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“Beautiful rooms, beautiful views: instant relaxation”
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The Villa
Ranked #85 of 145 Unawatuna B&B and Inns
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“Beautiful rooms, beautiful views: instant relaxation”
Reviewed May 7, 2012 via mobile

We arrived after a very long journey and were pleasantly surprised by how characterful and pretty our room was- and spacious to boot! The balcony immediately outside our door afforded us stunning sea views and the Villas proximity to the water means you can hear the sea hush hushing its way onto the beach all night. Staff very friendly, very helpful. Room great value considering its quality. Breakfast delicious.

  • Stayed April 2012
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Reviewed February 19, 2012

Perhaps it's all about expectations. I expected that as it was on the beach we'd have seaviews everywhere, tumble into the sea, lie on a sunbed, potter up for a beer. No. First, the hotel has no direct access to the beach because at the sea end of the property (which actually gets wet at high tide, it's that close to the sea) the place looks like the tsunami hit a few weeks ago: the terrace crumbles away and salvaged panels of old metal fencing have been jammed crazily into the mess of rocks and rubble: a bit of a bombsite. (Photos on the website of the beach are not taken immediately near to the hotel.) So no sunbed on the beach, no instant dip in the sea.
There's a sunken garden full of chairs but you cant see the sea here either, only the washing up drying on an old towel and dressers jammed with stuff - it needs a bar.
When we asked about the horrible bits of fencing and we were told something about government permissions being delayed, but the fact is that every other property on the beach has been tidied up, laid new concrete and looks attractive.
The staff are mostly nice, some being charming. Our room was spacious, but there was hardly anywhere to put our things. The bed was pretty, large and comfortable. The plumbing was quirky but OK. The window faced the sea but there were no clips to clip back the shutters and since the walkway to other rooms went right past our window we got no privacy if we had the window open. This wont bother you if you want to seal yourself inside and put the AC on of course. We resorted to half blocking the walkway by sitting there and at least getting a bit of a view of the sea!
Breakfasts are fine - good fruit platter, eggs good and nice Sri Lankan breakfast available if ordered in advance.
This is the nice end of town (the eastern side suffers from fumes from the motorboats and the sunbeds are jammed together). We were so disappointed we wished we'd gone elsewhere.

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 11, 2012

Hotel is located right on the beach, very central too so good for exploring.

3 storey property with excellent views of the bay

Room had 4 post bed with net, also air conditioning and a fan

Staff very helpful & the food was good also

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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Dear Sir/Madam,
Thanks for the review and giving us very good opportunity to improve our business, Thanks once again indeed,
Kapila
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Reviewed December 3, 2011

Great place to stay with really friendly staff. I also stayed at the Seaview... and I have to admit that I wished that stayed at The Villa throughout all my days. At a cost that is slightly higher many things are much better at The Villa; (1) rooms are much more luxurious and cleaner (2) location closer to the middle of the beach, (3) Nice little restaurant with view over the sea, which is great for the breakfast

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled on business
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kapila100, Manager at The Villa, responded to this review, April 27, 2013
Dear Sir/Madam,
Thanks for the review and giving us very good opportunity to improve our business, Thanks once again indeed,
Kapila
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Property: The Villa
Address: Beach Road, Unawatuna, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle District > Unawatuna
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #85 of 145 B&Bs / Inns in Unawatuna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — The Villa 3*
Number of rooms: 6
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