Thambapanni Retreat
2017

Thambapanni Retreat

Galle, Unawatuna, Unawatuna, Sri Lanka, 80600
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    8.3
    Excellent
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    10.0
    Exceptional

    "Lovely hotel and excellent service, a real retreat!"

    Sabine

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    January 7, 2019

    8.5
    Excellent room comfort and quality
    Recommended by 88% of guests

    Property highlights

    • Airport transfer

    • 140 meters to the beach

    • Currency exchange

    • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

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    8.3
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    Excellent location - 140 meters to the beach
    Value for money8.1
    Distance to city center5 Km
    Location rating8.3
    Nearest airportKoggala Airport (KCT)
    Distance to airport8.7 km
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    8.5
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    • Room size: 23.22 m²/250 ft²
    • Garden view
    • 1 king bed
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    Deluxe Room
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    • Room size: 26.01 m²/280 ft²
    • Pool view
    • 1 queen bed
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    Grand Deluxe
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    • Room size: 25 m²/269 ft²
    • Garden view
    • 1 king bed
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    Classic Double Room
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    • Room size: 25 m²/269 ft²
    • Garden view
    • 1 double bed
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    Standard Room
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    • Room size: 20.44 m²/220 ft²
    • Shower
    • 1 king bed
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              What people love about the property

              • 8.0
                Very good

                "Decent options for breakfast."

                Lihui

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                April 2, 2018

              • 8.4
                Excellent

                "Pool is nice and clean and breakfast comes in a buffet with good choice of food!"

                Melanie

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                August 11, 2018

              • 9.2
                Exceptional

                "I had a grand deluxe room which was very quiet and spacious and had a lovely large balcony."

                Christine

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                April 20, 2018

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              10.0
              Exceptional

              "Perfect to relax in the patio at the pool."

              Berthold

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              February 9, 2018

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              10.0
              Exceptional

              "Phantastic place - a great secluded retreat."

              Berthold

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              February 9, 2018

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              8.3
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              Cleanliness8.4
              Facilities8.2
              Location8.3
              Room comfort and quality8.5
              Service8.5
              Value for money8.1
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              9.2
              Exceptional
              Anna from United States
              Solo traveler
              Grand Deluxe
              Stayed 3 nights in February 2019
              Nice Hotel, Friendly Staff ”
              The location is good - central yet quiet, staff are every friendly and helpful, the breakfast was good with many choices and well prepared, everything was very clean and nothing was broken or needed replacement. The only thing that could be improved is Reception cover as there was no one around after 10pm and before 7am
              Reviewed February 14, 2019
              10.0
              Exceptional
              lauren from United Kingdom
              Couple
              Superior Room
              Stayed 3 nights in January 2019
              Exceptional”
              We had been wanting to stay at Thambapannie retreat for awhile and it sure didn’t disappoint! The hotel/retreat is a boutique dream with wonderful comfortable rooms and a calming atmosphere. The staff are extremely friendly and welcoming. It wa our best stay in Sri Lanka. Highly recommend!
              Reviewed January 19, 2019
              9.6
              Exceptional
              YUSREI from Israel
              Couple
              Classic Double Room
              Stayed 1 night in September 2018
              Excellent”
              The hotel staff is charming and helpful The hotel is a 5 minute walk from the beach and entertainment areas We were upgraded to a larger room, next to the pool, it felt like we had a room with a private pool One of the hotels we enjoyed here during our trip to Sri Lanka
              Reviewed October 04, 2018
              5.2
              Lee from United Kingdom
              Couple
              Superior Room
              Stayed 3 nights in February 2019
              Average. Not value for money. ”
              This is not a place that offers value for money. It's a fine place, room is nice and big but it's not £75 a night. We've stayed in other places around Sri Lanka for that price and are so much better. For one, there's too many staff, sounds strange but too many staff doing the same job and not doing it. For instance, at breakfast we had different members of staff come up to us at different times in first few minutes. One to ask if we want coffee or tea and then never gave us either. Another one to ask us the same question but this time to gave us the drinks. Then a minute later another person with another question and then another one who asked what room number we were. Does it take 4 people to do this? After 3 days, that kind of gets annoying. We were also bothered 3 times while we were getting ready in the morning in the space of 10 minutes because they wanted to count the linen! Why? Why are we interrupted so many times just to count the linen?? This wasn't a peaceful retreat
              Reviewed February 05, 2019
              Thank you very much for taking the time to share your comments and observations about your recent stay in Thambapanni Retreat. I am very sorry to hear that we did not live up to your expectations, especially in regards to our need to pay more attention to our guest in restaurant and Housekeeping services. Indeed a warm and sincere greeting from everyone in our hotel is something you should expect from us and I apologize for it looks in a negative way in your point of view. We are sad to see you say too many staffs and not doing the job I take this opportunity to explain to the readers the Hotel staff work hard throughout the day to keep up the Hotel operation.im bit surprised that you have not seen the hotel apart from your only room as we have 22 rooms all build on the legendry Rumassala mountain which need more staffs to work in kitchen, Housekeeping ,Front office, Gardening ,Maintenance, Security, Ayurveda Spa, Yoga Trainings and the Administrative staffs to just maintain the retrea
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              8.0
              Excellent
              Josephine from Australia
              Couple
              Superior Room
              Stayed 1 night in January 2019
              Lovely place ”
              Great pool, good breakfast - and nice to have the added options to do yoga and treatments however they weren’t very great quality. The cheaper rooms were windowless and in another building.
              Reviewed February 02, 2019
              10.0
              Exceptional
              Colin from United Kingdom
              Couple
              Superior Room
              Stayed 3 nights in December 2018
              Great place to relax”
              We live in Sri Lanka and love going down to the south coast for breaks. The Thambapanni is one of the best places we have stayed over the last 4 years. It is a short walk from the beach front which makes it quiet and relaxing and it is built on the hill side surrounded by native trees keeping it cool and secluded. The rooms are clean and full of charm and character. The staff could not be friendlier and are always happy to help. The food is really good with a good breakfast choice. We will definitely return.
              Reviewed December 31, 2018
              8.4
              Excellent
              Fiona from United Kingdom
              Couple
              Superior Room
              Stayed 4 nights in December 2018
              Lovely, rustic and authentic hotel, 5 minutes from the beach.”
              The hotel is unique and built against a rocky hill. The room was fabulous, nice four poster bed and huge balcony where we could watch monkeys playing in the trees. The pool was nice and the food in the restaurant was excellent.
              Reviewed December 28, 2018
              9.2
              Exceptional
              Christine from Germany
              Solo traveler
              Grand Deluxe
              Stayed 2 nights in April 2018
              Lovely location and beautiful premises”
              Thambapanni Retreat is perfectly locatec; not too close to the beach promenade and the hustle and bustle, but close enough to get there by foot. The design concept is good and the rooms are lovingly appointed. I had a grand deluxe room which was very quiet and spacious and had a lovely large balcony. The Spa services are good and it was peaceful to sit in the restaurant, while it rained outside. Staff were all very friendly and helpful!
              Reviewed April 20, 2018
              Dear Christine, Thank you for your recent stay with us and for your valued time to share your experience during your stay with us. We always do our best to treat our guests like our family. How happy we are that we could make you feel relaxed during your stay with us. Hope to see you next time when you visit Sri Lanka. Should you have a plan to come back please feel free to contact us at anytime. We look forward to have you stay with us again. Best regards, Thambapanni Retreat Management & Team
              Responded April 22, 2018
              Thambapanni Retreat
              9.6
              Exceptional
              Jennifer from Australia
              Family with young children
              Classic Double Room
              Stayed 3 nights in April 2018
              Peaceful retreat with friendly staff”
              We enjoyed our stay at Thambapanni Retreat. It was located within 10 minutes walk to the beach, which had a range of restaurants to choose from. The staff were wonderful with our 20-month-old daughter, who enjoyed lots of cuddles and loved playing with them. The room was clean, comfortable and a good size (we were able to easily fit our travel cot in). Our room had a skylight, which didn't bother us but may not suit some. The bathrooms were equipped with modern fittings and had good water pressure/hot water supply. Rooms were cleaned daily. The breakfast had a decent variety of food, with eggs and bacon available on request, we enjoyed the fish and chicken curries in particular. The pool was shaded by trees providing protection from the sun and had 4-5 sun lounges. The hotel offered daily yoga classes for an additional 1000SR. The wifi was so-so and would drop out completely during a storm, but we found this all throughout Sri Lanka. A great place for a relaxing break.
              Reviewed April 16, 2018
              Dear Jennifer, Thank you for your recent stay with us and for your valued time to share your experience during your stay with us. We do our best to treat our guests like our family and we love kids, that why lot of cuddles :) Next time when you come back and stay with us is just relax and we are all here will spoil you. Should you have a plan to come back please feel free to contact us at anytime. We look forward to have you stay with us again. Best regards, Thambapanni Retreat Management & Team
              Responded April 22, 2018
              Thambapanni Retreat
              8.0
              Excellent
              Lihui from Hong Kong
              Group
              Superior Room
              Stayed 2 nights in March 2018
              Lovely hotel. VERY narrow street leading to the premises ”
              Beautiful hotel with lush greens. Spacious room with semi outdoor bathroom. Decent options for breakfast. Although I'd stay clear of seafood dinner having tried the seafood platter. The only way to get to the hotel is through a very narrow lane. Thought we had to walk to the hotel but our Lankan driver somehow managed to squeeze a Toyota through a lane that seemingly wide enough for tuk-tuk only.
              Reviewed April 02, 2018
              8.0
              Excellent
              Jane from Australia
              Couple
              Deluxe Room
              Stayed 4 nights in March 2018
              Lovely stay”
              Thambapanni Retreat is close to everything including the busy action but once you reach the grounds of the hotel it's very quiet and peaceful. We easily tuk tuked to Galle (about 6 k's away) and walked to the local beach, shopping and restaurants. We had the double deluxe room which was clean and large but quite dark. Next time we'd pay more and get a room above the pool which seems lighter. Lovely atmosphere and friendly, helpful staff and good restaurant. One of the hotels on our trip we would recommend to friends.
              Reviewed March 25, 2018
              Dear Jane, Warmest greeting from Thambapanni Retreat. Thank you for your valued time to share your experience during your stay with us. It was such a pleasure to had you staying with us. We are thrilled to learn that you love your stay with us. Every positive comments or feedback from you and our other guests always like a reward for us. We can't wait to have you staying with us again. Best Regards Thambapanni Retreat Management & Team
              Responded May 09, 2018
              Thambapanni Retreat
              10.0
              Exceptional
              Stephanie from Sri Lanka
              Couple
              Grand Deluxe
              Stayed 2 nights in March 2018
              Beautiful place with loads of charm”
              Absolutely loved this place! The setting is great - just a short walk from the beach - the rooms are beautiful and quiet, and the staff go out of their way to help you with anything you need. Definitely try the food in the restaurant. Some of the best we had in Sri Lanka.
              Reviewed March 15, 2018
              5.6
              Stephen from Canada
              Couple
              Grand Deluxe
              Stayed 4 nights in August 2018
              A retreat in the jungle!”
              Beautiful to wake up to the birds and entertaining monkeys! Great Sri Lankan breakfast. Cons... black mold, lack of restaurant ambience, spa man, mosquitos and no water pressure. But... it's tastefully decorated and quiet at night. Careful if you can't climb a lot of stairs. The nicer rooms are 5 floors up!
              Reviewed August 24, 2018
              9.6
              Exceptional
              mark from United Kingdom
              Couple
              Grand Deluxe
              Stayed 3 nights in December 2017
              The Retreat is a Treat”
              Thambapanni Retreat can be found in a quite and relaxing spot just of the busy Beach Road. The staff were very welcoming and friendly. Massage and spa treatments are on site but need to be booked in advance, sometime as much as a day in busy periods. The location is close to the beach and about 3km to Galle Fort. Highly recommended for a mid priced venue with easy access to everything you need.
              Reviewed January 07, 2018
              8.8
              Excellent
              Alec from United Kingdom
              Couple
              Deluxe Room
              Stayed 1 night in November 2017
              Wish we stayed longer.”
              We only stayed for one night on our way back up to Colombo. After 4 days in a hostel in Mirissa, this was a bit of a treat to ourselves. Pros: Rooms were enormous, lovely shower, great pool lounging area and delicious breakfast. Con: Beds were very creaky.
              Reviewed November 25, 2017
              9.2
              Exceptional
              SUDHEERA from Sri Lanka
              Couple
              Classic Double Room
              Stayed 2 nights in November 2017
              Fabulous Place”
              I have done a mistake with the dates at the time of booking which was immediately recognized and rectified with no fuss by the check in staff .They did not have to honor my booking where i have actually reported to the hotel on the wrong date,but still they were super nice and did the changes with no fuss.Kudos to the team from a very happy customer.
              Reviewed November 14, 2017
              9.2
              Exceptional
              Samuel from United Kingdom
              Couple
              Grand Deluxe
              Stayed 4 nights in September 2016
              Tranquil spot off the busy beach front”
              Had a lovely stay here in Sept 2016. Did yoga every morning, ate in the restaurant one evening and had fantastic food. Location is good off the busy beach, staff all very friendly and helpful. overall probably 9/10. Couple of small negatives - some monkey's in the trees above the pool decided to do their 'business' on someones sun lounger! Hotel over charged us for a taxi transfer to the airport/Negombo - worth shopping around.
              Reviewed October 06, 2016
              10.0
              Exceptional
              Charles from United States
              Couple
              Deluxe Room
              Stayed 3 nights in February 2016
              Spotlessless clean hotel in the jungle. How do they do it? With remarkable staff.”
              We were so pleased to find this jungle oasis after touring for one month frough SL. Each room (we peaked) is uniquily different, but they each have mosquito netting, are spotlessly clean, and have a view and/or deck. The pool is a unique shape that allows 6 or 8 groups to have privacy while swimming. The food is very good and every night we checked the chalkboard to note the special of the evening. This is a very attentive and person al staff. We came to know and enjoy conversing with Siri, the head maitre d' who teaches hoteliering as well. The hotel's motto seems to be "if you are happy, then we are happy." They go out of their way to make your time at Thambapanni unique but they do it in a nonaggressive and even casual way. Wonderful skills! We took advantage of every aspect of Thambapanni. The ayuvedic treatments are individualized. While my wife went for massages with S, who has the best hands in SL I am told. I went for a more traditional workup with the doctor himself who worked on previous issues. The books say Unawatuna is too crowded and is touristy, but that is if one stays on the closest beaches to the highway. Venture into the jungle section of Unawatuna and you will see why people come back again and again just as we will.
              Reviewed March 04, 2016
              9.0
              Exceptional
              Stephen from Canada
              Couple
              Superior Room
              Stayed 1 night in January 2016
              Beautiful location with amazing staff ”
              Location, Nature and tranquility in the perfect location.
              We loved our stay and the staff at Thambapanni Retreat. I recommend taking a Superior room at the minimum due to some minor maintenance issues and to not have people smoking outside of your room. Superior and Tower suites are up in the treetops with the birds and monkeys. .. beautiful to hear the birds jn the morning. The spa and pool were exceptional. Beautifully decorated boutique hotel. All the best restaurants in Unawatuna are a pleasant beach walk away. We didn't have a chance to sample the hotel restaurant but will be back! Truly a positive experience!
              Reviewed February 02, 2016
              10.0
              Exceptional
              JACKY from Malaysia
              Couple
              Stayed 2 nights in October 2014
              Nice Garden Hotel”
              Nice Garden, Friendly Staff, Nice Room
              I was impressive on staying here. I was injured on my leg on the way to hotel. The staff here were helpful to help me on that when I arrived. Nice welcome drink. I booked the cheapest room but when check in they given me the roof top room come with a big room with 1 single bed & 1 queen bed. It made me so happy. The staff here is very friendly. They will greet you everytime see u. The swimming pool is very nice. You can swim at a nice garden view. I will recommend this hotel to many people. :-)
              Reviewed October 30, 2014
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