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“Great tour followed by a wonderful stay at Shangri-Lanka” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Shangri-Lanka Villa
Ranked #1 of 63 Bentota B&B and Inns
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Cotswolds
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“Great tour followed by a wonderful stay at Shangri-Lanka”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2012

Karen and Rohan organised a fantastic holiday for us. We are a group of 3 well travelled married couples in our sixties visiting Sri Lanka for the first time.
We were met at the airport by Rohan who was our guide on a ten day tour which covered the major sites in the country and gave us a great understanding of the history of the country. Rohan was an encyclopedia of information. He was able to answer all but one of our questions about the vegetation, wildlife, history and way of life for the people. He stopped frequently for the enthusiastic photographer of our party (who took over 2000 photos) and was accommodating for our every request. Travelling as a small group we also had fun. All the 5 hotels we stayed in were of a good standard, and varied in character. We all agreed it was the best tour we had experienced. I would be happy to supply details via email.
The tour was followed by six nights at Shangri Lanka, Karen and Rohan's Villa. I can only echo the previous comments. Superb accommodation, personal service, great food and beautiful surroundings in which to relax.
Our expectations were high but they were exceeded.

Room Tip: Don't worry which room you have they are all excellent.
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2012

We recently sent an enquiry to Shangri-Lanka and were unfortunately told that they were fully booked (book a few months in advance!!!). However, Karen was so incredibly helpful in suggesting other options and providing advice on the local and wider area that I felt I just had to submit this review. We have travelled all over the world and I have to say I have never come across a hotel or guest house proprietor who was willing to spend so much time giving free (and incredibly useful!) advice to a non-customer. It is no wonder this guest house gets such amazing reviews with an owner like Karen. Shangri-Lanka is certainly on the top of our "must do" list next time we are in Sri Lanka!

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Coventry, UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2012

This was our third visit to the Shangri-Lanka guest house and we will definitely return again. Everything from the staff, service, food and surroundings ensure you leave feeling relaxed, pampered and a bit weightier than when you arrived. The rooms are kept spotless, the grounds and pools clean and welcoming, and the food is fresh and so tasty. The only downside for this trip was that Rohan was kept busy with trips so we didn't see much of him. Next time.

Room Tip: We love the ground floor room as it is straight out onto the pool, and we are joined daily by Bobby...
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Helsinki, Finland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2012

simply put everything was perfect :) We were staying part of our holiday here and this was much better place than the other one. Only the bathroom here was bigger than the other hotel room.

Respect for the cook!! I had the best currys here even though they were a bit milder than in the restaurants for the locals.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2012

Thank you to karen, Rohan and the boys and not forgetting the gate man for making this a wonderful holiday.
SHANGRI-LANKA is a great place to stay. We loved the spacious rooms, breakfasts and the lovely pool.
We would definately recommend your place to friends.
You certainly deserve your number one place on tripadvisor.
Say hello to the dogs.
Sue,Brian,Jill and Denis

Room Tip: All rooms are lovely.
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2012

We stayed at the Shangri Lanka for 3 weeks late November to mid December. Hamar picked us up at the airport with a warm welcome despite having waited six hours for our delayed plane. The new highway shortened the journey time to 2 ½ hours (the average speed in Sri Lanka appears to be 30km an hour). The website does not do justice – our first impressions of the Villa and our top floor bedroom were far greater than our (high) expectations. We also stayed in the 2nd Fl bedroom which boasts a sunken bath in lieu of the four poster beds on the top floor. Both have wonderful views. The pool is large and clean and the Villa is set in a warm and friendly village approx 15 minutes walk from the beach (or 3 mins by Tuk Tuk). We had two trips, both organised in consultation with Rohan, one week apart. We took his expert advice and changed some details on both trips to allow more rest time (bearing in mind the long journey times). His in –depth knowledge and use of excellent site guides enhanced both trips (Kandy and the Hill Country and then the deep South and Yala Safari). We enjoyed Rohan’s company and thank him kindly for the beers he conjured up on a Poya day at the Safari hotel! We also went on a trip on the Bentota river using a boat company of his recommendation, and again, had a superb guide to the wildlife and the price was cheaper than generally advertised. We tried various restaurants which we enjoyed but the calibre of cooking at the Shangri Lanka is very high. The seafood was superb and often depended on the catch that local fishermen had made that day. Most food is bought and cooked to order and all is home made. The flexibility of where (balcony or terrace) or when to dine adds to the experience. The staff are exemplary and couldn’t have done more to make our stay so welcome and enjoyable. We would like to thank Jarminder, Chaminder, David & Ishan for their fantastic service. A big thank you also to Lakshika for my (almost daily) massages by the pool. Karen and Rohan are wonderful hosts and we were also lucky to have had great fellow guests during our stay. There was some debate about whether children should be allowed to stay at Shangri Lanka outside of recognised school holiday dates. Although this did not affect us, it is perhaps wise to check at time of booking if of concern.
I cannot recommend the Villa more highly

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2011

rob chris and jenny....we stayed at shangri villa for two weeks in november 2011 ,karen and rohan made our stay fantastic and not forgetting all the staff who were very caring and helpful with all our needs .the rooms are beautiful and very tastefully decorated lovely breakfast freash fruit and what ever you could wish for.the pool is great and spotless you would find it hard to fault this place in any way ...a big thank you to you all at shangri lanka and of corse bobby and macey

Room Tip: i,av seen all rooms and there all great
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with friends
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Property: Shangri-Lanka Villa
Address: 23 De Alwis Road | Horanduwa, Bentota 80500, Sri Lanka
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Region: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Bentota
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 63 B&Bs / Inns in Bentota
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Unique boutique guesthouse situated in the heart of a traditional Sri Lankan village. Surrounded by nature yet only minutes from the magnificent Bentota beach. We offer a holiday experience with a difference. No hotel receptions, standard packages, crowds, time restrictions. Just great hospitality and a genuinely personal service, with all the facilities you need. Experience the culture of authentic Sri Lankan village life where ancient customs and traditions blend with modern amenities and services. ... more   less 
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