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Calamander Unawatuna

Calamander Unawatuna

Unawatuna beach, next to Galle on the island’s south coast, is rated one of the best beaches in the world and is famous for its natural beauty and intimacy. Unawatuna was voted ‘The World’s Best Tropical Beach’ by The Discovery Channel, and ‘Best Beach in the World’ by Mark Ellingham, founder of the Rough Guides. No other beach resort in Sri Lanka offers the same combination of golden sand, a protected bay, spectacular sunsets, Sri Lanka’s safest swimming all year round, and a reputation for being hassle free and laid back; all conveniently close to a wide variety of shopping, dining and cultural attractions only 15 minutes away in Galle Fort, Sri Lanka’s Riviera and a UNESCO heritage site. This combination of attractions, unique in Sri Lanka, is just 90 minutes away from Colombo airport. Paradise has never been so accessible.

Calamander Unawatuna Beach is an ‘affordable luxury’, family friendly resort that celebrates its superb location. The resort is all about being outdoors: sun bathing on one of the world’s best beaches, joining a game of beach volleyball or a yoga class, lounging by one of Sri Lanka’s three best swimming pools, kayaking on the Indian Ocean in one of our free kayaks, or dining al-fresco at one of our four beachside restaurants and bars.

Swimming pools

The highlight of design is hotel pools and restaurant.

Sun Pool is the world’s first vermillion coloured swimming pool, the colour of the Unawatuna sunset, and shimmers with beautiful Italian mosaic tiles. The turtles that lay their eggs on Unawatuna Beach inspired hotel’s  children’s pool, 

The Turtle Pool, which is inlaid with a glittering mosaic turtle. Finally,

The Blu Pool, Sri Lanka’s first glass fronted pool (and Asia Pacific’s longest) is one of the few pools in the world to sit directly on a famous beach, from which you get a beautiful view of the Indian Ocean.


The design of  main restaurant, which is located directly on the famous Unawatuna beach, was inspired by the ancient ‘Magul Maduwa’- The Royal Audience Hall in the hill country capital of Kandy, a magnificent open columned structure with a 60 foot long timber roof, built in 1783. Hotel’s restaurant is a contemporary interpretation of the ‘Magul Maduwa’, and has the longest solid timber roof built in Sri Lanka this century.

The five bars and restaurants at Calamander Unawatuna Beach boast the best al-fresco dining experience in Sri Lanka.

Melt Bistro offers a wide range of International and Sri Lankan dishes. The bistro specializes in live cooking stations for Italian pasta, the island’s first Ramen noodles bar, and a range of Asian street food favorites. These include Sri Lankan ‘Kottu Roti’, Singapore Laksa and Chicken Rice, Thai Green Curry, Vietnamese Pho, and Malaysian Satay, all freshly cooked in front of you. A nightly ‘Seafood Market’ displays the freshest local catch of the day on a traditional fishing boat which can be cooked to order, and diners can have a romantic candlelit dinner on the beach with a wood fire. Hotel recently revamped ‘A La Carte’ menu retains dishes they are famous for such as  pasta and the ‘Melt Perfect Langoustine’ (grilled, melt in your mouth garlic buttered jumbo prawns), and adds comfort food classics including our All-Day English Breakfast.

Melt also has a Wine Cellar offering a good selection of wines.

Brix Cafe is light eating, café style concept. Built around a brick oven, Brix specializes in real Italian style (thin crust) hand-made pizzas, Panini’s and wraps, and has a full service bar with draught beer on tap. Brix is also a Café, and is a popular spot for playing chess and other board games, and offers a range of the finest Ceylon Teas and superb Arabica coffees.

Both Melt and Brix are sited directly on the beach with breathtaking ocean views and are open all day, every day. They have a capacity for 250 pax combined.

680 Blu bar + pool is a lively beach and sports bar directly on the beach at co-ordinates 6 Degrees North and 80 Degrees West. It specializes in cocktails, and shows major sports events daily. Its ‘couple loungers’ are a big attraction.


Calamander’s signature room design is minimalist, with an emphasis on natural light, top quality materials, branded fittings, bespoke solid mahogany furniture, and lots of glass and timber. Floor to ceiling UV protection windows make the white rooms transparent, which extend onto balconies with glass and timber railings.

49 Deluxe rooms are 25 sq. m. and have balconies or a terrace on the ground floor and ensuite bathrooms. Two of the Deluxe interconnect to provide a Family Suite of approx. 45 sq. m. with twin bathrooms, twin rain showers and sinks, and a bathtub. Most of the Deluxe benefit from a partial sea view, a garden view, or a mountain view over the Rumassala Hills.

12 Super Deluxe rooms are 30-35 sq. m., and include Super Deluxe Sea view rooms, which have large balconies with a sea view; and Super Deluxe Family rooms, which include a Bravat bathtub and disabled/elderly grab bars, and have a terrace which look onto the gardens.


The large 45-50 sq m rooms include a Jacuzzi. The 2nd and 3rd level rooms have balconies with sea views. The 1st level (ground floor) rooms have a terrace and look onto The Sun Pool and The Turtle Pool.

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    "Hi Mr.Cyril, Hope you and family and grandchild are doing fine.  Hope to come to Sri Lanka again. We really enjoyed our trip especially with your special help and guidance.  We will definitely contact you if at all we wish to visit Sri Lanka again. Thanks & Best Regards Mr. & Mrs.Pillai Singapore 29/7/11 " Mr & Mrs.Pillai from Singapore

    "Dear Cyril, Sincerest apologies for this delayed email --- reason being that I had been extremely busy with work & travel, since returning from Sri Lanka and just got a breather now, to download our photos and catch up with private matters. Hope this email finds you & family, in the best of health & spirits. Your granddaughter must be keeping you busy and giving you & Mrs. Baddegama immense joy. At this end, we are doing fine. Nikhita is back at school, now in Grade 7 and havi..." Pradeep Kumar Menon - Singapore

    "Thank you so much for wonderful Sri Lanka trip.We had a great time. The trip was very relaxing as well as fun. My daughter MAHI who lovingly started calling you "Cyril Dada"(grand farther) Had a memorable trip. She cannot stop talking about elephants. Our trip to Sri Lanka will be full of great memories, its because of you. Thank you for showing us your beautiful country the way we wanted, eating local food, lots of King coconut and Corn stops. We will be surely coming back  to see rest o..." Mithil Patel

    "Thank you so much Cyril for guiding us around your beautiful country. We thoroughly enjoyed our time which was made particularly special by your professionalism, enthusiasm and friendliness. We wish you all the best in the future. Warm regards from,  Aonghus O'Keefee and Sheela Hendricks- Ireland " Aonghus and Sheela Hendricks- Ireland

    "Dear Cyril, Thank you very much for wonderful holiday. Your attention to detail and care of your clients is extraordinary. We certainly hope to cross paths again and we will recommonding you to all of our friends and to family too. Many thanks again.     Paul nad Machelle Brisbane, Australia. Visited during 10/10/2012 - 26/10/2012" Mr. Paul and Mrs. Machelle from Australia

    "Dear Cyril, We would like to thank youthat you have arrange ourholiday which we have enjoyed so much, that we can call them the best holiday we have ever had. You are avery helpful guide- because you know about your beautiful country very much. We also appriciate your advices that you gave us during our two weeks long journey and your  perfect trip arrangement we have enjoyed every single day. All the best to you and your family. Hope to see you again. Martha & Jarda   08 No..." Martha & Jaroslav Jirout

    "11th April 2014 01 week tour around Sri Lanka A fantastic week was had by all with Cyril, exploring Kandy, Nuwaraeliya and Bentota. Your meaningful insights & excellent explanations of the Sri Lanka’s culture, nature and traditions were invaluable. Your smile and charm helped is feel related and comfortable. Not getting stressed once. With your guidance & tips, the holiday flew by with only one problem: it was very short! Your comprehensive list of talents ranges from findin..." Ian Price and family from UK

    "Cyril was absolutly Fantastic,Veryhelpful, Patient and extremly knowledgable. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend and travel with him again. Whole tour was well organized and perfectly done. Kate Williams and family from UK 04th January 2015" Kate Williams UK

    "We came for a wedding and then embarked on an amazing holiday. Cyril show us magnificent sights and scenery of Sri Lanka. To do the country just we need to return with more time. Many of the sites we visited just made us want to know more about them, even though Cyril was a fountain of knowledge. We have thoroughly enjoyed spending time with Cyril and his excellent company, and it was so nice to go home a guardian angel looking after us. He is consistently courteous & good humored and now fe..." Andy Powell UK

    "We had excellent  8 days tour with CYRIL TOURS. It's all credit goes to Mr. Cyril. From the welcoming at Air port to hotels we stayed,food we had and driver who was provided was excellent. We always introduce CYRIL TOURS to all who wiling to tarvel to Sri Lanka. Swaran Kaur and family Kuantan - Malaysia 2012 May 18 - 25 May" Swaran Kaur and family from Malaysia

Six nights 7 days @Unawatuna
Round tour around Sri Lanka including Lipton seat,
Six nights 7 days @Unawatuna