My wife and I spent 4 nights at Saman Villas, then took an inland trip to a Tea Trails hotel in Norwood for 3 nights (see seperate review) and came back to Saman for a further 7 nights. Our whole experience in Sri Lanka was wonderful, especially at Saman; we've travelled extensively throughout the Far East over 30 years and ALL the staff at Saman were amongst the very best we've met. From the moment we arrived till when we left they were attentive, friendly and went out of their way to make our stay memorable. I would like to mention Nirosha (front desk), Indika (pool), Krishanta and all the restaurant teams, and finally Cyril, with whom I had a few interesting conversations.
The food both at breakfast and dinner was first class and surprisingly good value for money (for a hotel of this class) and the villas were always spotlessly clean, with nice touches like daily fresh fruit and endless supply of bottled water.
To help celebrate our 25th Wedding anniversary, the staff laid on a lovely complimentary dinner at the infinity pool gazebo and we also had a few special spa treatments.
We will definately return to Sri Lanka and Saman Villas soon. One very small gripe which may be outside the management's control; the beaches either side of the hotel would be even more pristine if they were free from all the litter and rubbish that gets washed up (or left behind by tourists). Im sure the local government (or all the other hotels and restaurants in this area) could be 'persuaded' to do something.
- Also Known As:
- Saman Villas Hotel Bentota
- Saman Villas Hotel
- Saman Hotel Aturuwella
- Saman Resort Aturuwella
- 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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