My partner and I booked the hotel upon the recommendation from a friend. We stayed in the aqua ultra chic room. For the best room in the house, it is incredibly affordable. The room has high ceilings, a beautiful polished concrete bathroom, a lot of space for lounging around and a private ocean facing spa!! The view from the room is breath-taking with waves washing in right underneath the room! The entire wall of the room faces the Aqua coloured ocean. You can't stop looking at the colours change over the day.
There is an in room dining facility available, the entire restaurant menu up for grabs! There is nothing boring on the menu. Needless to say, we had very little reason to leave the room! We ordered some rice and curry and some pasta. My partner loved the traditional Sri Lankan spread, there were lots of curry's and condiments with a headlining chicken curry. I had the pasta with some Harissa infused chicken and it was delicious. There is balcony dining in every room.
We spent time in the in room spa watching novice surfers ride the waves. The waves were about 1-1.5m high. I am not a strong swimmer so I spent time in the pool the next morning. It is an infinity pool, with spa jets on the deck and it too looks over the ocean. There are rocks directly in front of the hotel pool deck, but there is clearing of water that has some steps leading down to it so people can float around in there safely. Alternatively if you want some sand and salt then directly left and right of the hotel are sandy beaches. I saw hotel guests swimming and splashing in the waves. They offer to take the sun beds down or if you want to go out deeper, there is a local diver who can show you some swimming spots. I found most beaches in Sri Lanka (south of Colombo) are quite close to the water, so you don't get large beaches, but they do span quite long. I am not a confident swimmer in the ocean but would recommend it for a hip deep soak! Water temp was great as it is the hottest time of year.
The service at the hotel was amazing, they were prompt and friendly, always greeting and checking up on you. The staff had good knowledge of the area and good English. The boys love a good chat about the cricket if you want to engage further. The hotel also provides information on tours, there is a book in the room if you want to be taken around the area.
We had an extensive dinner at the hotel and some cocktails. The food is amazing, it's Asian fusion and some Sri Lankan. Some of the dishes are unique to Aqua. We indulged in stir fries, curries, crab and much more over our short stay. The passion fruit mojito is a real winner.
In closing, I would strongly recommend Aqua. It is a private and luxurious resort with lots of delicious food and particularly good beautiful views. I'm not sure these pictures or review will do it justice!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Cantaloupe AQUA, our private hotel and beach club. AQUA again has been awarded the Trip Advisor 'Certificate of Excellence'for for 6 consecutive years. Cantaloupe Aqua is a 15 room affordable seafront boutique hotel style in Unawatuna (Galle) Sri Lanka. The concept of the hotel is inspired by famous beach clubs around the world; it's the only one of its kind in Sri Lanka. AQUA combines contemporary spaces, amazing music, and food to create the ultimate beach getaway. "Dine where the action is infinity poolside, beach side, indoors, outdoors, under the stars, on a deck or on the beach!" AQUA offers you numerous options and spaces to wine, dine, lounge, party or just chill! 'Due to unforeseeable circumstances, Cantaloupe Aqua being primarily a beach front property has encountered difficulties providing guests with direct beach access in front of the property depending on the time of year and the seasonal weather changes. Due to man made structures built into the sea on the coastal line and global warming, which has caused inconsistent patterns of sand deposits. Sea erosion has caused Aqua to lose it's beach during some months of the year. In the event the beach is inaccessible our front desk staff will be more than happy to offer you complimentary transport to the closest beach on the right hand side of the property, which is also accessible by a 10 minute walk' - Management ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cantaloupe Aqua Hotel Unawatuna