Have been visiting Sri Lanka since 2006 and this is my favourite guest house by far!
Situated a 5 minute walk to the main beach, down a little lane of the main road nestling between palm trees, and lustrous vegetation.
Beautiful building, with the most amazing open air terraces to relax on and savour the peace.
The top one with hammocks and space to chill and read a paper or look out on the tree tops and see monkeys, birds and local wildlife.
The lower terrace for comfy chairs, place to plug in your ipod, unwind, and fridge to keep the beer cool.
Rooms are immacutely clean, with lovely antique furniture, 4 poster beds, towels, toiletries, hot water and lots of little extras.
Key thing about the Palm Grove are the owners - a lovely, warm and friendly retired couple from England (Lorraine and Paul) who bend over backwards to impart local knowledge, organise trips, snorkel hire, tuk tuk rides and secret gems of places to visit.
Nothing is too much trouble. They also have a small team of local staff - who are part of the family too and will do anything to go the extra mile and make your stay comfortable.
Like a home from home. Can't recommend enough. Have taken family and friends to visit and everyone I spread the word to visits, falls in love and comes back for more.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Palm Grove is located in an idyllic village setting. Very quiet setting. Away from the nightlife but still within walking distance to all locations. Only a 10 minute stroll to the shops,bars,restaurants and the beautiful bay of Unawatuna. There are many tours that you can take from Unawatuna to suit all tastes. The turtle hatchery is less than 20 minutes away, as is Koggala Lake where you can take a relaxing boat trip on the Lagoon and visit some of the small islands situated there. A three to four day tour will take you to Ella with its waterfalls, Nuwara Eliya with its tea plantations and greenery. The 'Temple of the Tooth' at Kandy and the nearby 'Elephant Orphanage' are also well worth a visit. ... more less
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