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Nooit Gedacht Heritage Hotel
Ranked #19 of 33 Hotels in Unawatuna
Reviewed November 1, 2011

There is a (selfish) part of me that does not want to advertise more generally this gem of a place - a place that I have been visiting off and on for the past ten years and recommending to friends. But I can't refuse a request to write a review here from those who have always paid such kind and patient attention to my every whim and request, in a place I have come to think of as a haven in Sri Lanka!
We have just returned from a 10 day stay. I had a full 10-day Ayurveda treatment (I'm slimmer, my painful knee no longer hurts, and I feel - and I'm told look- rejuvenated). My adult son who accompanied me on his first visit here enjoyed the delights of Unawatuna beach and its night life as well as the peace and beauty of Nooit Gedacht, and we both loved our visits around the area. As others have noted Galle Fort is a short tuk tuk ride away, and the beach at the end of a short and interesting stroll - both are stunning.
Unlike many other hotels in Sri Lanka, there is generally no 'hassle' yet the friendly staff are appropriately attentive - for the most part just - and only - when you want them to be. I wrote 'hotel' above because I suppose that is what the 'Ayurvedic Guest House' I knew has become with the new wing, pool and more usual 'spa' treatments (pedicure etc.) now also available.
We were there in the 'off-season', and stayed in the usual 'old' rooms, so much of the old guest house charm was still there - and as long as it remains, we'll be back.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with family
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Pragna J, Owner at Nooit Gedacht Heritage Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded November 2, 2011

Dear Angi,

Thank you sooo much for the review & taking your time to write about us. We wish you good health & happiness & hope you will visit us again soon. From all at Nooit Gedacht!! Pragna

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Reviewed October 27, 2011

that was an excellent choice in comparison to other accommodation experiences in Sri Lanka. Very friendly atmosphere, friendly staff, surrounded by beautiful nature, spa with variety of treatments, so if you need to escape from the noise and have a relaxing time go for it:-) In general great place.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Pragna J, Owner at Nooit Gedacht Heritage Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded November 2, 2011

Dear Anna,

Thanks for writing about us. We wish you both a Happy wedded life & hope you will visit again in the years to come!!
Pragna

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Reviewed October 17, 2011

I stayed in this nice quiet place for 3 days. Very nice and friendly people, good rooms and good food. Next time i come to Sri lanka i would like to stay in this hotel for 1 week at least to have a course of aurweda ( i tryed aurweda once - massage with hot oil and liked it very much ) and swimming. You can get to the ocean by little cozy pass , it is warm and comfortable for swimming. Special Thanks to Shyma - she helped me very much, she speaks good english and very helpfull.
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  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled solo
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Pragna J, Owner at Nooit Gedacht Heritage Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded November 2, 2011

Thank you for the review. We are glad you enjoyed your stay with us! Hope you will visit again.

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Reviewed October 16, 2011

Only 50 m away from the busy Galle–Matara road, Nooit Gedacht is a wonderful haven where peace and serenity prevail. The balcony of our room (in the new wing, built since last we visited) had a wonderful vista overlooking the lush greenery of Herbal Mountain and a lake below covered with lotus flowers. Any stress you may be harbouring will simply melt away in these beautiful surrounds. My husband and I arrived off-season and had the place almost to ourselves, but it is so designed that I think it could never feel too busy. Mind you, it is only a short walk (maybe eight minutes) to the famous Unawatuna Beach where all the action is. In the other direction, the world-heritage Galle Fort is about eight minutes away in a three-wheeler. Nice pool (two, in fact!), lovely people, situated in a beautiful landscape. We'll be back!

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Pragna J, Owner at Nooit Gedacht Heritage Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded November 2, 2011

Thank you for taking time to write a review for us. We appreciate it very much & hope you will come back again.

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Reviewed September 24, 2011

We turned up at Nooit Gedacht not quite sure how long we were going to stay for - and ended up staying until the end of our holiday. I think we were possibly lucky to be there during the quiet season, but we had the place almost to ourselves, and the manager, the owners and their dogs, were all wonderful. It is a quiet place so bring a good book and relax.

The old colonial building was nice and the room was cosy (we went for the basic room which was absolutely fine, although the new rooms in the new block did look great). We did look at several other hotels around Unawatuna, and they all seemed to be similarly priced but none came even close to the Nooit Gedacht in terms of value. The pool looks over a green mountain, and the beach is a 10 minute walk away which was a nice walk taking you past shops and restaurants.

All in all, we had a wonderful stay in this gorgeous heritage guest house.

Room Tip: We stayed in the basic old rooms, and didn't feel that the new rooms were worth the extra money...
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  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 11, 2011

We really enjoyed our brief stay here...we opted for the colonial style suite with its own private outdoor dining area. The staff were extremely kind and helpful and the food was very good. We did not have time to try out the ayurweda (next time!) but we recommend the pool and it is only a short distance to the beach on foot. We also explored Galle which was easy to reach by tuk tuk!

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 31, 2011

The hotel is located in an Old Dutch Villa, built in 1735. The rooms are very comfortable, nice service and owner and relaxing pool surrounded by an enchanting garden.
We were three people and lucky enough to have the room in the old part of the house, which included a "private" open dinning room. The food was also very nice, and the place is a short distance walking from the beach. We really enjoyed it.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with friends
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Pragna J, Owner at Nooit Gedacht Heritage Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded September 2, 2011

Thank you for your feed back.

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Additional Information about Nooit Gedacht Heritage Hotel

Address: 182 Matara Road | Opposite Timber Co-Operation, Unawatuna 80600, Sri Lanka (Formerly Nooit Gedacht - Ayurveda Health Resort)
Location: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle District > Unawatuna
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Best Value Hotel in Unawatuna
#5 Family Hotel in Unawatuna
#7 Spa Hotel in Unawatuna
Price Range: $34 - $81 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Nooit Gedacht Heritage Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 38
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nooit Gedacht Heritage Hotel, Also known as Nooit Gedacht Ayurveda Health Resort is a historical Colonial style villa built in 1735. It was once the country home of a Dutch governor name De jong and was later taken over by the British as a military logistic centre. It is just 10 minutes walk away from the Unawatuna beach & 5 Km from UNESCO world heritage site of Galle fort. Nestled at the foot of Rumassala mountain (referred as Sanjeewani Mountain in the epic of Ramayana ) Nooit Gedacht is situated in the middle of a palm garden full of natural flora & fauna & a lotus lake. Guests can also enjoy traditional Ayurveda treatments, Spa, yoga & meditation while they indulge them selves in the tranquility that this place has to offer. Nooit Gedacht...Your Home in the Sun, is a place with old world charm & modern comforts that you must not miss while you are in Unawatuna! Come & enjoy the beauty & simplicity this place has to offer. Please note there are NO branches of Nooit Gedacht in the vicinity. ... more   less 
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