We had a wonderful stay at The Villa Bentota. The resort grounds are absolutely stunning - the design is very well thought out and attention is given to details. We stayed in suite 3 which has a open area to have tea. The beddings were comfortable and we had very good sleep. The trains goes by the bentota beach so you do hear it but I didn't find it too disturbing.
The pool area is a great place to chill and we spent our afternoons lounging by the pool. The staff would come by with iced water which is great on a hot day! Also, complimentary afternoon tea cake and tea is served by the pool.
The beach is just a minute's walk away. You need to cross the rail track to get across. Quiet and clean. It is almost like a private beach. There were hardly anyone besides the other guests from two boutique resorts (Paradise Road and Club Villa). I think that The Villa could place some of its deck chairs by the beach for their guests - this would make it even more perfect!
We saw dream-like sunsets on two of the evenings while we were there.
The food served at the resort is excellent (albeit pricier than food elsewhere). We tried almost all the Sri Lankan dishes during our stay and they were all fantastic. Food service may be a little slow but there is no hurry when you are on a beach vacation.
Wifi is only available at the reception area and sometimes in the other public areas. We were allowed to check out late since there were no other guests coming in that day.
ome of the resort's staff are friendlier than others and service may be a little slower and even patchy at times. But this seems like the phenomenon in many of the Sri Lankan hotels that we stayed in.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Paradise Road The Villa Bentota Hotel Bentota