Comments about SUN N SEA
4.5/5   based on 48 reviews

bonne étape
oraison [TA], , Oraison, France

nous y sommes allés après 2 nuits à negombo
la chambre réservée est à l'étage, 65 DOLLARS avec petits dejeuner
la chambre est petite moderne de type béton ciré, il n y a pas de rangement
les draps et les serviettes blancs sont tachés
et pendant 6 nuits aucun ménage dans la chambre
si vous voulez changer les draps il faut demander et on vous donne de nouveaux draps que vous changez vous memes
la vue est superbe et l hotel joliment situé
le personnel est très acceuillant et il y a un bon restaurant
nous avons loué un scooter pour aller manger le soir dans le centre d unawatuna

Absolutely fantastic sooooo sad to leave
foggy2259 [TA], , Liverpool, United Kingdom

Stayed at sun 'n' sea from 15th January until 25th January and loved every minute of it. The rooms were big and clean with a big, clean en-suite. No tv or telephone so no distractions but there was good free wifi which meant we could keep in touch with home. Ameen the owner is very helpful and organised airport taxis etc. all his staff are lovely so friendly and happy. The housekeeper Florence made sure our room was spotless every day with clean fresh towels. Rohan the waiter couldn't do enough for us from beers on the veranda to a cuppa overlooking the beach.
The food was so good that 70% of the time we were there we ate in the restaurant. The seafood was especially delicious and the chef made a point of coming out to chat to us an check we had been happy with everything.
It is located in the very best bit of Unawatuna on a beautiful stretch of beach just far enough away from all the other guest houses, bars and restaurants. But a 5 min walk brings you into the midst of everything and all the shops on beach road ( 200 rupees in a tuk tuk).
This is one place we will definitely be coming back to.

Gill & Mark

Best location, wonderful hospitality on Unawatuna at a very good price
AashishSharma [TA], , Mumbai (Bombay), India

Unawatuna is a dream location, and the Sun'n'Sea occupies a pride location with amazing views of the sea and beach. This small property has two options - lower level and upper level rooms - all facing the sea. The rooms are basic but spacious. The beds are very comfortable and the bathrooms are clean and hygienic. The staff are very courteous and helpful.

The lower level rooms open out onto a small garden/verandah where one can sip tea, read a book or take a nap in the warm sea breeze. This used to be a holiday home of the present owners and they have preserved a section of the door that their mother held onto during the devastating tsunami.

The two things that need improvement are the food and the wireless Internet connectivity. We ate just once and were not very impressed with the food.

All-in-all, a fantastic option for visitors to Unawatuna.

Dangerous place - you may never want to leave...
smearsy [TA], ,

My first trip to sun n sea will not be my last. This small guest house has simple rooms with no telephone or television - no unnecessary distractions. I stayed in an upstairs room which opened onto a rustic wooden balcony from where you could sip a beer watching the glorious sunset. I fell asleep listening to the waves gently hitting the rocks below - also the way I woke up in the morning. The air conditioning and mosquito net made for a comfortable night.
The beach adjacent to the hotel almost feels private. It's safe for swimming and you can chat to the fishermen about the amazing variety of their daily catch. This part of the beach could be better maintained, but it certainly feels clean enough for jumping in the waves or lazing on the sand.
The restaurant provides beautiful and reasonably priced Sri Lankan food. I recommend a seer fish curry with a variety of small side dishes, washed down with a Lion lager as you gaze over the beach.
Finally, the BEST thing about Sun n Sea - the staff. Florence, dressed in black, is happy to chat or help you with beach towels - she seems to run the show, and maintains a beautiful personal ambience. Chaturanga and the other lads (whose names I unfortunately can't remember) attend you with such genuine warm smiles that my faith that people can be genuinely friendly to perfect strangers is restored.
If I had the means, I would live here and never leave.

Charlotte J [TA], , London, United Kingdom

We turned up to Unawatuna with no accommodation booked and lucked out following the Lonely Planet 2009 recommendation by calling these guys for a room for two nights. We had a second floor room with open, airy doors, a big, clean bathroom, amazing view, and very comfy bed.
The location was perfect - overlooking the beach so you had the choice to relax on the balconies or on the sand. Restaurant and staff were amazing. They really bent over backwards for us, which was a common theme in Sri Lanka, but they also had such charm and humour that you truly felt welcome. They passed on details of a fantastic driver to take us to Yala and back to the airport and as our phones weren't working, organised it all for us too, popped out to get supplies if we had ran out, looked after our luggage for a day; above and beyond.
Absolutely recommend this guest house. Was so sad to leave, not just Unawatuna and Sri Lanka, but also the staff and hotel. Please check it out.

A second home with a second family
Lassedam [TA], ,

Sun n sea is without a doubht the nicest hotel I have ever stayed in and I have tried quite a few. During our two weeks stay the staff became like a second family. All are just the most friendly and helpful people you will ever meet. If you are going to Unawatuna (and you should) do not consider any other hotel. Furthermore the food here is excellent and very inexpensive. And while you are here buy some freshly chaught fish from the young dudes hanging around there glassbottom boat just on the beach by the hotel. The cook at the hotel will happily prepare it for you for a little rupees. All in all the best hotel on earth.

Great views and fantastic service!
andi_lim [TA], , Singapore, null, Singapore

we stayed here for 7 nights and really enjoyed ourselves. the hotel was located at the quiet end of the beach and had excellent views. we stayed 5 nights in a second floor room which was bright and breezy with an awesome view. the shower pressure was good with lots of hot water and the toilet flush worked properly. we were then upgraded for 2 nights to a room downstairs which while bigger, was not as bright and windy. the room size more than made up for it though. however we could only access the wifi in the second floor rooms.
the food was very good and the portions were huge. try the rice and curry here which was the best we had in the area.
what made us sad to leave was the excellent service and friendliness of the staff. the assistant manager went out of his way to make sure we were well taken care of. the waiters spoke very good english and helped give us suggestions on places to visit. even the chefs and cleaning lady was super helpful. nothing was too much trouble.
we highly recommend this hotel and hope we will be back again soon! thank you to all the staff!

Hear the waves from your room
TKPB [TA], , Chennai (Madras), India

The Sun n Sea resort was suggested to us by a friend from Sri Lanka who indicated that she used to stay there when she went to Unawatuna. So we followed her advice and it was well worth it..

A tip before you get there. From the airport, which is outside of Colombo by about an hour, there are 2 routes that you can take to get to Unawatuna. The traditional Sri Lankan A2 highway or the new E01 toll road. While the former is a gruelling 5 hour drive, the latter will get you to Unawatuna in about 2 to 2.5 hours. The toll is 400 LKR and its worth every penny.

The room is most basic; a bed with a mosquito net hanging from the roof, a set of dresser draws and a towel rack. No TV, so if that’s important for you, give this place a miss. There’s free WiFi and the speed is quite good. There’s running hot water which is sourced from the solar panels on the roof and the rooms are complete with air conditioning machines as well. No fans for those who can’t sleep without them.

If you are a vegetarian you’re going to feel a pinch around breakfast (provided toast and fruit alone is not enough for you). In which case try the South Ceylon Vegetarian Restaurant which is a 15 minute walk from the resort when you walk along the beach. The vegetarian options otherwise are also a little limited, but that’s also if you only intend on eating at the resort and not anywhere along the other beach front restaurants. The minestrone soup is nevertheless delicious and not to be missed by soup lovers. The portions of food are also quite large and could be shared quite easily by two people if you don’t have a massive appetite.

The best thing about the resort is the staff. It’s almost as if God created the most charming and helpful people on earth and put them all in the resort. There is no point of the day when they aren’t willing to do something for you and they bring new life to the phrase, “service with a smile”. We were originally slated to stay 2 days, but the place and the staff seemed too good to leave at 2, so we stayed an extra day (thankfully a room was available) which they also were happy to accommodate.

Without doubt the best place to stay in Unawatuna
Welshenator [TA], ,

In our opinion, THIS IS THE BEST PLACE TO STAY IN UNAWATUNA. And believe us, we went to every hotel on the beachfront. The rooms are spacious and bright, each one leading onto a shared terrace. You'll fall asleep and wake up each day to the gentle sound of the ocean.

The manager, Ameen is extremely helpful, going out of his way on several occasions to help us. The staff are really lovely, always willing to accommodate any needs.

This hotel really made our trip and would recommend to anyone wanting a relaxing, welcoming hotel with the best beachfront location imaginable.

A real shame that this place doesn't score higher on TA as it really deserves to be #1!

Also, the location is incorrect on TA, it is actually at the east end of Unawatuna beach, not in Galle.

RICCARDO D [TA], , Florence, Italy

C'è ancora un pezzo di porta che ha resistito allo tsunami e le storie che si è portato via. I gestori sono veramente carini e l'essere in fondo alla spiaggia ha il vantaggio di avere sotto casa l'unico tratto davvero balneabile della spiaggia. Il resto, seppur stupenda, è letteralmente tempestato di onde non praticabili tutto il giorno a parte l'estremità opposta davanti al tempio che però è bassa e un pò sporca. 5000 rupie spese bene con colazione e tasse comprese. Persino unawatuna vissuta da qui è bella, ci si sente meno turisti.

Amazing place!
Gwynne P [TA], , Chemainus, Canada

We stayed for a couple nights, and found it to be an awesome guesthouse. The staff was very friendly, and there was wireless internet, which is always a plus, and the beach was beautiful. Breakfast was included in our cost, and we requested a traditional Sri Lankan breakfast, which they were happy to make! It was a really cool place, and I would definitely go there again.

It was weird!
LCGR [TA], , Sri Lanka

I stayed at the hotel with a group of friends and it was eerie and weird throughout. Although it looks nice and inviting there was something that we all felt very odd.
There was a lady at the reception dressed in black who said she doesn’t stay overnight as she don’t trust the others and kept on speaking of deaths in the hotel! The owner had died sometime ago at the hotel and was not discovered for 2 days. There had been 2 mysterious deaths of staff and apparently noises were heard at night. All that had stopped after some religious activities as per the lady named Florence.
We lost our cake of soap in the first night and had no idea how that happened to date! There were no entry/exit points for any kind of animal visible to us! Hotel staff were not helpful when we reported this.
There are doors from the rooms opening to a corridor towards the hotel to which guests are not given any keys, and there are absolutely no latches for us to lock the doors from inside other than hoping for the best. I think staffs are occupying the other side of the corridor which is very unacceptable

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