This was our second visit to the Flower Garden, which we picked because we loved it 4 years ago. The place is aptly named and has an extremely pleasant and good sized child-friendly pool. We particularly enjoyed our early morning swim, on one occasion watched over by a kingfisher. The hotel has 3 friendly dogs, one of which – an Alsation pup – loves to run off with flip-flops left beside the pool.
There has been some development in recent years, most noticeably a large adjoining hotel with building work still underway. We were particularly upset to be told that the cabanna room, which we'd booked and paid a deposit for 6 months ago, and confirmed recently, was not available and that we would have to stay in the adjoining hotel “just for one night – until a family moves out”. When we protested very loudly about this, it was discovered that a cabanna was available for us.
Apart from the breakfasts, we were disappointed in the food (French beans & serrated carrots when there's a wonderful veg stall next door overflowing with interesting local produce!!). However, the (busy) lane immediately outside the hotel offers some excellent restaurants (we particularly liked the tiny little Sri Dhara restaurant, opposite the Milinda grocery shop). And the lane takes you to the beach which is lined with restaurants.
Unawatuna is a very popular tourist destination, so there are lots of souvenir and clothing shops. It does have a significant mosquito problem though and we found it necessary to dose ourselves with repellent both in the evenings and at breakfast time.
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- Also Known As:
- Flower Garden Unawatuna
- Hotel Flower Garden