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“Beautiful Black & White Beach Bungalow”

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Paradise Road The Villa Bentota
Ranked #3 of 23 Hotels in Bentota
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Beautiful Black & White Beach Bungalow”
Reviewed June 22, 2010

We stayed in Suite No.3 upstairs at the farthest end of the hotel with a large private terrace and a humongous bathroom. The hotel was still new, only 6 months old, and still undergoing renvoations and remodeling, but for the most part the place was finished. No question, Paradise Road has achieved yet another successful mark on its list of properties, as this could possibly be one of the nicest Beach Villas I've stayed at.

Things I LOVED...
Expansive lawns, super clean swimming pool, generous outdoor seating areas and pavillions all tastefully decorated, plush towels and linens, a large collection of local and foreign artwork on display, and a romantic candlelit restaurant. The thin-crust pizzas make an amazing snack by the pool paired with a Lion lager or some homemade ginger beer--so refreshing! It's a 2 minute walk to a secluded beach across an active railway track that provides some entertainment when dining by the pool or under a lawn tent (very safari-esque). I also fell in love with the lavendar-rosemary-mint soaps and lotions. You can purchase them at the Tintagel Hotel or at the Paradise Road Gallery Shop in Colombo.

Things I liked...
Spacious rooms, good sized modern bathrooms iwth perfect water pressure and lots of hot water, a minibar, safebox,in-room wifi, incense jars & mosquito repellent, and extra luggage racks--a double room should always have more than one luggage rack, don't you think? The rooms also had LCD tvs, although this should never be necessary when traveling on VACATION ; ) All the meals were delicious, both Western and Sri Lankan, and given the romantic ambience, I think premium pricing is fair. After all, this is not a place you travel often to. Best of all, the service was amazing! While we sat by the pool, there was always someone watching discreetly over us to make sure all our needs were attended to. They even gave us a little brass bell to ring! It actually felt a bit over-indulgent so we nver bothered to ring it, but the thoughtfulness was appreciated.

Things to improve...
The floor in our room and on our terrace was not as clean as we'd like so we had to wear slippers all the time. We did find the pool to be extremely clean and there were gardeners trimming the lawn and housestaff constantly sweeping leaves off the walkways which was good. Some of the bedding also smelled a bit musty, but I attribute this to lack of guests during low season (we were the only guests at the hotel that night). Lastly, our room had a very severe black & white stripe theme going on: bedding, cushions, wall paint, etc. It made us feel a bit like we were stuck in a prison...or even a whimsical Tim Burton movie. I know that the B/W theme is a hallmark of Paradise Road, and coming from Singapore where B/W colonial houses are prized properties, I am surprised that it turned me off. I stayed at the sister hotel Tintagel in Colombo which also is decorated with stripes, but for some reason didn't bother me as much. Regardless, all are minor issues which can be remedied very easily.

Overall I would highly recommend this hotel to travelers who appreciate luxury and service. I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at Villa Bentota and would definitely love to return again!

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with friends
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed May 3, 2010

We enjoyed every minute of our stay in The Villa Bentota, we were there for 5 days with our kids ( 10 and 13 ) ! the place looks nice on their website but you should see it in real ! it s a fantastic property, from the time you enter the reception you have a feeling of luxurious and quiteness. The staff are really nice, always there when you need them but also discreet. The hotel is located on a nearly deserted beach. We were lucky enough to stay in the prestigious Mohotti Suite, 2 double bed room and huge bathroom all very with a seating room overlooking the garden. We had most of our meals at The Villa as it was the food was excellent, the executive chef always came to our table to make sure everything was fine. By the way, we tried each single dessert on the card and they are all to die for !
This is a fantastic place and I will definitely recommend it to our friends, we hope to go back soon.
We stayed one night at their sister property in Colombo, Tintagel it was again an beautifull place but I wrote a review as well if you want to have a look. Been many times to Colombo on business and I beleive this is only place to go !

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with family
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Lisbon, Portugal
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Reviewed April 24, 2010

Found the hotel to be exceptional. The design is straight forward minimal chic. With a graphic punch. Approachable and comfortable. High taste level in exploring all detail. The service is professional and understated. Found the staff to be on point. Design was appealing to my esthetic and because of that extended my stay. Only ate at the hotel. Food was good. not necessarily "amazing" but completely satisfied with my choices. There is not much to do around the hotel. Which was ok for me. The pools and beach were fantastic. My only issue with this hotel, is that it set the standard for the other hotels that followed. As a result, I had to stay at their Tintagel property in Colombo. Could not pass up that opportunity. The hotel experience itself is a good reason to add to your travel to Sri Lanka. Of course staying at the Tintagel as part of the trip. Oh the train.... Could care less. Hardly noticed. Was nostalgic and was part of the experience. The Biltmore Four Seasons in Santa Barbara also has a train running through it. This is nothing like that. Was great to see it go by.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 17, 2010

The Villa Bentota is a masterpiece of design, architecture and service. Every corner of the villa seems to capture the eclectic mix of local culture, colonialism and contemporary design and provides guests with a serene ambience to relax and enjoy, in style. Finally, Sri Lanka is "on the map" and can proudly boast a world class beachfront property, resplendent in local art and antiquities and located in a private and picturesque piece of the spectacular Sri Lankan coastline. We had the absolute pleasure of staying in the exquisite Mohotti Suite which was spacious, luxurious and private. From the linens to the lotions, the free standing tub to the terracotta lamps, the quality is unsurpassed. The food at the Villa Cafe is superb. The restaurant itself is a private pavilion with elegant rattan whitewashed chairs and a magnificent stone, open-plan kitchen. The menu is unique and authentic with an appeal to a wide range of palates. Once again, attention to detail is incredible, from the beautifully branded tableware to the meal presentation. Our children loved watching the steam train cruise past the villa and would stop for a photo opportunity each time we crossed the train line to head to the beach. We have travelled to Sri Lanka several times and never experienced service like that provided by The Villa Bentota. It is truly a stunning property and we would highly recommend it ..........the perfect place for a party, a family holiday or a weekend away. Fingers crossed we will be back there very soon!

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 16, 2010

Initially booked 2 nights at The Villa and ended up staying 5. We absolutely fell in love with the place. It's a must if you are planning a relaxing holiday in Sri Lanka. The property is absolutely stunning. The staff very friendly and professional and helped make our stay very comfortable and care free. Gorgeous food - special thank you to The Chef who makes the best Sri Lankan style curry ever! The beach is wide, long and practically deserted. We spent most time at the pool, however, as we were trying to absorb as much of The Villa and it's grounds as possible. Loved EVERYTHING about this very special place. Thank you to the young and charming Assistant Manager who made us feel so very welcome (and for the lift to the Station!). Hopefully, we meet again! Jared and Julia.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 16, 2010

We found this gorgeous hotel in the new Luxe guide to Sri Lanka. The description sold it to us straight away and was spot on:" OMG - Bawa Beach Babe"!!
We stayed in Suite 3 that has the most gorgeous terrace overlooking palmtrees and the sea in the distance, pure bliss!
If you feel like you deserve to be treated like a princess (or prince), this is definitely the place for you, the service was fantastic, the food amazing and so spoiling to have the Executive Chef greeting us before and after each meal!!
We spent many hours by the gorgeous pool and discovered the ayurvedic clinic next door, which we visited every day for a massage! Can you OD on treats....definitely not!This is a fantastic place and I definitely hope to go back sooner rather than later!

Stayed March 2010, traveled with friends
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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 On the Beach Hotel in Bentota
#3 Spa 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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