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“The best parties in Unawatuna” 5 of 5 stars
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Cantaloupe Aqua
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Matara Road, Habaraduwa | Talpe, Unawatuna, Galle GL 80630, Sri Lanka   |  
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Ranked #12 of 21 Hotels in Unawatuna
Unawatuna, Sri Lanka
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“The best parties in Unawatuna”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2012

The thing why we choose Aqua is quite simple, we expected to have a good holidays, and we trying to find a good place, where we can have ocean, beach, careless and attention, and a parties. This is what we've found in Aqua. We was quite happy to find a place where we got everything. Everything was as expected. The thing is, that to be honest we are not teenagers, and we always looking for a progressive party place, but, without annoying beach boys and stuff. Where we can feel ourselves comfortable. .Where we can enjoy the cocktail, dance, and find a good friends. May be the only thing we want to suggest, to make parties more often. Thank you guys for your good job, and I definitely recommend you to my friends, as a one of the best party places on the deepest south of Sri Lanka.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2012

Our unforgettable wedding was in the Cantaloupe Aqua Hotel! Our parents came to Sri Lanka because of our wedding. The Hotel was a surprise for them! On Sunday when we arrived at the Cantaloupe Aqua Hotel, they were wondering and told: This is the paradise! Our stay in the Hotel was heavenly! We enjoyed the beautiful beach, the excellent Staff, the nice garden and the comfortable rooms! Our family just asked whether we can stay longer? Our wedding was on Monday, 9th of April! We were so much satisfied with the organising of the Hotel! Everything was perfect! We got so many unbelievable, amazing memories forever. We loved the Hotel!
We already were there three times and we will go back again and again...
Thank You for everything and we wish all of the best for Cantaloupe Aqua!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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bangalore
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2012

just wanted to say that Aqua is one of the best run most amazing places in Sri lanka. The hotel is located in an breathtaking spot with a beautiful lagoon that can be seen from all the rooms. The best part was that it was a scenic one and a half hour drive from colombo so really easy to get to for a quick break for the weekend. Coconuts -the hotel resteraunt gave us no reason to leave the property as the food was fantastic and there were many many options to choose from. The staff was so helpful and i for one can not wait to get back there!

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Gatineau
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2012

Great place, excellent food, and the staff is there to help you with anything!

The beach is amazing, and really close by Galle, witch is nice for a visit of the town.

Rooms are really nice, big and clean. Excellent for family and friends vacations!

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Beijing, China
2 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2012

After traveling through out Sri Lanka, my husband and I spent our last weekend at AQUA. We had a wonderful experience, and will make it back as soon as we get the chance. We arrived on a Friday afternoon, and left Sunday morning to catch our flight home. We were sincerely greeted upon our arrival and had an easy check out. There were no communication barriers between us and the staff which is a plus when you are traveling in a foreign country.

The pictures of the hotel online are correctly reflected of what is looks like. I admit, the pool looks a little bit bigger than what it is, but it is nicely situated in the hotel, with a gorgeous view over the water. The location of the hotel is perfect! The hotel sits right on the beach, and you get a gorgeous view from where ever you are in the hotel (eating/swimming/lounging/on the balcony). I was very impressed by the food as it is a small hotel. They have a wide variety of choices from Thai food, to local food, to Western food at very affordable prices. We chose to have all our meals at the hotel. My husband and I needed a relaxing weekend to finish of our first trip to Sri Lanka, and thats exactly what we got!

I highly recommend this perfect boutique hotel!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Galle Sri Lanka
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2012

As a frequent traveller to Sri Lanka I'm always on the lookout for hidden gems...Aqua is gorgeous.
Really enjoyed the food and location is great...will certainly be back...Thanks

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Colombo
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2012

Oh where do I begin to describe this magical place…. From the mesmerizing glistening waters during the day to the night skies filled with glittering stars, the hospitality of the Aqua staff or the delicious food… Cantaloupe Aqua is truly a small piece of heaven. I have done a couple of weekends in the hotel and have never yet been disappointed.
From the moment you arrive, you look out onto the sparkling Indian ocean whilst the efficient staff check you in.
The rooms are spotless and very spacious with an extremely comfortable bed and every possible amenity available within the room. The views from the rooms are somewhat unbelievable and just cannot be described in words.
Food at Aqua, at its very funky Coconut restaurant is another jewel in this restaurant's crown because it is absolutely delicious. From the lavish spread you receive at breakfast to my favourites - quesadilla, the risotto and their thai red chicken.. food is definitely an added bonus when staying at this location.
All in all, Cantaloupe Aqua really stands out on many levels and I for one can't wait for my next trip back.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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
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 Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Spa Hotel in Unawatuna
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Unawatuna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Cantaloupe Aqua 4*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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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