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Shangri-Lanka Villa
Ranked #1 of 62 Bentota B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 20 January 2014 via mobile

One of our top spots. Everything the reviews say is spot on. Beautiful place where everything is thought of. Lovely guest house feel but with all the luxury of a five star hotel. Don't be put off by not being on the beach. The 10 min walk there down a country lane is lovely with locals passing on push bikes waving hello. Just book it now - you won't regret it.

Stayed: December 2013
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Reviewed 16 January 2014

Well...spent 2 weeks in Srilanka and never seen something like Shangri-Lanka Villa. Top quality rooms. Top quality service. Top quality people. If you are looking for a place where to relax than Shangri-Lanka Villa is the place for you. If you are looking for adventure and sightseeing than Shangri-Lanka Villa is also the place for you!!! Just ask (the sooner the better) and they will sort everything out for you (driver-accomodation-wedding)!!!!!!

I can't thank Karen, Rohan and Hamar enough for everything they have done for my wife and myself. We've just got married on that amazing beach with local dancers, photographer and elephant!!! Unforgettable!!!

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  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 January 2014

Fabulous place to have seen in the New Year, (complete with fireworks) followed by a few days of total pampering and relaxation. Thoroughly enjoyed indulging in the traditional herbal treatments available and quiet pool times. So conveniently located to a spectacular beach for our early morning dips - on most occasions we had the beach totally to ourselves.

Deciding to make the most of the talented chefs, and the excellent value meals, we ate every breakfast and dinner at the Villas - the fish wrapped in banana leaf and Sri Lankan prawn risotto were our favourite choices - so fresh, well presented, and such value! The plentiful curry breakfasts were also a hit - and fuelled us for our busy adventures! Beautifully arranged tropical fruit platters were always a delight at the end of meals and at breakfast.

We could not have asked for a nicer place to stay while in Bentota, the Villas exceeded our expectations in every way, and we highly recommend the establishment to anyone visiting Sri Lanka.

Stayed: January 2014
1  Thank Mai_124
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Reviewed 15 January 2014

What can I say about Shangri-Lanka Bentota? If you don't book here your an idiot! This place was by far one of the best places we stayed in our entire trip of Sri Lanka. I have no complaints, only praise for Karen/ Rohan and their team, our whole stay was amazing.

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Super HUGE and CLEAN rooms- seriously, a family of 10 could live in the room we were provided, it was a palace. The bed was comfortable, beautiful simple decor, lovely bathroom and everything was cleaned daily- the cleanest place we stayed in!

The staff and room boys were lovely, Raymond was particularly thoughtful, friendly and welcoming. Every last detail we could have asked for was taken care of. They even provided a lap top for you to use during your stay! we loved this as we didn't take our lap tops or phones.

Food- large and delicious portions, home-cooked, exactly what you are looking for in a boutique hotel. We ate here every single night. Breakfast was huge and amazing, my recommendation is the pancakes or Sri lankan breakfast- wow. Home-made jam was also sooo good, oh and the pineapple surprise- I could just talk about the food all day!

The beach was the best we saw in Sri Lanka, just how we love them in Australia, clean, beautiful and empty.. *fingers crossed* it will stay this pristine for years to come.

All in all it was a fantastic stay and cannot wait to come back again!! Shangri-Lanka will be top on our list!

Room Tip: All are beautiful
  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 January 2014

What a jewell of a place, secluded within a lush setting and only a short stroll to a gorgeous beach. We could not have asked for a better way to kick off our Sri Lankan odyssey than our four night stay at the Shangri Lanka Villas! The wonderful owners and every one of the professional, friendly, and super helpful staff made us feel like we really were at home. Every day was a pleasure to wake up to a serene view of the pool and gardens, with delicious meals prepared to order and eaten alfresco beneath fairy lights. Serving both traditional Sri Lankan, as well as a range of western cuisine, the talented chefs never ceased to "wow" us with their delectable creations, made with ingredients freshly gathered from the vegetable garden! Special dietary requests were catered for without question. Without doubt, the sumptuous food - particularly all the seafood dishes, were a highlight of our stay! In fact, the chefs were kind enough to have us for a curry cooking lesson!

The villas are spotlessly clean, incredibly spacious, and each room provided with complimentary bottled water daily, and the use of a laptop with wifi.

The day trips from Bentota, as well as the wider tour of Sri Lanka we undertook after our stay at the Villa was organised perfectly by the owner - who put together an excellent itinerary tailored to our interests and that fitted within the timeframe we had. Our driver for the tour took excellent care of us, and provided us with loads of local advice and attentive guidance along our journey - he was there for whenever we needed him for anything.

All in all, this stay and trip to Sri Lanka has been the highlight of our global travels. We look forward to visiting the Villas again later this year to continue exploring all the wonders of Sri Lanka. And anticipate the opening of the Villas near Yala National Park! Cannot wait to return!!

The highest praise and heartfelt thanks to the owners, Karen and Rohan and all their wonderful staff!

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 13 January 2014

We have just returned from honeymoon and travelled from Colombo to galle and finally bentota.

Karen's lovely home has 5 enormous rooms and we think we had the best one, room 5. The bedroom was enormous with polished concrete everywhere and a private balcony overlooking the rice paddies and also the pool. The staff here go to all sorts of trouble to make sure you are happy, and we had all our meals serviced to us on our balcony rather than down in the restaurant which made us feel special.

Karen is great at recommending the right sort of activity depending on who you are and what your budget is. As we were on honeymoon, she arranged a private boat tour and tuk tuks to the most romantic restaurants.

The place feels like a home from home, with 2 lovely dogs and a fantastic price includes all sorts of things like wifi and teas and coffees whenever you would like. Obviously you can stay in bigger hotels with more luxury, but this is a boutique B and B with heaps of charm.

Room Tip: 5 is the best!
  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 January 2014

We stayed here and first impressions were great the rooms spacious and very clean, very nicely decorated with lots of attention to detail. A notebook to use with free WiFi nice little touch. The gardens well maintained and very relaxing great pool and plenty sun beds. The staff were all very good and spoke great English the chef is excellent nothing too much trouble all staff do there best to please we ate here every night did not want to eat out as so good and kitchen is spotless. Great beach a short walk away gum runs on hand and taxis available they have there own drivers. You will not be disappointed if you decide to stay we will be going back later in the year we loved it.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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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 62 B&Bs / Inns in Bentota
Price Range: £73 - £95 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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