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“A Sri Lankan haven of tranquility!”

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Nooit Gedacht Heritage Hotel
Ranked #19 of 34 Hotels in Unawatuna
Reviewed January 10, 2012

The Nooit Gedacht hotel really is a haven of tranquility. It is the first hotel ever where we were given a free room upgrade & where after arriving with chronic toothache the staff had arranged for me to be treated by a local dentist within 2 hours - not bad for a Sunday lunchtime (try doing that in the UK!).
The hotel is ideally placed for a short & interesting walk to Unawatuna beach (the jungle beach walk was too wet) for safe swimming, shops, restaurants & bars etc & also for a tuk tuk ride visit to Galle & Koggala. But the hotel's standard of food was also superb & we still rate the breakfasts as the best of our holiday.
The standard of accommodation was excellent & the staff could not have been more friendly.

Room Tip: We were given a room in one of the new blocks overlooking the lake & spent hours just watching t...
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  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 10, 2012

Just off the main road and away from the madness of the beach this haven of tranquiity is a delight.Originaly a V.O.C. property.(Dutch East India Co.) Great rooms service and food although be aware that alcohol is not served. 2 pools and large gardens means you are not ever crowded. We had a driver with us and he was well looked after for free during our visit.

Room Tip: The new wing is excelent
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  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 8, 2012

Let me start off by saying my family and I really loved this place and have already recommended it to another friend who is on their way to Sri Lanka next month. Lush gardens, great clean pools (1 just for kids!), large clean rooms and an amazing jungle hill view (we booked the wing at the back of the grounds near the big pool). The resort has been owned by one family for 5 generations and as an American I was over joyed to stay in a place that was built before the USA signed its constitution. It has a lot of history which the owners will gladly tell you if you ask about it. The food was very good, in fact I loved that the kitchen was open for viewing via a window so you can see the chiefs at work. We had a choice to stay at a resort on the beach but after visiting the noisy (but fun) beach during the day for drinks and sites, we determined we made the right choice to get some peace and quiet at night. At the moment they do not serve alcohol but you can buy it at any near shop and bring it with you if you want. They only thing I would caution people against is thinking the health clinic is a kind of romantic spa. It is very basic but at a good price you can get a professional clinical massage. I wish I would have done the yoga which was offered. It looked so relaxing but I was busy chasing my 5 year old around the pool. lol He loved it too. I would recommend this place for families or anyone else looking for peace and relaxation but still wants to be close to the beach night life which is only about 2 minutes and a dollar tuk tuk (taxi) ride away. Oh almost forgot to mention that they arrange wonderful tours of Galle for a great rate. They arranged a van with a professional guide who took us to 4 of the major sites in Galle including the turtle farm, the Peace Pagoda, a cave temple and a river boat tour! If you book with this hotel you can be sure to get personal service that they take pride in. We will be back for sure on our next trip to Sri Lanka.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 7, 2012

We had a great time in Nooit gedacht. Unawatuna beach is very busy, so it was good to have this quiet and cosy hotel as a base. The surroundings are nice, looking out on a hill. The massages were great, the swimming pool is large, the staff is very friendly and the breakfast was nice. The maintenance of rooms in the house could be improved. In all we were happy to have chosen Nooit gedacht and would do it again.

Stayed: January 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 7, 2012

My boyfriend and I stayed at Nooit Gedacht New Years Eve weekend, and loved it!! The guest house was tranquil and tasteful, almost like a boutique hotel without all the fuss.. We headed off to Unawattuna planning to party the night away on the beach NYE, but loved the peace and balance we found at Nooit Gedacht, and ended up having quiet drinks by the pool instead (alcohol not served at the guest house, so we took our own)..

We found the place extremely affordable, considering it's caliber and all it offered (Rs 6000 a night, bed and breakfast). The staff were excellent and extremely helpful, which only added to the authenticity of Nooit Gedacht.. The pool was clean, and an absolute treat together with its surroundings.. Love love love the place, and will definitely stay there the next time we travel to Unawattuna..

Room Tip: The New wing rooms by the pool seemed larger and modern judging by some of the images we've seen...
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  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 5, 2012

If you can see past the walk and and the lack of booze (there are plenty of places nearby to get a beer) then this is a top choice. Stayed for 2 nights in a standard room which was clean, tastefully decorated and peaceful. The grounds of the 'resort' are tranquil and the pools were great. Breakfast was also very nice. Expect the usual Sri Lankan extras of 12% VAT, 10% service charge and 3% city tax to appear on your bill on departure.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 1, 2012

Great ambience, quiet location and friendly service sum up this pleasant little guesthouse. We had a bright, airy room with a balcony overlooking the pool which was lovely, just don't expect any toiletries, hairdryer, wifi or TV; this is "get away from it", relaxing, basic clean accommodation
Breakfast is included in the room price and is served in the lovely gardens, the food is ok.
It is a 10 minute walk to the main part of Unawatuna - beach, restaurants, cafes etc

We also booked and paid for a driver to look after us the rest of our time in Sri Lanka through the owner. This has proved to be the best way to cover what we wanted in limited time and he has been good (taking us where we wanted to go and not to all the tourist trap spice gardens etc like many drivers seem to). Only issue has been that his english is very limited, but we have got by.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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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:
#4 Family Hotel in Unawatuna
#7 Spa Hotel in Unawatuna
Price Range: $41 - $128 (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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