- Colonial plantation villa
- 2 swimming pools
- Ayurvedic massage room
- Boat safaris nearby
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.
It was FANTASTIC! Beautifully organised, everything worked like clockwork. We agreed that we had the best support team ever (and we have experience) - all delightful, very professional and nothing was too much bother.
It clearly couldn't have been a better route, such a wonderful mix of landscapes. And plenty of acclimatisation time. Nonetheless, I was glad of my summit oxygen.
Kit excellent. Double good mattresses made for most comfortable trek camping ever. Tents v good. Mess tent pretty windproof, which was vital for enjoyment. Best camp loo ever!
My favourite day was Shira Cathedral. Amazing.
William M reviewing Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route on 15 April 2020
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
Driver-guide: Very punctual, except for pick up for airport when he was delayed by >30 mins due to road closures. Vehicle very clean and well maintained- plenty of water and supplies of clothing for religious sites, tissues, postcards etc. Very good at understanding what level of conversation we wanted. Happy to stop for paracetamol, supermarket etc. Took us to signal box at railway since we were early (which was very interesting)
The Walawwa: Lovely place to arrive at and get a bit of rest. Great pool, lovely rooms and food etc. Peaceful oasis so close to town.
Wilpattu Camp: Wonderful food- really enjoyed trying lots of new things in excellent surroundings.Felt like the place had not been visited much recently (which I don’t think it had due to the terrorist attacks) so our safari guide had been brought up from another park and did not know the park too well- it worked out well though and we saw all the animals we hoped to see so no complaints on that front. We did feel that we should have been told about extra things we could have done- when we commented on the great food on final day we were told that they could have done a cookery demo for us, but it was too late at that point. It worked well for us but clients should probably know that they are likely to have multiple wildlife in their tents (eg frogs)- didn’t bother us at all, but others it might do. We were given a questionnaire to fill in at the end whilst all the staff were standing around, which wasn’t ideal as you felt a bit of pressure! Felt really well looked after here!
Water Gardens Sigiriya: Beautiful suites with plunge pools- quiet and peaceful with lovely big swimming pool. Food good
Jungle Beach: Beautiful location on beach. Rooms good. Food a bit limited I would have liked a bit more variety ideally.
Camellia House: Lovely location- beautiful views. Food OK but service below average- our food orders were wrong a couple of times and even pre-ordered food was delayed. Tea factory tour was only an hour and that was the main reason to be here. It was interesting but quite brief seeing it was the main attraction according to our itinerary. Also, we were taken there in a minibus which didn’t have seatbelts on all seats and was quite smelly- not up to the standard of the usual transportation. Rooms were described as having panoramic views- one did have amazing views but the other one definitely didn’t.
Galle Face: Lovely old hotel- but it did have some problems (leaking ceiling and ‘smuts’ coming out of air conditioning.) Weather very bad (spectacular storms). It was a shame the street food tour couldn’t take place but totally understandable given the weather, however we enjoyed our dinner here and free drinks/canopes!). Good choice at breakfast.
Pippa R reviewing Sri Lanka Highlights - Classic on 30 September 2019