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Shangri-Lanka Villa
Ranked #1 of 66 Bentota B&B and Inns
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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42 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Met with a smile”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2013

Right from the start this was always going to be fab. No check in, just taken straight to our delightful, spacious bedroom, with everything there you needed. Free wifi and laptop, in case you needed to connect. A.C. and... a ceiling fan for those not liking A.C. enough space to slob. A quiet patio off our bedroom, where we hung out with the dogs just relaxing.
Food was a mix of western and Sri Lankan, breakfast anytime as all the other meals. A tranquil, beautiful setting with lovely gardens and a pool. The staff were super friendly and Karen was on site all the time.
None of that comes without a lot of hard work. Good on you Karen and Rohan for making Shangri-Lanka what it is.

Room Tip: All the rooms we saw were fab. If you want a view try 1st or 2nd floors.
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2013

We chose to spend our last few days relaxing at Shangri-Lanka villas after our 10 days travelling and it was a truly lovely environment in which to just "chill out". The villas are large and airy with a decent sized balcony. The pool was a delight and all staff warm, welcoming and always willing to help out with any request.

Room Tip: We had Room 2 in the original building-first floor, great outlook but with a family upstairs on one...
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Kent
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2013

My partner and I stayed here for two weeks and two wonderful weeks they were. We wanted to chill out and rest and that is what we did aided and abetted by Karen, Rohan and their wonderful staff. Everywhere was kept beautifully clean, the rooms were large and airy, ours had a large bedroom with mini bar and air conditioning, a huge bathroom and a dressing area. There were great views from the balcony. There were beautiful birds, tree squirrels, lizards, a mongoose, monkeys, turtles, fish and frogs and more - very interesting.
The guys in the kitchen were more than happy to vary the menu to suit us, the food was very good and the wine was nice too! There are no set times for meals they are available to suit the needs of the guests.
Tea and coffee is freely available and we also had a kettle in our room.
The two dogs were good company and gave us many laughs.
Would we go again? Yes definitely, the peace and quiet and the laid back atmosphere was just what we needed. Well done to all of you.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Boston, MA, USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2013 via mobile

I could use every adjective I know to describe this special hotel...rooms are beyond great and are about the cleanest I have ever seen.....the bathrooms are not to be believed..they are huge.....grounds are exquisite.....pool is super......service is beyond belief...coffee and tea anywhere anytime....in China cups even at the pool....very classy......the food is delicious and you can have it served on your patio,in the restaurant,at the pool or where ever.....shuttle will take you to the most beautiful quiet beach you ever saw......you can also walk there in about 10 minutes...staff is fantastic...the owner, Karen is always there to help with any questions you have....they have the best bread in Sri Lanka...I almost cried when we left......we will be back even if it takes 2 days to get there...thank you Karen and your staff for an incredible 5 very short nights

  • Stayed March 2013
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Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2013

We stayed for two nights and it was lovely. Karen and Rohan very capably and kindly handled all the details of our visit, including pick up from the airport. They were especially accommodating to our kids. Even a short power outage couldn't dampen our spirits - and the candlelight dinner was just as perfect as ever! Definitely order the Sri Lankan breakfast, but give them notice the day before. You will love every bite! A wonderful beach is only a 10 minute walk away (watch out for the undertow). I'm just sorry we only stayed for 2 nights!

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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stevechris06
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2013

So most of the reviews already say what a great place this is, and how its stuff dreams are made from and with such high expectations it is hard for this place to live up to such high standards - but it does....

We had the pleasure of staying here for three weeks in March, and it is hard to put into words just how special this place is.

We booked back in Oct, and Karen who deals with all the enquiries would always come back quickly, even though I am sure I probably drove her mad with all the questions it never showed! She was helpful in advising on every aspect of the stay and we were grateful for this!

Once we arrived we were picked up from the airport by Rohan,and had a pleasant journey in his spacious airconditioned people carrier to the guest house, once there we were met by a load of the staff who grabbed our bags and took them straight to our room and we then were shown the most beautiful room... the photos on the website look nice, but they dont capture how good the room really is. I am not sure what it is exactly but the feeling of peacefulness and tranqulity really comes across and with three doors which open out onto a gorgeous balcony overlooking the pool - what more could you need? Plus the bathroom is like a second room, its massive with a corner bath, perfect for relaxing and a rain shower.

The thing that really made our trip apart from being in paradise of choice, is the staff - they cant do enough for you, nothing is too much trouble and you basically dont lift a finger whilst you are there.. a harsh reality shock to the system on our return to the uk ;-)
We were lucky enough to get to know them a little as we were there for quite a while, and they all deserve a mention. Ramon ( probably spelling this wrong) has the most amazing welcoming smile and its a joy coming down to breakfast to see his beaming face asking you what you would like... he goes out of his way to help to the point that my partner mentioned he had heard the bread man sold these bread rolls filled with curry which he wanted to try and the next thing we know after a snooze in our room and us coming down for dinner he had gone out and got them for Steve to try. really nice touch to be so thoughtful.

Special mention also to Praymela, Rohan the chef, and Paraman. they are a real credit to this place and make what is aleady a relaxing holiday even better - Rohan the chef cooks the most amazing curries and the lobster was out of this world.... I could ramble on all day about the food but you need to try it to understand just how good it is :)

We organised a tour with Karen and Rohan to the elephant orphanage, Kandy dance and temple tour which we enjoyed however we preferred the accomodation at Shangri Lanka so were glad to get back, not to say they organise sub standard rooms when you are on tour but there is a big difference between a large hotel and this guest house and we were after a home away from home.. well to be fair a much nicer home than I have in the UK! We miss our dog terribly on holiday and it was a real treat to spend time with Bobi and Masie which are Karen and Rohan's dogs - they are the cutest and enjoyed many a cuddle.

Like the other reviews state it is less than a 10 min walk to the beach but they happily take you in their tuk tuk if the walk is too much. The beach is deserted, which was paradise - the water can be a little choppy but a walk down the beach and it is a little calmer.

Karen and Rohan have the most magical place, and they really care you have a good time - that attention to detail ensures they get these high reviews. Rohan kindly helped myself and my partner in securing the engagement ring we wanted when there was a little confusion - most places wouldnt have bothered to help, and it meant the world to us so for that we are thankful.

If you are looking for small personal guesthouse and a place to relax, meet like minded people if you wish (if not you can choose to dine alone) dine on some of the best food, and generally have a holiday of your dreams then I would be amazed if you didnt like this place!!

Room Tip: Room 2 we personally thought was perfect :)
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Luton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2013

Everything from the pick up at airport to being dropped back was top class.Apartments were large and had everything we needed for a comfortable stay. the chef cooked all meals freshly at your request and every meal we had in our stay was amazing.Rohan and karen are great hosts and help arranged trips and on hand for advise. would recommend a stay here

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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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 66 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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