We stayed for only 3 nights at Saman Villas at the end of our holiday in Sri Lanka. The people we met around Sri Lanka had told us that Saman was the number one hotel on the island, and I can see why. The location is beautiful - a secluded, gated development, on a rocky outcrop of the Indian Ocean. It has exceptional facilities, and the staff were very attentive.
The room had everything we needed, and was really well set up (in fact I'd like a flat here like it please!).
You have to give this hotel the benefit of the doubt. September isn't high season, and so we were only the second of two couples that were resident. We had the pool to ourselves each day which was lovely! However, in the evening there was no atmosphere whatsoever, as there was no one else around! The staff were very bored all day and it showed. And the menu for dinner was limited. Thankfully, we stayed B&B and so chose to go out each night for dinner as there was nothing else to do in the hotel. The prices were considerably marked up, but given you were in an exclusive resort, you expect that, and when converting back into GB£ is wasn't enough to make a big deal about.
This hotel has real potential to be a little taste of paradise, and so probably best experienced in the height of the tourist season.
- 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