We (family of 2 adults and 2 young children) stayed at Thaproban Beach House for two nights in early April. We stayed in the penthouse (room 11), which enjoys that spectacular view you see in all the marketing photos.
Check in - Excellent, Nuwani was extremely friendly and helpful and made us feel at home. The entire check in process was completed in just a few minutes and we enjoyed a welcome drink before being escorted to our room.
Room - Nicely decorated, the balcony and the view are beautiful. Bear in mind the balcony is shared with the room next door (there is a small screen partially dividing the balcony space). The AC worked well and the beds were comfortable. I must point out that the stairs up to the second bedroom are extremely steep and narrow. Not so much a problem on the way up, but walking down them is treacherous and you find yourself having to side step. This isn’t ideal when carrying a toddler and we certainly didn’t allow the kids to tackle the stairs by themselves.
The bathroom was well equipped but there was quite a bit of mould in the shower. All in all though, a lovely room.
Breakfast - The breakfast each day was lovely and offered a good variety. Note that if you wish to order Sri Lankan breakfast you need to place the order the night before.
Restaurant - We enjoyed quite a few meals in the restaurant and all were excellent. While the menu isn’t huge, the food is excellent and well priced. Nice cocktails too!
Location - Well located right on Unawatuna Beach. If you choose not to eat at the hotel, there are loads of restaurants and bars just steps away.
Beach - It is worth noting that the water at Unawatuna can be quite challenging, with a strong current. We saw a number of people pulled under at various times. It meant that we weren’t able to swim in the water with our kids, which was disappointing. The sand is also very rough as a result of the dredging which was conducted in recent years. It makes it quite uncomfortable underfoot and it is difficult to get a good footing when in the water as the sand sinks beneath you. This is such a shame as it diminishes what I understand was once a beautiful swimming beach.
Staff - It’s the staff at Thaproban that really make this place special. On the first day they knew both our children by name and all made a point of greeting them, high fiving them etc. whenever they saw them. Our five year old son became quite the local celebrity! The service provided by the staff was truly excellent.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Thaproban Beach House and would definitely recommend the hotel. However I wouldn’t return to Unawatuna if my intention was to swim in the ocean. There are much better beaches in the vicinity of Unawatuna.
#11 (penthouse) is great but not for anyone who might have trouble climbing the stairs. Not an issue...
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