Set amongst sprawling lush grounds with coconut palms swaying above you, The Villa is an absolutely heavenly ‘home away from home’ which doesn’t feel anything like a hotel instead it’s like living in your very own dream home with superb service and food to rival that of the Worlds top resorts (and at a fraction of the price..)
Upon arrival we were greeted by the ever so friendly staff who were always on hand to help you with anything. We were given homemade ginger beer which was outstanding! I fell head over heels in love with its tangy test and opted to have it frozen poolside each day whilst my Husband opted for the Dr.Feelgood cocktails – delish! Lazing there was a dream, not a care in the world with the palms overhead and friendly staff who will serve you delicious food and drinks anytime, anywhere. We chose for breakfast each day on our balcony and each day they were exactly on time with what we had ordered from a wide choice of both Sri Lankan and normal breakfast options including delicious fruit juices.
We were only in Sri Lanka for 4 nights but enjoyed doing absolutely nothing at The Villa…! We stayed in Suite 3 which was wonderful - large, modern bathroom with huge rain shower and had a large balcony overlooking the sea and the grounds, where we would spend hours enjoying a drink and watching the world go by and watching some other guests mill about and local characters over on the beach, often climbing coconut trees!
The owners have really excelled themselves with their sense of style and decor, pulling items that are modern yet with a Sri Lankan feel to them. It feels a quirky place, cleverly created with a nod to art that you really get the feeling you are staying somewhere different, somewhere up and coming and you are ahead of the crowd by getting there first. The food is simply outstanding with really clever concoctions that are Sri Lankan but also suitable for Western pallets. We ate delicious crab every single night! From the crab and coconut risotto which was delicious to the special crab curry (order 24hrs in advance). Each lunchtime we had yummy homemade pizzas, again all well priced and with a variety of delicious fresh ingredients which were different from your usual ‘hotel options’. You just felt they had done all the work and you could just kick back relax and eat!
At night, lanterns and candles fill the place to give it even more of a homely feel and the staff provide a turndown service which I loved coming back to our room to find it warm and romantic. The whole place has a slight tropical/Indian ocean feel but with a hint of nostalgia and without doubt the main feature is the vintage trains that chug by. Everytime, it would remind you of exactly where you were in the world with coconut trees swaying in the background as friendly locals wave back at you. We loved it! And although the train would rumble past in the early hours, you would hear it ever so slightly and just return to sleep with a smile. Easy to do in beautiful, clean, comfortable and modern rooms.
The beach is just a stones throw from The Villa, you must cross the trainline and its worth a look but not too much time to spend there, instead make the most of the pool and gardens. We also wanted to really experience the Sri Lankan vibe we got from The Villa so we took the train back to Colombo for the grand price of 100rupees!! ($1) It was a great experience with smiling locals and beautiful scenery flashing past you from the open side door of the train – a real hippy vibe.
We would highly recommend a stay at The Villa for anyone wishing to visit Sri Lanka (especially before the rest of the world decides to!). The property is far superior to many others 5* resorts we have stayed at that are overcrowded and overpriced. It is a beautiful property with beautiful grounds and staff who help make your stay even more special.
Enjoy! I'm counting the days until we can return...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Villa Bentota is a unique and private beach-side hotel; Paradise Road's newest property located 2 hours south of Colombo. Offering 15 individually designed rooms and suites with all modern amenities and services, The Villa Bentota is located in the Mohotti Walauwa which was Geoffrey Bawa's first boutique hotel in Sri Lanka. Refurbished and extended with incredible sensitivity to the original design, Shanth Fernando has created yet another masterpiece to give those who stay in the city at Tintagel a new special resort option in true Paradise Road style. With sprawling coconut palm-dressed lawns opening to the sea, two swimming pools, a restaurant, The Villa Café open to all passers-by and a Paradise Road gift store, The Villa Shop and an art gallery, The Villa Gallery, The Villa Bentota is a must-stop for all those traveling down the southern coast of Sri Lanka. ... more less
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