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“Almost Faultless”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Saman Villas

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Saman Villas
Ranked #1 of 21 Hotels in Bentota
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Milton Keynes
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55 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Almost Faultless”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2013 via mobile

Spent 3 nights at the resort mid April - and compliments for service , spa , food , room , views , pool , brach , staff - yes it is expensive by world and especially by Sri Lanka standards but other than price it was faultless . Staff made stay very pleasant in all respects ! Well done

Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Brendon M, Manager at Saman Villas, responded to this review, May 9, 2013
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London, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 6, 2013

We stayed 5 nights at Saman Villas at the beginning of April for the first part of our honeymoon, and it was perfect! Our only wish is that we could have stayed longer! Beautiful infinity pool, delicious food (check out the great curries and very tasty Sri Lankan breakfasts!) and lovely cocktails, great room and regularly spruced up again, stunning views of the ocean and beautiful beaches on each side, very relaxing spa and fantastic and friendly staff. The very smiley Alisha (sp?) answered all our many questions about Sri Lankan food, the staff on the front desk booked restaurants, called up the surf place in Bentota for us, anything we needed help with, plus we had a very friendly tuk-tuk driver, Ruwan Chinthake (card available from Reception), who drove us to various places during our stay, patiently waited for us when we were always slightly late and always gave us a fair price. We really hope to go back there someday!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Kerrin E
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Brendon M, Manager at Saman Villas, responded to this review, May 7, 2013
We thank the reviewer for their stay at Saman Villas and sharing their holiday experience.
We were delighted in reading the favorable comments and thank you for expressing them for the benefit of visitors to this website.
We wish you would return and look forward to welcoming you to Saman Villas in the near future.
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 5, 2013

Nice Hotel, stayed with friends but more of Honey moon style hotel.Friendly staff and good food at the hotel.The rooms are very nice and deco was quite good.
Excellent service.Nice views of Indian Ocean. stayed in the ground floor Villa.Used the spa as well.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank goodboy14
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Brendon M, Manager at Saman Villas, responded to this review, May 7, 2013
We thank the reviewer for their stay at Saman Villas and sharing their holiday experience.
We were delighted in reading the favorable comments and thank you for expressing them for the benefit of visitors to this website.
We wish you would return and look forward to welcoming you to Saman Villas in the near future.
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2013

This has been our 4th visit to Saman Villas and it has always been perfect. We always stay for one night , a treat on our anniversary ! Location is amazing. It is situated on top of a rock 5 mins from the main road but it is so peaceful once you get there . There are views of the ocean from all over the Vila and it is just breathtaking. The place has been designed beautifully and blends in well with environment. The room is beautiful and very comfortable. Just love the infinity pool which has amazing views of the ocean and usually not too crowded. The service and food has always been excellent . The prices on the menu are also reasonable. The beach is also very clean and private although the sea is a bit rough. The only thing we were not happy about is that they have started charging an exorbitant amount for dining at the pool pavilion. It used to be free and they used to have a very expensive 5 / 7 course meal which was much better. Nevertheless the staff have always gone out of their way to make us happy and comfortable every single time , now that is exceptional !

Room Tip: The superior suite overlooking the pool pavilion is my favourite
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Rajikadesilva
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Brendon M, Manager at Saman Villas, responded to this review, April 27, 2013
We thank the reviewer for their stay at Saman Villas and sharing their holiday experience.
We were delighted in reading the favorable comments and thank you for expressing them for the benefit of visitors to this website.
We wish you would return and look forward to welcoming you to Saman Villas in the near future.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 19, 2013

We spent 4 nights at Saman Villas on our honeymoon on 10 April 2012. I don't usually write reviews but after a recent holiday i had to write one about Saman Villas as we have since then compared all our holidays to Saman Villas.

The rooms have fantastic, modern decor. I would strongly recommend going for the rooms with a private pool - you will not regret it. The views from these rooms are amazing.

The main thing we loved about this hotel was the food...it's delicious!! It even caters for vegetarians which i was worried about initially. The spa is also luxurious!

A top five star resort!

Priya and Akshay

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Brendon M, Manager at Saman Villas, responded to this review, April 20, 2013
We thank the reviewer for their stay at Saman Villas and sharing their holiday experience.
We were delighted in reading the favorable comments and thank you for expressing them for the benefit of visitors to this website.
We wish you would return and look forward to welcoming you to Saman Villas in the near future.
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Hampton Wick
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 19, 2013

Spent three nights as part of the last week of our honeymoon. We had a wonderful, relaxing time. Lovely accommodation, with the privacy that we wanted. Very friendly staff, excellent service. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank KKPHamptonWick
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Brendon M, Manager at Saman Villas, responded to this review, April 20, 2013
We thank the reviewer for their stay at Saman Villas and sharing their holiday experience.
We were delighted in reading the favorable comments and thank you for expressing them for the benefit of visitors to this website.
We wish you would return and look forward to welcoming you to Saman Villas in the near future.
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Munich, Germany
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 16, 2013

We come regularly to Sri Lanka since we love it.
Last time we decided to spend a few nice days (and a lot of Euro) in Saman Villas since its location seemed incredible wonderful. Unfortunately we discovered fast that yes, the location is good, at least towards the ocean (you have to pass some sewage smelling area before you enter the gate) but the rest of the hotel did not make us crazy at all. We missed a hand and love for details which makes a hotel in this category so special -- but there is close to nothing. We did not like the lighting & fixtures in the rooms, the tiles around the pool (the fact that the poolboy washes the mould into the poolwater, yak!) and many other sad corners who are just dark or sad or in our opinion just not pretty. It is NOT a happy place and if you are a person with a sense for style, you find in southeast asian hotels, this is not your place. I am sorry!
I agree with many guests, for what it offers it is totally overpriced! TOTALLY!!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Himaj J, General Manager - Marketing & Operations at Saman Villas, responded to this review, April 25, 2013
We refer to the review  “A sad experience....” which appears to be a review which is not genuine. The same reviewer had posted 2 false reviews previously regarding claimed stays at Saman Villas with the subjects “Interesting what happened...” on 13th April 2013 and  “Sigh....this is a sad place!” on 7th March 2013. These reviews were subsequently removed by Tripadvisor presumably because the reviewer had failed to verify their stays at Saman Villas

Our executive team speaks to all guests during their stay. The Manager speaks to every guest other than when he is on leave. With just 27 suites we know all our guests. Every Monday our executive team conducts a meeting to discuss and exchange notes of the comments made by guests who departed during the previous week. Whenever a review appears on Tripadvisor the team of executives discusses the favourable and unfavorable comments. With the procedure we follow, suspicious reviews are easily identifiable. The current review which states that the reviewer stayed in February 2013 as a couple is a false statement as we did not have such guests staying with us. The review “Sigh....this is a sad place!” posted on 7th March 2013 states that the reviewer stayed as a family in January 2013 which again is a false statement as we did not have such guests staying with us. We have checked our records and have not had any repeat guests staying with us from Germany in February 2013.

It is obvious that the reviewer is not objectively reviewing the hotel, but with ulterior motives. The reviewer initially rates the hotel 3/5 in their review “Sigh....this is a sad place!” on 7th March 2013. Since the review was suspicious the management reported to Tripadvisor. After the verification process Tripadvisor had removed the review. The reviewer re-submits a review “Interesting what happened...”  on 13th April 2013 once again giving a rating of 1/5 which was again removed by Tripadvisor on 16th April 2013.

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Additional Information about Saman Villas

Property: Saman Villas
Address: Galle Road, Bentota 80500, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle District > Bentota
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Bentota
#1 Luxury Hotel in Bentota
#1 Spa Hotel in Bentota
#1 Romantic Hotel in Bentota
#2 Family Hotel in Bentota
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Saman Villas 4.5*
Number of rooms: 27
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Saman Villas is laid out on a magnificent rocky headland dividing two long, surf-swept golden beaches. Close by is a sleepy fishing village but you would not know it, the only sounds are sea gulls' cries and the surf below. The resort is inspired by ancient Sri Lankan architecture. The restaurants, bars and villa suites are all angled to take full advantage of the sea shore vista either side of the headland. A terraced garden draws the eye to a dramatic infinity-edge pool. ... more   less 
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Saman Villas Hotel Bentota
Saman Hotel Aturuwella
Saman Resort Aturuwella

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