This was the place I was most excited about staying during my 3 week trip to Sri Lanka - I had emailed in advance of travelling - approximatley 2 months ahead. I also asked to book the yoga which I was told I could do on arrival. The yoga was also one of the key reasons for choosing Secret Garden. The garden itself is beautiful and the breakfast was the best I had during my 3 week stay in Sri lanka - the outside shower was also a nice touch! Was disappointed on arrival to be told the Yoga master had gone home - fair enough but why not tell me in my email when I booked ? However it turned out to be anything but tranquil when on our 2nd night the neighbours ( late teens early 20s ? ) decided to bang out loud music around 2am and party in the garden for about 2 hours! Not the relaxing holiday I had planned. When I tried to help the situation he advised me he was friends with the owners and on him questioning the occupancy to the lovely Sri Lankan Manager the next morning I guess this was true. I nearly said "lower since your arrival!" As they were staying another night I decided that we were not - and so went across the road to the villa which had gorgeous sea views. I have to also say the local staff who were working at Secret Garden gave he best customer service and really looked after you . Just a real shame that it was let down by the people that that owners ask to "keep an eye on things" when they are not there.... Shame really!
- 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