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EDITOR’S INDEPENDENT REVIEW:Calamander Unawatuna Beach hotel is a four-star true beachfront tropical destination. It is located in Unawatuna, South coast, Sri Lanka. It is just one hour drive from the capital city Colombo and a 90 minutes drive from Bandaranaike international airport. A helicopter/air taxi service is available from the airport to Unawatuna. Unawatuna beach is very popular for golden sand, protected Unawatuna Bay, blue sea and green palms. In the year 2004, Unawatuna beach was named as the world’s best beach by Discovery channel. According to Calamander Unawatuna Beach resort, it is the only star class and full-service hotel is Unawatuna. Also, they have the longest beach frontage of 135 meters.

The hotel offers comfortable and modern accommodations with modern interior and higher standard furniture. Each room overlooks the Indian Ocean or pleasant views of the hotel garden. The hotel has several accommodation types to choose from; Superior Rooms, Deluxe Rooms and Luxury Rooms. All rooms are provided with an individually controllable air-conditioner, private balcony, ceiling fans, four-star quality queen size beds, IDD telephone, mini-bar, laptop sized safe, complimentary tea/coffee/water bottles, free Wi-Fi and modern attached bathrooms.

Superior Rooms are approximately 270 square feet sized and each room consists of a 32” LCD TV and a basic attached bathroom with a separate shower, toiletries and hair dryers. Deluxe Rooms are 300 square feet sized and they offer an extra bed, 32” LCD TV with cable channels, spacious bathrooms with modern amenities and hair dryers other than the standard facilities. Luxury Rooms are the largest accommodations with the size of 50 square meters. Each Luxury Room is disabled friendly and they offer spacious private balcony, five–star king size pillow up beds, additional sofa bed, large seating area, coffee table and a luxury bathroom with spacious bathtub/Jacuzzi, rain shower, two bathrobes and slippers. Luxury Rooms are suitable for maximum 4 adults with kids.

Hotel's two restaurants offer the best fresh seafood such as lobsters, shrimp and calamari, choice cuts of meat, fresh garden salads made with herbs and Sri Lankan cuisines. The Brix Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner. It is located on the beach. It serves light meals including Italian handmade pizzas, bread, sandwiches, French baguette sandwiches and pastries. Brix café has a handmade brick oven and according to the hotel, their chefs make the best French bread in the country. The signature dishes are four cheese pizza and Brix marinara pizza. Melt Restaurant is a Bistro style restaurant. It serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and drinks. Buffet of the Melt is popular among both hotel guests and the outside crowd. The buffet includes Western and Eastern favorites, show cooking spots including “The Grill” and “Pasta Integrale”. The restaurant arranges theme nights, Saturday grill nights, seafood nights. It also serves la carte menus, healthy/light lunch, Asian favorites and English comfort foods including classic soups, Shepherd’s pie, English breakfast, and organic vegetarian cuisines. Asian favorites include Singapore laksa, chicken rice, Thai green curry, Vietnamese Pho and Malay satay. The seafood market at Melt serves fresh line and net caught seafood.

Coco Rumba is the bar of Calamander Unawatuna Beach and it offers special discounts on beer and beverages. Coco Rumba is one of the best places to sip cocktails, international/local wines and taste delicious snacks.

The services and facilities available at the hotel are Footrub brand wellness centre, diving club, beach volleyball court, table tennis, yoga class, aqua gym, meeting room with a seating capacity of 50, game room and kids centre. The hotel owns a licensed tour operator service with luxury vehicles and English speaking drivers. They arrange airport pick-ups/drop off, day tours and round trips.

beach surface

White sand


Sandy Beach


natural, luxurious, family-friendly, romantic

swimming suitability

Yes, but tidal
total Nº of rooms 83
airport transfers
satellite TV
Nº of swimming pools 1
Nº restaurants 2
health club
star rating
price range
check-in / check-out 14:00/12:00
beachfront gardens
Nº bars 2
spa & treatments
internet access free
year built 1982
non-smoking rooms

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Comfort is key at Unawatuna Beach Resort. It is where tropical interiors meet modern design; furnished to a high standard, the rooms overlooking the blue ocean or with pleasant views, are cheerily and colourfully decorated. All rooms have Free WIFI, individually controlled A/C, modern bathrooms cotton linen and all modern amenities that you would need on your tropical getaway.

Whether for a couple on honeymoon, a family on holiday, a group of friends reuniting, or a solitary soul searching trip, a choice of rooms to fit your mood is available for your beach holiday at Unawatuna Beach Resort.

Superior Rooms

25 m2

Staying in a paradise doesnΓÇÖt have to be expensive. Our Superior Rooms are charming, cheerful, and great value. Averaging a little over 270 square feet (25 sq.m.), each has a balcony and is comfortable for 2 people.Facilities include 4 star quality queen sized beds, individually controlled ACs, a ceiling fan, IDD telephone, a mini bar, satellite entertainment with international news, sports and movie channels, and a lap top size safe. New for the 2012/13 season is a flat screen 32ΓÇ¥ LCD TV, complimentary tea/coffee, complimentary 2 bottles water daily, complimentary Wifi in public areas, better toiletries, and a hairdryer. Attached bathrooms are basic but pleasant, with a shower. Maximum occupancy is 2 adults.

Deluxe Rooms

28 m2

Our Deluxe Rooms average close to 300 square feet (28 sq.m.); each has a balcony and is very comfortable for 2 people, with the option of accommodating an extra bed.The 4 star quality beds are king size, and the bathrooms are larger and better appointed. Facilities include individually controlled ACs, a ceiling fan, IDD telephone, a mini bar, a flat screen 32ΓÇ¥ LCD TV, satellite entertainment with international news, sports and movie channels, complimentary tea/coffee, complimentary 2 bottles of water daily, complimentary Wifi in public areas, a lap top size safe, and a hairdryer.

Luxury Rooms

50 m2

The new wing luxury rooms are our newest, largest and best appointed rooms, averaging over 505 square feet (50 sq.m.) with their balcony.They offer the full range of Luxury Room facilities. New for 2012/13 are disabled access and disabled friendly bathrooms for the ground floor rooms. Luxury facilities include 5 star quality, king size ΓÇÿpillow topΓÇÖ beds, large bathrooms with a luxury bath or Jacuzzi, rain -shower.Each room includes an additional sofa bed/seating area and coffee table. Facilities include individually controlled ACs, a ceiling fan, IDD telephone, mini bar, flat screen 32ΓÇ¥ LCD TV, satellite entertainment with international news, sports and movie channels, lap top size safe, hairdryer, umbrella, two bathrobes and slippers, complimentary tea/coffee, complimentary 3 bottles of water daily, complimentary Wifi in public areas. Maximum occupancy is 3 adults or 4 with children.


An integral part of holidaying - enjoying delectable cuisine created by our chefs offering the best in fresh succulent sea food - Lobster, Shrimps, Calamari and an array of Fish, Choice cuts of meat and the best of Sri Lanka cuisine and days fresh garden Salads with home gown herbs, all to be enjoyed overlooking the Indian Ocean.The splendid Buffets will tickle your taste buds and offers a variety of European, Asian and spicy Sri Lankan Dishes with live cooking complimented by a range of mouth watering desserts.

Brix Restaurant

Brix Pizzeria, Bakery and Café Brix is our light eating, café style concept. Brix centres around a hand-made brick oven, and specialises in real Italian hand made pizzas, breads and sandwiches, and our pastry chefs make the best French bread in the country. The Brix ‘signature dishes’ include our Four Cheese Pizza (our best seller), and The Brix Marinara Pizza. Our French baguette sandwiches include classics such as the BLT, English Ploughman’s, and the French Beefsteak.

The restaurant is sited directly on the beach, and has a 100 pax capacity. Brix is open 11:00am to 11.00pm all day, every day.

Daily happy hour at the 'Coco Rumba' Bar giving great discounts on beer and beverages.

Hours Open for Lunch, Open for Dinner

Melt Restaurant

Bistro style, ‘al-fresco’ restaurant

Melt is our Bistro style restaurant. The full service menu includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner everyday of the year, snacks and drinks. Melt is widely considered one of the best value buffets in the country, and draws a large outside crowd in addition to hotel guests.

The famed International Buffet includes a full range of Western, Eastern, and Sri Lankan favorites, with 2-3 ‘show cooking’ spots including ‘The Grill’ and the popular UBR ‘Pasta Integrale’, mixed and cooked to your taste in front of you. Theme nights include a Sri Lankan Traditional Night with show cooking (string hoppers/hoppers/pittu), the evergreen Saturday Night is Grill Night with a full range of meats, poultry and seafood; the UBR Seafood Night with locally caught Blue Marlin and Shrimp.

Our recently revamped ‘a la carte’ menu retains the old favourites-The ‘Melt Perfect Languostine’ (grilled, melt in your mouth garlic buttered jumbo prawns)-and adds a new range of healthy/light lunch items; Asian favourites; and English ‘comfort food’. This includes a selection of Classic Homemade Soups, many vegetarian and made with organic produce. The ‘Best of Asia’ selection includes Singapore Laksa and Chicken Rice, Thai Green Curry, Vietnamese Pho, and Malay Satay. Our English Comfort Food includes the best Shepherd’s Pie outside of London, and the UBR All-Day English Breakfast. Our regular Seafood Market brings the day’s fresh line and net caught seafood to your plate cooked the way you wish, and customers can choose to dine on the beach with traditional fisherman’s lanterns.

Melt is sited directly on Unawatuna beach with breathtaking ocean views. It has a 250 pax seating capacity, and is open every day for breakfast: 07:30 am – 10:00am, lunch: 12:00am – 3:00pm, and dinner: 7.30pm – 10.00pm.

Hours Open for Breakfast, Open for Lunch, Open for Dinner

lounges and bars

Daily happy hour at the 'Coco Rumba' Bar giving great discounts on beer and beverages.

We invite you to sit at the ‘Le Plage Brasserie’ and enjoy yummy Italian Pizzas and authentic French Baguettes and Sandwiches. Why not sip your favourite cocktails, taste some international or local fine wines to the sound of the Indian Ocean at the ‘Coco Rumba Bar’ or enjoy a chilled drink and some delicious snacks at the ‘Pool Bar’?

services and facilities

Unawatuna Beach Resort, or UBR is one of the oldest and best-known beach resorts in Sri Lanka, established in 1982. It is the only star class, full service hotel in Unawatuna, and has the longest beach frontage in Unawatuna of 135 meters. It has the only swimming pool in Unawatuna, the only Jacuzzis, the only animation program, and the largest F&B area with dining options for up to 350 pax and fully licensed bar. UBR is famed for its relaxed, fun atmosphere; comfortable facilities, good service (many of our highly experienced staff have served for 10-20 years), and great food. The hotel has consistently high ratings on Tripadvisor and other ratings sites. Such are the attractions of UBR that our most loyal customers have been returning continuously for close to 30 years.

Footrub Wellness Centre:
Sri Lanka's first ever chain of health & well-being centres. Since our inception in June 2002, we have mastered the techniques of rubbing away fatigue and stress through our range of fully clothed massage treatments. To date we have provided over 75,000 well-being massage treatments and have a growing base of customers who regularly visit our centres for stress relief and relaxation.

Footrub’s singular focus is to de-stress, relax, re-vitalize and energize our customers. This is achieved through a Reflex-Point Foot Massage, Energizing Chair massage, Indian Head Massage or any combination of these treatments. Since treatments do not require the use of massage oils nor require customers to disrobe, the entire process is convenient and quick enough to be accommodated into the busiest of schedules.

Facilities and Activities:
Facilities include Unawatuna’s only swimming pool, a ‘Footrub’ brand wellness centre, a Padi diving club( according to the weather conditions) , beach volleyball court, table tennis, aqua gym & yoga classes, and a meeting room with a seating capacity of 50. New for the year 2013 will be an extended gym, dedicated yoga pavilion, and games room/kids centre.

The hotel owns a licensed tour operator: Ceylon Travel Agency, and provides airport pick-up and drop off in luxury and standard vehicles with uniformed, trained and English speaking drivers; day tours, round trips, trekking, biking, fishing, and whale watching (November – March). We can arrange any tourist excursion or activity a guest cares for.

UBR Airport Pick up and Transport:
The hotel can do the airport pick-up and drop-off and has its own high quality chauffer guides and vehicles that can also do tours to any part of the country.

* Standard Transport - U.S. $ 100 + high way toll one way A well appointed air-conditioned Toyota mini bus that seats up to 8 pax.

* Luxury Transport - U.S.$ 125 + high way toll one way An all wheel drive SUV that seats 3 comfortably and up to 4 adults and 2 children.


Unawatuna, Galle, Unawatuna Beach, Unawatuna, Sri Lanka 8000
general email address
phone number
+94 914384545, 94 777941560
+94 91 2 232247


Unawatuna Beach-probably the best beach in the world:Unawatuna Beach was named the world’s best beach by The Discovery Channel in 2004. That may be a stretch today, but Unawatuna is undoubtedly the best beach in Sri Lanka-none other offers the same combination of golden sand, a protected bay that offers the country’s best swimming, the famed beauty of the headland with its temple and sunset, and the laid back atmosphere of Unawatuna. Accessibility is also unrivalled, only an hour and a half from Colombo. It is simply the best all round beach in the country, and probably the world.

Year round swimming: Most Sri Lankan beaches are too dangerous to swim. Unawatuna is a sheltered cove protected by a coral reef that provides a 2km by 1.6km bay with a maximum depth of only 6m (18 feet). It is a giant salt water ‘wave pool’.

Accessibility: Unawatuna is a mere 3.7 miles away from Galle and 5 minutes from the new Southern Expressway, which has halved travel time to only one hour to Colombo and 90 minutes to the airport. An air taxi/helicopter service also exists.

Galle: One of the few living fort cities of the world, the Port of Galle has attracted international traders for centuries. It is now a major tourist attraction and the centre of Sri Lanka’s south coast ‘Riviera’. It has a burgeoning arts scene, an annual Literary Festival, an international cricket stadium and a famous natural harbour. Founded in the 16thC. by the Portuguese, the existing Fort was built by the Dutch in the 17th C. The Government has plans to develop Galle into a leisure centre and marina for international yachts and regattas.