The welcome we received was fantastic. We booked six nights in the hotel and they gave us a super room at the top of the hotel. All the rooms face the sea and you have about 20 steps to the beach! At around £45 per night this place is the best value for money hotel we have ever stayed in. How this place isn't in Lonely Planet is crazy!
The room was really clean and the large beds with framed mosquito net were a welcome change from the guesthouses and B and Bs we had stayed in previously. There is also a fridge in every room. The A/C is very efficient and helped us to keep cool away from the 35 degree sun every day! The TV signal was a little dodgy but I could still watch the cricket with a Lion beer in the room. The balcony was beautiful and the view of the sea was gorgeous. The bathrooms are roomy.
The beach is beautiful. I can't believe people complain about the sea. It is the sea,you can't change it! BUT, Sri Gemumu is located in a very quiet part of Unawatuna away from the ever popular bay area. The lagoon in the sea is absolutely perfect! the waves hit the reef and create this unbelievable swimming pool in the sea. There is still a slight current in the lagoon that you need to be aware of if you have children.
The sunsets here are also very beautiful and we were lucky in that the stilt fishermen were outside the hotel everyday!
On to the staff. The owners are very friendly and are regularly on site to make sure all is going well. The reception staff are polite friendly and helpful. The cleaning staff loved talking about cricket with us and they were quick to ask whether you wanted your room cleaning. I loved this aspect because on some days we just wanted our room leaving alone. The catering staff were incredibly friendly and there are a lot of them buzzing around ready to help you. If you like gems (we don't) then there is a shop with a very attentive and persistent specialist, Mr Gamini. He also loves his cricket and knows his stuff about Gems.
The food - Brilliant! We even splashed out on lobster one night. The breakfast is good and make sure you order the Sri Lankan breakfast at least one day in advance. We had a buffet 2 of the nights and the food was wide ranging and very good.
The pool and chalets. Make sure you visit the chalets and pool at somepoint in your stay. It is a 10 minute walk away from the hotel and the gardens are beautiful. The pool was like swimming in a bath it was that warm!
The treatments. We had a full body massage and it was definitely needed after our busy travels. I recommend them to you.
Don't let the tuk tuks rip you off. Haggle a cheap price or don't get in it! If you need a bank use Habbaraduwa, not Galle. It is a smaller, nearer town.
I was also very impressed with the checkout process. All our daily receipts were given to us for checking.
I think the taxi to Colombo was over priced at 9,500 rupees but they vary hugely when you book through the hotels.
Overall, this place is absolute paradise! There is no in-season! Go whenever and just take your time to relax in a great value hotel in an unbelievable location!
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- Also Known As:
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