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#1 of 1 boutique hotel in Unawatuna
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4.5
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4.5
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4.6
Value
4.4
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A luxury boutique hotel with 22 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 pool or the the garden. The bungalows surrounded by many trees and view of the jungle. Most rooms have large balconies and on request a hammock will be included.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Yoga classes
Bar / lounge
Diving
Hiking
Airport transportation
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Restaurant
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Snorkeling
Fishing
Car hire
Taxi service
Spa
Full body massage
Head massage
Massage
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Concierge
Currency exchange
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Air conditioning
Private balcony
Room service
Safe
Minibar
Refrigerator
Flatscreen TV
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Family rooms
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3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
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browny1811 wrote a review Apr 5
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia27 contributions25 helpful votes
Great hotel it’s a little oasis. Newly decorated and extremely clean. Staff cannot do enough to help you. Food excellent in the restaurant. Asok is always there to recommend a dish, along with the chef who will cook whatever you ask for. The resort is up a little side street. You would miss the retreat if you didn’t look carefully. Pretty and green with beautifuflowers in the garden, a small refreshing clean pool. The beach is nearby and so are the restaurants. Beach has great waves! There were lots of people on the beach when we arrived! The beach is nice but not wow. We enjoy it though! Unawatuna definitely has the vibes, lovely boutique hotels, nice food and a nice beach. Also lots smiley faces and Yes we would come back! Beautiful Sri Lanka and its people. Loved it!
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Date of stay: April 2024Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Laura B wrote a review Mar 2024
Kaunas, Lithuania3 contributions
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Amazing authentic hotel in the jungle but also near the Main Street with restaurants and shops and also Uwanatuna beach. Staff was soooo friendly and helpful. In the balcony have seen and monkeys and other animals such as frogs, lizards 🦎 amazing authentic space. Breakfast was also good.
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Date of stay: March 2024
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Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: Only what I can say some furniture already need to be changed to upgrade better quality
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Emma C wrote a review Mar 2024
Plymouth, United Kingdom143 contributions44 helpful votes
I returned back to the amazing hotel and was not disappointed! The staff are attentive and can not do enough o make your stay enjoyable! This hotel is tucked up one of the side streets minutes away from the beach and is surrounded by trees and nature. The room was clean and super comfortable! The pool was clean and well maintained under the dappled shade of the surrounding jungle. The breakfast was varied and fresh and was well stocked. Stay here if you want a relaxing hotel close to the beach with amazing staff!
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear Emmas, Thank you for choosing to stay with us again at Thambapanni Retreat and for taking the time to share your wonderful experience! We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed every aspect of your stay, from our attentive staff to our serene surroundings. It's delightful to know that you found your room clean and comfortable, and that you were able to relax by our well-maintained pool amidst the natural beauty surrounding us. We're glad you appreciated our varied and fresh breakfast offerings. Your kind words about our staff and their dedication to making your stay enjoyable mean a lot to us. We look forward to welcoming you back for another amazing stay whenever your travels bring you to the area! Warm regards, Thambapanni Retreat Team
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Lonely Laowai wrote a review Feb 2024
37 contributions5 helpful votes
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This place took me by surprise. Leaving the loud main road, you wind up briefly to a perfectly serene, quiet retreat, staffed by some of the most kind and genuinely invested human beings I’ve ever met. Our rooms were great, wifi worked without a problem, and there was never any power outage. The kitchen is what really got me, though. I normally don’t eat much at hotels, seeking more local experiences outside. But during my three days in Unawatuna I did not once eat anywhere other than Thambapanni. The food here is nothing short of divine. Margarita pizza better than I’ve had anywhere, sautéed Tuna that redefined how fish could be prepared for me, hell even the base salad was masterfully seasoned and actually full of flavor. I actually got to know the chef, Lionel, just to thank him for his effort and the clear attentiveness and knowledge he brings to his craft. The waitstaff was also very helpful. Deshan in particular was so helpful, ever attentive without being obtrusive. At one point he even offered to bike into town to get some antihistamines for my wife, who was suffering an allergic reaction at the time. And the owner, Alex, even took me and my wife on a tour of his farm! This was the other secret to why their food is so amazing—aside from Lionel’s experience and professionalism, they locally source their ingredients! Alex showed us where they grow cinnamon, coconuts, bananas, and the chickens, so full and contented. Everything about this place was clearly the product of dedication and love, from the field to your plate. When we had to leave, my wife and I actually felt sad to go. And the receptionist at the front desk, having noticed my wife photographing flowers, actually made her an adorable little flower keychain from folded ribbons. Delightful location, unbelievably good food, kind and genuinely invested staff, 5/5 would do it again.
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear Jacob, Thank you for taking the time to share your wonderful experience at Thambapanni Retreat! We are thrilled to hear that our serene and quiet retreat exceeded your expectations and left such a positive impression on you. We're delighted that you enjoyed your stay in our great rooms with reliable wifi and uninterrupted power supply. It's fantastic to know that our kitchen and dining experience stood out for you, and we're honored that you found our food divine. We'll be sure to pass along your compliments to Chef Lionel and our dedicated kitchen staff. We're also grateful for your kind words about our attentive waitstaff, especially Deshan, who went above and beyond to assist you and your wife during your stay. And we're delighted that you had the opportunity to experience a tour of our farm with our owner, Alex, and learn about our locally sourced ingredients. Your heartfelt feedback means the world to us, and we're thrilled that you left with such fond memories. We can't wait to welcome you back for another delightful stay in the future! Warm regards, Thambapanni Retreat Team
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Ketting wrote a review Feb 2024
Renesse, The Netherlands44 contributions15 helpful votes
Although Unawatuna has changed drastically the last years ( Many Russian tourists) this hotel gives you the vibes of what it used to be. The rooms are lovely and clean, with all the needed facilities. The view is lovely, the chef knows what he is doing and for every question they will find an answer. We were welcome in the hotel of the same company with large decks and both salt and sweet water. They go out of their way to may your stay as pleasant as possible. We loved it.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Room Tip: Ask the staff how to get to Wide jungle beach, close by. two simple restaurants, beach beds and...
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Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear Ketting, Thank you for sharing your experience at Thambapanni Retreat. We're thrilled to hear that you found our hotel to be a serene escape from the bustling atmosphere of Unawatuna. It's wonderful to know that you enjoyed our lovely and clean rooms with all the necessary facilities, as well as the beautiful views. We're delighted that our chef's culinary expertise added to your enjoyment, and that our team went above and beyond to ensure your questions were answered and your stay was pleasant. We're also glad to hear that you had the opportunity to visit our sister hotel and enjoyed the amenities there as well. Your kind words mean the world to us, and we're grateful for your recommendation. We hope to welcome you back for another enjoyable stay in the future! Warm regards, Thambapanni Retreat Team
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Conor M wrote a review Feb 2024
24 contributions48 helpful votes
Very good service. Rooms are huge. Very good value for money. Massage services is also very good. Free transfer to the other than thanphanni resort. Pool area and sunbathing beds are amazing. One of the nicest we have stayed in. Warm feeling through out
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Dear Conorm860, Thank you for your kind review of Thambapanni Retreat. We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed our excellent service and spacious rooms, finding them to be great value for money. It's fantastic to know that you also appreciated our massage services and complimentary transfer to our sister resort. We're delighted that you found our pool area and sunbathing beds to be amazing and among the nicest you've experienced. We strive to provide a warm and welcoming atmosphere for all our guests, and we're pleased that you felt this warmth throughout your stay. We hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back for another enjoyable experience in the future! Warm regards, Thambapanni Retreat Team
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Richard H wrote a review Jan 2024
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Lovely airy room with view over the pool and garden. Great restaurant and bar service with room service if needed. Staff and owners were very attentive and organized our onward travel to Marrisa. Pool and gardens were a haven after a day on the beach or sight seeing in Galle. The location is quieter than may others in the resort but only a short walk to the bars and beach areas. Great option to see Galle without the hassle and cost of being in the city.
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Room Tip: When we were there the majority of guests were Russian families so don't expect smiles or...
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Dear H225DGrichardh, Thank you for choosing Thambapanni Retreat for your South Coast getaway. We're delighted that you enjoyed your airy room with pool and garden views, as well as our restaurant and bar service. Our attentive staff ensured a smooth onward journey for you. We're glad you found our location convenient for exploring Galle without the city's hustle and bustle. Looking forward to welcoming you back soon! Best regards, Thambapanni Retreat Team
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Bo L wrote a review Dec 2023
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Traveled with family
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Anastasia M wrote a review Dec 2023
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Very nice and authentic place in the jungle, which make your stay quiet and secluded. Helpful and pleasant stuff, especially the hotel manager Iresha, will be there for you anytime. Good yoga classes every morning and evening , complemented with birdsongs and forest sounds. Also took a reiki healing session and a signature massage , both were very good. Tasty and various breakfast, delicious seafood and tuna steak for dinner. Located near the main Unawatuna’s street but distant from noise and music. Good budget and quality solution.
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Sergey M wrote a review Nov 2023
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The food in the restaurant is very tasty, green area, clean pool. There were some difficulties with towels in the room, the issue was quickly resolved, everything was fine. Thank you for a good holiday.
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Date of stay: November 2023
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$60 - $92 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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LOCATION
Sri LankaSouthern ProvinceGalle DistrictUnawatuna
NUMBER OF ROOMS
18
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Frequently Asked Questions about Thambapanni Retreat
Which popular attractions are close to Thambapanni Retreat?
Nearby attractions include Made In Ceylon (0.1 miles), Unawatuna Beach (0.1 miles), and Wild & The Sage (0.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Thambapanni Retreat?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Thambapanni Retreat?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Thambapanni Retreat?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and free instant coffee during their stay.
Is parking available at Thambapanni Retreat?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Thambapanni Retreat?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Social Unawatuna, Love Gelato, and Koha Surf Lounge.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Thambapanni Retreat?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and yoga classes during their stay.
Does Thambapanni Retreat have airport transportation?
Yes, Thambapanni Retreat offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Thambapanni Retreat located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.7 miles away from the center of Unawatuna.
Are any cleaning services offered at Thambapanni Retreat?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are there any historical sites close to Thambapanni Retreat?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Galle Fort (2.5 miles), Old Town of Galle and its Fortifications (2.2 miles), and Galle Fort Clock Tower (2.4 miles).