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Secret Garden Villa

Beach Access Road, Unawatuna, Galle, Sri Lanka
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Secret Garden Villa
Ranked #13 of 19 hotels in Unawatuna
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Fresno, California
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74 reviews 74 reviews
50 hotel reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

Fleeing a misguided booking at one of those places that caters to package tourists, we found sanctuary at the Secret Garden. It's not for everyone, however. No glitz; in fact, the rooms (ours was Cottage #1) are deliberately rustic, with open-air showers and locally made furniture. The linen and mosquito netting were spotless and the big bed very comfortable indeed.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

We have been at secret garden and we enjoyed every second... The garden is beautiful and the host is fantastic. Simon, the owner, is a great women with a huge heart. Took care of us for all we needed. There is a great Yoga classes. We had a massage as well but it wasn't so good. Anyway - the place... More

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London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

after reading such great reviews of this spot, we were excited to have our final last nights at the secret garden. We had been trying to confirm our room there for a few days, and finally a day before we got there, we received an email confirmation that a room was reserved for us. when we got there we were... More

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Svendborg
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

I stayed there for 14 days, teaching yoga in Ginigalla. I loved the beauty of this place - very easy going. Beautiful place - quiet, tranquil and the most friendly people. I will return for sure! Thank you so much! Ulla Upma Kaur Steen

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

Two friends and I stayed at the Secret Garden for 6 nights in early October. Simona was nice enough to upgrade us, and we had about half of the main villa. The house is lovely in itself - you feel like you're back in time - but the verandas were great for chilling in the evening, and the daily breakfast... More

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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

Stayed there on the 28th and 29th September. we were made to feel like celebraties, Very helpfull staff ready to make like confortabel with a smile. My highlight of the stay was breakfast and open air toilet and showers. Just amazing. Will stay there again when ever in Unawatuna.

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Zoetermeer, The Netherlands
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24 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

We always compare the price we paid with the quality of the hotel. And thats why we give 3 points. The room was dark and we had bugs. We needed to get outside to go to the shower/toilet. The garden is nice but we did not go to Unawatuna for the garden! you go there for the beach. We surely... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

This was the place I was most excited about staying during my 3 week trip to Sri Lanka - I had emailed in advance of travelling - approximatley 2 months ahead. I also asked to book the yoga which I was told I could do on arrival. The yoga was also one of the key reasons for choosing Secret Garden.... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

If you like being ripped off for dark, dank, damp, bug-infested rooms, then Secret Garden is your place. If not, avoid it at all costs. The lonely planet writer was clearly a certain type of “traveller” with a very clear agenda – do not trust him.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

If you're planning a stay in Unawatuna, do not look anywhere else. This location has it all - the beach is a stone's throw away, it's centrally located near all of the town's amenities, and it's tucked away from the road in its own lush retreat. The buildings are spectacular, the grounds are pristine, and the owners and caretakers could... More

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Address: Beach Access Road, Unawatuna, Galle, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle > Unawatuna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Also Known As:
Secret Garden Villa Hotel Unawatuna
Secret Garden Hotel

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Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Unawatuna
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Secret Garden is an oasis within the lively coastal village of Unawatuna, just 20m walking distance from the beach. It boasts a 19th century Dutch-Sri Lankan Colonial Villa with bungalows and suites and a 4000sqm tropical garden. In the middle of the garden rests a large dome, offering 2 daily yoga classes, an on call Ayurvedic therapist for massage and wellness therapy as well as free space for dance, meditation and music. Our staff is courteous and warm. A large tropical breakfast is available daily at all times, and our two chefs are lovingly prepared to cook a great eastern or western meal for you on pre-order. Secret Garden provides relaxation and serenity alongside the opportunity to dive into the blue ocean of one of the country's most popular bays, experience the myth of the Rumassala Mountain and dance away at Unawatuna's many beach bars. May all be Welcome! ... more   less 
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