Professional, kind & helpful staff. We had a lot of privacy. Waiters were a delight to talk to. Indika & crew, thank you for everything! Guys at the reception were quick-witted and very accommodating. I broke my Iphone USB cable and Mr. Manager directed me to a mobile accessories shop in Aluthgama and voila! I got a replacement :)
Ravi, the unofficial resident tuk-tuk driver of the Villa. Steadfast & jovial, he has a great knowledge of all the attractions in Bentota. He lives in a house just next to the Villa and is thus very punctual whenever we needed transport out of the hotel premises. Should you need a driver to take you to the airport or further destinations, Ravi's brother operates a taxi service. How convenient!
High quality, delicious food. My favorite orders were the grilled tuna stacks and homemade coconut ice-cream. My buddy loved the Sri Lankan curry. Breakfast was very tasty & portions were generous. Everything we had was to-die-for, enough said! Off topic, but I have to point this out: their counterpart, the Paradise Road Gallery Cafe in Colombo is a complete embarrassment compared to the Villa Cafe. Extremely rude waiters & shoddy service. We were aghast by the stark difference in food & service quality!
Luxurious rooms & lounge areas. We totally lucked out and stayed in Room Five, which has a patio overlooking the smaller pool, frangipani tree, lawn, & the best lounge area which we spent most of our time at. We had a peek at other rooms and I thought they paled in comparison to ours. Although the idea of a bathroom with outdoor shower sounds romantic, I would highly recommend a room on the second floor with an indoor bathroom and patio as showering with creepy crawlies isn't at all fun. And my goodness, the lounge with the chandelier! We practically parked ourselves there and called it OUR lounge as there were not many guests in the hotel throughout the duration of our stay ;) It was unadulterated luxury.
Warm, clean pool. Plush loungers. Water would be served without asking!
Tasteful art and design throughout the Bawa-designed property. Beautifully manicured lawns. Vast spaces. We felt very at home.
Complimentary afternoon tea service. Cheese toast, cake, ginger biscuits on rotation. Yum!
Daily evening turn-down service. Bottles of water and fresh towels sent to room at dusk. Coffee & tea sachets are replenished. Mozzie net is put down.
The Villa Shop. I loved the stuff in there. Hotel guests get a 10% discount off all purchases.
Top-notch ayurvedic toiletries by Spa Ceylon. The Spa Ceylon range can be purchased at Paradise Road shops in Colombo.
Being able to walk around the hotel grounds in pyjamas or swimwear. So liberating. Ah, the perks of traveling during the off-peak season. The brief early morning showers did not dampen our mood one bit and in fact, was a welcome relief to the scorching afternoon heat.
I liked the railway track next to the property. It was a quaint and interesting feature. It was fun waving to passengers in the trains whenever they whizzed by several times a day. Nope, we did not feel like our space was impinged on. Totally relished that experienced. The beach was rustic & untouched. Not suitable for sunbathing nor swimming, but late afternoon walks were a real treat. Better visit soon before it gets usurped by developers.
Having seen most of the other hotels on the Bentota beach strip, I personally thought the Villa Bentota was the best looking property in the area. Even though there were huge five-star establishments in the vicinity, they lacked intimacy and personal touches. Ostentatious with little regard for atmosphere and design. The Villa is truly a class of its own.
Cons? None that I can think of. But if I could nit-pick: Food and beverage were exceptional & of excellent quality, but pricey for Sri Lankan standards. But it wasn't really an issue as the few dining options outside of the hotel were beyond horrendous. The fare offered in the other hotels and eating places down the beach did not compare at all. So if you do stay here, the only other decent restaurant would be at the next door Club Villa.
All in all, I highly recommend Paradise Road The Villa Bentota. Remember to visit Lunuganga & Brief Garden! Magical & out of this world.
A shout-out to the Villa Bentota team, a big thank you for the great hospitality. We will send you the photos in a bit! See you soon, we will be back ;)
Stephanie & Freddie
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Villa Bentota is a unique and private beach-side hotel; Paradise Road's newest property located 2 hours south of Colombo. Offering 15 individually designed rooms and suites with all modern amenities and services, The Villa Bentota is located in the Mohotti Walauwa which was Geoffrey Bawa's first boutique hotel in Sri Lanka. Refurbished and extended with incredible sensitivity to the original design, Shanth Fernando has created yet another masterpiece to give those who stay in the city at Tintagel a new special resort option in true Paradise Road style. With sprawling coconut palm-dressed lawns opening to the sea, two swimming pools, a restaurant, The Villa Café open to all passers-by and a Paradise Road gift store, The Villa Shop and an art gallery, The Villa Gallery, The Villa Bentota is a must-stop for all those traveling down the southern coast of Sri Lanka. ... more less
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