Apsara, Bentota Sri Lanka, South West Beaches
Stylish 3 Bedroom Villa Overlooking the Lagoon, Just Minutes from Bentota Beach
Modern and stylish, Apsara offers superb value for money in Sri Lanka. This affordable three bedroom villa with lagoon views offers a tranquil hideaway from the bustling tourist stretches of Bentota. A few minutes by boat or tuk-tuk, however, leads you straight to the popular Bentota beaches, which means you can have your cake and eat it too.
The three double bedrooms have four poster beds, ensuite bathrooms, and air conditioning. A kitchen borders the open-plan lounge, with double doors leading to the central courtyard. The stunning azure pool is the focal point, and enthusiastic swimmers can enjoy lagoon views straight from the pool deck. Offering the latest in entertainment technology, surround sound can be enjoyed from both lounge and pool areas. Guests have access to a flatscreen HD TV, Blu Ray, DVD, and wireless internet. Alternatively, crack open a good old-fashioned board game from the onsite selection. Either book an individual room, or have the entire villa to yourself.
Dining is a custom-tailored experience at Apsara. Chandana, the resident manager, is also a superb chef, well-versed in sourcing delicious meals from local market produce. Guests discuss their meal requirements directly with Chandana, who then sets out to the vegetable and fish markets nearby to cater for every individual food and wine wish - you’re welcome to join him. Participate in a cooking class, or organize your own meals - the choice is yours.
Apsara offers excursions and day trips, such as market visits, and the Beruwela Fish Harbour. Visit the turtle hatchery or let Apsara coordinate sunset drinks at the lighthouse. All manner of water sports, diving, cruises, and boat hire can be organized at the villa. Well-equipped and competitively priced, Apsara comes very highly recommended.
Villa - The 'Villa' is a similar concept to the 'holiday home' in Europe, with some key differences. Our villas in Asia are always fully staffed with cooking and service provided for you. Staff will generally cook meals to your specification and purchase food and drink for you at cost price. They are generally pretty smart and luxurious too and feel in many ways like a small private hotel. Nonetheless, your villa is still effectively a home and therefore you cannot expect the same level of training, English speaking or slickness that you might expect from a hotel at a similar cost. As the owners are not generally holiday professionals we cannot guarantee the quality of a villa matches expectations in a way we can with hotels. That said, the personal local touch means villas are generally much more friendly and interactive than hotels and have much to recommend them. The privacy and space makes them wonderful for families, groups of friends or couples looking for privacy and relaxation.
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