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“Serene Beauty in the land of Temples and Tuktuks” 5 of 5 stars
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Saman Villas
4.5 of 5 Resort   |   Galle Road, Bentota, Sri Lanka   |  
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Ranked #1 of 26 Hotels in Bentota
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“Serene Beauty in the land of Temples and Tuktuks”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2011

Sri Lanka – Life, but not as you know it!

In the land of temples and Tuktuks is a serene villa hotel, Saman Villas. We stayed for 7 nights in mid March in a villa with private plunge pool overlooking the gorgeous palm fringed beach.

The villas are comfortable with all the necessities, modern bathrooms, plenty of drawer/wardrobe space and efficient and quiet air conditioning units. The electric blinds are a great addition and you can press a button at the side of the bed to reveal a priceless view of the beach!

There are 2 apartments per detached villa, ground and first floor. Some guests have mentioned the privacy issue, you can see into the adjacent gardens and can be viewed from the above levels but they are still very private and we felt our privacy was respected at all times.

The food was delightful with a selection of menus. It is nice that typical Sri Lankan food is on the A La Carte and prices are really reasonable. We ate out a couple of times and by the time we had paid the Tuktuk driver there was no difference in price, only the quality of food was far superior at Saman Villas. All prices on the menu include service charge and Government tax so no hidden extras. For 1400 rupees (rough conversion 100 Rs = £0.60) you can get a Sri Lankan curry with all accompaniments, great value.

Alcohol is pricey in comparison to food (probably due to import costs) but we didn’t check out the local bars/wine shops, none the less this is probably in line with most UK restaurant prices.

The hotel is immaculate, built to a high standard with perfectly manicured grounds, fabulous infinity pool with probably the best view of any ocean we have seen. Staff are polite, friendly and obliging at all times and the service is very good. They are attentive without being obtrusive.

We used the Spa once, very nice but perhaps a little costly as outside you can get an Ayurvedic massage/treatment for much less but this is on your doorstep and oozes tranquillity and class.

Having spent our last 5 vacations in top end Maldivian resorts we were in search of a country with a little more culture, Sri Lanka did not disappoint. There are many attractions in the local area. We used Tuktuk driver Indradasa Madagoda to get around, a guy from the local village who usually parks outside the hotel. He is very safe and knows lots of places in the area to visit. We always agreed a price before our trip and even travelled to Galle by Tuktuk for £15 return, an absolute bargain and an experience not to be forgotten.

The local area boasts many attractions and is not overrun with tourists, even though it is a major winter destination for Europeans. Go a little off the coast road inland and you find delightful villages, paddy fields and a wealth of wildlife.

A big thank you to all at Saman Villas, our first visit to Sri Lanka is definitely not our last. We had a wonderful vacation and we will not hesitate to recommend this property and look forward to returning!

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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myfacebook, Sales & Marketing Manager at Saman Villas, responded to this review, April 6, 2011
We thank the reviewer for sharing their holiday experience at Saman Villas . We are delighted to note that the reviewer appreciates every aspect of Saman Villas and the truly boutique experience.

We are very pleased to hear that the reviewer in particular enjoyed their stay in one of our Deluxe Suites with Pools which boasts excellent view of the shoreline and sea. Saman Villas with all 27 suites located around the rocky headland gives our guests the advantage to experiencing the magnificent views of the ocean.

Many guests on occasions do comment about the prices of our food, but as very correctly stated by the reviewer our food prices are tied up with quality. Saman Villas is one of three hotels in Bentota who have been awarded the ISO 22’000 food safety management certification.

We are delighted to hear the excellent comment made about our food and very especially about our staff.

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Nuremberg, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2011

After a 8 day private tour through Sri Lanka to visit Kandy, the mountains around Ella and the very interesting national park „Uda Walawe“ to watch elephants we relaxed 5 nights in Saman Villas.
Our driver was very kind, well organised and had have a big knowledge about Sri Lanka. If you are searching for a private tour we can suggest to contact Nuwan – he is well recommended from us!
www.natureparadisetravels.com or mail: info@natureparadiesetravels.com.
Phone: +94 77 3429294
He has made our private tour perfect!

To stay our last 5 nights in Saman Villas was a very good decision. It is beautiful situated with a amazing view to the ocean. The suites are very comfortable and the complete hotel is a lovely place.
But very special are the staffs of the hotel. Always you will get a smile.

We love to stay here and enjoyed our time very much.
Thank you again for this beautiful time.

Also the food in the restaurant was very, very good. We have had half board and it was the right decision. The breakfast was al la carte (American breakfast or also Sri Lankan breakfast is available). The bread and the cakes will be baked direct in the hotel kitchen – very delicious.
The dinner is a menu with starter, soup, fruit sorbet, main course, dessert.

It is also possible to go by tuk tuk to Bentota (300 Rs for the round trip). There are a lot of other restaurants and shops.

The beach was also nice, especially the Elephant Monica. She was washed every day about noon in the small river nearby the hotel.

We can recommend to stay in this beautiful hotel!

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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We thank the reviewer for sharing their holiday experience at Saman Villas and for the excellent comments.

We are delighted to hear the excellent comment made about our food and very especially about our staff.

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Aston UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2011

Having toured Sri Lanka for 4 days we were quite tired when we arrived, the check in was very efficient and we were then taken to our superior room (#16) and I thought I'd arrived in Heaven! The views are spectacular and the room was simply but very tastefully furnished with natural wood. The bathroom was great - wonderful bath tub, rain shower all outside - just wonderful! Then I went to the infinity pool and decided I needed to stay here for ever! What a setting -I didn't need a private pool as I mostly had the big pool to myself - what a dream! The rest of the facilities were good, especially on days when you could eat dinner outisde or by the pool -it was such a romantic setting. Staff were extremely helpful and very welcoming and friendly. There is a policy that staff do not expect tips and they didn't but you could spot who the big tippers were by the reaction of the staff, but saying that we are not big tippers and we got great service. For half board we had a reasonable choice for dinner and food was exceptional in presentation and good quality. The chef was amazing as he'd amend any dish or menu to suit and was always out checking if we were happy with our food, The new manager toured every day to get feedback and learn from our experiences. There are 27 rooms and maximum of 15 in use during our stay hence never felt overcrowded, in fact felt like it was our home on some occasions. What could be improved? The bar was uninviting hence virtually never used, beer was also overpriced even for a 5* hotel in our opinion. A nice open bar in front of the restauarant would make a much better setting and allow a chance for those who want to mix with other guests. A managers cocktail party would also be good occasionaly for 1 hour after sunset. The sunset bar was never open and the snooker table had 6 cue's but only 1 with a tip and no chalk. Children are not allowed at the hotel yet on a few occasions there were babies crying and children running around so did not understand how this happened. When it was raining at night everyone ate in a closer proximity inside the restaurant which was quite unpleasant if surrounded by smokers as there was no separation and as we eat later everyone was smoking during our meal - some sort of separation would be welcome for us non smokers. All in all a fabulous place which apart from a couple of suggestions above was perfect and we would highly recommend to any couple who is looking for romance and a bit of paradise.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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We thank the reviewer for sharing their holiday experience at Saman Villas and for the excellent comments.

We are very pleased to hear that the reviewer in particular enjoyed their stay in one of our Superior Suites which boasts excellent view of the shoreline and sea. We are delighted to hear the excellent comment made about our food and very especially about our staff.

We do not accommodate children below 12 years of age; however this regulation applies only for overnight stays and the general use of hotel facilities except for dining. We have many guests visiting Saman Villas from out side to use the dining facility and on many occasions children too are accompanied.

We have also noted your comments and the reviewers critics are taken in good spirit. Each point will be taken up with the General Manager in order to implement possible improvements for the future.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2011

I actually caught my breath when they walked us to our villa - the views are simply stunning. The villa is very luxurious, particularly the bathroom with the stand along bath and rain shower. We spent most of our time in our own private pool which had views of the ocean below, however one day we lounged around the main pool which also has beautiful beautiful views. The service was great, though we generally ordered room service for all our meals - the prices were reasonable and we were too lazy to leave our beautiful villa. The hotel is an easy drive ( 90 mins in good traffic) or train ride from Colombo and situated on a pretty quiet beach. Because we stayed for 5 nights, they even gave my husband and I complimentary foot massages and a complimentary bottle of champagne and fruit basket on arrival!

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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We thank the reviewer for sharing their holiday experience at Saman Villas and for the excellent comments. We are very pleased to hear that the reviewer in particular enjoyed their stay in one of our Suites with Swimming Pools.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2011

We found a 7 day for the price of 5 deal through Trailfinders. We had a wonderful stay which ticked all the boxes: comfort service, food and facilities, in an excellent location. More suited to those seeking quiet and refinement than a riotous nightlife, and not designed for kids but definitely try the spa, and come out a different person.
We also found some good birdwatching and photography opportunities just across the main road - contact us for tips.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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myfacebook, Sales & Marketing Manager at Saman Villas, responded to this review, February 25, 2011
We thank the reviewer for sharing their holiday experience at Saman Villas and for the excellent comments. Saman Villas remains as the most sort after boutique hotel offering a truly boutique experience, with ultimate relaxation in tranquility, in one of the most unique locations in the Island. .
The treatments at the Sahana Spa are very unique and our guests do feel rejuvenated after treatments.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2011

I left Punjab and travelled to Sri Lanka for my honeymoon.

Had a nightmare getting out of Delhi with a 10 hour delay, and that was made worse by an appallingly small car we got lumbered with at colombo airport to take us to the hotel (recommend you get the hotel to do a pick up, we spent over the odds and travelled in a horribly cramped style because we decided to book at the airport). We travelled independently and arrived at the hotel very late at night. After that things started to go right.

Check in was a 2 minute process and we were taken to our room, the grand deluxe. In the morning got to check the place out properly. It really is the best hotel i have stayed in. It is small, understated, beautiful, elegant, romantic, unique......you get the idea, i could carry on all day.

Not sure about the other rooms but the grand deluxe has a large completely private secluded pool attached to it and on the inside is fixed up to a very high spec. Had a small issue with insects etc but it is a tropical region so not much the hotel can do about it (take mosquito spray). Great room, bath, showers, everything you could wish for really. The sound system was very good with full surround (take a 3.5 mm audio wire to connect your iphone).

Our room (room #1) had some great views of the ocean, esp from the front reclining chairs, but even from the private pool. Restaurant is good, food was good to. Room service is efficient and quick. The hotel seemed full while we were there (dec 2010/Jan 2011) and while we bumped into a few ppl it was surprisingly quiet (again a plus for honeymoon).

Staff are very efficient and helpful, there was never a moment when we thought our needs were not being met. In fact i would go as far as saying the most attentive and helpful staff i have come across. really did make the stay very pleasurable. they could even up the male/female ratio of the staff a bit as it was slightly male dominated but this seems to be the trend all over sri lanka (and the sub continent as a whole). however service wise they were excellent (possibly helped by the 2k tips i was giving out on the first night but I don't want to presume that was the only reason). The other thing i remember about the staff was the new floral arrangements they did every day (sometimes twice a day) in the room which you could tell they spend time on as they were quite intricate. but like i say v. friendly and welcoming staff, seem to genuinely enjoy working there.

spa was very good, v relaxed atmosphere and my wife loved the treatments, not a big fan of spas myself but it was enjoyable. library has a large pool table. was always empty. bar was usually empty. very good place if you like to get away. I was under the impression children were not allowed in the hotel but there were a few families about, however still very peaceful.

In the surrounding area you can walk around the hotel on the rocks and stroll along the beach, get an elephant ride and visit the local town on tuk tuk to get supplies you may need not available from the hotel. I got food poisoning the same night as i ate out of the hotel. While walking along the beach there was a group of large men sitting near the escoffier stands on the beach. Against my better judgement we followed one who offered to take us to the restaurant. He in fact took us to silk route across the road (who no doubt gave him a healthy commision for bringing in the gullible tourists). Food seemed ok but it was only later on i found out it wasn't. From then on i only ate at the hotel.

NYE dinner was a good line up with a 7 course dinner, live band, some excellent sri lankan ballet and some great fireworks.

All in all the hotel was perfect, only 2 very small things i think could be improved:
- sort out the saman villas website, it gives no idea how good this place really is.
- get an equal # of male/female staff

And while the hotel is perfect it is expensive which could deter some. I was paying $688/night room only, which was steep, but given the uniqueness, service and beauty to me it was well worth it.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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We thank the reviewer for sharing their holiday experience at Saman Villas and for the excellent comments. We are very pleased to hear that the reviewer in particular enjoyed their stay in our Grand Deluxe Suites with Swimming Pools.

We are very pleased to hear about the special comments made about the hotel and very especially about our food variety and our staff.

We are currently revamping our website and the new website will be launched within six weeks.

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2011

I stayed with my wife recently here. This is a pure romantic location with unmatchable service. It’s a gem of Sri Lankan hotels and I believe this is the first luxury boutique hotel in Sri Lanka. The staffs, everyone, from Front Office, reservation are extremely helpful and genuine to help every guest with smile. Food is excellent; rooms are very clean and well maintained. You can’t find a similar location in Sri Lanka, it’s very unique and give peace of mind and relaxation. There might be lot of hotels mushrooming in Sri Lanka with “Boutique Hotel” concept, but this a pure luxury, epitome of peace and tranquil, it will give any one once a life time holiday experience. We are extremely pleased to recommend this hotel

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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myfacebook, Sales & Marketing Manager at Saman Villas, responded to this review, February 8, 2011
We thank the reviewer for sharing their holiday experience at Saman Villas and for the excellent comments. Saman Villas was the first ever Boutique Hotel to open in Sri Lanka as early as 1995 and remains the most sort after boutique hotel offering a truly boutique experience with ultimate relaxation in tranquility in one of the most unique locations in the Island .

We are very pleased to hear about the special comments made about the hotel and very especially about our staff, the soul of Saman Villas.
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Address: Galle Road, Bentota, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Bentota
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Bentota
#1 Spa Hotel in Bentota
#1 Romantic Hotel in Bentota
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Bentota
#3 Family Hotel in Bentota
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Saman Villas 4.5*
Number of rooms: 27
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Saman Villas is laid out on a magnificent rocky headland dividing two long, surf-swept golden beaches. Close by is a sleepy fishing village but you would not know it, the only sounds are sea gulls' cries and the surf below. The resort is inspired by ancient Sri Lankan architecture. The restaurants, bars and villa suites are all angled to take full advantage of the sea shore vista either side of the headland. A terraced garden draws the eye to a dramatic infinity-edge pool. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Saman Villas Hotel Bentota
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