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“Location!” 4 of 5 stars
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Calamander Unawatuna Beach
3.5 of 5 Resort   |   Unawatuna, Galle, Unawatuna, Galle, Sri Lanka   |  
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Ranked #15 of 22 Hotels in Unawatuna
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“Location!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Calamander is for sure worth for the location, located in the beautiful sandy beach in Unawatuna. The rooms are nothning special but clean. Staff is nice and helpful. Food is served in an open restaurant on the beach, the dishes are tasty and a little bit overpriced but you can find some cheaper restaurant if you just walk down the beach. Overall was a nice stay.

Stayed May 2015, traveled with friends
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Paloma scott S, Director & Board Representative at Calamander Unawatuna Beach, responded to this review, 4 days ago
Dear Guest,
Thank you for your review. We are pleased to hear that you had a pleasant stay with us, enjoyed our beautiful location and the food.
The prices of the food in our restaurant is consistent with similar hotels of our standard. We make no apologies for being properly licensed and paying taxes and we are proud to be genuinely contributing to the welfare of the community.

Kind regards,
Miss Paloma Scott
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stayed here to be able to visit Galle and whale watch in Mirissa

Clean modern bright super comfy bed lots of helpful staff lil sports bar on beach

Beach n pool clean

Quiet season now so can't say if good when busy

Desk rate was high but they matched booking.com rate which inc breakfast was acceptable

Stayed April 2015, traveled as a couple
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Paloma scott S, Director & Board Representative at Calamander Unawatuna Beach, responded to this review, 1 week ago
Dear Guests,

Thank you very much for taking the time to review our hotel. We strive to provide a comprehensive service at all times of year and we value all our guests at whatever time of the year they choose to stay with us. We hope you will visit us again and test us out in the peak season.

Kind regards,
Miss Paloma Scott, Director and Board Representative for The Calamander Group Inc.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a very good place to stay. The rooms are comfy and tidy. There's a good restaurant with a nice buffet breakfast, and decent alternatives for lunch/dinner. The location is very good, and you can swim on the beach, or by their pool. The staff was very helpful and polite during the whole stay. Definitely worth the money. Would recommend it mostly to families or couples.

  • Stayed April 2015, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Paloma scott S, Director and Board Representative at Calamander Unawatuna Beach, responded to this review, 1 week ago
Dear Guest,

We are delighted that you enjoyed staying in Calamander Unawatuna Beach. We note that you are very well travelled and therefore we are take it as a great compliment that you found our service, food and ambience to a high standard. We hope that you will visit us again, in the future, when we will have a magnificent new swimming pool for you to enjoy.

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Miss Paloma Scott, Director and Board Representative
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Also called UBR. Best hotel in the area. Unawatuna is a lovely bay. Actually swimable which many other places are not. UBR is right on the water. Litteraly 5m from the restaurant with uninterrupted views. Really special (and food is good). Excellent service e.g. cheap luxury hotel minibus for daytrips.

Stayed April 2015, traveled with family
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Paloma scott S, Director & Board Representative at Calamander Unawatuna Beach, responded to this review, 2 weeks ago
Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for your compliments about our hotel. We are very proud that you, as an experienced reviewer, enjoyed your stay so much.

Unawatuna Beach is rare that it has, despite the strong currents, safe bathing, And of course when the tide is out and the water calm, there is nothing to beat swimming in Unawatuna Bay,

We do hope you will come and stay with us again.

Kind regards,
Miss Paloma Scott
Director and Board Representative for The Calamander Group.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went to UBR on 18th April for one night stay and found it to be a very nice place now. I was there long before with some friend from India, bu the place now looks stunning. Sea was still rough for swimming, but there were people outside offering jet ski and banana boat rides. Food was good, but tasted similar in all three meals as there was not much of variety.

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  • Stayed April 2015, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Paloma scott S, Director & Board Representative at Calamander Unawatuna Beach, responded to this review, 2 weeks ago
Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for taking the time to review our hotel.

We are delighted that you enjoyed your day and night in Calamander Unawatuna Beach and that you recognize all the changes that we have made and the impact it has had on the perception of the hotel from being a well loved but rather run down place to a stunning looking hotel in the most beautiful beach side location, with a great ambience.

With the changing weather patterns, it has been very difficult to predict a long spell of settled weather and calm sea. However, we have a wonderful 25 metre, glass fronted lap pool, as well as private beach and we are in the process of creating another fabulous pool which will have dedicated facilities for children. It has been very interesting for us to note that our guests still like and use the private beach, despite there being acres of public beach to lounge on.

We are happy that you enjoyed our buffet fare and we agree that there is not enough difference in the food that is offered from one day to the next. We carefully thought through our theme nights to provide variety. Thank you for highlighting this problem to us and it is certainly an aspect of our operation that needs to be improved without delay.

Regarding your comment about the lack of sea view in the old wing. This is not quite correct. There are four delightful super deluxe rooms on the 2nd floor that have great views of the sea.

Kind regards,
Miss Paloma Scott
Director and Board Representative for The Calamander Group Inc.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Where do I begin, the rooms are fantastic! Clean, well decorated the outdoor lounge and pool area are second to non, beautiful. The best thing about this place is the service, the staff went above and beyond the call of duty! They made us feel so special. We travelled across sti lanka and stayed in the best hotels all across the country, including Kandalama and the the grand hotel but nowhere made us feel so welcome and so special as this place. The staff are the freindliest most genuine people we have ever met. You're making a big mistake if you don't stay here. Also, the food is amazing especially the dinners, I'm licking my fingers just thinking about the food.

Stayed April 2015, traveled as a couple
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Paloma scott S, Director & Board Representative at Calamander Unawatuna Beach, responded to this review, 2 weeks ago
Dear Guest,

It is not often that I have read such a positive review of a hotel anywhere in the world, let alone Sri Lanka! Speaking on behalf of The Calamander Group, I am immensely proud of all the hard work our staff at Calamander Unawatuna Beach have put in to making the hotel what it is today. A friendly, welcoming place, catering to all age groups. Over laid with our customer focused ethos, is a fresh, original approach to architecture, design and decor, together making our hotel, a very special place that guests can truly relax in.

We thank you for your observations and hope that we can welcome you back, if you decide to revisit Sri Lanka.

Kind regards,
Miss Paloma Scott, Director & Board Representative for The Calamander Group.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A very calm hotel during my days I stayed in. The hotel's restaurant was really beautiful at night because of the light it holds. In the nights the firework display was really beautiful. I would recommend this hotels the bathrooms are very trimmed. The food of course very delicious & there were various type of dishes. My whole family really enjoyed our stay in this hotel. The beach is even one of the beautifulest beaches in Sri Lanka. Wifi was awesome.

Stayed April 2015, traveled with family
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Paloma scott S, Director at Calamander Unawatuna Beach, responded to this review, 2 weeks ago
Dear Guest,
Thank you for your review. We are delighted that you and your family had an enjoyable stay and liked our food as well as the location of the restaurant.
We hope to welcome you as our guests again soon.

Kind regards,
Miss Paloma Scott.
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Address: Unawatuna, Galle, Unawatuna, Galle, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle > Unawatuna
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #15 of 22 Hotels in Unawatuna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Calamander Unawatuna Beach 3.5*
Number of rooms: 83
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Calamander Unawatuna Beach (formerly known as UBR) is one of Sri Lanka's most popular resorts located directly on Unawatuna Bay. Unawatuna has great natural beauty, a laid back ambience and is close to the famous Galle Fort, a Unesco Heritage site. Established over 30 years ago, UBR has been re-developed as Calamander Unawatuna Beach. The new resort maintains the relaxed character of the old, the excellent service from long standing staff, good food and al fresco dining. ... more   less 
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