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Club Villa

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

Highlights

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

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Overview

Club Villa is a serene beachside boutique hotel featuring Dutch colonial architecture and decor. Set in lush, verdant gardens, the property is a stone’s throw from the beach, which stretches for over 9km. Styled as a home away from home, Club Villa has a pleasant atmosphere, friendly, welcoming staff and a location that guarantees plenty of peace and privacy. It’s located in the beach resort town of Bentota on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka, about an hour and a half’s drive from the country’s capital, Colombo. 

Each of Club Villa’s 17 air-conditioned guest rooms is individually styled and features a number of furniture pieces from the Dutch colonial period. All rooms come with great views of the beach or the property’s scenic gardens, comfortable bedding, lots of space and plenty of creature comforts. All of Club Villa’s guest rooms offer tranquility and seclusion, and some even have their own private garden. The highest grade of accommodation, the Club Suite, boasts a split-level bathroom, part of which is open-air, with a large jacuzzi, a monsoon shower and twin wash basins. 

Club Villa has an inviting freshwater swimming pool with a jacuzzi. While none of the guest rooms house televisions, there is a communal TV lounge. Comfortable furniture is scattered throughout the hotel’s grounds so guests can unwind and admire the natural beauty of the gardens. There's plenty to do nearby including visiting the Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery and helping release baby turtles back into the wild, admiring the botanical wonders at the Bevis Bawa Brief Garden, shopping in Bentota or participating in water sports, such as windsurfing and waterskiing.   

When it comes to dining at Club Villa, guests can look forward to a range of freshly prepared European and Sri Lankan dishes. The restaurant is open-sided and guests can choose to dine under cover out of the sun, or al fresco - for an extra special experience, guests can request a seafood BBQ with accompanying champagne. The lounge and bar offers a range of drinks throughout the day, including king coconuts served by the pool in the morning, and high tea in the afternoon.  

Club Villa welcomes children and offers a babysitting service with an English-speaking sitter. Books and board games are provided and the swimming pool conveniently has a shallow end. All children under the age of 12 receive a 50% discount for meals at the hotel’s restaurant. Parents should be sure to keep an eye on their children when exploring the hotel grounds as there’s an in-use railway line you have to cross to get to the beach. While some visitors find the train line somewhat intrusive, others enjoy waving at passengers as trains go by! 

Nearby Alternatives

The Villa Bentota

The West Coast of Sri Lanka

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

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

Suggested Itineraries for Club Villa

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15-day guided trip unveiling Sri Lanka’s fascinating ‘Cultural Triangle’, ‘Tea Country’, idyllic beaches and superb national parks.

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Families from $2,898 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $1,047 per person economy class from London

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

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  • Everything was fab, I especially loved Tuningi such a special place and my son got to see his favourite animal the cheetah (after a bit of time hunting about on foot!). Mauritius is lovely we saw quite a bit of the island in the end.

    MissingLaura L reviewing South Africa Safari and Mauritius on 12 December 2018

  • We had a wonderful trip to Morocco. What a fascinating country. Thank you so much for all of your help making things smooth and less stressful!

    Here are a few things we wanted to pass on:

    Dar Housnia was absolutely delightful. It was like an entire wing of a house to ourselves with perfect Moroccan decor. The private area where we ate was so cute, the riad staff so accommodating. I loved waking in the cozy space with our family and hearing both call to prayer as well as roosters. Just perfect.

    I was a little unclear how to ask what time we were being picked up etc, but your office promptly replied to my emails - even on weekends- when we had these questions about transport times. Once, we met our guide in Imlil these details we not problematic as our guide “Abraham” totally took care of us. Abraham was awesome. You should definitely request him again in the future. He was young (29)and energetic. He had a ton of hiking experience in Imlil as he was from there. He also seemed to know everything else about morocco, the desert, the culture, etc, etc. He was approachable, kind, patient, great with our kids and answered SO MANY of our questions.

    The hike was lovely - after rain the day prior in Marrakech - there was snow in the mountains. It was gorgeous. We may have been up for a longer hike up Mt Taboukel if I had known this was a realistic option for families ( I thought from reading that it was too technical for us). Yet not sure we had enough days for all these things always since getting in the desert was a priority.

    The mountain house, Dar adar, was just as described… very basic. The wifi was broken (which was a nice break when you have pre-teens addicted to phones, plus my husband called no wifi an amenity to not be available by email for his work!)). There was no heat and the fireplace helped a tad - but was so very cold in the rooms. My husband loved the rustic space, I may have gone up one step in niceness of mountain accommodation if I had to do it over again. Yet, meeting the other families in this Dar Adar (including another Tourdust family from England) made this house very memorable.

    We were then joined by our driver for the next several days, Jamal. What a fun guy and a perfect driver. He could joke with my kids, he had a fun smile, and he had worked with Abraham before so they were a great team. The drive to desert was long as I knew it would be. It was nice to have the stop on way there near Ait Ben Haddu. The drive back from desert was long. It was more near 10 hours of driving (plus 1 hour at lunch = 11 hours) but I wouldn’t have made any different choices.

    The luxury desert camp was far and away the highlight of our trip. The tents were adorable, I was sufficiently warm even at night inside the tent. We loved the camel riding, the ATV vehicles at a nearby camp, sunsets on the dunes, music around the camp fire, meals with others at the camp and more.

    The last night was at Riad Jona. This was so very very lovely. The food was amazing - such a good idea to eat here after our long drive back to Marrakech. They had a small dining pool plus a hot tub which was delightful. It was almost more of a boutique hotel as it had several rooms.

    MissingGwyneth R reviewing Luxury Family Desert Holiday on 11 December 2018

  • The trip was amazing everything was better than we could have imagined.
    There was a moment climbing the mount Kenya where my wife accused me of tricking her into doing this (half kidding) as some of the nights got pretty cold, but we were dressed well and the sunrise at the peak was astonishing.
    Safari was spectacular, Ben who was our main guide and driver was awesome! We saw everything excepts rhinos which were more of a hope than a reality. We also were able to watch a rock python eat a Thompson gazel live. It was one of the most interesting and unsettling things I have ever seen.
    Just overall, so many moments that make you think wow or I can't believe I am here. Thank you for your help in getting everything set up. I don't believe I could have booked the trip without your help and guidance. It was an amazing way to start our marriage and truly the trip of a lifetime!

    MissingWilliam K reviewing 11 Day Mount Kenya Trek and Masai Mara Safari Combined on 29 October 2018

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