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Vivanta by Taj - Bentota
Ranked #3 of 25 Hotels in Bentota
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed December 10, 2013

We have just returned from a five night stay at the Taj. We were in Deluxe Delight Sea view room with breathtaking views over the golden sandy beach adjoining the hotel over the spectacular Indian Ocean. Our room was spacious, clean, tastefully decorated ,regularly cleaned and maintained to a high standard. There were tea and coffee making facilities in our room and everything worked (TV, remote, phone, services etc). Many of the negative isues raised in 2012 feedback stream, seem to have been resolved. The refurbishments are finished.

The Taj has three(?) eateries. The Palms is the biggest and hosts breakfast, buffet dinner, lunch and snacks. The Shack specialises in seafood and has amazing views over the ocean and a fine dining restaurant. We didn't try this one so have no comments.

We picked the Taj almost as a second thought. Having first considered the Avani, a bit further down the same beachfront, we decided to pay a bit more for the Taj hoping to put ourselves a bit further away from the train track which runs along the back of the hotel. Although the trains were not an issue (there aren't that many anyway ), the Taj turned out to be a fantastic choice. The layout of the hotel is open and sapcious and it has a friendly, non-corporate, homely feel. The swmming pool sits high on a clifftop plateau and the views (west and and east) looking out over the beautiful golden sandy beach are truly spectacular.

Specifically, the breakfast and lunch buffet at the Palms restaurant which adjoins the pool, presents a wide choice of dishes which includes Indian, Continental,Sri Lankan and has a good range of deeserts. Every day both at breakfast and at dinner, the chef and his team circulated among the guests ensuring everything was running well and they went to extraordinary lengths to make sure that we were well looked after. Everyone, from the check-in staff to the exec housekeeper took the trouble to talk to us and were sociable, willing and curious about the quality of our stay and nothing was too much trouble.Can't praise them highly enough.

We prefer to stay at places which scores highly on the personal stuff. We will put up with small discomforts or inconveniences if the staff take a genuine interest in their guests and pride in their jobs. We find that these qauities are becoming increasing rare in the stifling corporate atmosphere of the big chains that present a fabulously ornate lobby downstairs and miles of prison like corridors upstairs. We are neither reassured nor comforted by the philosophy of familiarity and prefer to experience a true flavour of the places we visit. The Taj has this unique character and we hope it doesn't go 'corporate'.

For a different dining experience, try some of the restaurants located further along the beach. Turn left out of the hotel on to the beach and walk about five hundred yards or so for some options. There is a turtle hathcery along there as well. Also cross the railway line using the overbridge in front of the Fragipani reaturant, to the 'Samantha' (?) restaurant with the fabulous and evocative courtyard staright out of a film set, which is accessed from the platform.

Two suggestions for improvement. 1. Free Wi Fi (even the 4 star Cinnamon and others, offers this) and 2. Decaffeinated coffee, please!

Room Tip: Deluxe Delight rooms have sea views, worth paying a bit extra for. Noise from live music can occasio...
  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with friends
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MathewVM, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj - Bentota, responded to this reviewResponded December 18, 2013

We thank you for your observations and feedback regarding your recent stay at Vivanta by Taj Bentota.

We are delighted to note that you had a memorable stay with us.

We always consider our team of associates, managers and chefs to be our greatest assets and they take great pride in providing the highest level of service at all times.Thank you for recognizing their contributions. It is because of patrons like you that Taj is encouraged to expand its footprints all over the world.

We have noted your comments regarding the WIFI and decaffeinated coffee and assure you that actions have been initiated to resolve these at the earliest.

We thank you once again for your compliments and look forward to welcoming you back to our hotel soon.

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Reviewed December 9, 2013

Taj Bentota is a beautiful property. While the drive is a bit long from the main city, Colombo, the hotel provides a breathtaking sea view. The hotel opens into a nice sprawling lobby with a big terrace which provides you with the first glimpse of the view outside. The rooms are nice and spacious with a private balcony looking into the sea. The coffee shop has a huge spread and the food served is excellent with a healthy mix of continental and local food. The swimming pool is nice and big and we enjoyed a good game of polo. The banquet facilities are fairly adequate. The gym though is a bit disappointing.

Initially, one might get a bit lost inside the hotel trying to find the way to the rooms or restaurants because they are all very haphazardly located on different floors, often having to even use different sets of elevators located apart. Wish they had more signs showing the way around. Room service takes time obviously due to the time taken to get to the rooms. But overall, service levels are satisfactory.

Overall, had a good stay here. It was very relaxing.

Room Tip: A higher floor would be preferable as it will provide a better view. One of our business delegates h...
  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled on business
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MathewVM, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj - Bentota, responded to this reviewResponded December 18, 2013

Thank you for sharing your feedback about our hotel.

We are happy to note that you had a good stay with us. The Buffet breakfast at our All Day Dining is appreciated by one and all because of the variety and selection of different cuisines prepared tastefully.

We have noted your comments regarding the signage and difficulty in locating different outlets. We will look into the matter soon. Thank you for bringing it to our attention.

We look forward to welcoming you back to our hotel soon.

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Reviewed December 6, 2013

The location of this hotel is excellent, true nature cann feel here, quality of service is awesome.
facility too good.spa very good.you never felt that you away from home,it's a wonderful experince to saty there.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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MathewVM, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj - Bentota, responded to this reviewResponded December 18, 2013

Thank you for your feedback during your recent stay at Vivanta by Taj Bentota.

We are happy to note that you had a memorable experience with us. The internationally acclaimed JIVA Spa is a great place to relax and de-stress and is very popular with our resident guests. Thank you for your compliments.

We look forward to welcoming you back to our hotel soon.

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Reviewed December 5, 2013

We have just stayed at the Vivanta by Taj in Bentota for the second time in the past 2 months. As experienced on our first stay it was a truly wonderful relaxing break with kind and friendly and very helpful staff and by far the best hotel we have stayed at in Sri Lanka and we have stayed at quite a few! I would thoroughly recommend this hotel to anyone thinking of a 6 star holiday. The rooms we had were clean and beautifully maintained, the restaurants top class with a large choice of menu's, the pool is fabulous and it is right on the ocean front with a lovely beach.

Room Tip: We had a corner suite which was beautiful but I would imagine that all rooms are good as it is such...
  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled on business
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MathewVM, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj - Bentota, responded to this reviewResponded December 18, 2013

Thank you for taking the trouble of sending your feedback through the TripAdvisor about your recent stay at Vivanta by Taj Bentota!

We are delighted to note that within a short span of time you had two memorable stays with us.

As you rightly pointed out, our team of Associates, Managers and Chefs are our greatest assets and they take great pride in providing the highest level of service at all times. The newly renovated hotel is receiving great reviews from all our guests who have experienced it and we than you also for the same.

We look forward to welcoming you back to our hotel soon.

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Reviewed December 5, 2013

We stayed at Vivanta, Bentota for a night. The warm welcome accorded to us was very much appreciated. The rooms are spacious and the proximity to the beach is a big plus point. The staff are very friendly and the breakfast was yummy. There are a lot of choices for the vegetarian.

Wi-fi being charged was a minus point.
However, the stay was pleasant and highly recommend this place if you want a totally relaxed holiday.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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MathewVM, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj - Bentota, responded to this reviewResponded December 18, 2013

Thank you for taking the trouble of sharing your feedback about the recent stay at our resort.

We are delighted to note that you had a memorable stay with us. Our staff is our greatest asset and they take great pride in ensuring the highest level of service at all times. The four Food & Beverage outlets offer great variety and choice for our guests and we have Chefs who are trained to look after individual needs.

We have taken note of your comments regarding the WIFI and assure you that this issue will be resolved very shortly.

Thank you once again for your generous compliments.

We look forward to welcoming you back to our hotel soon.

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Reviewed December 1, 2013

This hotel is all you would expect for a 5* hotel, notably the staff were amazing and their attention to detail was outstanding.
They quickly got to know us by name and were always checking that we were having a good time and seeing if there was anything extra they could do for us.
They set up a special romantic meal for us on our last night and gave us a little gift when we left.
The hotel is beautiful and the rooms are very clean. The location is great for a relaxing holiday as you're right by a very quiet beach.
The food is delicious- they upgraded us from half board to 'dine around' at no extra cost. The main restaurant (the palms) is quite varied and the food is very fresh. The other options for dine around are a Chinese (spicey!), the shack (seafood, chargeable) and there's a fine dining restaurant (sea view) which is michelin star standard!! - taster menu is free on the dine around package.

The only negative thing is that wifi is chargeable but the gym is free and well equipped.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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MathewVM, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj - Bentota, responded to this reviewResponded December 3, 2013

Thank you for taking the trouble of sending your feedback through the TripAdvisor about your recent stay at the Vivanta by Taj Bentota!

We are delighted to note that you had a memorable stay with us. Our Associates, Chefs and Managers take great pride in ensuring that our guests are provided with the highest level of service at all times. They truly are our greatest assets.

The 'Dine-around" option in our four restaurants offers greater flexibility and variety and our Chefs are delighted to note that you had great dining experiences at our restaurants.

We have noted your comments regarding the WIFI and assure you that this problem will be resolved very soon. Thank you for bringing it to our attention.

We thank you once again and look forward to welcoming you back to our hotel.

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Reviewed November 28, 2013

Stayed a week at Vivanta by Taj, Bentota, and loved it. The people, the service, the main restaurant, the pool area and of course the location are all wonderful!
We wanted a peaceful, relaxing week and definitely got it. Lots of privacy and respect.
The hotel did help with different types of tours however this wasn't advertised very well. Maybe that is one thing they could have done better.
It again we're very satisfied.

Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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MathewVM, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj - Bentota, responded to this reviewResponded December 3, 2013

Thank you for your feedback about the recent stay with us at Vivanta by Taj Bentota.

We are delighted to note that you had a memorable stay with us. This indeed is a great place to relax and De-stress and our internationally acclaimed JIVA Spa is a great option. The Five Food & Beverage outlets which provide variety and quality within the hotel premises is an added attraction for our guests.

We look forward to welcoming you back to our hotel soon.

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Address: National Holiday Resort, Bentota 80500, Sri Lanka
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Location: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle District > Bentota
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Bentota
#2 Luxury Hotel in Bentota
#3 Romantic Hotel in Bentota
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Bentota
#3 Spa Hotel in Bentota
Price Range: $122 - $661 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Vivanta by Taj - Bentota 5*
Number of rooms: 160
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sri Lanka is referred to as a ‘small miracle,’ for despite the island’s relatively small size, its natural wonders and beauty are in abundance. Vivanta by Taj – Bentota is located on the south west coast of Sri Lanka. The hotel lies over a lush hill that overlooks the Indian Ocean. ... more   less 
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Vivanta By Taj - Bentota Hotel Bentota
Taj Exotica Hotel Bentota
Bentota Taj Exotica Hotel
Taj Exotica Sri Lanka
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