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Shangri-Lanka Villa
Ranked #1 of 61 Bentota B&B and Inns
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Frodsham
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2 reviews
“"Love this place"”
Reviewed 23 February 2014

This was our second time at Shangri Lanka. It was the first place we stayed at on our first visit to Sri Lanka in November 2012 and we said then that we would return. We did for 6 nights in February 2014. The food cooked by Rohan the Chef and staff is wonderful and although it was tempting to go out and try different Restaurants, we only did this once as we wanted to try as many dishes as we could from Shangri Lanka's menu! It is amazing how a small team can prepare such a variety of high standard fresh food. I would recommend the grilled Prawns. The service and presentation is outstanding too. Our room was immaculate as always with every small detail down to fresh flowers on the bed. It is so spacious and comfortable that you just don't want to leave! We enjoyed having massage treatments by the pool by Kumari too, she is very good. We love the location, the village setting means that there are many different beautiful Birds in the garden and the sound of Crickets and Frogs in the evening is amazing. It is a treat to sit on the balcony first thing and watch the colourful birds flying around. It is lovely to walk down the lane in both directions, to the beach one way and through the village past a pretty backwater the other. In addition to being a beautiful place, there is just something about Shangri Lanka that makes you sad to leave and want to return. We think that it is the kindness and friendliness of Karen, Rohan and Reymond and all the people that work there. Oh and and of course Bobby and Maisie, the 2 pet Dogs!

Room Tip: All the rooms look gorgeous. We have stayed in Room 3 twice and love the private balcony and views.
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Hartlebury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 February 2014

Everything about ShangiLanka is as others have described. Small boutique hotel, only 5/6 room but with a great relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere, the 6 or so staff catered for all your needs in a friendly and professional way, nothing was too much trouble. It is set back from the beach by half a mile or so which adds to the peacefulness and tranquillity, but not too far away if you want a walk to the beach or into Bentota this is no problem or you get a tuk tuk . for a few rupees.
Breakfast was fab with the fresh fruit, smoothies, and even proper sausages. If you didn'twant to go out in an evening then the food at Shangri Lanka is as good as anywhere else and competitive prices. If you want a quiet holiday in lovely surroundings without being in a large hotel then this is the place for you.

Room Tip: Any room is fine but 4 and 5 are the newest additions
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Cotswolds
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Reviewed 12 February 2014

We first came to Shangri Lanka Villa in 2012, and returned this year with four friends.
Karen organised a ten day tour of the island which is a must. Sri Lanka has so much variety with ancient cities, temples, gardens, the tea plantations (beautiful), safaris and of course pristine beaches. Rohan was excellent. He is a safe driver and arranged for expert guides at the various sites. He also has a vast knowledge of local wildlife and traditions. All the hotels were a good standard and he took particular care to ensure everything was to our satisfaction. We were able to make additional requests (e.g. a train ride through the tea plantation region) and Rohan made all the arrangements with no fuss. I would thoroughly recommend this tour, far superior to the larger travel company tours.

We ended our visit with a week’s stay at Shangri Lanka. Heaven. The accommodation, service and food will easily match any five star hotel. Whilst it is not on the beach you have the opportunity to experience local life. The location is quiet but 5 minutes by tuk tuk from the centre. The evening meals are delicious and reasonably priced. The chef will tailor each dish to your personal taste. The sweets are to die for, try the pineapple surprise.
As I said this was our second visit and the high standards of our first visit were maintained. If you are visiting Sri Lanka I thoroughly recommend using Karen and Rohan you will not get better service and accommodation anywhere.

Room Tip: All the roms are large with huge bathrooms and a view of the pool.
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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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London, United Kingdom
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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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Hobart, Australia
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Reviewed 15 January 2014 via mobile

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
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sydney
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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!

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  • Stayed December 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 > 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 61 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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