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“the good, the bad and the ugly Avani” 4 of 5 stars
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AVANI Bentota Resort & Spa
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Bentota, Bentota 80500, Sri Lanka (Formerly Hotel Serendib)   |  
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Karachi
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“the good, the bad and the ugly Avani”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2012

3 nights with family (wife and kids ages 6 & 3).
The GOOD: Excellent service...we had to leave early in the morning (6am) so they opened their kitchen and breakfast service early that day (we were a family group of 4 adults and 4 kids), staff attended to all the needs of our fussy children through the stay, fantasic beach...slightly rough but exhalerating as beaches should be, lovely swimming pools...especially the kiddy section, good breakfast, nice excursions/water sports. The hotel was designed by Jeffery Bawa...one of Sri Lanka's most renowed architects and it shows...it has a really chilled out atmostphere. Best of all, it wasn't swarming with people. Excellent value for money.
The BAD: An average Spa for what we paid and we couldn't get the time we wanted our massages. It has only two restaurants, an A La Carte restuarant which is overpriced (as all resort restaurants are). Steaks were below average. The buffet restaurant had some good local Sri Lankan food and the standard intercontinental fare.
The UGLY: None.

Room Tip: Any room facing the inner courtyards or any rooms facing the sea, all nice.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Cleanliness
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New Delhi
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6 hotel reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012

One of my best holidays, Srilanka has been the dream destination. We visited SL in 2009 and stayed at this hotel. Let me at the outset say- this place is a bliss. It exactly on the beach and most of the rooms have beach view. The hotel was that time known as 'Serendib Beach Resort'.

+ives- Rooms, service, food, location
_ive- nothing, absoultely nothing

Best season to travel SL is Sep- April, Guys go and have fun. Srilanka is the place to be.

Room Tip: Go for beach facing rooms!!
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  • Stayed December 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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Kuwait City, Kuwait
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012

The service is really good .. it has a romantic feeling and view.. The hotel is about 3 hours away from the airport.. the food is nice.. the pool and beach areas are nice.. the spa wasn't really good though

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2012

Excellent stay of 2 days during eid holidays in august. Clean big rooms, very comfy, lcd screens, nice views to the pool area, the beach in front of the hotel is stunning. Helpful and smiley staff. Didnt try the buffet, but the a
A carte restaurant is correct, without more.... Try going outside for some good curries or sea food. Bfast is scrumptious. Very recommended overall!

Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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Doha, Qatar
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2012

Nice and cozy hotel resort ; beautiful location by the beach.
Service leaves much to be desired but you can always resort to Executive chef Bjoern who made our stay memorable.
take a 15 min walk on the white sandy beach and you'll reach a nice seafood restaurant where they also support the sea turtle project.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2012 via mobile

This is the second time I've been to AVANI. My first stay, a few months ago, was great. My second stay, however, was horrible. We were put in a room at the far end of the resort. So then we decided to upgrade to a Deluxe room, thinking it would be a little cleaner. It was just as horrible. The floors and furniture surfaces were filthy, sticky food residue, smears, and footsteps all over. There were insects everywhere (ants, roaches, and even spiders).

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Colombo, null, Sri Lanka
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2012

This hotel has seriously bumped up their game since they reopened, service is excellent to locals as well, which is rare in most places now days. Food is average but the buffet is extensive.
The rooms are really clean a spacious. In my humble opinion if your looking for a relaxing holiday close to Colombo with great service & great surroundings, this is the place for you.

Room Tip: Only been in the Deluxe room which is great.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about AVANI Bentota Resort & Spa

Address: Bentota, Bentota 80500, Sri Lanka (Formerly Hotel Serendib)
Location: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Bentota
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Luxury Hotel in Bentota
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Bentota
#9 Romantic Hotel in Bentota
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — AVANI Bentota Resort & Spa 4*
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Also Known As:
Avani Bentota Resort And Spa
Avani Bentota Hotel Bentota
Serendib Hotel Bentota

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