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The Frangipani Tree by Edwards Collection
Ranked #5 of 32 Hotels in Unawatuna
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
“Amazing Place a True Paradise”
Reviewed August 11, 2013

This resort is amazing...the only word for it. The resort is small, only about 9 villas/rooms which means not many guests and a very relaxed and peaceful environment.

My girlfriend and I stayed for 4 nights and was a real highlight of our 2 week holiday. The staff are amazing, and very helpful. You just wake up when ever you like, breakfast is served whenever you like, and not set like most resorts between ie 7-10am. Most days we went exploring the surrounding area, which is really easy via tuk tuk. Then we would just spend the afternoon by the pool drinking!

The beach is about 5m from the pool and is a true unspoilt paradise, there is nobody around! which is very rare these days.

The food is amazing, highly recommend the Sri Lankan breakfasts.

I would highly recommend staying at this place and we now are planning on when we can come back.

Oh and thank you for the room upgrade!

Tim and Nish.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 11, 2013

This hotel was as delicious as it sounds. Very well run and organised by a young Polish couple, excellent menu and food the best we had in Sri Lanka. Although we stayed at many lovely places this was the best. Its situation, size (small), service and facilities were perfect for us to recover from the intensity of the rest of the trip.

Room Tip: Our room (with an open air bathroom) was very special.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Hoorn, The Netherlands
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Reviewed August 7, 2013 via mobile

A wonderwel place, only 9 rooms, so very private. Lovely Beach Room. Great infinity pool. Cuisine with influences from the Middle East. Delicious lobster. Very friendly and attentive general managers, from Poland. Kind and helpful staff. Nice library and tv-room. Direct access to the beach, where you can't swim because of the rocks and the current, but where you can make a nice romantic stroll along the shore.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Stirling
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Reviewed August 3, 2013

We had stayed at two very good hotels before the Frangipani Hotel and this made three in a row! It is a beautiful hotel with a an exceptional pool. The rooms were large and full of character and the bathrooms were interesting as they were partly roofed and partly in the open air, which was interesting. We invited our SL friends from Matara to a meal and they immediately recognised the chef from Master Chef, he was excellent and would give lessons in SL cookery which you an then eat. The hotel is 10 mins from Unawatuna, where it is safe to swim, and 15 mins from Galle. The staff were exceptional from the managers to the grass cutter and committed to the customer. Well done Frangipani Tree

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 2, 2013

My husband and I stayed at the Frangpani Tree for four nights in July and had a truly wonderful stay.
The hotel is right by the seaside, so even if you stay there during the monsoon season when you can't swim in the sea, you can still go for lovely walks along the beach. The pool is small but wonderful and the large rooms simply stunning. Everything is impeccably clean.
The style of the hotel is quite unusual in that it has a lot of concrete, but in combination with the wood shutters it looks amazing and cozy. The only problem is that the concrete bathroom floor gets very slippery when wet and it only dries slowly during the wet season. There were also some issues with light fittings, the A/C and banging shutters, but the staff were always quick to respond to any issues we raised.
There is a fairly reliable internet connection, a lovely TV / reading room and lots of space to sit outside (or under cover if it rains) and day dream. The garden is full of magnificent trees with plenty of birdlife, and for the sport enthusiasts there is even a tennis court, though not in the first flush of youth.
The food was great, especially the breakfasts, starting always with lots of fruit and lovely yoghurt, but I just wished the dinner menu would change a little more often. Still, Galle is a mere 20 minutes away by car and there are plenty of restaurants to try out for a change.
What made our stay really special were the two lovely managers Justyna and Wojtek who made us feel right at home in their little paradise.
We will be more than happy to stay at the Frangpani again soon.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Zemst, Belgium
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Reviewed July 28, 2013

What a beautiful hotel. We loved the style, modern but cosy. And the swimming pool... maybe the nicest one we've ever seen. Our room was also very spacious and luxurious.
All of this is located on a very nice coastline, an idyllic beach with palm trees hanging over the beach.
Everything is wel maintained by a kind and attentive staff, and managed by a friendly Polish couple.
We visited Galle and some nice beaches nearby while we were staying here. They offered us the possibility to swim in their other hotel, Fort Printers, located inside the old city centre of Galle. Which was very welcoming after a hot day walking in Galle. Afterwards we had a good dinner in the Fort Printers.

We would recommend everyone who's visiting Sri Lanka to stay in the Frangipani Tree for a couple of days!

Oscar and Natalie from Belgium

Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed July 24, 2013

I wish every hotel were like this! On arrival in Galle, we were greeted by very friendly Voicek and Christina into such a beautiful boutique hotel. This hotel exceeded all our expectations and we did not expect to find such perfection in Sri Lanka!

We were kindly upgraded (complimentary) to Leatherback room which was beachfront with our own balcony (where we ate dinner every night) and the best feature a HUGE outdoor bathroom with it's own Frangipani tree! The room is chic-minimal designed with a four-poster bed fit for a queen. You can hear every wave break on the sand as its only metres away...this place is the epitomy of relaxation - there is no TV in your room so it forces you to completely detach from the hustle bustle of daily life and indulge in ultimate relaxation. The infinity pool is just magic....

The staff were all superb and went out of their way to make our stay truly memorably. Managers both had great local knowledge and were very friendly.

The food was also wonderful. On our balcony each morning we had delicious fresh curd and treacle, fresh fruit, fresh mixed fruit juice and eggs how you like them. We ate at the hotel every night as we couldn't find a place in Galle that we preferred! The food was exceptional and very reasonably priced for what it was. I recommend corn fritters, local curries with all sambals, pappadums etc and lamb kibeh burger! The menu was extensive for a hotel this size.

At first we had thought location of the hotel was quite isolated; but it's not far to Unawatune and Galle (cheap tuk tuk ride) and nice walks along the beach.

Our stay at the Frangipani Tree was truly impeccable and a perfect way to end our stay in Sri Lanka. We most definately hope to be back in the future.

Room Tip: Room with outdoor bathroom and balcony by the beach are the only way to go!
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Frangipani Tree by Edwards Collection
Address: 812 Matara Road, Unawatuna 80600, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle District > Unawatuna
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Unawatuna
#3 Romantic Hotel in Unawatuna
#3 Family Hotel in Unawatuna
#3 Luxury Hotel in Unawatuna
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Unawatuna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — The Frangipani Tree by Edwards Collection 5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Spend Time with Sea Turtles and Sparrows who visit this beautiful property Set on an improbable juxtaposition of simplicity and luxury overlooking the turquoise Indian Ocean. The Frangipani Tree is sun, sand, trees, culinary, sensuous and spiritual indulgences among Intimate, Exclusive and Elegant surroundings. ... more   less 
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