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Shangri La Guest House
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Reviewed January 19, 2013

We had booked other budget accommodation, but when we arrived it was smelly and very basic and more expensive than advertised (and no en-suite). We found the Kahuna Club ( ex Shang ri la) by accident and found it to be clean comfortable and excellent value. The staff and proprietor couldn't have been more accommodating and the garden setting was blissful. There was room for our driver to park and the food was excellent. I cannot recommend this hotel more highly.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Jane H
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Reviewed January 15, 2013

Since more than 5 years we, a family of 3, have chosen Kahuna Club (formerly known as Shangri-La) as our Number 1 place in UNAWATUNA. We discovered this gem in December 2006 and since then we always came back! We just returned from this year´s X-Mas holiday and useless to say: It was again a perfect holiday. We felt like home. Kahuna Club is still a quiet oasis in the buzzling heart of Unawatuna, where one can relax and enjoy the hospitality of Mally and his staff. The Cabanas are beautiful and equipped with basically everyting you need! Still, if you look for a 5 Star Hotel.....Kahuna Club is not the right place.....you get what you pay for. But if you look for a nice, quiet and affordable accommodation in Unawatuna, go for it!

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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Thank mikeytiger
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Reviewed November 28, 2012

We stayed four nights. The room was good and clean despite the fact that our warm water was not working. No problem, if you have 35°C outside.
It was interesting, that the manager strongly recommended to put money and valuables in a safe that should be accessible at every time.

We did so since we wanted to go diving without carrying everything on the boat and of course it was not accessible when we needed it. So we were trapped with no money to go to Galle as planned and no credit cards to get money for the diving school. The only information we got was, that someone with a key would be around in the evening.
What can you do? We told the manager later, that this caused a lot of trouble for us but he did not even apologize for the inconvenience. He simply said that we should be happy that only he has a key. This guy really trusts his staff.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Babaena
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Reviewed July 19, 2012

Great place!! Delicious food, beautiful grounds and wonderful staff :)
We had a lovely time here, we stayed in the cottage first which was nice, clean and quiet, it had 2 rooms and kitchen facilities which comes in handy when travelling with children. The staff were friendly and great with the kids and Ruwan the chef is the best cook ever!!! Had some super scrumptious meals, best in Sri Lanka :D
The beautiful lush green grounds were perfect for the kids, plenty of room to run around and play.
The owner Mally and manager Lakmali are very approachable and knowledgable we were made to feel very welcome, a home away from home :)
We came back here after travelling east, this time staying in the double rooms, again lovely clean and plenty of room.
I am happy to recommend the kahuna club to both families and couples, it's only a 5 min walk to the beach, tuc tucs waiting just outside if u need to travel anywhere and shopping just outside your door, with a fantastic vibe around the place kahuna club is a must!
Thanks to everyone at kahuna club ur awesome :)

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Thank foxysheila
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Reviewed April 23, 2012

We stayed here with a our children & a group of freinds, for more than two weeks. The grounds are beautiful & well kept, quiet & very secure, especially useful as we had young children with us. The cabana's are lovely & very clean. We stayed in hut 1, which was beautiful with a traditional palm leaf roof and lovely outdoor bathroom - we all loved it. All the meals we had at Shangri La were excellent, especially the fish barbecue, so it's easy just to stay in for the evening if beach life has worn you out. It's an easy 5 min stroll to the beach, and a hidden gem is the little shop left out of Shangri La's gates that sells "hoppers" - try egg hoppers and dahl for breakfast - delicious! Mali, LakMalli & all the staff were fantastic, always friendly and really helpful - a huge thank you too them all and hopefully we'll be back again before too long!

Stayed: March 2012
Thank Christine K
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