View out front
Unawatuna is the best beach near Colombo, IMHO. Just past Galle, you can get there in about three hours, inshallah. I’m here now visiting some friends from Bangalore. The first timers are like ‘WTF this is so much better and cheaper than Goa.’ And it is. I always stay at the same humble place and I dig it. This is a review cause it has no particular presence online. The Sunset Point Hotel is a charming and cheap hotel in Unawatuna. I like it a lot.
Really it’s all about the new and undiscovered. Locals have gradually moved from Hikkaduwa to Una to Mirissa and further out and down the coast as the collective consciousness spreads its goday influence out from Colombo. I remember when Una felt new and it doesn’t quite anymore, but it’s still cool. Most people stay on the main strip on the beach, Happy Banana, The Villa, Thaprobane, etc. There’s really only one road in Una, Beach Access Road, and it is full of hotels.
If you continue on this road further than you think you should go you’ll get to a left turn towards Sunset Point Hotel. If you follow the signs you’ll come up to a two story building emerging out of clumps of frangipani. It has a big lawn with a swimming pool and you walk in through eaves of flowers. It smells nice.
I think there are only three rooms and they’re quite simple. There’s a four post bed, functional bathroom (with hot water and a bit corroded fixings). The view from the front is over frangipani and coconut trees. The view from the balcony is of the sea, and the sunset. This part of the beach is rocky and you can’t swim there, but it is beautiful. You can sit out till it gets dark, but then the bugs gather. Excuse me, I’m going to go inside.
View from the room balcony
Inside the room is simple and clean and, most importantly, cheap. I called Wasantha and he said Rs. 1,500 but I got him down to Rs. 1,300, which I almost feel bad for. My friends are paying Rs. 6,000 for a smaller double at The Villa, albeit directly on the beach and with better fixings. But still. I like it here because it is like being in Unawatuna but not in the thick of the tourist thing. It’s just a nice, beautiful and almost abandoned feeling hotel in sound of the waves.
So I recommend. I have no idea what the food or any amenities are like as I’ve never eaten here, but the people are nice. I get pretty good 3G reception for the mobile broadband. What else?
For info contact Wasantha on 913935196. His English is not especially existent, but may be possible. To get there take the Beach Access Road way down, past all the main hotels to where it narrows. There is a sign saying Sunset Point at which you turn left. Then wind around to the right and get to another sign, at which you go straight.