Having read some of the reviews on here I was not expecting perfection. I thought that the pictures didn't look that great but for the price, we booked it.
The journey from the airport after an 11 hour flight was deadly. Even though our driver was sent by the hotel his driving was physically scary. Thankfully the reception we were meet with upon our arrival was excellent.
Our room was on the top floor and I was shocked when I opened the door to a morden looking room. The aircon was on the whole time which was good, the bed clean ,firm and large. The pillows were nearly new, fluffy and helped with the jetlag. The room was cleaned every day if we wanted. We had a beautiful view of the pool and the sea.
The pool was clean, with the pool side looked after by friendly and helpful staff. Only negative was that you could not eat lunch at your sunbed- not really such a hardship!! the beach is at the end of 50m path.
On to the food- There is a lot of choice at dinner time however most things do have a rather spicy/hot flavour. Every night had a different theme which was a nice touch. negative things would be that you are sat at one table for the whole week so you could not chose where you sat and the cheapest bottle of wine was £28. This is not to say this is an expensive hotel, local beer was about £2.50 so we stuck to that.
Not much to see locally but I would advise to hire a tuktuk and ask him to take us around the village. We got to see a coconut factory, temple and our drivers home.
Only other thing to be aware of are the 'Tourism Rep's' on the beach. We got conned in to a raft ride and was asked for £30 at the end of it. We had to politely barter with them to get the price down!!
- 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