We really enjoyed our stay the Bentota Beach Hotel. We found the staff pleasant and professional, the room was clean and comfortable, the food was fresh and varied. This was the first part of our honeymoon and we were absolutely exhausted by the time we arrived in Sri Lanka. Based on other comments I had read on this website, I had inquired with our travel agent about the transfer time between the airport and the hotel. I had been told it was about 1.5 hours - when because of the time we arrived it was closer to 4.5 hours. I have done my share of packpacking and budget travel and this trip was to be neither of those things for us, but the transfer to/from the hotel and airport was pretty awful. The tiny minibus was extremely basic combined with the length of time it took made me really regret choosing this location for the first part of our stay.
But bac to the hotel review - I thought the hotel was really lovely- the spa hadn't opened yet but we were able to use the spa faclilities of the neighbouring hotel. I really didn't want to get back in a bus before we had to so we just mainly explored on foot - both Bentota village itself (which was a really hidden treasure just off the main road) and the nearby village over the bridge. Peter assigned himself as our guide into the Bentota village which proved to be very useful although naturally enough he was keen for us to take a boat trip, visit the bazaar etc.... On the recommedation of one of the pool boys at the hotel we also visited the temple at the end of Bentota Beach. Another hidden treasure and I only regret we didn't go there earlier in the week in order to join the medidation sessions which are held daily. Overall I absolutely enjoyed my time in Bentota hotel, the staff, the food, amentities etc...were all very good. The transfer from the airport would be the thing stopping me going back there...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated on the southern coast of Sri Lanka, Bentota Beach by Cinnamon is the perfect getaway from the buzzing city life. The resort specializes on water sports and other adventures at its own Water Sports centre with a variety of activities such as wind surfing, jet skiing, and banana boat riding. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bentota Beach Hotel Sri Lanka