Just before the beach access road to the gorgeous beach-bay of Unawatuna - named after the story in the Ramayana where a portion of the hill containing a life saving plant carried by Hanuman allegedly fell there - there is a black and white sign Nooit-Gedacht which is immediately noticeable owing to its simplicity. What is it you wonder?
The Dutch orgins are immediately apparent as one steps in to have a cup of tea in the simple but inviting cafe. It is a ayurveda centre where visitors come for a short and long stay to undergo spa treatment,massages and the like. Set up in a colonial property, there are sprawling lawns as befits a rejuvenation spot and lots of history on its walls.The swimming pool was undergoing a re-fit before the commencement of the peak season in October-April.The staff are friendly - our bearer spoke good Hindi on account of his stay in Kerala undergoing training in ayurvedic massages - the food is non-vegetarian and one absorbs lots of heritage.
- 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