This is a lovely resort and very evident by previous reviews. My primary reason for booking this resort was for an authentic Ayurvedic holiday to relax,rejuvenate ,cleanse and recharge. My eight day stay at this resort was right after the big Sri Lankan New Year holiday and the beginning of the low season (end of April). The resort was less than half occupancy and some renovations were taking place.
The hotel is as lovely as reviewed by others, the grounds, the garden, the river front etc... all well taken care of and beautifully tranquil. My room was huge, comfortable and had everything you needed. The housekeeping ,especially "Mohammed", wanted to make sure of this. The little garden space in front of each cottage is a wonderful place to relax early in the morning and listen to the wonderful tropical sounds.
After an initial consultation with Dr. Dhammika, I had eight days of incredible Ayurvedic treatments which included all types of massage with different types of oils and powders/scrubs, Shirodara, and herbal steams and baths. My therapist "Pushpa" was
wonderfully skilled with intuitive hands and a calming spirit. I looked forward to my daily treatments and the Dr. was very helpful and always available for questions and discussions about my health.
The disconnect in my experience came with the restaurant. I am not sure if it was because of the recent Sri Lankan New Year or the low occupancy, but the continuity with the Ayurvedic program that I was committed to fell apart here. No one at the restaurant, especially the chef, seemed very knowledgeable about the foods that were required for each person and their Dosha. The first couple days I was served foods that were inconsistent to what the Dr. discussed that would be right for me. The buffets were sparse and not well attended to.
I did mention my issues with the manager, Chamal, and he was very quick and efficient to try to resolve the issues of having the restaurant be cohesive with the Ayurvedic program.
I know others write highly about the food and the quality of the restaurant, but this was my experience on a full board Ayurvedic program. Since in Ayurveda "the food is the medicine" , one would hope that this aspect of the program would be up to the same high level as the rest of the resort. This was a real disappointment for me.
I would recommend this resort for a lovely relaxing holiday with some nice treatments for a couple days, but for authentic Ayurveda.... I am not sure that this is the place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dalmanuta is situated in a large lovely park along the Bentota River. Dalmanuta offers full Ayurvedic Treatment or just a relaxing holiday. The Hotel has two pools, one diving deep and one Jacuzzi pool. The restaurant is open also for guests not living at the hotel. Minimum stay 2 nights ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Dalmanuta Gardens - Ayurvedic Resort & Restaurant Hotel Bentota
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