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“Simply the most stylish and beautiful Boutique Hotel in Bentota”

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Paradise Road The Villa Bentota
Ranked #3 of 23 Hotels in Bentota
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Bentota, Sri Lanka
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“Simply the most stylish and beautiful Boutique Hotel in Bentota”
Reviewed January 7, 2011

As a former travel agent and now resident of bentota for some years, I have seen many hotels in the world. The Villa Bentota is definitely one of my favorite, a masterpiece of architecture and interior decor. The service is smooth and very friendly, a great place to relax and dive into the world of Sri Lanka's unique style. The train occasionally passing by is a real adventure and not disturbing at all. We will always come back to The Villa Bentota and are very happy to have the opportunity to go there more than just once a year.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
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AFS79, Director at Paradise Road The Villa Bentota, responded to this review, January 26, 2011
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your review of Paradise Road The Villa Bentota!

We are sincerely grateful for your positive feedback and for appreciating the special experience we are able to offer our guests who visit (or reside in) Sri Lanka!
We look forward to welcoming you back to Bentota!

Thank you,

Yours in Service,

The Management
Paradise Road The Villa Bentota
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Reviewed January 5, 2011

We stayed at The Villa Bentota for 3 days over Christmas. A very stylish boutique hotel, we had suite 4 which was huge with a large balcony overlooking the sea. For this standard of hotel the room was not well equipped - no bathrobes, slippers, hairdryer and extremely limited wardrobe/drawer space (they chose antique style furniture for its' appearance rather than functionality). Pool is great and there are lots of courtyards and different places to sit and relax/have a drink. Really good food in the restaurant with lots of choice of both Sri Lankan and European dishes and very good breakfasts, best coffee in Sri Lanka! Staff extremely helpful and friendly. Beware the dangerous current on the beach. Trains start at 5.30am but didn't really bother us.

Stayed December 2010, traveled with family
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AFS79, Director at Paradise Road The Villa Bentota, responded to this review, January 26, 2011
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your review of Paradise Road The Villa Bentota!

Suite 4 is one of the best suites in the property and boasts the best views of the sea being the only room/ suite on the 2nd floor!
It is true, we do not offer bathrobes to our guests, instead we offer custom woven sarongs. Hairdryers are available to all guests and are in the bathroom vanities. I am sorry that you did not ask a member of staff about this.

We are truly appreciative of the time taken to review our property and share your experience with others. We will share your positive feedback with Chef Nishantha and his team!

We look forward to welcoming you to Bentota in the future!

Thank you,

Yours in Service,

The Management
Paradise Road The Villa Bentota
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Reviewed January 3, 2011

I was told this place was "quirky" and it is - it's one of the most unusual and best hotels we have stayed in. Our room was fantastic, the gardens were truly wonderful and the food good. Staff are professoonal and helpful. The best part of the day is when the Pola Express passes by the hotel, which all the guests enjoy so much they take photos.

  • Stayed December 2010
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AFS79, Director at Paradise Road The Villa Bentota, responded to this review, January 26, 2011
Dear Sir,

Thank you for your review and for your appreciation of our special property!
We look forward to welcoming you to Bentota again!

Yours in Service,

The Management
Paradise Road The Villa Bentota
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Reviewed January 1, 2011

We enjoyed 3 nights at The Villa Bentota, on our way back to Colombo after travelling around Sri Lanka and attending a friend's wedding in Galle. This place was a treat to ourselves, to just chill out and relax before heading back to cold snowy London.

We arrived and were greeted with delicious home-made ginger beer. We stayed in Room 4, overlooking the gardens and the lovely new pool. The room was beautifully furnished and we were given a lovely bowl of local fruit as a welcome treat (yummy yellow skinned passionfruit, little banana's and mango.)

The bathroom was cool and trendy. The bath/shower was situated semi out-side, with a little courtyard. The Spa Ceylon toiletries were very good quality too.

The hotel does have a trainline running at the bottom of the property (before you access the beach) but we were aware of this before we arrived, and felt it actually added to the character of the hotel! It didn't bother us at all.

The beach is clean and quiet and nice to walk along, and although I didn't swim in the sea many people from the surrounding hotels and resorts were, and looked to be enjoying themselves.

The 2 hotel pools are luxurious and have great lounge areas surrounding the pool areas to relax in. The staff are only too happy to serve you drinks and food while you relax.

We enjoyed breakfast every day at The Villa Cafe and tried pretty much everything on the menu! The staff were only too happy to make suggestions and tailor the breakfast options to suit us. The egg hoppers and string hoppers with chicken curry were delicious. So too was the Sri Lankan style chilli omelette and poached eggs. So nice to enjoy fresh fruit juices, smoothies and king coconut juice. Dinner was also delicious and we tried various items on the menu including coconut and crab risotto and the prawn curry. Some of the best food we ate in Sri Lanka was here at The Villa Bentota.

They have a nice little Paradise Road gift shop on the premises opposite the restaurant, which they open on your request. Reasonable in price and great little products to buy for pressies or for the home. You'll notice all the tableware they use in the restaurant can be bought in the shop. I loved the bubbled water glasses. All residents receive a 10% discount which is a nice touch, and can be used for a week both in this shop as well as the large Paradise Road shop in Colombo.

The Villa Bentota is aimed at travellers who want luxury. It certainly wasn't the cheapest place we stayed but I believe you can see the quality and effort made by the staff to ensure your stay in memorable and wonderful, so we felt the stay was worth the money and we'd return again. Myself and my husband have travelled across most of Asia, staying in wonderful boutique hotels, and The Villa is one of our favourite's.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
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AFSingh, Director at Paradise Road The Villa Bentota, responded to this review, January 4, 2011
Dear Madam,

Thank you for sharing your positive experience at Paradise Road The Villa Bentota!
We value our guests' comments to continue upgrading our services, motivating our team and improving our property!
I'm sincerely pleased, from reading your review, that you have appreciated what our special resort, created with a lot of love and personal attention is truly all about.

The train is a valued feature at the property and something which Geoffrey Bawa himself wanted to highlight when he first refurbished the 'Mohotti Walauwa' into Sri Lanka's first boutique hotel. To keep guests informed however, we have included it in our FAQ section of our website.
Each of our rooms are unique in layout, decoration and style and Superior Room 4 is a definite favourite!

We will share your review with Chef Nishantha and his team at The Villa Cafe who in their first year of operation, also achieved an acknowledgement from Miele as 'One of Asia's Finest Restaurants' and aim for continued consistency.

The 10% discount offered to all guests is actually valid at all Paradise Road retail outlets in Colombo and at the property, so we are happy you made use of this privilege!

We sincerely look forward to welcoming you back to PR The Villa Bentota in the future and take this opportunity to wish you and your family a very happy new year!

Thank you,

Yours in Service,

The Management
Paradise Road Hotels
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Reviewed December 24, 2010

We stayed here for six nights and thought it badly run. They couldn't do our laundry as they had no dryer (this didn't happen anywhere else in Sri Lanka)., plus they ruined one garment because they couldn't read the pictorial non-iron label. The manager shrugged this off. It rained hard and the drains couldn't cope and made our room smell of sewage. But worst of all we have reason to believe someone on the staff robbed us just as we were leaving early to get the flight home. Money disappeared from a handbag in a locked room and from a wallet too. The management is uninterested in our complaints and just shrugged off our letter/emails of complaint. So, stay somewhere else!

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
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AFSingh, Owner at Paradise Road The Villa Bentota, responded to this review, December 29, 2010
Dear Sir and Madam,

I am truly saddened to read your review of PR The Villa Bentota considering it lacks facts which have been discussed in our recent correspondence and in addition contradict your positive comments left in our guest book and feedback provided in person to our management about your 'pleasant' and 'comfortable' stay. We welcome positive and negative criticism for staff acknowledgement and upgrading of our services but it is indeed disappointing to read this review!
It was indeed unfortunate that your stay commenced with disappointment due to obvious miscommunication between you and your agent. To make you more comfortable, you were offered a complimentary upgrade which you refused.
It was also terribly unfortunate that it was raining throughout your stay and staying at a beachside property for such a length of time indeed is truly disappointing when you have flown such a distance to be in a resort.
Your laundry was handed in soaking wet after walking through the rain. As per care instructions on your labels, the items were not to be placed in a dryer and although it is true that we do not have a dryer as we outsource most laundry, these items were washed for you in-house. It was explained to you that with the humidity and rain, the articles took a little longer to dry and although you were disappointed, you communicated that you understood. At the time of settling your bill, a few days after return of your laundry, you mentioned that one of your delicates was burnt by iron. The manager offered you compensation but you said that it was not a big problem and due to the time taken to make the complaint, it was thereafter not discussed further.
It is indeed true that the rain that Sri Lanka has been experiencing had been beyond usual, thanks to the changed weather patterns globally. Although the drains often have had an issue coping with excessive rain, these run in rainwater pipes and not the sewage lines, so it is not possible that your room, which was in fact on the 1st floor to smell of sewage.
We provide personal safes in all rooms to offer guests the comfort of security for their valuables and true therefore, accept no responsibility for the loss of valuables. However, in your case, you never reported your loss until returning home and by email. Should you have had valuables in your room unlocked, it would be recommended to have put the Do Not Disturb sign on your door and your room would not have been cleaned or turned down or we would have requested to have done so in your presence.
We would have however, should you have reported the loss of your money at the time of occurence or even from the airport, had a staff lock-in and held a thorough search as we do not tolerate or condone that sort of behaviour from our team. You unfortunately left us no opportunity to help you in this matter.
We received your complaint about stealing of cash on 21 December, which was weeks after your stay, as you are aware as I have written to you personally and explained the above series of events.

You unfortunately leave us in a position of further confusion.

I look forward to the positive reviews from our satisfied guests as we continue to improve our services and recommend you consider the following on your future travels,
- communication with your agent in regards to your special bedding requirements and receive confirmation in writing with your itinerary,
- do not leave your valuables lying around and consider using the safes / lockers hotels most provide,
- carry at least 2 sets of extra clothes when travelling for longer periods of time
- when disappointed with service or in case of any query, communicate immediately to management / staff to allow them an opportunity to address your concern/s and make you comfortable.

We take this opportunity to wish you compliments of the season and a Happy New Year!

Sincerely,

The Management
Paradise Road Hotels
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 23, 2010

This would be an ok hotel at half the price. It's dingy and could do with a fresh coat of paint and some deep cleaning. The rooms smell like mildew, the walls are scuffed, and the bathrooms have water stains on the floors. The Western-style breakfast is mediocre with flavorless eggs, fruit and juice. The toast was as stale as the service. And be sure to bring your sleeping pills; the hotel is situated right next to train tracks.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled with friends
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AFSingh, Owner at Paradise Road The Villa Bentota, responded to this review, December 26, 2010
Dear Sir,

Thank you for your review of Paradise Road The Villa Bentota after your recent stay!
It is indeed possible that the feeling of 'dinginess' is perhaps due to the dull atmosphere experienced when a visitor expects only sunshine when by the sea and sees otherwise, the size of the property alone will not allow it to be dingy and of course there is a wide choice of rooms to choose from. November was a very bad month for Sri Lanka weather-wise. We do advise guests of the best times of year to visit Bentota, on our website, and for many, the rain is not a bother.
The 'patina' on the walls, is not something we choose to paint over and instead is something which adds to the look of the property we feel and we work hard to allow it to achieve its best! Interior design and architecture is no question subjective and we only aim to offer our guests the comfort in their stay and most often achieve great appreciation.
Our inclusive breakfast offers one of the largest ranges of options and our a'la carte options give guests even more choice. We are not a buffet style property and eggs are served with choices of accompaniments and are a simple ingredient to be usually tasteless without the addition of salt or pepper. For an option with more flavour, I would have recommended Eggs Benedict as the Hollandaise sauce may have added more of what you were after. In addition our option of Sri Lankan breakfast has an additional 4 options to allow guests who have longer stays to enjoy one or all.
As explained in our welcome letter and on our FAQ on our website, it is indeed true that there is a train line running across the property which is no question a visual highlight of the property. We remind guests who may be disturbed by this to inform the management immediately who will offer you one of the quieter rooms where you can avoid this experience.

We take this opportunity to wish you compliments of the season and a Happy New Year!
We do hope we will have the honour of welcoming you back to The Villa Bentota in the future!

Yours in Service,

The Management
Paradise Road Hotels
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Reviewed November 28, 2010

A beautiful hotel with excellent staff. The surroundings were beautiful and beach pristine. The food was nice, if a little unadventurous (and surprisingly light on Sri Lankan options). The lack of liquor license not at all a problem (in fact adds to the quirky charm).

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
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AFSingh, Owner at Paradise Road The Villa Bentota, responded to this review, December 21, 2010
Dear Sir,

Thank you for your review on your recent stay at Paradise Road The Villa Bentota!
We value our guests' feedback and are grateful that you share your experience with others considering our property for their holidays!

We are truly hopeful that our application for liquor license will be approved shortly and avoid us the inconvenience we are forced to forward to our guests at the moment, although we will arrange the purchase as required on request, we appreciate your understanding on this matter.

The Villa Cafe was recently awarded the honour of one of Asia's finest restaurants by the Miele Guide for 2010 and we do have guests often make special requests for tweaking to our menu/s. In addition to a changing Sri Lankan breakfast on offer daily, our existing Sri Lankan dishes on the menu are as follows,
Soups - Sri Lankan Crab Curry Soup / Gotukola Soup / Chicken Mulligatawny / Sri Lankan Fish Head Soup
Main Courses - Sri Lankan Rice and Curry - with choices of curries as options
Dessert - Sri Lankan inspired dishes such as Jaggery Ice Cream Sundae / Jaggery Sago Pudding / Curd and Cinnamon Infused Treacle / Homemade Coconut Ice Cream, etc.
Many of our guests from overseas, although wishing to sample Sri Lankan cuisine, when staying with us for longer periods of time, yearn for more international food and therefore, our menu is quite varied. Our Chef Nishantha, who has worked for Paradise Road for many years, is ever ready to personalise dishes on request and should a guest wish for something in particular or to discuss options, this is always possible. To remind guests of this service, we do have a note in our letter to all new guests in our room folder.

We look forward to welcoming you to the property again!

Yours in Service,

The Management
Paradise Road The Villa Bentota
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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 Family Hotel in Bentota
#4 Romantic 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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