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!
- 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
- Saman Hotel Aturuwella
- Saman Resort Aturuwella