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“Wonderful garden oasis” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Nisala Arana
Ranked #15 of 29 Hotels in Bentota
Certificate of Excellence
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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21 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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“Wonderful garden oasis”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2014

We had a few days here with our parents and stayed in the Doctor's House. Very charming, spacious and comfortable. Beautiful garden setting, nice pool and lots of places to relax. Food was fantastic, as was the service. Away from the hustle and bustle of the town, but within a few minutes drive of the beaches, lagoon and other attractions. Happy to recommend.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2014

We had an amazing time at Nisala Arana. It is tranquil, peaceful and perfect for chilling out. The rooms are spacious, modern and very clean. Staff I should say were excellent hosts and the food was delicious. Loved the Sri Lankan breakfast. We will definitely go back.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Stroud, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2014

We stayed here for a week in mid/late April culminating in our daughter's wedding. We were looked after by all the team incredibly well, the food was superb, and the various elements of the big day all came together perfectly as organised by Ben who was very thorough in all details. There were tropical storms on several days (luckily not for the wedding itself) as it was heading for the monsoon, so earlier in the year might be safer if planning ahead. The secluded, peaceful grounds and colonial-chic buildings were the perfect setting. Above all Jerome, Tony and all the staff were just wonderful, they are a real asset and deserve the best rewards for all their hard work!

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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København
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2014

The garden is amazing, the staff is like family, the interior is breathtaking and the food is delicious. Just go. We had a great time at the pool, going to the beach, visiting tempels, playing cards, relaxing in the garden, playing in the garden, doing yoga - relaxing ! Michelle Hviid, Denmark

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2014

We had three nights at Nisala Arana last month for my sister's wedding. A beautiful venue - hard to capture in a photo! It's the kind of place we'd been hoping to stay at in Sri Lanka - a little piece of paradise.

The wedding itself was amazing.

Great food, and the staff were fantastic. Especially Jerome, who looked after us very well. Many thanks to all of the staff!

Would love to stay there again.

Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Paris, France
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64 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2014

We rolled into Bentota during the final two or three days of our amazing trip to Sri Lanka. Nisala Arana was a wonderful and relaxing sanctuary for us. We found it to be just the right size in terms or rooms, and everything was wonderfully presented. The room was perfectly set up and had everything we needed, including an outdoor shower! The grounds are absolutely beautiful, which explains why so many people have weddings there. Dinner at the hotel was a treat. Every meal, while dominated by curry (as pretty much every meal in Sri Lanka is), was excellently prepared. Because my 8 year old daughter is a big fan of the spicier curry dishes, they were always happy to accommodate her. On our last night, they prepared an absolutely fish dish, using many local and exotic spices, and it ended up being one of our favorite meals on the trip.

I can't end my review without specially recognizing they staff that attended to our every need. They were friendly and particularly accommodating to my daughter, who leans to the shy side--even doing a series of card tricks, which she is now repeating to her friends.

I wholeheartedly recommend this hotel to anyone in the area. By the way, we intentionally stayed in Bentota for our last night because we wanted to be closer to the airport when we left the last day. There are great places further south and east, but Nisala Arana was the perfect hotel in the perfect location for our needs.

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Thank Jay M
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Kingston, Norfolk Island
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2014

We got married at Nisala Arana last month and we couldn't have asked for more. We left all of the planning up to the Manager Ben so most of the events of the night were a surprise to us as well as our guest. The day just kept getting better and better as it went on. We had a traditional Sri Lankan ceremony with the Kandian dancers and drummers in the beautiful grounds of the hotel. We were then taken to the beach in the Morris Miner were we enjoyed champagne while the sun set, we rode an actual elephant on the beach and enjoyed a traditional sitar band.

We were then taken back to Nisala where the garden had transformed into a magical paradise with amazing lights through the trees, a world class band and the night finished off with a firework show.

We had nibbles and a sea food feast and all 30 of our guests commented that it was the best wedding they had ever been to.

What we could have at the wedding because we were in Sri Lanka was incredible. We didn't have to lift a finger to organize anything. The whole thing was professional, heaps of fun and more importantly created memories that will last a lifetime.

Thank you so much for the experience.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Peter W
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Property: Nisala Arana
Address: 326/1 Circular Road | Kommala, Bentota 80500, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Bentota
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #15 of 29 Hotels in Bentota
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Nisala Arana 3*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nisala Arana, a luxury Boutique Hotel amidst lush greenery and spacious tropical gardens, minutes from the beach. The Doctor's House, Coconut & Mango Villas offer six beautifully appointed colonial style bedroom suites. The freshwater pool, yoga inspiring gardens and open pavilion where delicious cuisine is accompanied by fine wines, make this hotel one of the finest discoveries in Sri Lanka. ... more   less 
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