We booked our trip in December 2009 and over the last 8 months I have exchanged many e-mails with Karen whilst we have been organising our stay and tour with Rohan whilst we were in Sri Lanka. All of my questions were always promptly and politely answered and Karen even organised a driver to pick us up at the airport so when we arrived in Sri Lanka we were not disappointed. Our flight was 1.5 hours delayed/late but Hamer was there to meet us and chauffeured us to Shangri-Lanka Villa. From the moment that we arrived there we were made feel at home and that nothing was too much trouble.
Our room, which we had booked in advance, was the top floor which is in my opinion is the room to have. We have travelled to many places and stayed in lots of very plush hotels and this is right up there with the best!! You will struggle to find anywhere that has such a large bedroom/living area (air conditioned + a large fan), huge en-suite bathroom, large dressing area, mini bar, tv & dvd player in the room along with a laptop with free internet access whilst being such high quality for a very reasonable price.
We ate out at a few local restaurants but to be fair Rohan's cooking was as good as any of the local competitors and very fairly priced. Breakfast was available whenever you woke up or indeed got up which helped you relax even more as there was not the concern or worry about setting the alarm to make sure you did not miss out.
We booked a tour in advance of our stay and we spent 5 days with Rohan being shown the delights of Sri Lanka which were truly amazing. Rohan is a true gentleman and even though we were well away from the villa nothing was too much trouble - thank you Rohan!
Whilst we had our stay it was my wife's birthday, after speaking with Karen & Rohan they organised fireworks, a spit roast suckling pig and even a birthday cake iced with my wife's name on it!! A very nice night!!
Some previous reviews have moaned about being charged for water and I now see that water will be complimentary going forward which is a bonus but to be fair I agree with "the travellingbioteacher" in the respect that tea and coffee were free along with dvd's, books, internet access, etc so we had no quibbles. At the end of the day, if you are going to moan about being charged the equivalent of £0.60 pence for a litre of water then you need to pinch yourself for a reality check and if 60 pence is too much then maybe you should go to Butlins or Alton Towers next year where you can pay £1 for a can of coke!!
We spent a few nights relaxing in our room watching dvd's and I found it very relaxing opening the mini bar, getting a cold beer and chilling out knowing that it was only going to cost me roughly 60 pence - some people have got their priorities wrong :-) This was all about relaxing.
Shangri-Lanka villa is an absolute paradise and with there only being a few apartments/rooms you really get that personal touch from Karen & Rohan and all their amazing staff. Also, you know that there is never any need to get up early to ensure that you get a sun lounger :-)
Overall, we had a wonderful time and would absolutely recommend Karen & Rohan’s villa to any one going to Sri Lanka – thank you for an amazing experience!!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Shangri-Lanka Villa Boutique Guest House Hotel Bentota