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7.9
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8.6
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Excellent location
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  • New World Craft Shop80 m
  • Salwathura Gems & Jewellers Shop130 m
  • Unawatuna Beach150 m
  • Pearl Divers210 m
  • Nautilus Cafe Bar230 m
  • Unawatuna Diving Centre230 m
  • Dewale Beach Road280 m
  • Vine Store410 m
  • Amarasingharamaya Temple560 m
  • Silk Route Gallery620 m
  • Free Wi-Fi
    2017

    Calamander Unawatuna Beach

    Unawatuna , Galle, Unawatuna, Unawatuna, Sri Lanka, 8000 - See map
    "there are plenty of places along the beach to eat and you can walk along the beach to the temple."
    Carol - September 14, 2018
    Excellent cleanliness
    8.0 rating for cleanliness
    Very good service
    7.9 rating for service
    • Airport transfer

    • Private beach

    • Currency exchange

    • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

    • Air conditioning

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    Location score
    8.7/10
    Room comfort score
    7.8/10
    Cheapest price score
    Service score
    7.9/10
    Better than
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    Better than
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    Value for money7.3
    Distance to city center4 km
    Location rating8.6
    Nearest airportKoggala Airport (KCT)
    Distance to airport8.3 km

    Rooms available at Calamander Unawatuna Beach

    7.8
    Very good
    Room comfort & quality
    Family Suite Pool View
    Family Suite Pool View
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    • Room size: 50 m²/538 ft²
    • Pool view
    • 1 king bed
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    Family Suite Sea View
    Family Suite Sea View
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    • Room size: 50 m²/538 ft²
    • Sea view
    • 1 king bed
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    Premium Ocean View
    Premium Ocean View
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    • Room size: 28 m²/301 ft²
    • Partial sea view
    • 1 king bed
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    Standard Garden View
    Standard Garden View
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    • Room size: 24 m²/258 ft²
    • Garden view
    • 1 double bed
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    Standard Double Room
    Standard Double Room
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    • Room size: 28 m²/301 ft²
    • Balcony/terrace
    • 1 king bed or 2 single beds
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    Premium Garden View
    Premium Garden View
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    • Room size: 28 m²/301 ft²
    • Garden view
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    Double Deluxe
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      Single Deluxe
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          Family Pool View Suite
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            What people love about Calamander Unawatuna Beach

            • 7.6
              Very good
              Location

              "Hotel is in a great location right on the beach."

              darryl

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              August 26, 2018

            • 9.2
              Exceptional

              "Despite all that, we had a fantastic stay there."

              Carol

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              September 14, 2018

            • 7.6
              Very good
              Staff 

              "All staff very very helpful and accommodating."

              darryl

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              August 26, 2018

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            7.6
            Very good

            "The deluxe rooms are a good size with plenty of space."

            darryl

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            August 26, 2018

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            What they offer

            9.2
            Exceptional
            Staff 

            "Beautiful place with really good customer service!"

            Dileepa

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            January 8, 2018

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            Food and dining

            Breakfast options

            Asian
            Continental
            Full English/Irish

            Restaurants on site

            Melt Restaurant
            Cuisine:Asian, Chinese, Indian
            Menu:Buffet, A-la-carte
            Una Beach Seafood Market & Turf Grill
            Cuisine:Seafood, Grill/BBQ
            Menu:Buffet

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            Reviews of Calamander Unawatuna Beach from real guests

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            7.9
            Very good
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            Cleanliness8.0
            Facilities7.7
            Location8.6
            Room comfort and quality7.8
            Service7.9
            Value for money7.3
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            6.8
            Good
            Sara from United States
            Couple
            Family Suite Pool View
            Stayed 2 nights in April, 2019

            Great Location...Not Great Hotel”

            First the positives: The location on Unawatuna beach is FANTASTIC. Really great. The breakfast spread in the morning is first rate (Sri Lankan breakfast all the way). The beds are comfortable and room size is good. The cons: For what you are paying you are not getting luxury. The hotel is NOT well laid out (split in to two halves and you actually have to leave one side of the resort to get to the other side/main building/main restaurant. Really dumb layout). The pools are not great especially the glass front pool which is super small. There are nicer places to stay in Unawatuna and I would recommend staying at one of those instead of here.

            Reviewed June 19, 2019
            8.4
            Excellent
            Markus
            Family with young children
            Family Suite Sea View
            Stayed 3 nights in April, 2019

            Maybe not representastive after teror attacks”

            We spent 3 Nioght at the Calamander about one week after the terror attacks of easer 2019. The hotel was fully booked, but hat 50 cancellations at that Moment. So of course everyone was sad and shocked. Staff could not always hiode these fellings, wich is absolutely ok. Seen objectively, the Resort is very nice. We hat 8 (!) other accomodations in Sri Lanka before and room, staff and service was very good and familiar. Place directly at the beach is very nice, bit the beach is not good for (children) swimming or even leaving small children allone. But: It was startinmg of the raining-season. We had everything we need, food was good, especially breakfast. For Dinner we tried out, biut decided to choose the Buffet only 1st evening. There are many small Restaurants around we liked more. ALso the little Shoppinmg-Road right behind the Beachhotels is very nice. WE were allowed to stay in opur Room until 34 p.m. because of pickuptime to the airport, wich was very kind.

            Reviewed May 06, 2019
            8.0
            Excellent
            Therese from Norway
            Family with young children
            Family Suite Pool View
            Stayed 4 nights in December, 2018

            Great location, perfect for families”

            Great location. OK restaurant and facilities. Easy to get to Jungle Beach, Galle, Udawalawe etc. Staff is not very friendly and a lot of maintenance is going on. A bit old, but looked like one of the best hotels in area. The kids loved it. Would recommend to stay at beach side of road as it is very busy

            Reviewed December 21, 2018

            Dear Guest, Thank you for your review, we are pleased to hear that your kids loved their stay with us. We apologize for any inconvenience regarding the maintenance work, that is all finished now and we will not be doing any work during the season. Kind regards, The Management

            Responded December 23, 2018
            Calamander Unawatuna Beach
            9.2
            Exceptional
            Carol from New Zealand
            Couple
            Standard Garden View
            Stayed 5 nights in August, 2018

            Awesome location”

            Unfortunately they were digging up the grounds during our stay to fix something, and we had an awful smell in our bathroom coming from the drain. After a couple of days we got moved to a different room though and that one was fine. The red swimming pool was also closed. Despite all that, we had a fantastic stay there. What really sells this hotel is the location, right on Unawatuna beach. Breakfast was great. Also, there are plenty of places along the beach to eat and you can walk along the beach to the temple. It's a cheap tuk-tuk ride to Gaille, which is definately worth a visit. We originally were going to stay in Gaille itself and so pleased we stayed at the beach area instead. I would definately go back to this hotel.

            Reviewed September 14, 2018
            9.6
            Exceptional
            Steven from United Kingdom
            Family with young children
            Family Suite Pool View
            Stayed 8 nights in April, 2019

            Great choice for families.”

            We choose Calamander for the location which was perfect for us as a family being located right on the beach and with a pool. We stayed in a deluxe room with a pool view on the ground floor the room was spacious and ideal for the 3 of us. The breakfast buffet was outstanding with so much choice for western palates and those wanting a spicy start to the day.

            Reviewed April 24, 2019
            6.4
            Good
            Jacqueline from United States
            Family with young children
            Standard Garden View
            Stayed 2 nights in April, 2019

            Cool beach and pool but poor hospitality ”

            We liked unawatuna and the surrounding area but the service at the hotel was poor. It took four days to return my laundry, the breakfast which was scheduled to start at 7 wasn’t ready until 7:45, our air conditioner was broken and they said they would fix it while we were out for the day but they never came which lead us to have to move rooms late night when we got back. You need to exchange a room ticket for pool towels but the pool staff didn’t show up until 9am or later and complained if I asked them to do anything for us. Several others were being charged for purchases they did not make at check out. Disappointing in general.

            Reviewed April 21, 2019
            5.6
            Laura from Canada
            Family with young children
            Standard Double Room
            Stayed 1 night in March, 2019

            Dreadful tired hotel in perfect beachfront spot”

            We moved hotels after one terrible night here. But I will start with the good things about the place. Location. It's right on the beach and the main reason we booked it. The staff were pleasant and helpful. And that's it. Here's why we left. The rooms, hallways and general areas are really rundown. Many broken and uneven surfaces. Grey shabby sheets. Stained and pealing paint. Main pool was shutdown, leaving only the disturbing red pool to swim in. And here's the big reason NOT to book. Staff assured us the hotel would not take our money. The Agoda phone rep said they would follow up for a refund. Now two weeks on we are being told hotel and Agoda are refusing refund. The only dark spot on an otherwise perfect holiday. Of 8 hotels we stayed in, this was our only regret. Hoping Agoda & Calamander will revisit this issue but until then be WARNED!

            Reviewed April 09, 2019
            6.4
            Good
            Garry from Australia
            Couple
            Standard Double Room
            Stayed 2 nights in March, 2019

            OK stay ”

            Location is good. Close to beach. Room was OK size but bathroom not great. Some staff were a bit lack luster with poor English. Lap pool by the beach out of action for our stay, so spent time around the family pool, which was a bit away from bar/restaurant. No poolside drink/snacks service offered. Reasonable place for short stay.

            Reviewed April 06, 2019
            8.8
            Excellent
            Vasanta
            Couple
            Standard Garden View
            Stayed 3 nights in September, 2018

            20th year”

            I have been coming here for the last 2 decades! The over all ambience is fabulous. We stayed in 227 with partial sea view. The warm water pool and jacuzzi is most appreciated. A big thank you to room service for refreshing our room so pristinely! One can’t help but thank Reception, Restaurant and pool staff for their due diligence to my peculiarities!

            Reviewed September 12, 2018
            8.8
            Excellent
            Amrith from Sri Lanka
            Couple
            Family Suite Pool View
            Stayed 2 nights in December, 2017

            Great Location”

            The location of this hotel is fantastic. In the middle of the bay and on the beach. There are some great restaurants next door on the beach. Room is a bit basic but more than enough as you barely spend any time in the room anyway.

            Reviewed March 08, 2018
            8.8
            Excellent
            Amrith from Sri Lanka
            Couple
            Standard Double Room
            Stayed 2 nights in December, 2017

            Great Location”

            This hotel has a great location on the bay in Unawatuna. As soon as you step onto the beach you have a couple really good sea food restaurants and you can swim right in front of the hotel in the Ocean. Plenty of parking as well.

            Reviewed January 10, 2018
            10.0
            Exceptional
            steven from United States
            Couple
            Family Suite Pool View
            Stayed 2 nights in February, 2015

            Great Stay at the Calamander!”

            Clean; Water front; Great View, Great Breakfast~

            We had an ocean view room with a balcony. The room was super clean with a large and comfortable bed and sitting area. The bathroom was huge with shower and Jacuzzi! Loved having breakfast each day in the open air restaurant overlooking the water. The staff was friendly, courteous, and helpful. The grounds of the resort were beautifully attended . There was a wooden pier that jutted into the bay. We enjoyed having drinks there and watching the sunset. The only drawback is that this part of the bay has been damaged by the tsunami and there is no beach...just large boulders placed to stop erosion. A short walk along the rocks will bring you to the sand.... It would be nice if the hotel could make this pathway smoother and safer. The hotel is presently in a construction stage...building a larger pool and play area. This will be extremely helpful as the pool is super small now..more a lap pool than anything and is filled to the brim with children...so not to inviting for adults. There are some beach chairs in the grass by this small pool, too few for the number of guests. These chairs were always "taken" by breakfast so we weren't able to "hang out" there...we would walk on the rocks toward the northern part of the bay and find chairs in the sand in front of the various restaurants. Overall, I believe that this is the best hotel/resort in Unawatuna and would highly recommend it to others!

            Reviewed February 28, 2015
            10.0
            Exceptional
            Tim from Canada
            Couple
            Standard Garden View
            Stayed 3 nights in December, 2014

            Luxury Rooms on the beach”

            Pool; Clean Rooms; Location in Unawatuna

            The Calamander Unawatuna Beach was a very beautiful hotel. Unfortunately, it rained for 2 of our 3 days, but we were able to enjoy the pool and have a suntan on the 3rd day of our stay. The location is easy to access all of the shops and restaurants that Unawatuna Beach has to offer. The beachfront is not sand, rather it is built up with giant rocks, likely to prevent further erosion. This is not the hotel's fault, mind you, as much of the north/north-eastern stretch of the beach has this same plight, but they may have to consider this regarding room prices. Without sand and easy access to swimming, it loses some of it's ideal beachfront status. Other than that, my wife and I were both extremely happy with our time at Calamander!

            Reviewed January 09, 2015
            9.7
            Exceptional
            Britton from United States
            Couple
            Standard Garden View
            Stayed 1 night in November, 2014

            An appropriately priced hotel in Sri Lanka!”

            Clean, good staff, right price

            The stay here was good. It was the second time I have stayed here and both times I was pleased. First of all, it is one of the few hotels in Sri Lanka that is appropriately priced. Most hotels in Sri Lanka are too much for the quality you receive, but the Calamander is actually a good price for the level of quality. Second, the staff is pretty good. Again, at most hotels in Sri Lanka, the service is well intended but just not up to par. At the Calamander, the staff is well trained and on the ball. Finally, the rooms are fresh, clean and well furnished. Unawatuna is a nice place to be as well. Overall, I recommend it

            Reviewed November 24, 2014
            8.7
            Excellent
            martyn from United Kingdom
            Solo traveler
            Stayed 6 nights in April, 2013

            comfortable as always”

            central location, clean, attentive staff

            stayed here a few times, always in larger room with jacuzzi, the place has had many improvements since it was taken over by calamander, new rooms also look nice, however it is a shame that the beach front shown in pics no longer exists as it has been washed away due to poor development planning of a barrage which was actually supposed to help protect the beach, obviously not the hotels fault but do be aware of this if planning a trip to unawatuna

            Reviewed March 20, 2014
            9.3
            Exceptional
            Amal from Australia
            Solo traveler
            Stayed 1 night in February, 2013

            Great option if you are after luxury on the beach”

            Right in front of the beach, great service, good restaurant

            I stayed here briefly for one night after a stay in Talpe. The room was very spacious and comfortable. Another selling point is the fact the hotel is situated right on the doorstep to one of Sri Lanka's most popular beaches. I had a relaxing time soaking in the sun's rays and cooling off at the wonderful beach. Staff were all very friendly and professional.

            Reviewed March 09, 2013
            8.7
            Excellent
            david from Australia
            Solo traveler
            Stayed 2 nights in January, 2013

            Great food, lovely resort”

            Cheap breakfast/dinner buffet ($6), very large and comfortable rooms

            Paid 9500 LKR for a taxi from the airport to this property. Check-in was prompt and efficient. My room was large, clean and well-appointed. The breakfast/dinner buffet is cheap $6 and had decent food. The Union Jack flying outside the main building is very classy and traditional. My only criticism is that I wanted to stay an extra night, and when I went to the front desk at 11PM they were unable to tell me whether there was space the following night and advised me to come back at 8AM the next morning.

            Reviewed January 17, 2013
            8.0
            Excellent
            Florian from Germany
            Couple
            Standard Garden View
            Stayed 4 nights in November, 2011

            Reasonable alternative in the Galle area”

            Good location right on one of the best beaches the area

            we stayed for 3 nights and were satisfied. rooms are clean, bright and spacious. beds are also comfortable. staff is always friendly. they have tv and free wifi in the room. good breakfast buffet selection in the restaurant right next to the beach. great way to start your day. convenient located between galle and to explore the country further soouth.

            Reviewed November 26, 2011
            8.3
            Excellent
            Neil from Australia
            Solo traveler
            Standard Garden View
            Stayed 1 night in July, 2011

            Great accommodation on a beautiful beach”

            located right on the beach, modern, clean room, stylish, good buffet

            Bit pricey for Sri Lanka, but couldn't fault the food, location, room, view, cleanliness etc. Unawatuna is a beautiful beach and this place is right on it. Galle is only a 20min? tuk-tuk ride away, and well worth a half day's exploration. I missed the stilt fishermen, but they were supposed to be somewhere along the coast around here - check with the staff or tuk tuk drivers.

            Reviewed August 10, 2011
            7.2
            Very good
            Darshana from Sri Lanka
            Solo traveler
            Family Suite Pool View
            Stayed 1 night in May, 2019

            It was a value for money”

            Mostly everything was in good situation. Except one bad incident. There were caterpillars in the trees near the second swimming pool (red one). That was a nightmare and had to take treatments for the scratches. Management should take care of this situation immediately. Other than than it was a good experience.

            Reviewed May 23, 2019
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            • Excellent location
            • Unawatuna Beach
            • Unawatuna Bus Stop is within 1.16 km