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Thaproban Pavilion Resort and Spa
Ranked #8 of 31 Hotels in Unawatuna
Certificate of Excellence
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
1 review
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“Abu Dhabi approves”
Reviewed December 5, 2013

This is a delightful boutique hotel .Well worth a visit. The rooms are spacious and clean with all the required amenities. The staff are friendly and very willing to help.You have the quietness to sleep but the nearness of the beach and all the night life you want. I am looking forward to my next visit.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed November 29, 2013

A great four night stay that was so relaxing. The location is only a short ten minute stroll from Unawatuna Beach, it can be dark at night down part of the lane but it provides a fantastic opportunity to see the fireflies.

The room was amazing, it was large with a lounge, dining table and a nice balcony with uninterrupted views over the pool, the Indian Ocean and Galle Fort.

The pool area was great and we spent every afternoon here and dined under the stars next to the pool for three nights. Unfortunately a storm ruined the plan one of these nights and staff quickly moved us to our room to finish our dinner, which was fine The only thing that was of concern was the amount of water that entered the room during the storm, there had already been towels placed under the window when we arrived, but these were inadequate and we had to intervene to prevent water getting close to electrical items. It's surprising given that the Resort was only completed in February 2013.

The breakfast menu was a nice change from buffets that we had encountered everywhere else we stayed. The service here goes beyond any expectation, staff make a real effort to talk to you and ensure your needs are met.

A tuk tuk ride into Galle is only 500 rupees.

Would strongly recommend this Resort.

Room Tip: Ocean Pavilion for the view
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Ghent
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Reviewed November 29, 2013

Very nice hotel.
Great view and very kind staff.
Ask for a room on the first floor with vieuw on the sea! It's amazing!
Only improvement they could do is a buffet for breakfast.
Breakfast is a too small and basic where you could only select a few options.

Room Tip: Ask for a room on the first floor with vieuw on the sea!(and the pool) It's amazing! Very large...
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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girona
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Reviewed November 8, 2013

It is a good place to stay but there is much room of improvement to get the standards of a luxurious hotel.

Positive: The location, literally inside the Indian Ocean, where you can feel the splashing waves closer than ever. The ocean views from the bedroom are spectacular and overwhelming

Negative: The hotel itself is supposed to be new, but it seems harmed by the corrosion of salty waters.,and the interiors are shabby. And above all, Unawatuna is a very dissapointing tourist destination.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed October 29, 2013

We stayed in early October, where the weather was a little volatile (as we soon found out).

Getting there: We organised for a car to pick us up from Colombo Fort Station. They were very flexible about arranging this for us. The drive was pleasant overall and took about 3.5 hours in total.

Location: The resort itself is not actually on the beach. It sits on a sort of cliff, right in front of the ocean and is tucked away in the jungle, so you’ll need to travel down a little dirt road to get to it! It’s about a 5 minute walk back out onto the main road and the beach, but I wouldn’t recommend doing that at night – there are absolutely no street lamps to help you navigate your way through the jungle-like area! A US$1 tuk tuk ride from anywhere on Unawatuna beach will suffice.

The Rooms: We stayed in the Pavilion Residence on the third floor, which had a spacious balcony that opened up to incredible views of the Indian Ocean. The architecture is very unique – lots of concrete and wood and splashes of bright saffron orange. The rooms were reasonably comfortable with very soft beds, cable TV and air-conditioning, though we thought our bathroom could use a little more sunlight and fresh air! It smelled a little…damp after 4 days of continual use.

On our first night, we were also treated to an epic thunderstorm which meant gale force winds howling all night, roaring waves crashing against the cliff face, rain slapping against our balcony windows, etc. Never have I wished to have double-glazed windows! We didn’t get much sleep that night. On a quiet, clear night though, we had no problems.

The Restaurant: The restaurant was on the first floor, but was unfortunately not as scenic as it could have been. A few well-placed windows and perhaps a dining balcony would have brightened up the room considerably!

Ambience aside, their Sri Lankan offerings were delicious – the Rhnu Curry (US$10) got you a mix of 5 curries with rice, and the Seafood Platter (US$85) could easily have been for a group of 4 adults. The ‘Western’ offerings didn’t fare quite as well, as the meat tends to be a little overcooked. This is common throughout Sri Lanka though, so my suggestion is to just stick with the local fare.

The Spa: Massages and facials were all offered at reasonable prices. I enjoyed my 1 hour back massage but the facilities consisted of a spa bed and.. that was about it. Very minimalistic!

The Service: Wonderful, friendly and effervescent service from housekeeping to the manager. Front desk could do it all, including organising a cooking class, arranging for tours to Galle and last minute airport transport. Ask them anything, and they will go out of their way to help.

Room Tip: Pavilion Residence was large enough for a couple and had great high views of the ocean
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 21, 2013

If you would like a hotel that leaves you in the lurch at the last minute, this is the place for you.

The hotel wrote to me and my girlfriend one week before we were scheduled to arrive for New Years informing us that the hotel had decided to cancel our booking as our accomodation was not in a fit state for habitation. It was nigh on impossible to find somewhere else to stay in the vicinity. We then had to alter our entire trip to Sri Lanka as we could not find anywhere else in Unawatuna at such short notice.

We were not offered any assistance in finding alternative accommodation other than a second one line email suggesting hotels at an extortionate rate two hours drive away.

It took me over two months to then get back the deposit which I had paid directly to the hotel and had to threaten legal action in order to get this refunded.

All follow up correspondence I had concerning my complaint was completely ignored.

Basically be careful before you book here..!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thaproban, Operations Manager at Thaproban Pavilion Resort and Spa, responded to this review, October 27, 2013
This review is not relevant as its a review written for a stay in December, the hotel opened in February 2013 as you can see from the guests who really stayed and experienced the hotel started only after February 2013, we are a very responsible organization with experience in Unawatuna hotels for the past 15 years, Thaproban Pavilion Resort is the newest addition to the hotels in Unawatuna, we do not cheat guests with any deposits.

Regards,
Mangala Denagama
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Bangkok, Thailand
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Reviewed October 20, 2013

It was a good choce we made with selecting this hotel, the hotel is away from the main Unawatuna beach, about ten minutes walk to the sea where you can have a sea swim, at the hotel you can relax by the pool area. We had a pavilion room and it was very comfortable and clean. Enjoyed the food which had a special touch of Italian like flavours. You can speak to the front office staff or the hotel manager if required any information as they are very friendly and helpful. If we come to SL again we will defenietley return.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thaproban, Manager at Thaproban Pavilion Resort and Spa, responded to this review, October 27, 2013
Dear Guest,
Thank you for your time and kind comment.

We all look forward for your return to our Thaproban Pavilion Resort and Spa in the near future.

Sincerely,
Priyanga
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Property: Thaproban Pavilion Resort and Spa
Address: Wella Devala Road, Yaddehimulla, Unawatuna 80600, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle District > Unawatuna
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 31 Hotels in Unawatuna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Thaproban Pavilion Resort and Spa 3*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are a newly opened resort in Unawatuna, Situated in the heart of Unawatuna yet away from the hustel and bustel with few minutes walking distance to the world famous Unawatuna Beach and stripes of hotels and restaurants. Thaproban Pavilion is correct blend of serenity and comfort. The hotel is located right by the sea and a man made private beach area which is by the fibre optic pool to enhance the value of your stay. Hotel is very well equipped with all modern facilities to suit your comfort. Our spa and well equipped Gym is over looking the Indian Ocean and while you get the spa therapy you can enjoy the music of nature. All rooms are suites, some rooms are Duplex Suites which are ideal for families or friends and equipped with all type of modern and essential facilities like En Suite Bathroom, King Size Bed with Pillow Menu, 36" LED Satellite Tv, Tea Making Facility, Wifi, In Room Safe to make your stay extremely a memorable and comfortable, with typical Sri Lankan hospitality. The evening atmosphere is the best, you can get on the Rock by the sea for amazing views of the sun set and this is the most amazing moment! We offer fresh sea food and special Italian dishes, other international cuisines to Local dishes. Galle Fort stands at a distance which you can see from the hotel. The Sun Set Terrace on the third floor is ideal for relaxing with the stunning views and reading your favorite novel! ... more   less 
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