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Saman Villas
Ranked #1 of 23 Hotels in Bentota
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Bandarawela, Sri Lanka
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“Fascinating.. perfect honeymoon destination”
Reviewed August 21, 2013

My wife & me spent a night there as the 3rd day of our honeymoon tour....
we still regret.... that we only stayed a single night @ Saman villa.
it was a Deluxe suite with a pool facing the sea.
The food was amazing & they'll give you what ever you need.
Extremely professional & caring staff.
Really love to visit there once more

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 19, 2013

We have just spent 5 nights here. It was beyond our expectations . Beautiful location , luxury villas, great staff and delicious well priced meals. We also very much appreciated our complimentary massages. The spa is the best we have ever been too. Would love to return again .

  • Stayed August 2013
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed August 19, 2013

Hubby and I had the most wonderful stay here. We stayed in a private villa towards the end of the resort. Everything was just wonderful. The staff is EXCELLENT - very attentive, and the spa was very good too.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 13, 2013 via mobile

Can only just reiterate all the positive comments from all the other satisfied guests...
We had a 3 night stay in the private pool villa at the far end of the resort and were blow away from our arrival. The room had attention to detail that made our stay magic. From the iPod dock stereo, the spacious dressing room area, outdoor bath and shower and of course the amazing pool it all just made everything so homely albeit on the other side of the world. The staff were most attentive and while at times things may have been lost in translation it just made it all the more fun and part of the experience. I have to say they did go the extra yards for me, we had planned a private dinner down on the rocks, and due to the tide and occasional waves we were unable to venture down there, I was a little disappointed but the staff came up with an amazing alternative for us and I have to say that it may have been even better than the originally planned setting. They really pay attention to detail to make you feel special, candles, flowers, amazing food, every element was there and memorable. And it needed to be, as I proposed to my partner and we now will have fond memories of saman forever. You could not find a better place in this part of the world to stay, amazing! Grateful for the experience and the wonderful caring staff...

Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Kilkenny
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Reviewed August 12, 2013

Just back from a 5 day stay in saman villas and I had to write a review. Saman villas are a cut above the rest. Attention to detail, cleanliness, attentive staff who are never intrusive, beautiful rooms and bathrooms and excellent amenities in the hotel. If you are looking for a romantic break in a beautiful setting then this is for you. Outside of price for villas, cost of food, wine, room service and mini bar was really reasonable and quality of food was outstanding. We stayed in the deluxe suite with private infinity pool, really worth the little bit extra. Rooms had every modern appliance and the spa offered excellent massage treatments. Couldn't recommend the saman villas more, so sad to be home!

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed August 11, 2013

All i can do is to repeat the many previous positive comments about the hotel .It is clear that a lot of time has been spent on staff training ,without exception they were all very friendly and delivered very good service.The food was excellent ,with a 4 course dinner every evening ,always with a choice of Western,local and vegetarian options.
We had one of the villas with a private pool which was of a great standard -as the many reviews point out it is not particularly private with the upper room overlooking the pool but this point is mentioned so many times in reviews it should not come as a surprise to anyone and wasn't an issue to us .
We stayed 6 days here in July and the reason for my comment in the heading is that this is not a peak time to come ,with a risk of poor weather .We had 2 days of monsoon rain and then 4 very good days that made up for it.At times there were only 1 or 2 other couples in the hotel so it did feel a bit deserted at times-obviously that isn't a criticism of the hotel but of the dates we chose .
We were very very lazy and apart from a day trip on the train to Galle and an evening trip to the turtle sanctuary we never really left the hotel .I suppose we should have had more energy and got a tuk tuk in to Bentota but we couldn't face the haggling which i suppose is a bit of a failure on our part !
Finally we were expecting to pay top prices for drinks and were very surprised that prices were not unreasonable with wine costing the same as in London and local beer not being hugely expensive either.
I would thoroughly recommend the hotel to someone wanting just to laze around and enjoy the facilities

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed August 10, 2013

stayed here for 5 nights in one of the bungalows with a private pool. Rooms were great, several premium features which I really enjoyed (Yamaha stereo, electric blinds, very special bed) and a very nice outdoor bathroom. The private swimming pool is great with a nice view of the ocean.
Rest of the resort also excellent, great décor, nice water features and a location, garden and main swimming pool second to none. Finally staff was super friendly and really helpful. Food left nothing to be desired. The place is not cheap but very much worth it if you want to escape for a while. I certainly have never stayed in a resort this nice before.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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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 Spa Hotel in Bentota
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Bentota
#1 Romantic Hotel in Bentota
#1 Luxury Hotel in Bentota
#1 Top resorts 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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Also Known As:
Saman Villas Hotel Bentota
Saman Hotel Aturuwella
Saman Resort Aturuwella

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