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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Nooit Gedacht - Ayurveda Health Hotel Unawatuna