Sri Lanka, South West Beaches
Info : Villa Bentota
Arguably Sri Lanka’s first ever boutique hotel, this converted colonial bungalow was originally designed by the famous architect Geoffrey Bawa. Found an hour and a half drive south of Colombo, Villa Bentota was refurbished in 2012, a new wing, an entrance pavilion and a swimming pool were added and the gardens were updated.
A variety of fifteen rooms are available in this hotel from the comfortable and affordable single rooms, to the luxurious Mohotti Suite. Each room is decorated in a unique way, with the overall ambiance remaining fresh and airy. Private balconies, courtyards and terraces are available depending on the room type. The grounds are beautiful, with coconut palms and manicured lawns opening out onto the sea. At the bottom of the garden there is a charming old railway line, which is still in use, adding some character to the scenery.
Across the rail line lays a white sand beach, which guests may walk along into the main town to explore the cafes and restaurants available. For those wanting to stay in the hotel complex the Villa Café serves a mixture of traditional Sri Lankan, Western and fusion food. Other facilities include The Villa Gallery, which is a great place to relax with local contemporary artwork around you, two swimming pools, and a bar/lounge area fully equipped with board games.
Last visited and reviewed by Becky Grainger, Sept 2012
Deluxe - This is our first really 'upmarket' category. It might be a beautiful tiny hotel with very limited facilities or a 5* resort hotel with all the trimmings; but any hotel in this category will be a well-run establishment with very comfortable rooms, a strong service ethos and excellent food.
- 2 Swimming Pools
- Beach Access
- Free Internet
- Local excursions
- Television in the rooms
We called Harriet in the UK and asked to move to a hotel with more facilities or closer to town. Our request was relayed through Colombo to the manager and resulted in a visit from the owner asking how he could make our stay better.