We spent 7 nights at Nooit Gedacht hotel at the end of our Sri Lankan holiday. It was very relaxing with a clean, comfortable and spacious room with hot water and AC opposite a beautiful herbal mountain and also next to the swimming pool. The service, choice and quality of the food was excellent. The design of the hotel has an interesting mix of old Dutch decoration as well as modern comforts. Unawatuna beach is a short walk through a busy market street with a good range of restaurants and shops along the way. Galle is only a short tuk-tuk ride away and there are other attractions not too far away, such as Kottawa rainforest.
Word of warning- Unwatuna hosts a local festival in mid-August for a week... we were there for it and had to put up with a LOT of Sinhalese singing (from 10am - late at night) It also meant the beaches and streets were VERY crowded, a lot more than usual. I enjoyed the vibrancy and being part of a local cultural experience but, it was noisier and busier than usual if you are planning for a 'peaceful' get-away.
I would also recommend avoiding the trips organised by the hotel and going to local places, especially the whale watching, which we realised was a LOT more expensive than others advertised locally because they advertise them in dollars rather than rupees. You can find decent whale watching trips and other experiences like the stilt fishermen and spice gardens much cheaper along the street towards the beach.
The hotel itself was a beautiful spot, with all the staff trying their best to give us a relaxing experience. They are all kind and helpful and we did feel very looked after.
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