Spend your holidays on a dream island Live directly on the beach.


Is located directly at the beach. Situated along the shores of Dalawella Beach, close to Unawatuna and Galle.

The Rockside Cabanas Hotel offers tranquil and comfortable accommodation with free WiFi access. It features a restaurant and beautifully-landscaped tropical gardens.

Tastefully-furnished, rooms and bungalows (cabanas) with terrace and sea view come with wooden furnishing, a minibar and freshly-laundered bedding. They include a private bathroom with towels and shower facility. At Rockside Cabanas Hotel, guests may enjoy activities such as scuba diving and snorkelling on site. Fluently-conversed in English and German, the friendly staff can assist with luggage storage and shuttle arrangements.

This beach front property houses a restaurant serving a delectable spread of local and international dishes. A variety of drinks are available at the bar, while room service options can be provided.  This property also has one of the best-rated locations in Unawatuna! Guests are happier about it compared to other properties in the area.

Couples particularly like the location — they rated it 9 from 10 for a two-person trip. This property is also rated for the best value in Unawatuna! Guests are getting more for their money when compared to other properties in this city.

We speak English, German, Sinhala and Tamil!




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  • Certificate of Excellence 2015
     Certificate of Excellence 2015
  • Certificate of Excellence 2016
     Certificate of Excellence 2016
  • Certificate of Excellence 2017
     Certificate of Excellence 2017
  • Certificate of Excellence 2018
     Certificate of Excellence 2018
  • Certificate of Excellence 2019
     Certificate of Excellence 2019

The Rockside Cabanas and Apartments offer the ultimate holiday experience:

On the beach directly adjoining our garden

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Rockside Cabanas Overview

Jump from your bed straight into the 28° C warm water of the ocean. Relax in a hammock under the coconut palms in the 2.500 m² garden of the ROCKSIDE in Mihiripenna near Unawatuna. And in the evening you’ll probably lounge on your veranda, sipping a cool drink and enjoying the spectacular sunset over the sea. If you want to perfectly relax just ask us to take care of you – or stay completely private in your cabana.

  • Flat-screen TV
  • Air conditioning
  • Personal bathroom
  • Free WiFi
  • Inner courtyard view
  • TV
  • Telephone
  • Cable Channels
  • Portable Wifi
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Fan
  • Private entrance
  • Tile/Marble floor
  • Mosquito net
  • Tumble dryer
  • Wardrobe/Closet
  • Clothes rack
  • Drying rack for clothing
  • Pool towels
  • Trash cans
  • Socket near the bed
  • Adapter
  • Non-feather pillow
  • Shower
  • Hairdryer
  • Free toiletries
  • Toilet paper
  • Walk in shower
  • Shampoo
  • Body soap
  • Tea/Coffee Maker
  • Minibar
  • Electric kettle
  • Dining table
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Outdoor dining area
  • Bottle of water
  • Towels
  • Linen

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Dalawella Beach at Unawatuna

On the beach directly adjoining our garden pictures, rocks and corals have formed a natural pool (lagoon) in the ocean. You can swim here any time, and even small children can safely enjoy the water.
On days with normal weather you can also swim in the open sea. Dalawella Beach is family friendly, you can spend here whole day relaxing, enjoying sun or reading a book. Sharks or other dangerous animals don’t exist here.  But if you are lucky, you can find turtles swimming in the lagoon. Snorkeling with turtles is favorite activity not only for kids. If you prefer active holiday, during the low tide you can walk from Dalawella Beach up to Kogalla Lake, situated 7 km from our Rockside Cabanas Hotel, this beach walk takes around 1,5 hours one way.


The Restaurant

Our ROCKSIDE restaurant is located in the garden of our hotel, overlooking the Indian Ocean. Open daily for you.

Here you’ll get beverages, snacks, lunch and dinner from 8:00 to 22:00. The kitchen closes at 21.30.

Culinary Diversity. Our chef cooks for you local and international dishes. Fresh fish and seafood we usually have in everyday offer. Breakfast is available from 8.00 am in our restaurant. For our divers breakfast already will be prepared at 7.30 am. The local Sri Lankan breakfast with Hoppers, Rotties and curries should be ordered the night before.

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Unawatuna Beach

About 2.5 km from the ROCKSIDE you find Unawatuna Beach, one of the most beautiful bathing beaches in the world, offering 2 kilometers of sandy beach. Our own diving school is situated there and you have the choice of many small restaurant and shops. With a “Tuk-Tuk”, the local three-wheel taxi for up to 3 adult passengers, you reach Unawatuna in less than 5 minutes and pay about 1.50 Euro for the ride (per ride, not per person!).

Sri Lanka Tours

Sri Lanka abounds in attractions . Particularly easy to reach is the provincial capital of Galle (6 km ). Be sure to visit the Yala National Park with its herds of elephants and bird life ( day trip ). Kandy, the former royal city in the center of the island, and the ” cultural triangle ” with its ancient UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Whatever you want to visit, we’ll organize your tour according to your schedule with professional drivers / guides.


Unawatuna Diving Centre

Our UNAWATUNA DIVING CENTRE was opened in 1999 and was PADI accredited in 2005 as a PADI Dive Resort as the first PADI Dive Centre in Unawatuna.

After nearly 10 years operating time, in 2014 the Diving Centre was upgraded into an PADI 5 Star Dive Resort and in 2016 into a PADI 5 Star IDC (Instructor Development Centre) Dive Resort. Since 2015 the Dive Centre managed by an international and local team of competent PADI Dive instructors.

The spacious Diving Centre has a large inside and outside Sitting Area, a School Equipment Room, a private Equipment Room where you can store your private dive equipment, a School room for teaching PADI Courses, a Compressor Room, a Equipment Repair Room, an Office, a Kitchen, a Washroom, a private Shower area and upstairs of our Dive Shop Building two large Staff Rooms with Terrace & Sea View. We have a large cleaning basin for your equipment and afterwards your suit can dry perfectly in the shade. You can see that all is taken care of…..

ImportantCustomer Information

Be sure that you enter the real UNAWATUNA DIVING CENTRE, “The Original” since 1999, PADI Resort S-36133, presented by Hans the owner. You will find a sign board and LED boards above the entrance at the street side and a blue dolphin in our Diving Centre Logo.

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Guest Reviews

We stayed here last November and absolutely loved it. Two of us were in the main building and the other two were in a cabana. The hotel is owned by a lovely German lady who keeps it to a very high standard and all her staff are extremely friendly and helpful. The rooms in the main building were really clean and spacious, with a terrace and air con. The cabana we had was breathtaking, right on the edge of the beach under palm trees. Breakfast and dinner were delicious and good value, with a very good choice.

Iain D Ireland

Nice, clean and comfortable.. After three nights on the east coast we stayed 6 nights at Rockside. One of the best places to be on this part of Unawatuna area. We had a bungalow near the beach with just a fan and Mosquito Net and that was really nice. The garden is fantastic and the food is good. The owner has also a PADI diving center which makes the stay even more complete. Good place for people in love. The nearby beach give you daily opportunity to swim with turtles

Askerlund Stockholm, Sweden

Great service, nice property and accommodations. I stayed there on 2 separate occasions on a short trip to the area. The owners (German?) are very on top of things, the staff are attentive and friendly. The 3 cabanas are very close to the ocean and have great views. No air con but none was required this time of year (Sept). There are also several rooms in the main building that have aircon and TVs. I stayed in both a room and a cabana and enjoyed both. Their food is good and reasonably priced.

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