I stayed here with my 2 year old daughter and husband during our recent trip to Sri Lanka and I can't stop thinking about going back. The hotel property is serene, beautiful and well appointed. It feels like you are living in your own colonial bungalow! This is a truly a must stay to those whom are Geoffrey Bawa fans.
Check in: It was extremely smooth and easy. We were greeted by big smiles and seeing that we had a 2 year old, they didn't hold us up. Cold towels were offered which was a welcome relief from the heat!
Ambience: The hotel grounds are well kept and the colonial buildings are beautiful. There are plenty of open air rooms for reading, comfy couches and little courtyards which gives the hotel a cosy, homely feel. It's very peaceful in the day, with the hotel staff always attentive but not imposing.
Beach: The nearby beach was a little too rough for swimming but it's still just a stone's throw away from a nice morning run or afternoon play on the sands.
Rooms: The rooms are spacious and well decorated. The air con isn't very cold though but that was alright. Our room (executive suit) opened out into the lawn and had a beautiful sitting area for playing and reading. The bathroom was large and had plenty of room for the 3 of us.
Wifi: Unfortunately, the wifi was a little unreliable while we were there.
Food: The food was so heavenly! It really was the best thing about the hotel! We had the Jaggery Sundae EVERYDAY! Everything was delicious and they were able to make us suitable food for our daughter. Breakfast was always a delight an it soon became very difficult to choose what to eat because everything was so tasty.
Service: Wonderful, attentive staff that are not too imposing. On one night, there was a power trip in our room and the staff rushed to us to try and fix it even though it was late at night.
Altogether it was a wonderful stay, a quiet little boutique gem that is perfect for relaxing.
- 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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