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Paradise Road The Villa Bentota
Ranked #3 of 25 Hotels in Bentota
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Doha, Qatar
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“Exquisite Boutique Hotel”
Reviewed November 1, 2012

We stayed here for three nights the end of October. Before you even enter the hotel, just stopping at the gate, you are filled with a sense of style. You can feel that you are entering into a luxurious and elegant venue. However, nothing would have prepared us for what we saw once inside. Every corner of this hotel is decorated with various art pieces, statues, chandeliers, wall hangings, etc. The Rooms are fresh yet rustic, with huge balconies overlooking the lush gardens and endless ocean. The food? Let us just say that we had the tastiest red snapper ever, with delicious sauces and side orders. Everything we had was amazing, and the service was even better. We would definitely return here and would highly recommend this hotel.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 25, 2012

The Villa Bentota is the best resort we've ever stayed at, and we travel quite frequently. The design of the whole villa is utterly breathtaking and magical, with such care and foresight put into every nook and cranny. There isn't one view that hasn't been carefully and artfully designed.

Its peaceful, as you drive in through the big black gates, you feel a sense of peace of calm. You're greeted by smiling staff, and offered a refreshing ginger beer and cold towel on arrival. The rooms are utterly gorgeous, and I have to mention the divine sheets on the bed! God they were comfortable.

The food - AWESOME! The chef is a maestro, with every bite bursting with flavour. Order the Sri Lankan breakfast at least once, its beautiful.

The beach is over the railroad tracks, (which has a train go through btw, but its quite charming). Beautiful beach, very private, and fantastic water. Bentota is also a lovely little village and we just fell in love.

I should point out that Bentota is NOT 1.5 hours away from the airport (as we were first advised), it took about 3 hours what with traffic etc.

But well worth it, the staff are gorgeous, everything here has just been utterly beautiful. We are so in love with this place. Special thanks to Mahen and the waiters for their attention. Mahen was kind enough to even hunt down some aloe vera for me to help with the mosquito bites (definitely pack repellant btw).

The owner deserves a special mention for how utterly beautiful the design of this place is - its uplifted us. Thank you!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed October 16, 2012

This was our second stay at The Villa and it was every bit as lovely as we had remembered it being. The architecture and design of the hotel is spectacular giving the whole place from the front entrance to the bars, lounges, pool and rooms a feeling of being in paradise. The service is attentive and professional - and the food and drinks are world class.

We were lucky enough to hold our wedding reception here and we can't praise the Paradise Road team highly enough for their professionalism and dedication not only to pulling off the perfect event but to making all of our guests feel like royalty during their stay at The Villa.

I can't recommend the Villa highly enough for a large event or for a quiet relaxing holiday by the pool. If you are thinking of booking The Villa, don't hesitate any longer.

Thank you to all at The Villa!

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Dubai
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Reviewed October 14, 2012

Being a hotelier I am always over critical.. could not fault this gem of a place in anyway at all. I have stayed in a number of 'boutique' style properties over Asia, and this really is the best one ever !! The kitchen is amazing, service spot on, cleanliness and a good location. We were so pleased at finding this place and really shoudl be kept a secret, well that is till I was in Uk and picked up conde nast and there is a 3page spread on the place !!! well done, deserved... we will be seeing you again soon at THE VILLA !!

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed September 16, 2012

We stayed in this hotel during February 2012. The hotel property is very beautiful, and it has direct access to an excellent beach. The overall atmosphere is very relaxing and was perfect for us, considering we had just spent a very hectic few days discovering Sri Lanka.

There was only 1 things that slightly bothered us: the rooms weren't so clean. There were some stains on the sheets and the bathrooms were a little scummy, especially the shower area.

Otherwise, it's a great hotel. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Manchester
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Reviewed September 13, 2012

We knew it was a risk travelling to Bentota in rainy season - and as it turned out, we were treated to some of the heaviest rain they'd seen in recent years! However, the Villa Bentota is such a beautiful, special place that it didn't matter.

We were greeted with home-made ginger beer, which was the perfect tonic after a long trip and set the tone for the two weeks to come. Service is consistently fantastic in the restaurant, the bar (try the passionfruit daiquiri) and by the pool, and little touches like daily seasonal fruit or cake in the room only add to the experience. The food is great (definitely order the Sri Lankan breakfast at least once), the pool stunning and the rooms large and incredibly comfortable. Trips to Yala National Park, river cruises and a number of memorable shorter trips to waterfalls and parks with charming tuk-tuk driver, Nuwan (make sure you request him especially at the front desk!) were organised with the minimum of fuss, and days spent by the pool when the sun did make an appearance were the ultimate in post-wedding relaxation as we watched palm squirrels, iguanas, kingfishers and kestrels going about their business in the lush grounds.

There are only a couple of tiny things that we think could have improved the holiday or might worry other guests:

- The unusually heavy rain caused a small leak in our bathroom. However, we were immediately offered a replacement room (we declined as ours was so lovely!).
- The train that goes through the ground is quite loud and the drivers aren't shy about blasting the horn in the early hours! Light sleepers would probably be best requesting a room on the other side of the hotel.
- The wine list is limited and, we felt, overpriced. However, this seems to be common across Sri Lanka as I presume it has to be imported. Drink the excellent Lion beer, the stunning fresh juices and ginger beer or the imaginative cocktails instead!

Don't let any of these put you off, however - it's an amazing place, excellent value and the ultimate in Sri Lankan luxury.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Doha, Qatar
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Reviewed August 21, 2012

Set amongst sprawling lush grounds with coconut palms swaying above you, The Villa is an absolutely heavenly ‘home away from home’ which doesn’t feel anything like a hotel instead it’s like living in your very own dream home with superb service and food to rival that of the Worlds top resorts (and at a fraction of the price..)

Upon arrival we were greeted by the ever so friendly staff who were always on hand to help you with anything. We were given homemade ginger beer which was outstanding! I fell head over heels in love with its tangy test and opted to have it frozen poolside each day whilst my Husband opted for the Dr.Feelgood cocktails – delish! Lazing there was a dream, not a care in the world with the palms overhead and friendly staff who will serve you delicious food and drinks anytime, anywhere. We chose for breakfast each day on our balcony and each day they were exactly on time with what we had ordered from a wide choice of both Sri Lankan and normal breakfast options including delicious fruit juices.

We were only in Sri Lanka for 4 nights but enjoyed doing absolutely nothing at The Villa…! We stayed in Suite 3 which was wonderful - large, modern bathroom with huge rain shower and had a large balcony overlooking the sea and the grounds, where we would spend hours enjoying a drink and watching the world go by and watching some other guests mill about and local characters over on the beach, often climbing coconut trees!

The owners have really excelled themselves with their sense of style and decor, pulling items that are modern yet with a Sri Lankan feel to them. It feels a quirky place, cleverly created with a nod to art that you really get the feeling you are staying somewhere different, somewhere up and coming and you are ahead of the crowd by getting there first. The food is simply outstanding with really clever concoctions that are Sri Lankan but also suitable for Western pallets. We ate delicious crab every single night! From the crab and coconut risotto which was delicious to the special crab curry (order 24hrs in advance). Each lunchtime we had yummy homemade pizzas, again all well priced and with a variety of delicious fresh ingredients which were different from your usual ‘hotel options’. You just felt they had done all the work and you could just kick back relax and eat!

At night, lanterns and candles fill the place to give it even more of a homely feel and the staff provide a turndown service which I loved coming back to our room to find it warm and romantic. The whole place has a slight tropical/Indian ocean feel but with a hint of nostalgia and without doubt the main feature is the vintage trains that chug by. Everytime, it would remind you of exactly where you were in the world with coconut trees swaying in the background as friendly locals wave back at you. We loved it! And although the train would rumble past in the early hours, you would hear it ever so slightly and just return to sleep with a smile. Easy to do in beautiful, clean, comfortable and modern rooms.

The beach is just a stones throw from The Villa, you must cross the trainline and its worth a look but not too much time to spend there, instead make the most of the pool and gardens. We also wanted to really experience the Sri Lankan vibe we got from The Villa so we took the train back to Colombo for the grand price of 100rupees!! ($1) It was a great experience with smiling locals and beautiful scenery flashing past you from the open side door of the train – a real hippy vibe.

We would highly recommend a stay at The Villa for anyone wishing to visit Sri Lanka (especially before the rest of the world decides to!). The property is far superior to many others 5* resorts we have stayed at that are overcrowded and overpriced. It is a beautiful property with beautiful grounds and staff who help make your stay even more special.

Enjoy! I'm counting the days until we can return...

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Paradise Road The Villa Bentota
Address: Mohotti Walauwa | 138/18 - 138/22 Galle Road, Bentota 80500, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle District > Bentota
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Spa Hotel in Bentota
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Bentota
#4 Romantic Hotel in Bentota
#4 Family Hotel in Bentota
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Paradise Road The Villa Bentota 3.5*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Villa Bentota is a unique and private beach-side hotel; Paradise Road's newest property located 2 hours south of Colombo. Offering 15 individually designed rooms and suites with all modern amenities and services, The Villa Bentota is located in the Mohotti Walauwa which was Geoffrey Bawa's first boutique hotel in Sri Lanka. Refurbished and extended with incredible sensitivity to the original design, Shanth Fernando has created yet another masterpiece to give those who stay in the city at Tintagel a new special resort option in true Paradise Road style. With sprawling coconut palm-dressed lawns opening to the sea, two swimming pools, a restaurant, The Villa Café open to all passers-by and a Paradise Road gift store, The Villa Shop and an art gallery, The Villa Gallery, The Villa Bentota is a must-stop for all those traveling down the southern coast of Sri Lanka. ... more   less 
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