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2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4
Unawatuna, Galle District, Southern Province

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Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“A true get away”
Reviewed November 12, 2015 for a stay in January 2015

If you like being slightly off the beaten track, this little gem is for you. The garden and pool are glorious ( a flora and fauna delight). Transport is immediately on hand but hey! what about a meander though the paddies!
The hosting staff cannot do enough to pander to your wishes and you can get some serious curry cooked for you on the verandah. Super.
OK so there was is an air of faded glory but we defy anyone not to enjoy sunrise from a great bed overlooking the floral masses of the garden.
We had a very contented month - pooling/reading, Galle, local beach and eateries and above all the lovely folk of Sri Lanka.
Go for it!

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Liked best: Just read the preamble, it says it all
Liked least: Garden furniture could have been more comfortable
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children
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Management Response
Apr 21, 2016
Thank you so much for your feedback and kind words. We're delighted you had a great month at The Petals and hope to welcome you back sometime soon.
Best wishes,
Linda, Upul & Jagath
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Hong Kong, China
Reviewed July 5, 2015 for a stay in June 2015

Traveling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Aviram K
Tel Aviv, Israel
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Excellent”
Reviewed April 8, 2015 for a stay in April 2015

The place is amazing very well designed helpful staff. The cook came up with bill which we didn't expect (like for his petrol...) not a big deal just be ready for it.

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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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HildeAG
Wetteren, Belgium
1 review
“Fantastic!”
Reviewed August 13, 2014 for a stay in August 2014

We ( 3 friends) stayed for three nights in "the Petals" Loved to stay a lot longer!!!
The house and garden are wonderful , the swimmingpool is stunning.
The best part are Jagath and Upul who take care of you. They both are super guys and Upul is a "master" in the kitchen.
To be brief : everyting about our stay in the Patals was just perfect!
We do hope to come back .

Traveling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Aug 19, 2014
Hi!
Great that all was satisfactory and shame you couldn't stay longer. Next time!!
We hope to welcome you back soonest.
Best wishes,
Upul, Jagath & Linda
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London
Reviewed April 14, 2014 for a stay in December 2013

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Would I recommend this vacation rental to my best friend?  
Recommended for:
A romantic getaway
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Management Response
Aug 19, 2014
Fantastic!
So pleased to hear that you all enjoyed your selves and felt at home.
Hope to see you back in Sri Lanka in the future.
Best wishes,
Linda, Upul & Jagath
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Deb W
Brooklyn, New York
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Fabulous home stay - peaceful but very close to everything!”
Reviewed April 12, 2014 for a stay in April 2014

Just returned from The Petals with my husband and 2 kids (7 & 9). We had an amazing stay and highly recommend the property. The home was exactly as described and as seen in photos. Linda was a pleasure to arrange things with and Upul and Jagarth were wonderful care-takers.

The home, grounds and pool were impeccably maintained. Transportation was easily arranged and recommendations were offered when asked. Beds were very comfy, linens were super soft and the a/c & fans in the bedrooms worked well when needed. However, we spent most of our time outside except when sleeping.

We saw a few monkeys, lizards, a big turtle and lots of amazing birds. The sounds of nature were wonderful. My kids loved exploring the garden and running around on the grass. Jagarth in particular was great about showing them fruits, flowers, spices and bugs.

Upul cooked the best food for us and is very flexible. Even my kids who aren't super adventurous eaters LOVED his curries. They miss them already! We even took an afternoon and went shopping with him so we could buy spices to bring home and he gave us a cooking lesson.

We mostly stayed in the area for the week....visiting local temples, beaches and the Galle Fort. Running out to the bread truck every morning was a regular activity for my kids. They loved trying the different sweet and savory breads.

Needless to say, we love The Petals and can't wait to go back!

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Traveling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Aug 19, 2014
We are so glad to hear that you had a fab time and look forward to welcoming you all back in the near future.
Best wishes,
Linda, Upul & Jagath
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chrisjap
Osaka, Japan
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Wonderful 5-night stay.”
Reviewed April 2, 2014 for a stay in March 2014

My wife, I and friend stayed at The Petals from March 20th through to the 25th. It really is a slice of paradise and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a relaxing getaway. The lush green gardens filled with Jasmine trees are beautiful - Jagath does a sterling job. The pool was so welcomed for a daily morning swim. The bedrooms are also well furnished with adequate lighting and a range of books if one wishes to read. Upul kindly prepared us breakfast every morning out on the dining table on the verandah. He also whipped up a few glorious dinners. The outdoor living area made for a unique ambience. Be aware that hot water can be in short supply. We loved the three dogs - they were so friendly and welcoming.

One is able to walk to the beach in abut 20 mins - however the tuk tuk option is probably better. Be aware that many tuk tuk drivers claimed they were unaware of the address. The Petals does have a regular tuk tuk driver, so I’d suggest going with him - note that one needs to give exact money at all times, otherwise the driver will say “no change”. The beach near “Wijaya” restaurant is better in my opinion than the main beach at Unawatuna. We sat out on balcony at Wijaya with wonderful views sipping delicious fruit juices. Be aware though, that even restaurants claim they don’t have change - so again, exact money is best to avoid the inevitable of getting ripped off.

Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Apr 1, 2014
Hi Chris!
Many thanks for your kind words - I'm so pleased you enjoyed your stay. We hope to welcome you back in the future. I was thinking of having little direction cards in Sinhala printed that guests can take with them and hand over to tuk-tuk drivers not familiar with the house. Following your feedback we'll make that a priority. Thanks again for your custom!
Linda, Upul & Jagath
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