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South Wales
Reviewed 28 May 2015

as with many of my other recent reviews we visited one evening with a small group of work colleagues. Place is nicely located on the NEW man made beach and the outlook along the beach is nice and relaxed, restaurant was quite quiet with mixed nationality visitors. Service was good and relaxed, it appears also that the hotel is popular...

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Paloma scott S, Director Calamander Unawatuna Beach and Board Representative for The Calamander Group Inc at Calamander Unawatuna Beach, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you very much for your review. We are so glad you enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere of our hotel and you thought the food was worthy of mentioning. We hope very much that you will visit us again soon. And it is especially pleasing to us that our establishment provides a good place for business guests, looking for...

Western Cape, South Africa
Reviewed 14 May 2015

What started out as a possible 1-2 night stay while we travelled along the south coast, ended up being the place that we never left until we left the island- very easily using it as our oasis-like base while we explored the surrounds. (we did look at staying in other towns, but no accommodation options even came close in comparison...

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Paloma scott S, Director and Board Representative for The Calamander Group Inc. at Calamander Unawatuna Beach, responded to this review

Dear Guests, Most appreciated, your time and thoughtfulness, in your review of Calamander Unawatuna Beach. Myself and Mr Ajith, General Manager, are immensely proud that our staff have delivered so admirably and that all the efforts and thinking behind the infrastructure, decor and facilities, are so appreciated. Good to know that our Wifi was up to scratch and you enjoyed...

Singapore, Singapore
Reviewed 12 May 2015

We stayed at UBR for 6 nights in March -- our second visit -- and we had just as much fun as on our first stay two years ago. The rooms are spacious, modern and very clean. Be sure to request sea view. Our three children had a wonderful time playing in the pool and the sea, and the beach...

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Paloma scott S, Director and Board Representive for The Calamander Group Inc. at Calamander Unawatuna Beach, responded to this review

Dear Guests, Firstly, a sincere thank you from all our staff, to you, for showcasing our hotel to the world in such a comprehensive way. You have touched on all the aspects that we strive to deliver to our guests. Your generosity of spirit in your words here, is the most valuable reward our staff can have. We would love...

Pune, India
Reviewed 10 May 2015

Stayed in UBR for 2 nights, excellent service and location. Location is amazing, beach is spot on. Ground staff and management staff is are very polite and make you feel @home. Would surely recommend to stay in UBR to enhance their Srilanka experience.

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Paloma scott S, Director & Board Representative at Calamander Unawatuna Beach, responded to this review

Dear Guest, We are absolutely delighted that your experience at Calamander Unawatuna Beach was so positive and we are very proud that our staff were able to consistently deliver a five star service in all areas. We do hope that you will return to Unawatuna and that you will come and stay with us again. And thank you for taking...

Colombo, Sri Lanka
Reviewed 7 May 2015

Rooms were big and comfortable. Unawatuna beach is so beautiful and so many places to dine in the night. Great place for both young and not so young. Lots of water based activities in and around the hotel.

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Paloma scott S, Director and Board Representative at Calamander Unawatuna Beach, responded to this review

Dear Guest Thank you very much for taking the time to review our hotel and we are delighted that you enjoyed being in Unawatuna and that your were able to utilise to the full, our water sport facilities. We do hope you will visit Unawatuna again and we would be delighted if you come and stay at Calamander Unawatuna Beach....

Reviewed 1 May 2015 via mobile

Calamander is for sure worth for the location, located in the beautiful sandy beach in Unawatuna. The rooms are nothning special but clean. Staff is nice and helpful. Food is served in an open restaurant on the beach, the dishes are tasty and a little bit overpriced but you can find some cheaper restaurant if you just walk down the...

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Paloma scott S, Director & Board Representative at Calamander Unawatuna Beach, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for your review. We are pleased to hear that you had a pleasant stay with us, enjoyed our beautiful location and the food. The prices of the food in our restaurant is consistent with similar hotels of our standard. We make no apologies for being properly licensed and paying taxes and we are proud to be...

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 28 April 2015 via mobile

Stayed here to be able to visit Galle and whale watch in Mirissa Clean modern bright super comfy bed lots of helpful staff lil sports bar on beach Beach n pool clean Quiet season now so can't say if good when busy Desk rate was high but they matched booking.com rate which inc breakfast was acceptable

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Paloma scott S, Director & Board Representative at Calamander Unawatuna Beach, responded to this review

Dear Guests, Thank you very much for taking the time to review our hotel. We strive to provide a comprehensive service at all times of year and we value all our guests at whatever time of the year they choose to stay with us. We hope you will visit us again and test us out in the peak season. Kind...

Milan, Italy
Reviewed 27 April 2015

This was a very good place to stay. The rooms are comfy and tidy. There's a good restaurant with a nice buffet breakfast, and decent alternatives for lunch/dinner. The location is very good, and you can swim on the beach, or by their pool. The staff was very helpful and polite during the whole stay. Definitely worth the money. Would...

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Paloma scott S, Director and Board Representative at Calamander Unawatuna Beach, responded to this review

Dear Guest, We are delighted that you enjoyed staying in Calamander Unawatuna Beach. We note that you are very well travelled and therefore we are take it as a great compliment that you found our service, food and ambience to a high standard. We hope that you will visit us again, in the future, when we will have a magnificent...

Reviewed 20 April 2015 via mobile

Also called UBR. Best hotel in the area. Unawatuna is a lovely bay. Actually swimable which many other places are not. UBR is right on the water. Litteraly 5m from the restaurant with uninterrupted views. Really special (and food is good). Excellent service e.g. cheap luxury hotel minibus for daytrips.

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Paloma scott S, Director & Board Representative at Calamander Unawatuna Beach, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you very much for your compliments about our hotel. We are very proud that you, as an experienced reviewer, enjoyed your stay so much. Unawatuna Beach is rare that it has, despite the strong currents, safe bathing, And of course when the tide is out and the water calm, there is nothing to beat swimming in Unawatuna...

Moratuwa
Reviewed 20 April 2015

Went to UBR on 18th April for one night stay and found it to be a very nice place now. I was there long before with some friend from India, bu the place now looks stunning. Sea was still rough for swimming, but there were people outside offering jet ski and banana boat rides. Food was good, but tasted similar...

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Paloma scott S, Director & Board Representative at Calamander Unawatuna Beach, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you very much for taking the time to review our hotel. We are delighted that you enjoyed your day and night in Calamander Unawatuna Beach and that you recognize all the changes that we have made and the impact it has had on the perception of the hotel from being a well loved but rather run down...

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  • Restaurant
  • Beachfront
  • Free Parking
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  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair Access
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Calamander Unawatuna Beach is one of Sri Lanka's most popular beach resorts, located directly on Unawatuna Bay. The most renowned holiday destination on the South coast, Unawatuna Beach is famous for its natural beauty, laid back ambience, proximity to Galle Fort, a Unesco World Heritage site, and is the best beach in the country. UBR, established over 30 years ago, has been transformed, since November 2011, as Calamander Unawatuna Beach. The resort retains the relaxed character of the former UBR, the excellent service from long standing staff, good food and al fresco dining. The only hotel on Unawatuna Beach with swimming pools, Calamander Unawatuna Beach has built the first glass fronted lap pool in Sri Lanka and the longest, at 25 metres, in the Asia Pacific region. In addition a stunning Italian mosaic, 25 metres in length, outdoor pool, with adjoining jacuzzi and a separate children's paddling pool. Calamander Unawatuna Beach is a 4 star class hotel with five star facilities. It is the first beach hotel in Sri Lanka with accredited carbon neutral status and future projects aim to develop sustainable eco-technology in the hotel's power generation and transport services. Guests are encouraged to engage in utilising the resort's facilities in the most eco-friendly way, without compromising on comfort and are invited to offset their individual carbon foot print with a small, voluntary, financial contribution, to the hotel's carbon neutral status. Calamander Unawatuna Beach is a trail blazer in Sri Lanka, for the 'affordable luxury' concept. Its design ethos of modernity, complimenting the beauty of its geography, has proven to be popular with our guests from all over the world. This together with high standards of service, Calamander Unawatuna Beach is now renowned for being a family friendly resort welcoming Sri Lankans as well as foreign guests. ... more   less 

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Address: Parangiyawatta, Unawatuna, Galle 80000, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle > Unawatuna
Price Range: $115 - $256 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Calamander Unawatuna Beach 4*
Number of rooms: 83
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Also Known As:
Unawatuna Beach Hotel Unawatuna
Unawatuna Beach Resort
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#6 Luxury Hotel in Unawatuna
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Unawatuna
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