was not that good, very bad smell in the bathroom, very old bed linen, not soft at all... More

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caqua_management, Manager at Cantaloupe Aqua, responded to this review

Dear JessQLD, Firstly, I would like to thank you for your positive and negative review! We admit, that certain points at the hotel require a “face lift”, for which we are closing Aqua from the 11th to 16th June 2016 and will refurbish the property, in order to provide our valuable guests the most memorable and perfect holiday. Then, Cantaloupe... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

This was the last part of our trip and what a perfect end. The rooms were clean but the ac in the room could have been better.The room overlooked the beautiful talpe beach. The hotel is so cosy and beautiful that we cancelled our plans for the day and spent all day at this property. It is minimalistic and the... More

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caqua_management, Manager at Cantaloupe Aqua, responded to this review

Dear Deeptisarma, Thank you very much for your honest feedback. Aqua’s interior has been selected by our owner personally, creating a unique style. It also offers personalized service, with a 2.5:1 staff to guest ratio, making our guest’s holiday most comfortable as possible, but, indeed, at times slower than expected – maybe the Asian way. Our Chef, preparing dishes from... More

Melbourne, Australia
14 reviews 14 reviews
14 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Wonderful room and view. Great food, fridge and tv. The service was very slow however, the water pressure in the shower was poor and a watch is required at the spa as we both got shortchanged 20% of our allotted time. The beach has a bit of rubbish and is not great to swim in. The pool is ok. If... More

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caqua_management, Manager at Cantaloupe Aqua, responded to this review

Dear JMcK23_13, Thank you for your honest feedback. It is lovely to read, that you have overall enjoyed your vacation with us! This shall not be an excuse, but during busy times, we admit, the service may take longer, on which we are working. In regards to the water pressure, we may assure you, that this is not regular condition.... More

Singapore, Singapore
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

Location It is conveniently located in between two train stations (Thalpe and Harabaduwa) which makes it rather easily accessible. Many of the local buses also pass through there as well. Most importantly, it is located away from the crowd, which makes a beach holiday more relaxing and enjoyable. The view is fantastic and the sand at the beach is so... More

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caqua_management, Manager at Cantaloupe Aqua, responded to this review

Dear Wong85, Firstly, we would like to thank you for your wonderful words! Indeed, Aqua’s location in Thalpe allows our guests to arrive at the hotel very easily. In addition, we also offer transportation from and to the airport or, if a guest wishes to take a train, we can arrange three wheel transfers from Galle or Unawatuna as well.... More

Bangalore, India
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32 reviews 32 reviews
22 hotel reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

We were at cantaloupe aqua this weekend and were totally impressed by its location, service and food. The rooms are contemporary and have a great view of the clear blue sea. The only thing we wished for was a bigger pool. But with a beach like thalpe, the pool was not such a priority for us. The hotel arranged for... More

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caqua_management, Manager at Cantaloupe Aqua, responded to this review

Dear arpita831, Firstly, the whole family if Cantaloupe Aqua would like to thank you for your kind words! Indeed, our pool is only a plunge pool sized infinity pool. As you have stated, our beach hotel is located directly in front of the Indian Ocean, in which, depending on the tides, nearly anyone or good swimmer may enjoy the sea.... More

Cheltenham, UK
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

We stayed here (a couple and single lady) for 5 nights and were lucky enough to have both rooms upgraded. The hotel is within feet of the water's edge, so a sea view is a must. The rooms are a good size and have either a patio or balcony. The staff are very friendly and helpful and couldn't have made... More

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caqua_management, Manager at Cantaloupe Aqua, responded to this review

Dear Gill G, Thank you very, very much for the lovely review here at tripadvisor. Our small, private hotel, features 15 rooms in total, 13 with stunning sea view, offering not only a spa, boutique shop, small infinity pool, restaurant and bar, but also Excursions. All of us are more than hap-py to assist our guests with short excursions and... 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 new private hotel and beach club. AQUA in the past year has been awarded the Trip Advisor 'Certificate of Excellence'for 2012. Top Hotel in Galle the Galle Reason from Agoda (booking engine) and most recently voted as one of the Top 50 Hotels in the World for under 100 Pounds by the Sunday Times Travel Magazine!!Cantaloupe Aqua is a 15 room affordable seafront boutique hotel 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 its 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; Cantaloupe AQUA is not recommended for guests looking for 100% relaxation. 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, 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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