I am more a fan of impersonal good service, however this experience was just fantastic, the location is delightful so near the beach yet tucked away behind a wall in a lovely monkey filled garden. The old world charm of the building could best be described as shabby chic but clean and comfortable, the best aspect of this stay in such a lovely place was the staff, the hostess is European and the rest of the staff are local and they are such a lovely bunch, friendly and helpful and really attentive without feeling like they were waiting on you or hustling for tips. I hope very much to return some day, or recreate a place like this of my own.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Secret Garden is an oasis within the lively coastal village of Unawatuna, just 20m walking distance from the beach. It boasts a 19th century Dutch-Sri Lankan Colonial Villa with bungalows and suites and a 4000sqm tropical garden. In the middle of the garden rests a large dome, offering 2 daily yoga classes, an on call Ayurvedic therapist for massage and wellness therapy as well as free space for dance, meditation and music. Our staff is courteous and warm. A large tropical breakfast is available daily at all times, and our two chefs are lovingly prepared to cook a great eastern or western meal for you on pre-order. Secret Garden provides relaxation and serenity alongside the opportunity to dive into the blue ocean of one of the country's most popular bays, experience the myth of the Rumassala Mountain and dance away at Unawatuna's many beach bars. May all be Welcome! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Secret Garden Villa Hotel Unawatuna
- Secret Garden Hotel