First time when I went to Sri Lanka, 4 of us, girls, we flew from Doha to the beach in Sri Lanka for a long weekend in 2012. It was late November, beginning of the season.
I found Unawatuna as one of the most beautiful golfs, a fishermen's village with a bit of touch of modernism...The beach wasn't that big, there were only 3-4 terraces on the beach, but without covering it completely, you could hear Led Zeppelin and drink Leon beer in a very chilling mood. It looked undeveloped and wild. It was a place for contemplation and yoga during the day and a nice place to walk on the beach and stop in a bar and find nice people to talk with, during night. A perfect mix& match.
I went back with the biggest desire to stay longer, and this time I took 2 weeks. 9 days out of this holiday were planned for Unawatuna. I found this place, this time, more developed, eager to become a resort full of people, eclectic and at the border of being totally different from the past. I accept, maybe I like to much wild places with less lights and lightbulbs and loud music...and will take some more years to become too modern.
Full Moon is one of the places that remains loyal to the beach and to Unawatuna. The owner grew up here, knows this place since he was a boy and he understands what is this place's heritage: peace, nature, simplicity. Is the only place which has a minimal number of tables and sunbeams on the beach, the only place where the music doesn't sound loud and where the rooms are decorated fully in a local manner...We encouraged him to stay loyal to the concept, even the tourism attracted by the other places might change his perspective...but time will prove its meaning.
Full Moon used to belong to some Italian owners,thats why the cuisine is fully influenced by this, they still serve pizza (the only place in Unawatuna, btw. The pizza is very good, but more expensive compering with other dishes and with the price of an european pizza, because mozzarella is a cheese very hard to get in a tropical country...and surpisingly they have Italian salami, very good one!), probably that is why they attract young couples with kids at lunch time.
They serve nice banana pancakes for breakfast, ask to make the slim version:-).
Good wi-fi, try to use it only for emergencies and to enjoy your staying.
We found nice people, good to talk with, open and relaxed...We even asked to change the recipe for the salads...and they adapted really fast, smiling.
This is a country where you can negotiate, people really enjoy this part and is nothing wrong about it. So, you are free to try this habit here as well, it is a natural thing to do.
If you don't find that the service is perfect or really fast, well, this place is not about Ritz performance.. at 10 dollars bill.... This country(and this place) is about negotiation, enjoying the rhythm and style. I founded charming the way they act and talk, they do their best and this is all it counts.
But this place is not for everybody, is for people with a big soul and wide eyes, ready to hug the world, to love differences and smile back.
The wooden bungalow with sea view is a masterpiece.
Rooms on the back yard are quieter.
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