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Thaproban Pavilion Resort and Spa
Ranked #9 of 32 Hotels in Unawatuna
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Oslo
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5 reviews
“Beautiful place, friendly staff”
Reviewed July 6, 2014

Great place for families and couples. The location is perfect and beautiful by the sea. We stayed for ten days, with our one year old daughter, and we belive this was the best hotel for us to stay at with such a young child. The restaurant is quite good, and we only had better food at King Fisher in the area.

  • Stayed April 2014
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Reviewed June 24, 2014

Great ambience, beautiful location, spacious rooms/pavilion, excellent food and very personal and friendly service! It felt like home. The team and the manager made sure we were comfortable. Will surely head back.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
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Geneva, Switzerland
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Reviewed June 23, 2014

We stayed at the Thaproban Pavilion Resort and Spa for four days, to relax a bit after an intense 12 days Kitsurfing in the North West of Sri Lanka.

Rooms are spacious and clean, bed is big and comfortable, view of the pool and surrounding rocks was superb. Aircon works flawlessly.

Breakfast was good, with a choice of various menus. We dined at the hotel once, food was good, not great (chicken burger for me, prawns for my girlfriend). They have a selection of "Catch of the Day" that looked way nicer, but there were a bit more pricey of course. Avoid the house wine, not good to European standards. Some nice selection of wines, if you can afford it.

Pool area is magnificient, pool is small but fits the size of the hotel perfectly, these surrounding rocks are amazing. There is even a small "beach area" on the side with a natural pool protected from the waves by big rocks, for those who prefer salt water. (I'm not one of them)

Hotel is really close for the main Unawatuna beach, where you will find plenty of restaurants, shops etc. It's one of the closest hotel from the famous Jungle Beach (be prepared, it's quite a hike !)

My girlfriend tried to get a massage at the spa, but the spa closes quite early in the evening, and since we stayed during Vesak the person in charge of the spa cares wasn't working for one or two days.

Would recommend this hotel if you're staying in Unawatuna, great value for money.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed June 13, 2014

This was far the best place we had stayed on our holiday to Srilanka (stay duration:1 day)

This is how I would sum it up

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We booked the ocean pavilion and the view from the room is simply amazing with waves crashing on to the resort. The pool-side has a made up sandy area which gives a chic look

The rooms are very spacious with all the necessary amenities. The selection of furniture was very nice and each playing a part in enjoying the pool-side view. The staffs were very friendly and helpful.
An in-house spa is available but did not get a chance to try it out

We wanted to go for an early morning walk but it was raining, we were very happy when the staff provided with their umbrellas so that we could enjoy the day out

Lunch was excellent had the set-menu consisting of four curries and each tasting very srilankan and yummy

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For breakfast they have three choices American, continental and srilankan to choose from. We were very excited to try the srilankan breakfast (it had variety), but were told that to order the srilankan breakfast we were supposed to place the order the previous night. I wish we were informed about this beforehand.

Wi-fi is available but the strength diminishes and is almost non-existent once you move away from the lobby to the poolside

No exhaust system in the bathroom, you have to open the small windows available, you loose your privacy.

The rooms being very spacious the effectiveness of the air-conditioning system in the room is very poor

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Jungle beach: The jungle beach is not the same as the Thaproban beach. It is a half an hour walk from the resort with sign-boards every 5 minutes. After 15 minutes of walk you have to take a bush walk which is quite nice and tricky towards the beach. Do wear good shoes and carry plenty of water. Once you reach the stone road towards the beach, do remember your way back. We had got lost on our way back but were happy since this gave us a chance to visit the Peace pogoda which is also very close by (very secluded, very well maintained). PLEASE DO REMEMBER TAKE THE TREK TO JUNGLE BEACH EARLY MORNING (We reached there about 7:30am). You will have the small strip of beach all to your-self (a very good photo opportunity). Have heard that if you go there late, the beach is almost like a theme park with hoards of people

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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Moscow, Russia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed June 10, 2014

Long way from the main road is fully reimbursed by the location and views! the road near the hotel is promissed to be fixed soon. Ocean Pavillion room is giving to the ocean and one can enjoy the waves crushing on the rocks - amazing experience both during the day and on sunset time! Rooms are spacious, clean, with large bathroom. Housekeeping done 2 times a day. Problem of all off-season time is high humidity level due to which the towels may be a bit smelly, but they are changed immediately upon request. The hotel has a small rocky beach for sun-bathing or you can walk a bit to the public beach which is really worth a short walk! the breakfast is good, staff is friendly. We had unstable wifi connection which could be explained by stormy wealther and electricity instability. Overall impression - very good!

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Gurugram (Gurgaon), India
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Reviewed June 9, 2014

We stayed at the hotel for 2 nights (too short) and were impressed by the hotel , the staff , pool , food. I can go on. A special thanks to the hotel manager Priyanga for his help in arranging local transport , advise on local sight-seeing

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed June 8, 2014

Upon arrival at this hotel we were very impressed with the lobby; we thought we had arrived at a peaceful haven. We stayed in one of the rooms in the main hotel, and although we cannot fault the staff and the service they provided, we were slightly disappointed when we checked into our rooms. The hotel is selling itself as a boutique hotel, and on the surface it does look like a boutique hotel, however if you look at the smaller details of this hotel they just are not there. Our room was large and spacious, but it looked half finished, the toilet and shower were built into what felt like two separate closets, which felt very strange. Room service - I called and asked for a bucket of ice that never arrived. We did dine at the hotel and I have to say the food was very good, we took our dinner outside by the pool, the only down side for us was that the dining area apace was very small, and there were quite a few kids running around, it kind of ruined the atmosphere that the hotel was trying to achieve. I feel like this hotel has a lot of potential but really could do with some more finer touches. It did however look like it was one of the nicer hotels in Unawatuna.
If you are travelling the coast our recommendation would be to skip Unawatuna and stay Galle Fort.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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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 #9 of 32 Hotels in Unawatuna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Thaproban Pavilion Resort and Spa 4*
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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