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Thambapanni Retreat
Yaddehimulla Road, Unawatuna, Galle 60800, Sri Lanka   |  
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Ranked #11 of 19 hotels in Unawatuna
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“Wish we had stayed longer.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013 via mobile

My Wife and I stayed here for a short break,while trundling from place to tourist place in Sri Lanka. I do wish we had stayed longer. A short walk down to the beach,enough to welcome the beach and sea. The beach into the sea is reasonable gentle and I at 6ft could go out to chest height,quite far. We were in room 12. Above the office,looking out over the pool and monkeys in the trees opposite. The room was large and comfy. The bed,like a real old fashioned 4 poster,with mossie net around. No problems with the bathroom for us. A/c a must,along with the fan. Fridge great for chilled drinks. The breakfast was good and if you want to try Sri Lankan breakfast,order the day before. A bit spicy for some. The evening meals were really good and the days fish,kept on ice for the customers to choose. The pool and garden area are compact,but it was never crowded. The staff are wonderful. From house person to manager. I do wish we had stayed longer.

Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thambapanni, Front Office Manager at Thambapanni Retreat, responded to this review, May 22, 2013
Thank you for choosing to stay at the Thambapanni Retreat Unawatuna.

It was a pleasure to read your complimentary review on TripAdvisor; with your high commendation of our amenities, staff, food and location. We are delighted to know that you were not disappointed with the choice you made, and in fact, loved your stay with us. In our endeavour to provide the best possible experience to all our valued guests, such compliments are always welcome and is an encouragement to us.

We do hope you will choose to stay with us again, to enjoy more of our facilities and indulge in more of our Thambapanni hospitality.

Best regards.
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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
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

Arrived here as 1st time visitors to Sri Lanka in March 2013.
Only picked Unawatuna as we loved the name! and I am so pleased we did.
The hotel was "far from the maddening crowd" with a wonderful sign hanging from a tree saying "your noise disturbs nature". Lots of water features around the small garden and pool area with floating fresh flowers evry day. I was desperate to see the local attraction of monkeys at this hotel and this is where the thanks to the manager fits in. I told him and every day he gave me an update of where they were or indeed one day even tried to find me to let me know they were very near! The food in the restaurant was of a very good standard both the inclusive breakfast and the a la carte meals in the evening. We cannot wait to come back here next year only hope the same manager will be there, as there was an opening of a new branch of this hotel whilst we were there and he may have moved on.
Well Done to all Staff and thank you.

Room Tip: The higher floors would be a better option
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  • Stayed March 2013, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Thambapanni, Front Office Manager at Thambapanni Retreat, responded to this review, May 10, 2013
Thank you for your wonderful review after choosing to stay at the Thambapanni Retreat Unawatuna.

It was such a pleasure for my team and I to read that we had indeed met with your high expectations and even exceeded at times. It is a delight to learn that you have been well served by our staff, and thank you for your words of praise on our service. No doubt the staff are very pleased to have ensured guest satisfaction. In our endeavour to provide the best possible experience to all our valued guests, such impressions as yours are definitely an encouragement to us.

We are looking forward to welcome you, when you visit Sri Lanka and stay with us again, to indulge you with more of our facilities and Thambapanni hospitality.

Best regards

Himal Ratnayake
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

We loved this place the moment we saw it. We gat a very good price on agoda and thought it was good value for money. The pool area is lovely and tropical. It is close to the beach but far enough away to be quiet. The service was great and the staff friendly. The food in the restaurant is fantastic. The rooms are very nice but the bathrooms need an upgrade. Overall we would recommend this place to anyone visiting the area.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Thambapanni, Front Office Manager at Thambapanni Retreat, responded to this review, May 10, 2013
Thank you for staying at the Thambapanni Retreat Unawatuna and thank you so much for your commendation.

We are delighted that you had an enjoyable and memorable stay with us. Nothing is more important to us than the comfort of our valued guests and the team and I thank you so much for your very encouraging feedback, which is truly a reflection of that achievement. Thank you for appreciating our hotel, facilities and our friendly staff, as well as the food and service.

We would be glad to welcome you again for yet another indulgence of our facilities and Thambapanni hospitality.

Thank you

Himal Ratnayake
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

Free wi-fi, but not available in all the rooms.We (2 couples) had booked two tower suites. One suite was full of mould the cupboards in both suites were damp and had mould on the walls. What this hotel considers to be a suite is not really a suite as per the definition of a suite. The suite in this hotel comprises of just one room, which has a few chairs and a bed but no sofa set. When asked about this, the manager said this is what they consider to be a suite according to them. Bathrooms were in a poor state. Some care to detail will turn this hotel into a decent place.This hotel has no sea view rooms.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Thambapanni, Front Office Manager at Thambapanni Retreat, responded to this review, May 3, 2013
Thank you for staying at the Thambapanni Retreat and for your feedback on Trip Advisor.
We are very much concerned about the issue you faced and sincerely apologize for the inconvenience caused to you.
Our Tower Suite rooms are located in the Rumassala jungle in a nature friendly atmosphere. We provide a large privet balcony with sofas for our Tower suite guest to enjoy the natural habitat at its best.
Please be assured that necessary measures will be taken to prevent such a repetition and hope you will give us another opportunity to serve you, should you visit Sri Lanka in the future.

Thank you
Himal Ratnayake
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

We booked Thambapanni on Agoda the night before our stay, and got a flash deal 62% off the rack rate.
It is set back from the beach in a quiet street, only a short walk by the shops and restaurants to the gorgeous Unawatuna beach.
We've stayed on the beach before and it can be a nightmare with noisy bars and banging music coming at you from all sides. So this was really a welcome retreat, only a few minutes from the action.
We stayed in a deluxe room with a balcony overlooking the small pool. The room was huge, 13m long, with a lovely 4 poster bed, antique furniture, all in dark wood and great air conditioning.
The bathroom was a bit odd, a rustic bath and a weak shower, but ok.
There was a constant stream of ants in the corner of the bathroom wall, but they were busy going about their business and didn't disturb us at all. There are birds nesting in a lot of the light shades on the balcony and around the outside of the hotel. It is a very natural setting and to be expected. They also seem to be prone to short power cuts, so keep a torch handy.....
The staff was so welcoming and friendly, and the room was cleaned and made up every day.
We loved this place and wished we could have stayed longer. Unawatuna itself is a great place with plenty of bars and restaurants, and a fantastic beach.
Overall Thambapanni is in a lovely serene setting, tastefully decorated in a colonial style and well maintained. The staff is extremely attentive without being in your face, and I would thoroughly recommend it.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Thambapanni, Front Office Manager at Thambapanni Retreat, responded to this review, May 11, 2013
Thank you for staying at the Thambapanni Retreat Unawatuna.

We are so pleased you had a wonderful stay and found everything perfect and upto mark. Your complimentary review is a great encouragement to us, as is your promise to return.

It will certainly be a pleasure to welcome you back, to enjoy more of our facilities.

Thank you.

Himal Ratnayake
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

Avoid this place if you don't wanna sharing your space with squirrels :) The colorful butterflies and birds fly straight above the pool.
Food in the restaurant was great. The chef was a magician!
The bathroom was awful but the the bedroom was clean.
The area just by the side of the hotel had few restaurants and small shops. Relaxing and no noise from the traffic.
WiFi was OK.
The staff was polite and extremely helpful. Would stay here again.

Room Tip: Rooms on the top are much more better.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Thambapanni, Front Office Manager at Thambapanni Retreat, responded to this review, July 4, 2013
Thank you for staying at the Tambapanni Retreat Unawatuna and for your appreciative review.

It is a pleasure to know you had a great stay with us and we appreciate your very encouraging feedback on our hotel, room, facilities and location as well as our dining options. We do appreciate your recommendation on TripAdvisor.

Thanks again for your feedback and we look forward to welcoming you back again to enjoy more of our facilities.

Thank you.
Himal Ratnayake
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

Sri Lanka is full of nice and friendly people always prepared to help you - but not always gifted with the skills to do so - or maybe just part of the culture in a warm climate.
This also goes for this nice little boutique hotel at the backend of Unawatuna.

Choose this hotel for a cozy and relaxed atmosphere, with yoga, close to the nice beach and where the waiter has his own funny way of connecting with the guests. Don't choose this hotel if you are looking for the topdollar service and bread that will make you think of Paris... :-)

Room Tip: Get the rooms in the main building - no need to upgrade to the bungalow style rooms.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Thambapanni, Front Office Manager at Thambapanni Retreat, responded to this review, May 13, 2013
Thank you for staying at Thambapanni Retreat Unawatuna.

We appreciate your kind words and pleased to find your stay was pleasant and comfortable.

We look forward to your future visits and assure you of our best in service, facilities and hospitality.

Thank you

Himal Ratnayake
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Address: Yaddehimulla Road, Unawatuna, Galle 60800, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle > Unawatuna
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 Family Hotel in Unawatuna
#9 Romantic Hotel in Unawatuna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A luxury boutique hotel with 16 rooms, surrounded by lush greenery and two minutes walk from the lovely Unawatuna Beach. All rooms are air conditioned, has en suite bathrooms with hot and cold water and mini bar. Some rooms over looking the sea or the the pool. The bungalows surrounded by many trees and view of the jungle. Most rooms have large balconies and on request a hammock will be included. ... more   less 
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