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Shangri-Lanka Villa
Ranked #1 of 59 Bentota B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Norwich, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
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“Great stay”
Reviewed 27 December 2013

A great find. Wonderful food and great service. We enjoyed our stay very much and would certainly recommend to others. The villa offers comfort, hospitality and also great valid for money. Thanks to Karen and her team.

Room Tip: Room 3 had a great view and was spacious
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 December 2013

Karen is a rock star. From the moment we got in touch to express our interest in staying at Shangri-Lanka Villa, to the moment we left Sri Lanka to return to the UK, Karen and her team expertly catered to our every need.
We were in Sri Lanka for 10 days, so wanted to spend the first half travelling around the country, visiting various sights. Karen arranged a four day itinerary, during which we travelled around almost half of the country (Dambulla, Sigirya, Nuwara Eliya, Yala, Galle), and Karen organised a driver, Hamar, to look after us. Not only did Hamar get us from A to B, but he also taught us a huge amount while we were on the road, stopping to show us extra points of interest on the various journeys, and also arranged all tickets for entering the more regulated attractions so that we got the best price. A truly lovely man.
Once we got to Bentota and settled in at Shangri-Lanka, we were treated to pure luxury. From the morning breakfast (the star of which was homemade pineapple, passion fruit & mango jam) to the very accessible dinner menu, the food was fantastic. The pool was a delight, and the rooms spacious and well-equipped. Karen helped us arrange a couple of day excursions while in the area, but otherwise we were more than happy to sit back, relax and enjoy the wonderful weather (and the odd thunder storm!) and scenery.
Finally, we have to give a shout out to the wonderful dogs, Bobby and Macie, who were adorably cute and made us very jealous of the fact they can enjoy Shangri-Lanka all year round!
Thank you Karen, Rohan, Hamar and the team; for anyone planning a trip to this wonderful country, there is literally no better choice.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 December 2013

Incredible experience of how a hotel should take care if its guests. We were able to chill in the most peaceful, lush green environment whilst getting personal attention from a team of very efficient and polite staff who fulfilled our every request with a smile. But the relationship started with a warm and helpful hand from its owners, Karen and Rohan. They listened and then delivered exactly what we wanted. We thank the staff, managed by Raymond, and special thanks to the chef, a spice master who presented the food as works of art. Also our thanks to Saman who took excellent care throughout every journey - pickup from the airport, driving to Galle and Merissa, to Kandy and Dambulla, showing us all the sights, explaining history and advising on local shopping. There was not a single moment of dissatisfaction, stress or worry about anything. We have never, ever experienced such service anywhere, and we have a travelled a fair amount. So, if Sri Lanka is your destination, contact Karen and Rohan, you will not find better. They deserve six stars!

Room Tip: Choose any room, you will not be disappointed.
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 December 2013

Wow! What an amazing place! We spent 13 nights at Shangri-Lanka Villa after a few days in Dubai. Right from the start everyone was so friendly and nothing was too much trouble. Our room was spotless and the view across the countryside was lovely.
Each morning we ate our breakfast on the balcony, watching amazing birds frequent the garden. One morning we even saw monkeys in the trees close by!
The evening meals were freshly cooked and always served at the time we requested, and we enjoyed chatting with the other guests and swapping notes about local places to visit.
The beach was a good ten minutes walk, but there was always a tuk tuk available to take you if you wanted. The beach was beautiful and pretty much deserted.
We had a few trips organised for us whilst we were there, all of which are highly recommended. We went on the whale watching trip and were fortunate to see both blue whales and killer whales during the same trip. A boat trip was also arranged another day for us on the Bentota River with Lesley, who was fantastic. We were the only two people in the boat and we saw absolutely loads of wildlife. Lesley took us further than any other organised tour and we had a wonderful time. Finally we spent a day at the elephant orphanage which we enjoyed.
We were sorry to leave Shangri-Lanka Villa and would love to return one day. Thank you so much to everyone for looking after us so well.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 November 2013 via mobile

Great team of staff. Very friendly and helpful - organised everything from tuk tuks to drivers.
Big beautiful rooms to relax in or spend some time by the lovely clean pool. You can even grab a massage if you like.
Also a great location for exploring both the Bawa gardens!

Stayed November 2013
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Reviewed 14 November 2013

My husband and I recently stayed for two nights at Shangri-Lanka Villas and it was a perfect way to end our trip in Sri Lanka.

The staff were amazing, especially Rohan who made us feel so at home in his home. The highlight of our stay here was the food, we dinned like kings both nights and the food was absolutely delicious!

The rooms are very spacious and clean and they put such effort into decorating our bed each night as it was our honeymoon.

Hot tip....get the homemade poppadoms!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 November 2013

Had an amazing stay with Karen and Rohan. Beautiful suite, gorgeous food, pool to myself and only a short tuk tuk ride to the beach, local town and transport connections. The staff couldn't do more for their guests - any requests was sorted quickly and the whole visit felt very personal and relaxing.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Shangri-Lanka Villa

Property: Shangri-Lanka Villa
Address: 23 De Alwis Road | Horanduwa, Bentota 80500, Sri Lanka
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Region: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle District > 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 59 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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