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