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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Returning home, i checked my credit card bills. On the 4th day of my Sri Lanka trip, there had been several tries of illegal use of my credit card. I used my credit card in that 4 days just in 2 hotels to pay the rooms, one hotel was Calamander, so be careful. This is NOT a direct accusation, but... More 

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Houston, Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Smelly bathroom drains and mould. Room reasonably clean. White sheets needed a good soak in whitener. Might be a highly sought after area but didn't hold up compared to the other resorts on our two week visit. Area packed in with other hotels. Beach even marked to delineate the hotel boundaries and in the ocean! Restaurant not as good as... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We only stopped for drinks taking a rest from our beach walk. I found the bar staff to be very nice and accommodating. They have a Happy Hour from 10am to 7 pm not sure what's included I'll let you find that out. The beach is beautiful but don't bother looking for shells.

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Sant Cugat del Valles, Spain
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3 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Hotel is ok , nice location, nice pools but rooms a bit oldish. I forgot one dress hanging in the closet, when our guide call to tell them we forgot the dress they said they couldn't find it... So don't forget anything or it will be lost! The buffet food was nice with lots of choices.

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OriginalPaloma, Executive Director, Unawatuna Beach Resorts (pvt) Ltd at Calamander Unawatuna Beach, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to review your stay at Calamander Unawatuna Beach. We are very sorry that you left an item of clothing in the hotel. We have a very thorough and strict lost and found policy and anything, even a pencil, that is found in the rooms is immediately given to our house keeping department.... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed at the Unawatune Calamander for a Night and i must say the Rooms were great, and what was expected from such an establishment. I especially dig the Cinnamon tinged Air freshner in the rooms The beach was a bit too rough to enjoy a swim due to the dredging of the sand at the beach. Still it was... More 

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OriginalPaloma, Executive Director, Unawatuna Beach Resorts (pvt) Ltd at Calamander Unawatuna Beach, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to review your stay at Calamander Unawatuna Beach. During your time at our hotel, the sea was rough because of the monsoon season. We put a red flag out for the safety of all our guests. We are sorry that you disagree with standard hotel rules of attire in a public swimming... More 

Boralesgamuwa, Sri Lanka
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

the food is amazing, love the pool and dining area, staff were great, enjoyed couple of days with my family and few friends..great atmosphere... lot of recreation facilities around and i can highly recommend this place for expatriates

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OriginalPaloma, Executive Director, Unawatuna Beach Resorts (pvt) Ltd at Calamander Unawatuna Beach, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to comment on your experience of Calamander Unawatuna Beach Resort. Your positive experience is a credit to all our staff and we thank you most sincerely for the encouragement your observations will have on them. We do hope you will be able to visit us again, when you are down south. Yours... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Cons: Pool looks like muddy water Food is pricey and nothing special Wi-Fi did not work Poor TV reception Pros: Good beachfront location Rooms have been refurbished to a good standard I was a regular at UBR between 2008 and 2012, when it was sold and the new owners set about changing the place. This was my first visit back... More 

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OriginalPaloma, Exectuive Director, Unawatuna Beach Resorts (pvt) Ltd at Calamander Unawatuna Beach, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to review your stay in Calamander Unawatuna Beach. It is always interesting to observe that the resistance to change is not exclusively an issue for staff. We bought UBR in November 2011 and set about cleaning it up. Our priority was to attain a standard or cleanliness akin to the model that... More 

Llandyrnog, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The hotel is in an ideal location - great for the beach & the pools are nice (some friends who were staying locally paid to use our pool every day). The rooms are functional & were fine. We liked BlueBar but found the restaurant expensive compared to other places locally. We had a lovely week here but now we know... More 

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OriginalPaloma, Executive Director, Unawatuna Beach Resorts (pvt) Ltd at Calamander Unawatuna Beach, responded to this review

Dear Guest, We appreciate that you have taken time to review your stay at Calamander Unawatuna Beach. We are very glad you enjoyed the beach and pools. That is what Calamander Unawatuna Beach is all about. Our restaurant prices reflect the fact that we pay all our taxes and we charge 10% service charge which goes directly to the staff.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Reached here late PM and was too tired to complaint for a room cause i was just here for 2 nights. I stayed in Rm.10 and was not bothered about it inspite of being a corner room, but i sincerely suggest NOT to accept this room if you are with family. Overall Hotel appeal is good and it has its... More 

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OriginalPaloma, Executive Director, Unawatuna Beach Resorts (pvt) Ltd at Calamander Unawatuna Beach, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to review your stay at Calamander Unawatuna Beach. We have taken on board all your comments. We are very sorry that our staff's performance was not satisfactory. We will look very carefully at all your observations. We would like to take this opportunity to point out that our private beach is just... More 

Aluthgama, Sri Lanka
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4 hotel reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I enjoyed the beach and it is one of the best stretch. Rooms are okay but the varieties of food needs to improve. Need more parking area. Rajeewa Mendis - Manager of Operations - was helpful along with Asela who did a great job by handling our booking. Service was great.

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OriginalPaloma, Executive Director at Calamander Unawatuna Beach, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to review your stay at Calamander Unawatuna Beach. We are delighted that our F&b Operations Manager and our Front Office Manager were noteworthy and that you found our service great. We are in the process of expanding our culinary repertoire and Rajeeva is spearheading this. We agree that parking causes us issues... More 

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Amenities

Highlights
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Beachfront
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Room Service
  • Free Parking
  • Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
About the property
  • Beachfront
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Wheelchair access
Things to do
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Room types
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Suites
  • Family Rooms
  • Smoking rooms available
  • Accessible rooms
In your room
  • Air Conditioning
  • Minibar
Internet
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Public Wifi
Services
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Laundry Service
  • Concierge
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Room Service
  • Free Parking
  • Airport Transportation
  • Babysitting
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Calamander Unawatuna Beach is one of Sri Lanka's most popular beach resorts, located directly on Unawatuna Bay. The most renowned holiday destination on the South coast, Unawatuna Beach is famous for its natural beauty, laid back ambience, proximity to Galle Fort, a Unesco World Heritage site, and is the best beach in the country. UBR, established over 30 years ago, has been transformed, since November 2011, as Calamander Unawatuna Beach. The resort retains the relaxed character of the former UBR, the excellent service from long standing staff, good food and al fresco dining. The only hotel on Unawatuna Beach with swimming pools, Calamander Unawatuna Beach has built the first glass fronted lap pool in Sri Lanka and the longest, at 25 metres, in the Asia Pacific region. In addition a stunning Italian mosaic, 25 metres in length, outdoor pool, with adjoining jacuzzi and a separate children's paddling pool. Calamander Unawatuna Beach is a 4 star class hotel with five star facilities. It is the first beach hotel in Sri Lanka with accredited carbon neutral status and future projects aim to develop sustainable eco-technology in the hotel's power generation and transport services. Guests are encouraged to engage in utilising the resort's facilities in the most eco-friendly way, without compromising on comfort and are invited to offset their individual carbon foot print with a small, voluntary, financial contribution, to the hotel's carbon neutral status. Calamander Unawatuna Beach is a trail blazer in Sri Lanka, for the 'affordable luxury' concept. Its design ethos of modernity, complimenting the beauty of its geography, has proven to be popular with our guests from all over the world. This together with high standards of service, Calamander Unawatuna Beach is now renowned for being a family friendly resort welcoming Sri Lankans as well as foreign guests. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Calamander Unawatuna Beach

Address: Parangiyawatta, Unawatuna, Galle 80600, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle > Unawatuna
Price Range: $86 - $203 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Calamander Unawatuna Beach 3.5*
Number of rooms: 83
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Also Known As:
Unawatuna Beach Hotel Unawatuna
Unawatuna Beach Resort
Hotel Style:
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Unawatuna
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