The hotel is three colonial-style buildings arranged around a garden and pool. The buildings are beautiful to look at and full of unexpected nooks, pools, statues and works of art. It is stunningly designed, but not over-cool or uncomfortable. We thought it was really charming and quirky and felt immediately at home there. The staff are wonderful.
Two major sticking points: the train line at the bottom of the garden could have been annoying, but we chose to see it as picturesque and not to get bothered about it. It's not as bad as it sounds! No alcohol licence was a bigger issue - I can't understand why they haven't got one. In the event it wasn't a problem - we just got a tuk-tuk to the liquor store, got some beers and the staff kept them cool for us. If you get the friendlier manager on duty then he may even ask one of the staff to nip out for you. But wine is pricey and a pain to carry - next time we'll definitely pick some bottles up at duty free.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Paradise Road The Villa Bentota Hotel Bentota