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Club Villa
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   138 / 15 Galle Rd, Bentota, Sri Lanka   |  
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Ranked #8 of 27 Hotels in Bentota
Bali
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11 reviews 11 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“What a fantastic discovery!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013

Hi, this is a true review of a truly remarkable property. My friend and I ended up here cause she'd heard good things about the Paradise Road crew, and she was right...this was WAY and beyond the best hotel we found in Sri Lanka. Great rooms, lovely ocean swimming right across the rail tracks, fabulous grounds, and really superb staff/service. Excellent value, quiet, perfectly run. I'll never stay anywhere else in the Bentota area, that's for sure. If you end up there, don't miss the included breakfast (order the rice and curry the day before), or the Paradise Road store inhouse-I got all my Xmas shopping done in half an hour! Can't wait to try their twin property in Colombo...next time....I just love vacations in Sri Lanka!

Room Tip: Try to get the suites facing the beach, they're big and have a fab view. One caution-a few train...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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HESHANACHINDA, Manager at Club Villa, responded to this review, December 29, 2013
Dear Valued customer
We are so glad that you have had a wonderful stay at our hotel. Thank you very much for the lovely review and hope this comment will be a great help for all of our viewers around the world.
We wish you would come back again and look forward to welcoming you.
Best Regards.
Heshan Ranaweera
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

We recently spent 2 nights at Club Villa in one of their deluxe rooms. The level of service was fantastic with a real personal feel. The food was amazing, the best duck and the best prawns we've ever had. The room itself was fine, although we were only ever in the room to sleep as the surroundings and pool are beautiful and very well kept. Thank you Hasham and team!!

Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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HESHANACHINDA, Manager at Club Villa, responded to this review, December 10, 2013
Dear Valued customer
we are so glad that you have had a wonderful stay at Club Villa. Thank you very much for the lovely review and hope this comment will be a great help for all of our viewers around the world.
We wish you would come back again and look forward to welcoming you.
Best Regards.
Heshan Ranaweera
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

My husband and I stayed here for one night in August. We had a first floor room which was comfortable (be warned you have to ask for a hairdryer) and whilst the room and bathroom were quite dated, they were clean. We had dinner in the evening on the lawn and it was very nice. The pool was gorgeous and very relaxing.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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HESHANACHINDA, Manager at Club Villa, responded to this review, December 10, 2013
Dear Valued customer
we are so glad that you have had a wonderful stay at Club Villa. Thank you very much for the lovely review and hope this comment will be a great help for all of our viewers around the world.
We were providing hairdryers on request and your comment has encouraged us to have hair drays in every room now as a guest’s essential
We wish you would come back again and look forward to welcoming you.
Best Regards.
Heshan Ranaweera
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80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

Me and my partner stayed here for 6 nights at the start of of self organised tour of Sri Lanka. We were a little unsure of what to expect as there are several rather mixed reviews on here. However....

We had the most wonderful stay in stunning surroundings with the best service I have ever experienced at a hotel. Me and my partner travel a lot and have stayed in hotels all over the world and in the UK and this tops the list. The hotel was quiet as it was approaching the rainy season but the sun shone every day and some days we had the pool and gardens to ourselves - we felt as though we had won the lottery!!

The staff could not do enough to help. Afternoon tea, king coconuts, turn down service, absolutely spotlessly cleaned rooms, welcome cocktails and the most amazing fresh food.

The gardens and the pool were beautifully maintained - staff even removed the leaves from the lawn in the morning and once more in the evening!

The manager helped us organise trips out into the surrounding Bentota area - we loved the River Safari and the Turtle Hatchery - and even took a day trip to Galle in a Tuk Tuk with a superb driver called Dimuth who was honest, friendly and knowledgable.

The train track runs right through the end of the garden of the hotel - and yes the horn is sometimes loud - but we loved it. It reminded us every time we heard it that we were away from home and somewhere different - and amazing.

The beach was lovely to walk along and is just a very short hop over the tracks. The sea was a little rough and there were one or two men hanging around in the 'bushes' so my advice would be not to walk along the beach alone - most of them are just trying to get you to come into their restaurants but still.....

All in all this is a wonderful wonderful place and if you are staying here - you are in for a real taste of heaven.

Room Tip: We stayed in room 15 and it has a lovely balcony looking out towards the palm trees and the sea.
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  • Stayed September 2013, 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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HESHANACHINDA, Manager at Club Villa, responded to this review, October 8, 2013
Dear Valued customer
We are so glad that you have had a wonderful stay at Club Villa. Thank you very much for the lovely review and hope this comment will be a great help for all of our viewers around the world.
We wish you would come back again and look forward to welcoming you.
Best Regards.
Heshan Ranaweera
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

Reading through the mixed reports on Tripadvisor we were in two minds whether to book Club Villa. We are pleased that we did as it rounded off our Sri Lankan adventure prefectly.

The deciding factor to stay was that we stayed here 11 years ago and loved the place then - as we do now. Nothing has really changed and it has been well maintained.

The staff from the Manager (Heeshan) to F&B (Priya, Dominic et al) to housekeeping were extremely hospitable and went out of their way to make our stay one to remember.

Transportation was arranged via the hotel. The drivers (Nuwan) and his brother (Ruwan) were knowledgable about the surrounding areas and took a genuine interest in showing the best of the Bentota region and not the dollar as so often happens nowadays.

In summary, if you want a place to unwind and relax and which oozes old world charm, this is the place. There are not many places left like this in the world - and it is a gem.

My family and I (two kids - 10 and 7) will certainly be back, and our thanks to the Club Villa family for making our stay so memorable.

Room Tip: We stayed in the Club Suite which comfortably housed a family of 4.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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HESHANACHINDA, Manager at Club Villa, responded to this review, December 10, 2013
Dear Valued customer
We are glad you choose us even with the mixed comments as you have mentioned. This comment will be a great encouragement and an inspiration for our team. And we are happy that you have had a wonderful stay as well
We hope you will continue to stay with us in your future visits to Sri Lanka and look forward to welcoming you
Kind Regards
Heshan Ranaweera
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

This was my first visit to Club Villa and it will be my last. I accompanied an Australian friend who had stayed here more than 10 times when he was residing in Sri Lanka from 2004-2007. He was overjoyed to be back and fondly greeted a waiter he remembered from his previous visits, nostalgically pointing out all the rooms in which he had stayed and recalling memorable events such as his baby son learning to swim in the pool etc. We ordered tea and cakes and then thought about jumping into the pool to cool off. Then came the shocker, the Manager sent word to us that we would have to pay Rs 1000 each just to have a quick dip. I thought it was in very poor taste given that my friend was an enthusiastic repeat visitor and the hotel had only 2 guests who were not even using the pool. It marred my enjoyment of our serene surroundings, the fine lines of the buildings and the elegant interiors. Most painful of all was to see the hurt on my friend's face. The Manager didn't even bother to come over to speak to him during the several hours we spent at the hotel drinking their over-priced tea and gin and tonics.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Jaipur, India
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46 hotel reviews
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

Had a deluxe room with private balcony facing the sea. The beach looks even more beautiful when viewed with the sun approaching the horizon. Outstanding quality of dining and customisable options were a plus too.
Just one dampener, they charge a hefty price for the pristine views and unmatched service!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Club Villa

Address: 138 / 15 Galle Rd, Bentota, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Bentota
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Bentota
#5 Romantic Hotel in Bentota
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Club Villa 3.5*
Number of rooms: 17
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Also Known As:
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