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The Villa Bentota

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

Highlights

- Colonial plantation villa
- 2 swimming pools
- Ayurvedic massage room
- Boat safaris nearby

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Overview

The Villa Bentota is a chic and elegant seaside retreat set in two acres of picturesque gardens. Once a colonial era plantation villa, it now belongs to the Paradise property portfolio. In 2009, the villa underwent a significant refurbishment that transformed it into the beachside boutique hotel it is today. A new swimming pool was added, rooms were modernized and an entire new wing was constructed, though care was taken to ensure it blended in well with the original building. The property is located in the town of Bentota, which lies on Sri Lanka’s southwest coast and is about an hour and a half from Colombo, the country’s capital.  

The accommodation comprises 15 rooms and suites, all offering a range of convenient amenities, such as air conditioning, comfortable Egyptian cotton bedding and a mosquito net. Each room is unique in design, layout and style. There’s a room just for solo travelers, as well as a two-bedroom suite for families or large groups of friends. Most of the rooms and suites offer views of either the property’s gardens or the sea, and some of the suites even have their own plunge pool. 

The property has two swimming pools set amongst the lush landscaped gardens, as well as a shop and gallery selling a variety of arts and crafts, homeware and pieces of contemporary Sri Lankan art. There’s also an Ayurvedic massage room. Food is generally served at The Villa Cafe, though you can choose to dine in your room or by one of the pools if you so wish. One of the more unique aspects of this hotel is the railway line that runs between the gardens and the beach. Some guests find it adds an extra level of charm to the property, while others may find it somewhat intrusive. Near the hotel there are lots of activities to enjoy, from water sports and visiting a turtle hatchery, to shopping in the Bentota town centre or going on a boat safari to see mangroves, ruined temples and of course, plenty of local wildlife. 

Children are welcome, although parents should be aware that the hotel doesn’t offer any specific facilities for children, such as childcare or play facilities. Since there’s an in-use railway line running through the resort, parents are advised to keep an eye on their children at all times. Most of the property’s rooms can fit an extra bed or a baby cot, and larger families may want to consider the Mohotti Suite, as it has two bedrooms. 

 

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Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Boutique hotel with lovely gardens
- 17 air-conditioned rooms
- Turtle hatchery excursions
- Variety of water sports

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 506 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
    We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
    Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
    Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
    Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
    Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
    Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
    Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
    Level of service, quality of food throughout

    MissingCatherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019

  • We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!

    The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).

    A few points:
    Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.

    Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
    They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.

    Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!

    The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!

    MissingKatrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019

  • We had the most incredible time thank you. We loved Karen Blixen camp and felt part of a family there, it was incredibly special. And Breezes was very relaxing.
    We can't fault all the transfers and the moment we were greeted on the tarmac at Nairobi airport we knew we were going to be well cared for.

    Thank you so much to you and all the Tourdust team for making it such a happy and memorable trip.

    MissingZoe A reviewing Masai Mara Safari & Beach on 27 August 2019

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